I HAVE A NEW HORSE!!!
Technically, he's more of an old horse that has come back. Black Brook's Kyote ('Ky') was one of the ponies that my parents bred when I was younger. I helped start him myself when he was a wee lad, and he was always my favorite of all the ponies we bred. I was absolutely heartbroken when he was sold, though he went on to be the absolutely perfect horse for his new owner and in retrospect it was definitely the best decision at the time.
When his owner started vet school a few years ago, Ky came back to the farm to be leased out by a high school kid, which meant that I got to ride him occasionally over the holidays. I never stopped thinking that he was one of the coolest horses I had ever sat on, and would always throw hints that if his high school girl ever lost interest I'd be happy to take him off her hands...
This year his high school lessor is heading off to college, and it came time to decide what to do with him. His owner has now graduated vet school but is deep in the throes of the first years of being a practicing vet and doesn't have time to ride. So, in one of the most unbelievable things that has ever happened to me, Ky has been given to me. He's 14 years old this year; I don't think I've ever waited so long for something so wonderful in my entire life. I'm so, so happy.
Here's Ky on our second "official" ride together this past weekend:
He's a little out of shape at the moment (spring grass will do that to a pony!!) but man, is he fun to ride. The current plan is that he'll stay at the farm until the end of the summer when his current lessor leaves for school, and then he'll come join me. Excited already!!