Finding Buddy a home...

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Finding Buddy a home...

Postby Juliane on Tue May 29, 2007 4:26 pm

I have received alot of inquiries about Buddy through the DreamHorse ad I placed for him a month ago. However, many of them do not respond to my response to their inquiry, or are simply not good matches.

However, last week I received an email and then phone call from a potential adopter, Carrie. After talking with her at length, it was clear that she might be the perfect person for Buddy. So, we made plans for her to come meet Buddy on Saturday.

Buddy was well behaved on Saturday, though a bit out of it as he was still dealing with the after-effects of the mares being in heat and the changing herd dynamic of having Cabo on the property.

I brought Buddy out of the pasture and put him in the cross ties. Carrie spent some time getting to know him and brushing him down. He was a pain about his feet, but mostly because he was anxious about being away from the herd. Once done, we headed out to the round pen.

Carrie showed me how she worked with her old horse at liberty. Buddy responded very well to Carrie's requests, though it was funny at one point when Carrie was asking Buddy to do something and he wasn't responding - then she burst out laughing, realizing that his 'blind side' with no eye was facing her, so he obviously couldn't see her body language! A challenge in learning a new method of communication.

Ally and I gave her tips and pretty soon she had Buddy's attention, no matter which side was facing her. I was very pleased to see how well they interacted together! After about 20-30 minutes, Ally went in and haltered Buddy and proceeded to saddle him up with her saddle. After some quick ground work, she mounted up and rode hom around. He was much, much more responsive than he was on Friday and she was thrilled with his behaviour.

Ally got off and helped Carrie mount up. Carrie was a natural on Buddy, completely relaxed and confident. She rode him around for about a half hour, and then I saddled up Dandy and we went out on a quick trail ride. We took turns leading and Carrie was able to see how good Buddy was on the trails. I was proud of them both!






At the end of the ride, Carrie said she was really interested in Buddy, but had a few other horses to go look at before making a decision. I did offer to bring Buddy to my drill team practice on Sunday in Spanaway in case she wanted to play with him again and 'see him at his worst' - since he usually becomes very herdbound and anxious when at the arena.

So, we met up again on Sunday, and of course, Buddy proved me wrong. He was a perfect angel as we tacked him up and took him to the round pen and rode around.

I haven't yet heard from Carrie, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that she decides to adopt him - I really feel that this would be a wonderful home for Buddy! :)
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Postby Hope on Tue May 29, 2007 6:10 pm

Keep my fingers crossed this works out. Carrie looked great on Buddy in the pictures.
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Postby LorsaDoon on Tue May 29, 2007 6:20 pm

I will also keep my fingers crossed. Buddy deserves a special someone to love him and give him a job.
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Postby myhorsefaith on Tue May 29, 2007 8:25 pm

I love Mr Buddy-man & I really hope this works for him!

As I keep working with him i'm sorta kinda falling for him- it is so hard not to! :oops:
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Postby tmoore on Wed May 30, 2007 7:46 am

Too funny.......I bet when you took him to drill practice he knew that Carrie was a potential adopter and he better be on his best behavior! They really look good together, I hope it works out!! BTW, Buddy looks like a completely different horse from when you first got him - amazing transformation :shock: Nice job!
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