Friday, June 20, 2008

and speaking of Craigslist

A couple of months ago, I had a serious talk with myself about Libby. I love that filly. Even Cliff loves her, and he's not much for horses. But it's obvious I was never going to get her broke to ride by myself, and I didn't want to throw more money into getting her trained when horses are worth so little right now... especially grade fillies.

I kept saying that as soon as Cliff had time to take some pictures of Libby, I'd put her on Craigslist for $300. Catching Cliff with any extra time is very difficult just now, thanks to our recent moving, and the moving of his sister into our old house. Not to mention that it's haying time. Which means you usually see Cliff doing something like this

or this.
So yesterday when we went for our walk, I took my camera along in case we came upon the horses, and I had Cliff take this picture and a couple of others.
I described Libby in an ad as accurately as I knew how, emphasizing that she is not broke but that I've been on her a few times in the round pen. I extolled her gentle nature and mentioned that she's naturally gaited. I stated, "If I can't get $300 for her, I'll keep her as a pet."

One man kept insisting he was interested in her for his eleven-year-old daughter; I firmly told him I would never recommend an unbroke horse for a child.

Today a different man came to look at her, saw how sweet-natured she is, and gave me the money right then and there. He'll be back in eight or ten days to get her. He raises gaited mules, and Libby will get to be a professional mom. How cool is that?

Many years ago I tried to raise a colt and vowed I'd never do it again; the colt was unresponsive, and I realized I wasn't qualified to train horses. I'm glad I broke that vow, because Libby has been a joy to have around, even though I'm no more qualified now that I was before. Some horses, like some people, radiate joy. That's Libby.

One reason I knew I needed to sell her is that I've seen some excellent bargains on older horses that are well-broke. Horses that are ready to ride, that even a child could ride. I refused to even think about another horse as long as Libby was here. Horses are not cheap to have around. We raise our own hay, but it isn't free by any means. My husband works hard to get it up dry and in the barn, and diesel fuel for the tractors is sky-high.

So I'm sure I'm doing the right thing. I asked the man if he'd keep my email address and send me a picture of Libby with her first mule-baby. He said he would. I sure hope he remembers!


Shamelessly Sassy said...

The picture of Cliff with the dryer is hilarious! haha.

Spyder said...

She is a sweet looking girl.

CountryDew said...

I'm sorry you sold your horse but it sounds like she will have a happy home.

Midlife Mom said...

It's always hard to sell ones horse but it sounds like she got a good home and will be happy. Yes, it is expensive keeping horses. Everything is going up all the time and with five we sure feel the pinch. Shavings are up to $5.99 a bale, hay is sky high and feed is going up all the time plus the farrier is charging more due to the cost of gas. Don't know how people with big herds do it. That farm we visited last month has over 100 horses and they all look fabulous. Don't know how they do it.

Muhd Imran said...

It is always sad parting. Libby should be in a good place you've chosen for her.

It will be such a joy to receive an email from the new owner with a picture of Libby as a Mom.

Joyful Days said...

This sounds like a good chance for Libby. You are so great not to sell an unbroke horse to a child. People just don't get it.

I miss having a horse, but like you said, they aren't cheap. Right now it's children to pay for. And I'm grateful for the chance. Maybe someday again on the horse.