Thursday, January 27, 2022

Mr. Leonard

My new found mojo has also got me wanting to write again. Blogging has become kinda eerie though. So few people are left writing and even fewer ever comment anymore. It is hard writing into a void, but I think/hope even if people are not commenting that they are still reading. I know I stopped commenting on the blogs I follow due to reading on my phone which for some reason eats all my comments without publishing them. On the rare case I really, really want to comment I log onto my laptop to do so but it isn't very often. 

Anyway....

Leonard. The huge, baby elephant in the room. 

Hubby was finally home when I rode so I have my first ride media with him

Leonard was an...emotional decision. Rash even. Quick to the point of absurdity. But hey, you only live once, right? And we have the space, finances and ability to care for him so eh.. It may even work out in the long run. You never know. The Universe is a strange beast.

Back when I was looking around for Hammy there was a horse named Leonard that I liked quite a lot. He was off the track several months already transitioning to his new role which happened to be baby jumper lessons to beginners and kiddos. His pictures were great, the videos of him were even better. I hesitated because a) he was way higher priced than I wanted, b) he was only 6 which was younger than I thought I could handle and c) he was 17.1H which way so absurdly tall I laughed at the though (recall Gem is 15H and Eeyore 15.2H both feeling plenty tall thank you very much). I hemmed and hawed a lot. The Hubby really, really liked him pushing me to pull the trigger, but I kept hesitating. Then when I finally reached out, he had sold. 

I found my Hammy though so it all worked out perfectly anyway.



Flash forward to right before Christmas. I received a message from the original seller that Leonard was back up. I mentioned it to the Hubby who immediately told me to get him. We'd deal with the details later. He was even more money this time though for the first time in my life I actually haggled the price down. Things became a little complicated at this point. You see, it was the week before Christmas. M, the Swedish exchange student we had had for 2019/2020 was actually slated to come back to visit us from the 26th to January 10th. I thought Leonard was in LA where he was the first time which was about 10 hours away. I tried to talk the Hubby into making the trip ourselves to save on hauling fees (plus nobody was going that way over the holidays anyway) but he really wasn't biting. Then the seller informed me he was actually in OH, about 90 minutes from my inlaws. 

It didn't take much convincing to get the Hubby to agree to leaving SC on the Monday after Christmas, spend all day Tuesday with his family, then pick up Leonard and come home Wednesday. We already had those days off work for M anyway and what else were we planning to do with her?

He has a really cute face. For his size he actually has a petite face. 

So off we set to make the absolutely frantically exhausting 10 hour drive up and 12 hour drive back to get a horse I had never met and didn't even need. Good thing the man loves me, right?

And that is the story of how I got Mr. Leonard, Jockey Club name Halo Redding, a now 8 year old OTTB. He is skinny, obscenely tall, uber friendly, mischievous, reactive, and super cute with his petite face and donkey ears. Jury is out if he will be a permanent family member or not, but so far things are looking good. For now I’m enjoying the getting to know you phase as he slowly starts to show us his true personality.


16 comments:

  1. I'm still reading even if I don't comment much! I should find something to blog about but since I'm off riding for medical purposes...

    Thanks for sharing the story about Leonard. I've been super curious about how you ended up with him. Have fun! Can't wait to read more.

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    1. I figured a lot of people were curious about how on earth I managed to get another horse! I rode him again last night and he is more and more fun each time. I think I am going to really love him.

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  2. I hear ya on the comment eating phones- grrrr... I'm trying to read more on my computer again but it doesn't always happen!!!

    I LOVE LEONARD!!!!! I was wondering what his story was!!! He's also my height soooooooo if he disappears from your field don't come looking in mine ;)

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    1. You like the tall ones? I'm still trying to get used to that. He is so so so tall it is ridiculous.

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  3. I had to do something with my settings to allow me to comment from my ipad. I forget what I did....which is no help.

    I also just learned that SC and LA are 10 hours apart. I would have thought it was farther.
    Leonard sounds like he was meant to be. And yes, your husband loves you very much.

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    1. I was surprised by how close we were too.

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  4. Still reading! Just in a writing slump/its crazy so I haven't been posting, but I feel. I also have a hard time commenting sometimes and I can be shy lol.

    Congrats on Leonard, he is adorable!

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    1. Thank you!! I understand not commenting. I rarely do these days myself.

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  5. I'm definitely there on the "don't comment much, but always read" part lol. I always try to like a post at least if I don't comment, but I dunno if that helps or anything haha. Leonard looks like a cool dude tho - glad he's working out so far!

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    1. It is harder to comment these days. At least for me, I can't do it on my phone and I only ever read blogs there. So far he is being pretty awesome.

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  6. Congratulations! He's freaking adorable!

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    1. He really is adorable even being the size of a moose

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  7. Yup, I often have trouble leaving comments on blogs too. Not sure what the answer is there. Glad you are enjoying your new horse though!

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  8. Still reading and glad to hear the details of Leonard

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    1. I follow yours as well, but rarely comment. Stupid phone eats my stuff

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