Parting with Oliver

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I don’t know what happened to September. One moment it was just starting. All of a sudden its nearly over.

It’s continued to be a good month with the horses. We have Brian’s student coming out to ride Aiden a couple extra times a week on her own. They are getting along really well. Since that’s been making us less keen to sell him, we decided to list Oliver for sale as well. We’ve never had two horses for sale at once before, and it was a bit interesting in terms of seeing who got more interest and for what reason. We had one person come look at Aiden a few weeks ago. While that seemed promising during the test ride, it didn’t lead to a sale. Mid week this week we had a couple people passing through Iowa City ride both of them. They had a super ride and asked us if we’d give them a package deal, to which we said yes. We spent one strange evening thinking Oliver and Aiden might both be leaving. But those people ended up finding another horse they preferred for the girl who was genuinely the one shopping, which was fine with us.

Then, this weekend, we had a sudden surge of interest in Oliver. We had three people trying to schedule times to come see him, but the first one rode him, bought him, and took him home.

Which means we’re back down to four horses. It’s a little surreal, how quickly it happened. With the horses soon to come in off the pasture for the winter and Brian needing to start putting more hours on Nevada, it was the right time. We feel great about the sale. Oliver now belongs to a girl who is just starting high school. She’s been riding her aunt’s horse for years and is ready for her own. She fell in love with Oliver. Watching her getting to know him reminded me of the experience of buying my first horse when I was just about the same age. It’s a magical thing — that first horse.

So it’s a good thing, but it’s always a little sad to say good-bye. Oliver is a really neat guy. Brian and I both had a lot of good hours with him. He was fun and versatile for visitors as well. On Saturday, Brian’s mom and sister came over from Chicago for a ride. All four of us got on horses and rode together. That was fun for all involved. It’s certainly been pretty easy to have so many horses that are just well broke and relaxing to be around.

Little did we know that was our last day with Oliver. A motivated buyer is a good thing, but it’s also a tad startling. For the moment, we’re taking Aiden off the market so Brian’s student can continue to enjoy him. We might sell him in the spring. At which point we’d obviously have to buy another horse.

Horseback Hours YTD: 189:00


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Aww, I'll miss pretending I could have Oliver for my very own some day. 🙂

Glad to hear you're having a good horse month. Hope it continues!

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I just have to keep telling myself that there will always be other horses. 🙂