This morning we took Jack to his new home! We were so excited to take Jack to his new home, with an incredible new owner, Elisa P.
We were ready to load Jack up into the trailer this morning, and brought Jack down to the open trailer on the street. He took one look at the open trailer, and decided to run the other way- literally. He dragged me for a few feet before I let go of the lead rope, but luckily he stopped pretty quickly. I walked him back to the trailer, but, again, he wanted nothing of it and took off in the other direction. Luckily I was ready this time, so I didn’t become a human kite, but it was pretty obvious he had no interest in getting into the trailer. For safety’s sake, we decided to load him up on the property instead of the street, just in case he wanted to try to take off again.
Oddly enough, once he was up on the property, he loaded within a few minutes, and was quiet and calm for the entire drive up to Alpine.
When we got to his new home, we transferred Jack from our trailer to Elisa’s trailer for the last mile to get to her house. Once there, we unloaded Jack (again), and he met all of her horses in the herd.
Some of the horses were SO excited to see Jack, however, that they broke the chain on the round pen, and ran up to see him. Within seconds, the six or seven horses in the arena were also running around and bucking. Elisa handed me Jack’s rope and ran to close the gate to her driveway, while Lori tried to do her best as a human shield and prevent the horses from running out. Jack quickly observed the horses running around frantically, bucking, squealing and kicking, and decided instead that it was an excellent time to eat the grass that the other horses were (stupidly) ignoring. While Elisa corralled the getaway artists into their respective pens, Jack continued to eat the grass and hay on the ground.
Once all of the horses were calm, we put Jack into a stall and let him engage with the other horses in the corral next to him, but he was really more interested in the hay that Elisa gave him.
Elisa sent us an e-mail this evening and told us that Jack is fitting very well with the new herd. She worked him at liberty with one of her other horses (who is about the same size as Jack) and she said that Jack and her other horse have a bromance going on!
Jack will be the personal horse for Elisa and her husband, and, if he works out, will help them with their equine assisted learning program they are starting. We’re very happy for Jack and for Elisa, and hope that they will have many happy years together!