Yep, it happened. Liam left for his new home.
In some ways it’s the end of an era. These two have been BFF’s since birth and spent their first 10 months pretty much side by side. They were the best of friends (and occasionally the worst of enemies) who played together, slept side by side, and had a lot of adventures.
But at the same time, this is how life goes. At some point they have to part ways and move along to the futures that are waiting for them. Liam now belongs to a Grand Prix showjumper, the same guy who owned and rode his dam. His situation couldn’t be any more perfect for him. He gets to live in a nice pasture and make new friends for the next few years before his real life begins.
Presto was pretty beside himself when Liam walked out of their paddock and into the trailer. It was kinda like Weaning: Part 2. But he did settle down, and it’s had a little bit of an impact on how he views himself. He’s always been a cocky little turd, very sure of himself and his superiority. I call him “street”. But without Liam he’s not quite so sure anymore, and it took his swagger down a notch (now it just needs to go down like 25 more notches).
Yesterday Murphy (the QH baby) was weaned, and he got put in with Presto. Right now Murphy is a little upset, and Presto is actually being really nice and helpful to him. We’ll see if that continues once Murphy settles down a bit. Murphy is not nearly as placid and submissive as Liam, so once things go back to normal Presto might be in for a continuation of his reality check about just how much of a top dog he is.
My barn owner did offer me a “second horse” deal on board, so as soon as Presto is gelded and deemed ready to go, I think I’ll probably just move him there. My only real reservations are a) it’s not the big pasture I was wanting, b) I don’t love the fencing. He’d be in one of the shedrow stalls with a run, and turned out probably in one of the paddocks near Henry. There are a lot of positives to having him there, mainly that I can see him every day and work with him a lot. It would be great to be able to pony him off of Henry, trailer him places, etc. I’d just be giving up the benefits of kicking young horses out in big pastures to grow up, which is my preference. That’s just proving quite impossible to attain here, at least in my budget.
Also, can we talk about how hairy this little horse is? I love that he got his momma’s floppy, sideways pointing ears and soft sleepy eyes, but he also inherited her ability to grow excessively ridiculous amounts of hair. I think there’s a horse somewhere underneath that shag carpet?