Thursday, September 25, 2008

The other child.....(horse)

Talking with friends the other day and they questioned why don't I ever blog about the other horse? Good question. I guess I just do more with Harley and it seems interesting to write about. Not that Tank is not interesting, actually he has had a very interesting life and maybe I should share it with you.

Meet Tank




















Tank is somewhere around 25 years old at best guess. We never got his papers.
He has lived with me for around 14 years. He is absolutely the best boy anyone could ever want. He came from a ranch horse sale in Ocala Fl , the people who sold him brought him from Rome Ga. He has been used as a roping horse, team penning, sorting and trail riding machine. He can run like the wind......still.
























His ground manners are impeccable and he will stand tied forever. He has been ridden English as well and could jump fairly well. Not so anymore. He has some early stages of arthritis and stocks up if left in a stall. I used to trail ride him frequently but must tell you I haven't even been up on him since last fall. No reason other than the lack of time around here. He still gets loved on and brushed and bathed and all the regular trimming and such. I realize he needs more than this and he has a lot of life left to him. Selling him is out of the question. There is no price worthy for such a great steed.











But because I want what is best for my friend, I have made a decision. I am sending him to a warmer climate to live with a family who have time for him and will enjoy him for all he is. I can tell you it is a fellow blogger but that is it. It was agreed to keep it private and if they want to share they will. The delivery is set for November when I will take him there personally. I prefer to look at it as sharing him not losing him. I think he will be very happy.

Happy trails......

7 comments:

Train Wreck said...

Oh what a handsome fella! It will do him good to be warmer. Maybe we will see him "around" on a post.

Chris said...

Definitely a beautiful boy! Well, sharing is definitely better than losing!

Pony Girl said...

Thanks for the update on Tank. He is a handsome boy. I am impressed that he is only showing "early" stages of arthritis at his age! My Boy is already showing them at 14!
Say, I think your decision was tough, but, that it will be good for the old boy to be some place warmer and get more frequent use to keep all the parts working! I am sure he will be enjoyed immensely and hopefully his new blogger friend will share some updates about him with us! ;) Hint hint, whomever you are!

allhorsestuff said...

Hay there Trail girl,
I enjoyed reading about Tank...
for the firt time and maybe the last here...But~if Tanks adventures ever get on the new home owners blog..pls post a link so we may be updated.

Kathy C said...

It's so nice to hear that you are lending him out to another blogger. I bet he will love the warmer climate and the chance to be rode more often.

Callie said...

I think you've made a great decision. I know he will receive the best of care there and all will be happy. He's definately deserving of that. What a nice boy!

Victoria Cummings said...

It must be really hard for you to part with Tank. He sounds like the perfect old gentleman. But it's very cool that another blogger will be caring for him and loving him. How amazing that we have this good, trusting community of horse people here in the blogsphere - it's moments like this that remind me of how connected we all are. I hope that Harley won't be lonely without his buddy. Will Tank have new horse friends where he is going?