So, like most horse people, I'm always just creeping around the ads at horses available in the area. Having the horses at home makes this a very dangerous situation for someone with no will power. I saw an ad for a companion mare and she just happened to be close, I had time to kill, so what the heck, right? Worth a look. I head over there on Tuesday. This poor mare has not seen a farrier in... I have absolutely no idea how long. She has this sadness in her eyes. I leave to go home and I just can't leave her. I bicker back and forth in my head and end up taking her home a few hours later. I have very little history on her, but she is around 18-20 (will have the vet confirm when he comes out to check her over) and has been passed around a lot. I also found out yesterday that she is deaf. She does have the cutest lopsided ear! (One of the reasons she tugged so hard at my poor heart strings were those huge, floppy ears.) She is very sweet, and she tries so very hard to trust us. She's about 15.2/15.3 and STOUT. Holy is she a tank! My farrier was the first person I contacted and an appointment has been made, the vet is coming out and her teeth are being floated (probably the first time ever...) so she will be on her way in no time! I have lost a lot of faith in some who call themselves "horse people." Just a "companion" horse or not we are still responsible to get their feet done (c'mon it's like $40 for a dang trim!), their teeth looked at, fed adequately... The fury I feel inside for this poor mare.. That's her story for now! Happily introducing "River"!