Joel took me to Maryland to visit with Norris today. I know that his new family is taking good care of him, but I just needed to see how he was doing with my own eyes to give me peace of mind. It was a lovely drive from Pittsburgh. The horizon was beautiful with all of the colorful leaves on trees. The sky was a clear blue with swirly white clouds. This would have been a beautiful day for riding Charlie & Cutter on the trails, but seeing Norris at this time was more important to me. I'll have my riding time tomorrow. As we got closer to Maryland, we couldn't get over how green the leaves on the trees were. Also, fields with grass were still very green. His new home is just an hour away from Gettysburg. Oh, it was soooo good to see my Norris (even though he has moved on he'll always be My Norris)! When I called to him, he came out of his little barn to see me. Yes, the tears did fall when he came over to me, but they were happy reunion tears. I got lots of nuzzles & kisses. He is looking really good. His winter coat is coming in. He has a little hay/grass belly. His coat coloring is vibrant. This was the best decision that I could have done for him. He is getting fresh air, a field to run around in, a pasture friend, & a young girl to take care of him. We had a lovely visit with Sarah's grandparents. Her grandmother made a delicious apple pie which I was able to try. They told me that I can come & visit with Norris anytime. When Joel & I were ready to leave it was after sunset. I went to the paddock gate to say my good-byes. I called out to Norris, & Willow came over to see me. I turned away & started to walk toward the car & I heard a sound behind me. Norris had come up & put his head over the gate. I had tears falling while saying good-bye to my old friend. Be safe & well & I'll see you in the Spring!
Willow wanted to be in the blog, too.
Willow has Wobbler Syndrome. She cannot be ridden. They do not know how long a life span she will have. A 26+ yr. old Appaloosa retired trail horse gelding & a 3-yr. old mare can live out what time they have as companions for each other.
In the following 2 videos, you can see how the bonding between "new" owner & horse is starting.