Around a year ago I wrote a post about trying new things. We had just made the decision to sell our sailing boat after 6 years, and were looking forward to having more time to travel over summer. We had also decided to try out new sports and find new things we could do together as a couple.
So now we are thinking of writing a new story in the series of Mr & Mrs Smelling Freedom trying new things – should we rescue a horse?
Why rescue a horse?
A few months ago we found a note in our letterbox.
“If you are interested in buying the field opposite your house, call me.”
Our first reaction was that we did not need a field. We already have a garden and we are not great gardeners, so what would we do with 3000 square metres of agricultural land?
However we kept thinking about it and we did call the guy in the end. The field lies across a narrow country lane from our house, and buying it was an insurance policy. If we owned the land we could control what was done with it.
So to cut a long story short, after some nerve-wracking negotiations, we ended up unexpectedly owning this parcel of land and we have been wondering what on earth to do with it ever since.
Raise chickens and sell eggs?
What on earth were we going to do with this field?
An idea takes shape: rescue a horse!
When I met my architect a few weeks ago to discuss a new commercial real estate project I am assessing (see my goals for 2018) I commented to him that we had this conundrum.
Easy, he answered. Build a stable and get a horse! You are sure to get the required planning permission and your kids will love it.
My first reaction was to laugh, but an idea was born! And once it took residence in my head, there was no erasing it.
We could rescue a horse 🙂
Not a good idea
Over the last few weeks Mr SF and I have been telling each other that this is a really bad idea. We are very busy with our careers, three kids, a dog, a cat, a turtle and lots of fish. Why on earth would we want to add a horse to our menagerie?
That said, I did love the book My Family and Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell, when I was a child 🙂
But we will probably do it anyway…
Just this morning a friend sent me photos of two horses that are in pretty bad shape. Their owner rarely visits them and they are skin and bone.
When I see such photos my blood boils. Why get animals if you are not going to take good care of them? I can understand not being puritanical about grooming if you are in a hurry, but forgetting to feed them is not OK. Clearly these animals are starving.
I don’t know if we will be saving these particular horses. It could be that they have health or psychological issues that make them a bad fit for novices like us. However next Saturday we are off for our first grooming and mucking-out lesson. If we are going to rescue a horse we need to know how to take care of it.
Looks like we have found our new family project.