My strong desire to make Toby, the mini horse, a secret did not last until the weekend like I had hoped. It would have, but we had a visitor yesterday evening and he and Shannon had a long conversation while standing outside.
Okay, so those of you who know me know that I would take in any animal in need of a home. So the other night when I received a message from a work friend about a miniature horse needing a home, of course I said, "Yes!" Unfortunately we do not have a horse trailer, but she and her husband were willing to haul him to me. I casually mentioned this little guy to my husband and he responded with, "I told you that the next animal we get is going to be an animal that we can eat, so I guess we will be having horse burgers." Things were left at that, but I was still talking to my friend about this little guy and his drop off.
Last night after Shannon went back to work and the kids were in bed I waited. I waited for the headlights that I would see pull into the driveway and the rattle of the trailer I would hear carrying Toby, the miniature horse. A little after nine my friend and her husband pulled in, the crunch of gravel signaling their arrival.
I walked out to greet them and the three of us made our way to the back of the trailer to get Toby and show him his new home. He was a bit hesitant at first and timidly made his way down the trailer ramp, but as we walked down the driveway he followed without a fight. I led Toby to the fenced area that would be his new home and after we let him off his lead and gave him a few good rubs he was on his own for the night.
Earlier this morning I fed everyone and Toby was doing well, he galloped around the pen a bit and came over to the fence to greet me, but more importantly to be fed.
So far I am the only person in the family that knows about this little guys existence and I am curious to see how long it takes for the rest of the family to notice.