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This month's featured horse: Libby
Spur-of-the-moment decisions and horse people are usually a bad combination. They tend to cost us a lot of money and, more often than not, a serious headache. Nevertheless, the horse people at MVA are known to lead with heart rather than head. My heart was defiantly the one in charge the first day I met Libby. I was picking up a new pony, not that I really needed one. I couldn’t get her dropped off in Smithers so I had to drive 3 hours to pick her up. By the time we were pulling into the farm I seriously doubted my decision. With 40+ horse already at home, why on earth was I bringing home another one? But the decision was done, for better or worse, that pony was coming home.
We were waiting by the trailer while the farmer went to retrieve our new family member. I heard the thunder of hooves and turned around to see 3 large horses prancing around their paddock, obviously very excited about the unfamiliar trailer in their midst. Among them was a big, bodacious mare that obviously thought she was something worth looking at. I had to agree. The big draft horse appaloosa cross had more moves than you would expect from someone her size. For a split second I forgot about the pony. I walked over to the gate and Libby did the same. A few warm sniffs across my face and I was hooked. Without any real thought, I asked the farmer behind me if he wanted to sell this impressive mare. I guess I had expected him to say no, because I remember the shock of him saying yes. Regardless, the reality check in my brain had apparently been switched off by this point. By the time I remembered about the pony and the other 40 horses I already had, the preliminary arrangement for Libby’s purchase were already in progress.
After Libby came home, the test was underway. Would that spur-of-the-moment purchase cause regret? Sometimes we don’t know for weeks or months after whether or not a horse will really fit it. Luckily, with Libby, we knew after the first ride. Not only did she fit in, it was like she was meant to be here. Since her arrival in 2010 she has been an invaluable partner in the MVA family and a real trouper. She might be one of the biggest horses in the herd but it only represents the size of her heart. The gentle giant is a real gem and the one split decision that this horse person will never regret.