"I'm going to really miss this place", I thought as the two deer ate bits of my muffin causing the goats, dogs, and kitten to curiously mosey over as well.
Henry's oldest brother, Trino, came around the corner and my jaw dropped. I had talked to him the night before on the phone and was unable to hold back my tears because I didn't realize I wasn't going to see him again. For the last nearly 2 years we would all gather around a fire and talk and laugh and ride, but I had to finish some last minute leather orders and so I didn't get to the ranch until late the night before. Trino had already headed out by then and was 2 hours away at his home.
"Just don't go. Why are you going? Just stay", he said over the phone.
"Oh, I've got to go now, Trino! I'd be upset if I didn't go, but I thought I would at least get to say goodbye to you!"
As he came around the corner of the arena the next morning I sat up making all of the animals scurry a little over toward Walter and ran to him.
Sojourner is furry, has little muscle, he's thin, and how on earth am I ever going to get him in that trailer? I told Henry it was going to be quite a task.
"Oh nonono, sweetie, he'll go in", he would say.
It was a task though. We had to put the pony in the other side of the two horse straight loader trailer so Soj could see that it wasn't a dangerous place. It was a fight, but eventually he went in.
That was a feat as well.
Soj...skinny, still pretty timid, and me about to ride away from all I knew and so many that I love so dearly. Both of us were still so green as far as what it takes to embark on such an adventure. There was a lot that was going to be learned in our future. I even almost forgot his bridle! We were all loaded and ready to go and then my brain stopped. It had been running like a slot machine, the check list in my head buzzing by over and over and then, "ching ching ching STOP!" The bridle!
"Well, we're just gonna walk and keep on walking, that's all. We'll just keep on walking."
Judy packed us buckets full of things like vet wrap, betadine, Cowboy magic stuff (horse hair product stuff), cotton, fly spray, and more.
...but Walter caught him...