Monday, February 13, 2012

THIS JUST IN

I might, might get this amazing 15 year old Fell Pony (my dream horse) for a barter and a song. The owners need to size down their herd due to illness, and this UK import is too good to pass up. He's 13.2 hands (a little taller than J, but thicker and well trained!) rides english, western, drives, drags...he's a beautiful gelding and I am going to see him this weekend with Patty or Wendy if they are up for it. Plus, Jasper would have an equine partner, finally. This is literally a dream come true for me. If this happens you will be reading a whole lot more about cart horses...

His name is Merlin.

I'm dizzy....

64 Comments:

Blogger Tealah said...

Oh my goodness, he is GORGEOUS. Fingers crossed for you! Jasper needs a herdmate, and you need something amazing like this.

February 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Matt_Middleton said...

Awesome!! Good name :)

February 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

http://www.afellpony.com/the_boys.htm

read more about him here! ALBC superstar!!! and the very next week after I find a driving mentor? And the owner is willing to barter?! this is almost meant to be...

you can search CAF fell pony, ive been writing about this for years....

February 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger georgie said...

We are crossing fingers and paws that you get that gorgeous pony!

February 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

HOLY COW!!!! What a handsome hunk of horseflesh!! I am sooooo jealous!! ;)

February 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Ashten said...

o Jenna...what lovely news!! He's beautiful!!!

February 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Tealah said...

I remember you've been wanting one for ages. Riding your fell pony through a pasture full of sheep, border collie by your side... Well, now you have Gibson and the sheep, it's only fair for the universe to provide the fell pony too!

February 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

Go for it, Jenna. He's a beauty!! Another dream realized.

February 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

Wow, he is handsome!! Good luck, Jenna!

February 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I love the name, and he seems amazing! He's beautiful and talented to boot. Sending good thoughts your way!

February 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM  
OpenID jessieimproved said...

Wow, that is a beautiful pony!! Makes me rethink my whole "I don't want animals bigger than me" policy!!

February 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger dragonfly.garden said...

Jenna, that sounds like a better Valentine's present than chocolate any day!
Lisa

February 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM  
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February 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger e.m.b. said...

Good lord! Woohoo!!!! :)

February 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

Oh Jenna, He's gorgeous! Hoping the universe can make this happen!

February 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Tina - Our Rustic Roots said...

Excited for you! Can't wait to hear more! Good luck!

February 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Ask and you shall receive! It certainly pays to put yourself out there!

February 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

He is really nice looking. Hope it works out.

February 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Ngo Family Farm said...

You have a beautiful and amazing way of manifesting your dreams! :)
-Jaime

February 13, 2012 at 1:34 PM  
OpenID outdoors1968 said...

Well, I know very little about horses, but what a looker he is, and it sure seems that he'd be a huge asset, judging by all his talents. I hope it all comes together for ya!

February 13, 2012 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

What a handsome fellow! I will be eager to hear all your adventures in carting with him (I'm just assuming all will work out as you hope.) I have had trouble finding a driving mentor so will enjoy learning with you. Good luck!

February 13, 2012 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Simply gorgeous!! I agree, definitely better than any cartoon Valentine ;) Crossing my fingers, but I'm thinking this is meant to be!

February 13, 2012 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Flartus said...

Man, that looks dangerous...if I had a pony that handsome, I'd spend all my time combing out that gorgeous mane and brushing down that shiny coat. Next thing you know, I'd be feeding chickens and slopping pigs at midnight. :)

February 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Karen Smith said...

Jenna, I'm so excited for you! Fingers crossed, prayers being said, hopes being hoped that this happens for you! :)

February 13, 2012 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Beautiful!

Getting slightly green here in TX!

February 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

He's beautiful, my fingers are crossed for you!

February 13, 2012 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

Wow. I know I'd love reading more about him- and Jasper, too!

February 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger farmgirlwanabe said...

Oh is beautiful - envy envy envy - love the color

February 13, 2012 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger greendria said...

This seems like it's meant to be! Good luck

February 13, 2012 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Jenetta said...

Oh wow! Totally jealous! He's gorgeous and his name is perfect! I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you!

February 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger karental said...

I have this dream, and you just go live it. He is a beauty.

February 13, 2012 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Mark Brennan said...

GORGEOUS. Fingers crossed for you both

February 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM  
OpenID kindsofhoney said...

Oh. my. gosh. He is beautiful and I am dying of jealousy. Working horses on my small farm is a fierce dream of mine. I spend my time reading Rural Heritage and browsing horses for sale and (I'm in transition) researching folks to contact and learn from in areas where I might live. Seems like you're a few steps ahead of me! Eager to follow you, too, and see how all goes. Best of luck - oh, I hope you get him!

February 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Catharine said...

So Great! Beautiful Boy! Sending good thoughts... Valentine's gift to yourself!? check!

February 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

oh my.
i think the stars are in line today, or monday the 13th is lucky, or we gals just caught a break today. cuz i'm feeling like a newborn woman me-self this afternoon.
good on 'ya!!!

February 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

What an absolutely gorgeous beast. Fingers are crossed that he's yours very soon, and if so, I can't wait to rub his velvety nose at Antlerstock.

February 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

this is great Jenna but how will you house him and Jasper? Your barns not in great shape and it seems its already full? Do you have the funds to put a bigger barn up? And your sheep sheds did they fair the winter? Just think this through and don't bite off too much. It's wonderful but is now the right time?

February 13, 2012 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

he would be boarded to start, and this summer in an expanded new horse run in barn with jasper behind the old barn. I'm on it Pam!

February 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Granny Kate said...

I'm excited for you. This is wonderful, and Merlin is beautiful!

February 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Mist said...

*swoon* I can't imagine the excitement you must be feeling! Here's hoping that Merlin will soon call CAF home.

February 13, 2012 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

He's gorgeous, and his name rocks! I'm with Jaime, your ability to manifest is amazing! Sending lots of good energy your way for this to turn out as you envision it.

February 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger CarolG. said...

I am so glad your life is moving in this positive direction. I like the idea of you having an on farm mentor for driving. Jasper will also benefit from his knowledge if Merlin is able to come live with you.

February 13, 2012 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Catcoco said...

Fingers crossed. Let us know how it turns out.

February 13, 2012 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger phaedra96 said...

He would be so much better for you. Already trained and of the heft and weight you need. Always loved the look of the Fells. Hope you can have him!

February 13, 2012 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger downeast becka said...

almost meant to be??? sounds perfect! congrats! my heart was in my throat when i saw that! i hope your book sells so much you could go down to part time so you have more time with all your critters! ps, i couldn't help it, i sent your poignant gracious request to the universe to my single farming buddy in nh.....

February 13, 2012 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger downeast becka said...

almost meant to be??? sounds perfect! congrats! my heart was in my throat when i saw that! i hope your book sells so much you could go down to part time so you have more time with all your critters! ps, i couldn't help it, i sent your poignant gracious request to the universe to my single farming buddy in nh.....

February 13, 2012 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Glyndalyn said...

He is beautiful. And he is trained. And not muddy. Hope you are able to have him at Cold Antler. Good luck.

February 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Lyssa said...

He's beautiful! I hope it works out, because I want to see more of him.

February 13, 2012 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Victoria Nidetch said...

Jenna he is beautiful!

February 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Imagine you will fly... said...

I wish you good luck, Jenna!
this seems meant to be ... after all the past misery !

February 14, 2012 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger pawsfurme said...

I really hope it works out, but are you sure you can you continually handle the extra expenses of hay, straw, grain, vet and farrier bills?

As much of a dream come true as this is for you, we all want to be sure you are fully prepared for him mentally, financially, etc.

February 14, 2012 at 1:12 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

He's a dream

February 14, 2012 at 3:49 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

Go for it!

February 14, 2012 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger ladyfarrier said...

Jenna he is gorgeous. But....
I'll write now something I had written a couple of days ago but did not post.

Do less, but do it better.

Going from one horse to two does not double your (a) expenses (b) problems (c) facility requirements...it triples them or even more.

It's very easy as a new farm owner to fall into the trap of "collecting" the things our dreams are made of. Beautiful living things make it even harder to resist.

In light of the past years problems, my best intentioned advice would be step back, make a prioritized list of what you need to make your farm function in the BEST possible way it can, economically and esthetically. And stick to the list.

You have chickens living in a temporary building. You have Jasper living in a very small paddock which will soon be a seasonal quagmire (an additional horse will create huge mud bogs). You don't know if Jasper will like his new buddy, so factor in the vet bills for injuries in the beginning.

Also double your bills for farrier work and preventative maintenance like deworming, dental work, etc. A bad hay year and you need double the previous amount can wreck your carefully balanced budget.

Building additions and increased fencing can be budget breakers also. You may have the room for 2 horses, but fencing adequate pasture for them will be dear. Try to keep them in too small a space and they will ruin your land for years to come.

Yes, he's gorgeous and he's a dream. Doesn't mean he has to live at your house though. Admire him, work with him and the horses at your mentors, but avoid making him a member of your farm family. Two horses, when you aren't using one in a marginally budgeted farm program should be a mental warning flag.

A "free" horse is the most expensive thing you will ever own.

This isn't meant as criticism, but advice speaking from years of farm and horse ownership.

February 14, 2012 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

He is wonderful; I'm sure a dream come true for you.. Hope you will get him, even it's a stretch ...

February 14, 2012 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

He wouldn't be here for a few months, he would be boarded at a nearbye lesson stable while a two-horse run and new padock would be build, and Jaspers current one would turn into a pig pen.

This is all only going to happen if I can make it happen, if the horse and the stalls, fencing, etc are possible to afford.

I will also be following my gut feeling, I have certainly turned down plenty of productive animals because it wasn't possible, from dairy goats to draft horses.

advice well taken, and I will only take in this pony if it all works out on paper and in my heart. I haven't even seen him yet.

February 14, 2012 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

He is wonderful; I'm sure a dream come true for you.. Hope you will get him, even it's a stretch ...

February 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Pit Stop Farm said...

Beautiful!!!!!!! Do you have room in the barn for him, or will an addition need to be built?

February 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

is your current barn even structurally sound? did you ever get the roof replaced?

February 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM  
OpenID meatbagz said...

he is GORGEOUS!! fingers crossed for you!

-kate

February 14, 2012 at 3:32 PM  
OpenID mountainchicken said...

Woohoo! My fingers are crossed that he's everything you want and need him to be!

February 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger beccaWA said...

Pretty much ditto Ladyfarrier's advice. "Appreciate and work with what you have, and make that work" is pretty much my motto nowdays. That's everything from raw materials, furniture, animals, foodstuff, etc. I look at EVERY POSSIBLE PURCHASE (or even 'free') from the angle of, "How much is this really going to cost me? (or save me)." What do I already have in that category that I can make work, or that I'm not using?

From my own experience owning horses, they are pretty much a luxury item. There is really no money-making attributes about them, in this day and age. Yes, he's gorgeous. Let him be someone else's gorgeous, expensive hobby.

February 14, 2012 at 8:51 PM  
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February 14, 2012 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger wooden wonders said...

I am so jealous! He is gorgeous I would love a fell pony!

February 16, 2012 at 9:41 AM  

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