Friday, March 21, 2014

Jasper

I have come to the hard but necessary decision that I should sell Jasper. He is 12 years old, trained to ride western, comes with full harness and collar for driving (which he also does). He is out of practice and will need some refreshing but times are tight and it is unrealistic to keep a second pony I do not use much. He has become Merlin's Companion, more than anything else. He stands well for the farrier (was just seen last week, trimmed his bare feet). This photo is from two summers ago and his coat is lighter all around. He is a dapple gray with whie/flax main.

If you are seriously interested please email me for details. I do not have a trailer so you would have to pick him up.


19 Comments:

Blogger eidolons said...

This had to have been a very hard choice to make. I hope that everything works out for the best for both you and Jasper.

March 21, 2014 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Dirt Worshipper said...

I'm happy and so sad for you. Jasper has had such a good life with you and Merlin and the other creatures. But it sounds like his task is finished at Cold Antler Farm. Without him, there may not have been Merlin. I'm sure that there's another job out there for him with another individual or family and (though my approval certainly isn't necessary) as someone who's read this blog since Idaho, I'm proud of you.

March 21, 2014 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I understand your decision. Maybe he will become a child's treasured companion!

March 21, 2014 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger English sheep gal said...

My fave Jasper blog memory is when you put up the video post of him all excited trotting up and down the fenceline,(any chance of a rerun?).

Hope he finds a new home - ideally with a CAF reader who wont mind updating us on how he's doing.

March 21, 2014 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Kyler and Sylvia said...

My opinion doesn't matter, Jenna, but I know you're making the right decision for your farm.

March 22, 2014 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Carlos Rodriguez said...

oh jenna,us as readers and contributers are hopeful jasper is your story...OUR story..we followed.. we cried..we laughed we loved... we hurt..all along with you..its like the neverending story of sorts..that horse is the farm and the farm is the horse...we dont want to see him go..and even if it comes to that..we all know you are doing whats best for the farm as a whole..as all us farmers must do at times..but oh that pony..it rides wild and free in all of us...and i speak for many of us (and i dont think im alone here)...we need the antics of jasper and merlin...we just do..its what made us want our own farms...our own horses..please post my response..because by firefly,..dammit...we need you to keep this horse..and we get what we want...cuz we ASK for it! right jenna? and in times of need and trials, well, hell, some ole' farmers say if you dont have the horses you dont have a pot to piss in. look up, cuz you never look up...that has been true for me of late..look up jenna..you never know what star is shining down on you...jasper is your gibson, your right side, just being a horse...he's gotta be the cold antler farm man..its a ponies job (and gibson.. of course :)

March 22, 2014 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

horses really like companions - this makes me sad - but i certainly understand the necessity

March 22, 2014 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger aart said...

Kudo's on a hard but good decision to remove an animal that is not providing his keep in one way or another.

Will Merlin find enough companionship with another of CAF's animals?

March 23, 2014 at 5:40 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

Financially, this makes a lot of sense. He is costing you money without being a big overall contributor. Decisions like this are part of real farming.

March 23, 2014 at 6:58 AM  
OpenID celiayork said...

I am a fairly new reader, but it sounds like this is the right decision for you, Jasper, and Cold Antler Farm. Jasper came into your life to open a door. He was what you needed at that time. Now the time is right for him to move on and open that door for someone else. You will always love him, but maybe right now there is somewhere else he needs to be.

March 23, 2014 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

Good choice, Jenna. A tough one, but a good one. I had to re-home a pet once for different reasons. It tore at my heart, but it was a good decision in the long run for both me and my pet.

March 23, 2014 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

As hard as it is to let go of an animal, you are running a farm. Decision to sell him although not easy, is a correct one. All animals have to serve a purpose, his was a companion and a gateway horse. He has done them well and now can be sold to another who wants to experience having a horse .
Carlos, I have to disagree with you. Not to be harsh, but you are not paying for Jaspers care and feed, when you do, you can tell Jenna to keep him, till then... sorry you can't.
I am sure it is VERY hard on Jenna to say goodbye to him, but she came to conclusion that he should be sold.
In the end it is her call.

March 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger The Village Queen said...

Its always hard to make these choices. Merlin will miss him but race horses are often paired with goats to be their companions and herd. Im not sure how you go about that, but Id look into it or your going to have Merlin testing your fence building skills, horses really don't like being alone. He can babysit all the new goat babies!

March 24, 2014 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Off the Beaten Path said...

I know that you've thought long about this decision...it's too bad that someone can't step up and "sponsor" him to stay - pay his feed and farrier bill monthly. Merlin will be sad but with all the other animals he'll hopefully be fine. Maybe even "lease" him - paying his keep and they can visit. I have an old 27 yr old boy that is living out his twilight years and is doing fine alone. He does want for my attention more since the other horses have passed. Wish I could help you - but I'm in S.C. - Best wishes to you - I know things will work out.

March 24, 2014 at 11:43 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I want to thank everyone for their understanding and for their concern - but a few notes:


1. Jasper isn't being sold because I need to make a few quick hundred dollars. He is being sold because of the cost of upkeep and his use at the farm. If I am going to have two horses I would prefer to have 2 horses I can ride and drive - not one that I use and a second I cant use as a companion.

2. I know Merlin will miss him but Merlin will be okay. I do plan to buy another horse when times are better but that is for when debts are paid down and such and the expense of a second equine is more realistic.

3. I am not looking for a friendly reader to sponsor him or pay me the money to keep him. That money you would send to pay for him could be used for much more practical uses and it doesn't solve the problem of a horse that I have outgrown in usage. I adore Jasper but he deserves a home where he isn't second fiddle. HE should be first string!

4. This is part of the real decision making about small businesses and farms. It stinks. But selling him isn't about fighting the good fight, it is about being responsible with my resources and where they should go.

March 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Myers said...

sometimes the hardest decisions turn out to be the best, looking back in hindsight. Jasper will go to a loving home, and you will have the pleasure of knowing that you loved and needed him as much as he needed you.

March 29, 2014 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Myers said...

sometimes the hardest decisions turn out to be the best, looking back in hindsight. Jasper will go to a loving home, and you will have the pleasure of knowing that you loved and needed him as much as he needed you.

March 29, 2014 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Kate Ballo said...

Hi Jenna, am very interested in Jasper. Cannot seem to find your email, if you can email we can get a dialogue going if he is not spoken for yet. Thanks im at kate.ballo@gmail.com

March 29, 2014 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger Kate Ballo said...

Hi jenna, am very interested in Jasper but cant seem to find your email address. Can you email me at kate.ballo@gmail.com?

March 29, 2014 at 11:24 PM  

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