My name is Bella, I am a 16 hand 16 year old Appendix Mare. I heard about all of the winks, likes, loves, and comments that my buddy Cooper got after he agreed to let Kelsey make him an online dating profile. And as much as I want to find my own person, I am just coming out of a long term relationship. I do not know if I am quite over my favorite person, and the thought of reentering the dating pool is a bit daunting. But I have heard from many people around the barn that writing a letter to someone who is no longer in your life is a way to get closure. So I am going to write a letter to my little girl and share it with you. I want to tell you about our life together, and about how I took care of her. I want to tell you about how we parted ways by no fault of either of us. I want you to know that how I took care of my little girl, I could take care of you or your child in the same way. So, here it goes…
To my dearest Little Girl,
The last several years we spent together have been the happiest of my life. We did everything together. We showed locally around Bucks County while you were learning so much in your pre-college years. We took lessons together all the time, and I took you over every jump you pointed me to. Then I got to make the trip to Penn State University! I loved college. Lot’s of horses get left behind when their little girls go to school, but I was special enough to make the trip with you. When you decided then that you wanted to learn dressage. It was a sport new to the both of us, but we took our time, and learned together. When we won ribbons at your intercollegiate shows, as proud as you were of me I was even prouder of you. Our blue ribbons were my favorite of course, but any time you grew and learned, I was beaming inside.
This past year you made such big strides in setting up your future. You decided to apply to graduate school. The process was grueling, and you were very busy. We did not see each other so much anymore, and I got to doing that weaving stuff without the attention I had become so accustomed to over the years. When you saw that I had lost weight and was not the happy horse I was when we spent so much time together, you made the decision to send me to your cousin Kelsey at ReeLee to find me someone new to take care of. I want you know that when you made that decision, I know how hard it was for you. More than anything, I want you to know that I am proud of you for making it. Knowing that I would be able to do more for someone else than you could do for me at this time in your life is something not many have the strength to do. I know you were upset, and adjusting to life without you in it has been hard, but I want you to know you did the right thing.
Since coming to ReeLee I have been doing great. I have put on about 250lbs, and am now fat as a house. I have been living outside almost all the time, and I now only weave in the stall if I’m left alone in the barn or run out of hay. (Since Kelsey gives me a hay net and there are usually horses in the barn, I’m pretty much happy with coming in if I really have to.)
I have once again been teaching young kids how to ride. I took an 8 year old girl over her first jumps, and have had first time riders learning the basics on me. But Kelsey still lets me have fun, intermediate students take me over higher jumps, and I’ve learned how to trail ride! I know we didn’t get to do much of that when I was taking care of you, but I hope one day when things settle down and you can get another horse that they will teach you about how much fun the trail is because I LOVE it! I go out alone, or with other horses and their riders. I’ve even given some western lessons too. The neck reining thing is still coming along, but Kelsey says that because I move so well off of her leg I should catch on pretty soon.
Kelsey told me yesterday that you got accepted into graduate school. I hope you know that I am just tickled with how well you are doing. I knew you could do it, and knowing that you have a bright future ahead of you is allowing me to move on and find my next partner in crime to help learn, grow, and excel. I know that you think about me often, and I know that you want the best for me. But please don’t worry my special little girl (because you will always be little to me), Kelsey will only let someone just as special as you take me home. She said there will be a right of first refusal and no slaughter agreement that they will have to sign to make sure I am safe.
If you are interested in making Bella a part of your family, please contact Kelsey. For Contact information please click here. Bella is sound, barefoot, and looking for a forever home. Currently asking $5,000, OBO to the perfect home. Photos and video below. Indoor arena video was taken a week after she arrived at ReeLee. Updated video coming soon.
Bella February 2016