Eddie's Departure - FOUND a good home.
Eddy's Departure's owners' jobs have changed and they are traveling too much to keep horses at home. They would like to find a home for Eddy's Departure but his life-long buddy Thistle needs to go with him. The horses will be offered FREE to a good home*. There will be restrictions on reselling these horses. They must be kept together. Both horses are totally sound and can be ridden. They are both 19 years old. They were both in the group of 25 Special Horses. Both horses have been ridden by their owners who are not riders. Thistle and Eddy's Departure have found a new home together!
*Restrictions on selling these horses will apply. We are looking for a permanent home where they will be ridden and loved.
Eddy's Departure is sound and can be ridden. He and Thistle are 19 years old.
Hi Elizabeth & Joe:
We had a very exciting day at Wild Shamrock Farm today! Jennifer & Jessica (MY Sparky Boy's new owners) were here for a couple of hours....and rode both Eddy and Thistle. You've waited a long time for their success story, haven't you? Let me know how many of the 33 pics we took you would like to have. :>)
Our work the past weeks lunging Eddy & Thistle did show - you could tell we've done a little more with them than just treating them like the King & Queen of the farm. They both lunged in both directions well, even with a surveyor tramping around the perimeter of the property, the wind howling and the chilly temps. Eddy is a little lazy and has to be encouraged to trot on the line; Thistle shows more spirit and speed. Her stride is longer and I hear she is a more comfortable ride. Eddy is a "cute mover" according to Jennifer & Jessica. They also could not believe how much he resembles Sparky in appearance and disposition. Frankly, when Sparky was here, it was hard for us to tell them apart from a distance - had to check the tails to be sure!
Eddy and Jessica - March 25, 2006
After lunging Eddy, Jessica was sent up to ride him bareback -- only partly because she was the lightest of all of us. She sure has her way with horses. Jennifer fashioned the lung line into reins and Eddy carried Jessica at a walk with not a care in the world. She had to work to get him to keep moving! With this success under her belt, Jennifer then had Tim mount Eddy. Understand that both Tim and I fall into the 'novice' rider category! We were always the Barn Mom & Dad....not the rider. Tim was up in no time and Eddy again walked around obediently.
Tim and Eddy's with Jennifer in the lead. March 25, 2006
Then Jennifer lunged Thistle, who works well but always has an expression that says "Haven't you heard? I already did this - I'm retired!" Jessica got on the mounting block to back Thistle and WOAH....Thistle braced, looked around as if to say - "I'm outta here! I'm a broodmare you goofs!" So, Jennifer put the lunging surcingle on Thistle, very, very gingerly. Thistle seemed pretty unhappy about this. When asked to walk, Thistle was frozen. "I can't move with this thing around me....what are you thinking???" "I don't think I can breathe....I think I'm gonna faint!" "Wait....wait, well my feet will still move. OK. OK. She's not wearing a jockey cap. I don't see a crop anywhere. OK.... OK... but only a couple of steps."
Then, after just a few minutes, "See? I know what I'm doing. I was a Breeders Cup Nominee. You can't scare me with a silly surcingle. So there."
Not being one who shys away or backs down easily, Jennifer again had Jessica up on the block, leaning into Thistle while she cooed, patted and praised her. Soon after, Jessica was walking and trotting bareback on Thistle.
Jennifer and Thistle with Jessica up.
Thistle is definitely more alert and more ready to spring into action than Eddy. Jennifer and Jessica agreed to come back for a few more training session. At the end of that time, I hope to be on one of the horses, rather than behind the camera. Originally we thought I'd ride Thistle and Tim would ride Eddy, but we are rethinking that pairing. It did become clear that we will need to ride both of them together as they do not like being separated at all....but that is what we had hoped to do all along. So you see, another perfect match!
Melanie & Tim O'Donnell
Jessica and Thistle
Eddy's Departure was purchased by Melanie and Tim O'Donnell of Ball Ground, Georgia. Read the story of our 25 Special Horses. News story one. News story two.
Eddy's Departure in November 2005
Eddy's Departure was one of our 25 Special Prospect Horses
17 yr old, 16hh gelding. His trainer actually rode him around himself before he had his knee and hip surgeries. Very sweet horse. Clean legged. Can still be ridden and would make a great trail horse. He has a good body and is very friendly. I think he has lots of good years still ahead of him. He needs a good home where he is loved.
Eddy's Departure in November 2005