On Saturday, Amber called us and said it would be best for Quest to recover and gain his health at home. We surmised it was Quest missing home and his buddies along with his starved condition that was affecting his mental state. It was time for Quest to come home.
Through the kindness of a stranger we had not known but appeared during a visit to our friend Mark Ness in search of a LARGE trailer for Quest's transport, Mark Michel very graciously agreed to let us borrow his trailer to bring Quest home. We are so lucky to live in a community of people that are so willing to give freely when help is needed.
Of course all this took place when Maureen is in England. Its so nice that Carla was here to help. She started volunteering here after Quest was gone, so she really didn't know him other than our photos and talking about him. Of course now she can really get to know Quest.
Carla and I arrived at Pond-A-Luce-Stables ready to bring the boy back home. It was not all smooth. As usual, loading an inexperienced horse when you want to just get up and go has its moments. Quest decided to take one of those moments. After many of my failed attempts, Amber offered to help. I definitely have lost my touch. Amber and crew were great and had him in the trailer in one attempt! Great job Amber.
We arrived back home without incident. Quest realized he was home and brightened up. We brought Lady in early and the reunion was as expected. Lady's eyes lit up as did Quest's. The grooming commenced and was none stop for almost an hour. It was so lovely to see their enthusiasm and joy. They chewed, smelled and just hung out together over the door. It was a great sight!!
The good thing that is evident, Quest decided it was time to eat. Amber said he was not eating very well no matter what she tried. I guess he was depressed and the reunion with Lady made him feel at ease. He polished off his dinner and was chomping away at the hay when we left. I went down later this evening to check on him and he was standing with Lady chewing on some hay. So the recovery begins. I only hope that the damage done to his body is minimal and he will have a full recovery. We are thankful he is back and much gratitude goes out to all that have helped in his return. A BIG heartfelt THANKS to Amber and her crew at Pond-A-Luce-A Stables in Auburn. We can only guess what would have been Quests future if Amber had not taken him away.
WELCOME HOME QUEST!! Now the question of the season will be, is Gertie going to return with her mate in the spring? Time will tell... Look for Quest and Gertie's upcoming book later this fall. We will keep you updated on that as well.
As Maureen would say. Its late and time for me to get some rest.
Take care and stay safe. Sure glad Quest is home...