It was one of the hardest things I've had to do. We made the tough decision to sell her after the economy took a dump. Our stock market nest egg vaporized along with everybody else's, and the horses were our only moveable asset. It took a year to sell Siofra, but in the meantime, she foaled a gorgeous buckskin colt, Arthur.
He is now happily living it up in east Texas.
Selling Siofra was bittersweet. She had been with us since she was a baby. We did a lot of growing together, and she had the gift of forgiving my amateur-horse-owner blunders. And for every mistake I made, I learned a lesson. Horses have a way of healing a person. It's like therapy. You can have the worst day, go out to the barn and start grooming your horse, and with every brushstroke, the world just melts away.
There's a famous quote by Sir Winston Churchill - "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." - and it's so true. So Siofra will be horse therapy for her new family. I know they will love her just as much as I do. Girls to fawn over her, ride her, brush her and hopefully it's all the therapy anyone will ever need.
We'll miss her.