You may or may not be aware that my dear hubby has a
nasty nice habit of bringing home animals/pets without talking it over with me first. Let's see.....an Iguana, horney toad, two LARGE Iguana, one chicken, 2 guinea pigs, and more rabbits than I can count. It is definately a trait of his that I don't really admire.
I am supposing that sense it had been a whole 9 months since the last time he pulled that little trick, he was just itching to add to our family. As with the last time, he tried disguising it as a "gift" for Sugar Bear. He knows me well....how can I argue about a present for my darling daughter? He so carefully plans the surprise arrival to coincide with Sugar and my arrival home. I have to say it is pretty hard to break my little ones heart by imediately freaking out, and insisting that he take it back. Nope....that is no fun.
All this brings us to introducing our newest member of the household. Drum Roll PLEASE............
Let's all welcome Sugar Bear's birthday present, Tiny!
Yes my friends....he bought her a pony. Well, not actually a pony. She is a Miniature Horse. You also may or may not know that Hubby hasn't always been on board with this parenting thing. He has come a long way, but there is still some barriers to a complete father/daughter relationship. I find that he often tries to build that bond the only way he knows how...shares things that interest him with her. It is a good thing.
Regardless of my worry over this little horse being more work than I am looking to add to my life right now, I am trying to be very supportive. Sugar is over the moon, and Hubby is pretty proud of the present. He has been working very hard to socialize Tiny. Each day, he spends hours with her. He leads her, brushes her, and so on. Tiny is slowly getting accustom to all of us, including our dog. In fact, Tiny very much acts like a loyal dog. She wants to be with us more than anything. The minute she hears our door open, she comes running.
Hubby is in the process of building her a little stable. We already have a nice fenced in pasture for her. With the addition of the shelter, she will be all set!
We are working fairly closely with a breeder, to ensure that we know all we need to know to take good care of her.
We are using a few treats to try to win her love. tee hee....
But not much, as it gets her all hyper.
After several days of work with Hubby, we finally let Sugar have an opportunity to sit on her back. From day one, Sugar was begging to ride her. We will be taking it slow. As far as I can tell, Sugar should be able to ride her for a few years, then she will weigh too much. We'll just have to figure that out when the time comes.
However, I'm not sure Sugar likes riding a horse. What do you think?
Sugar Bear hasn't quit talking about her new friend Tiny yet. She will tell anyone and everyone all about her. Despite my wishing Hubby had discussed it with me first, I think that it will all be worth it. Especially if Hubby and Sugar get some good bonding time in. Nothing would be better than that.