In Lonesome Dove, Misty would have played the role of the Hell Bitch. Never mind that the mare in question was gray and Misty is red, she could play the role better than any other actress horse out there. She wins the part. Hell, maybe she even wins the Oscar for best supporting role.

We have owned Misty for 10 years and she is my husband’s horse. Maybe she thinks she is his wife. She and I definitely do not have a great meeting of minds but she is smart enough to know not to mess with me. We are two loud, bossy gals and I guess that’s the way he likes them, but in the end, he’s married to me and the mare has got to go. I’m all the loud bossy he can keep exercised and content.

He does ride her sometimes. Routinely about twice a year, less some years. She’s pretty good about it, too. Don’t get me wrong, she’s not perfect. She pulls on the reins and makes a few faces, but come Harley or four wheeler, she’s low drama on the trail.

Still, she’s loud at feeding time and, like I said, I don’t love her. Plus, hubby has minimal time to ride her. It’s time for her to move along.

She’s now 15 and spoiled but we hoped that she may prove suitable for a few pleasure classes for our 10 year old who recently outgrew her adorable pony. We took her to the trainer’s barn where she proceeded to sweat and trot off 50 pounds and also kicked down a section of fence trying to get to other horses. The folks at the barn were charmed. Not. So we brought her home.

What now? Finally we agreed that giving her away was a good idea. We’ve had excellent success with give-away horses in the past. We still know where they all are, in fact, never the case with horses we have sold. So I placed an ad.

a non-rider friend taking a slow hack around the farm

There were several responses but most wanted a lesson horse or something to do group trail rides. While this mare is good for even the most unbalanced, unknowing rider, carrying that sort of unpredictable burden day in and day out would not suit her. So I turned them down. Eventually someone wanted her for a husband horse! I was greatly relieved. This is what she’s good at.

I recommended that they come have a look. They declined. We delivered. I fear that she misbehaved so badly that they think she is actually not broke to ride, maybe even that I sent them this horse because she’s dangerous! I suppose she is dangerous, or she can be she’s a horse after all and anything that large can be dangerous. Mostly what she is is smart and spoiled and she never had time to settle in at the new barn.

So here’s a video of my 10 year old riding this husband-killer, after the pics of my husband and someone else’s future husband aboard, I hope my point is made. She is *special* but she is not a man-killer. Au contraire, she’s faithful and calm and dependable. She simply needs for change to come slowly and to be able to bond with her new owner.

For now a little girl in our neighborhood is going to come ride her. The kid used to take lessons on her here and they really got along well. Next time we try to rehome her, the potential taker will have to come here and spend some time, get to know her, before taking her home. Her anxiety gets the best of her in unfamiliar circumstances and without her herd. She needs a small barn and a one-owner situation. (This does not mean one-rider, she does find with a variety of riders but she needs a human who she gets to see every day.)

Interested? Leave a comment. If you are an experienced, local, checkable horse family and willing to come and spend time with her here before committing. With just a little attention she is the horse that follows you up and down the fence line, nickering for attention.


About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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2 Responses to Misty

  1. Tricia says:

    Have you considered Equi-Kids? While multiple children ride them-it is usually the same few each week and the barn manager lives on site and really loves these horses (she “kins” them). The volunteers are fairly regular. IMHO they need another mount that can work well with the more independent riders. How is she on a lead line? These lesson horses are not used like at a normal stables. They do one or two lessons a day. The riders like Rachael and Saejin are on the same horse every week and usually they are alone or a group of 2 at most. I have never seen a horse scheduled for more than 2 lessons in a day and often my kids are their only rider that day. They also give them 1-2 week breaks every 5-8 weeks. What is a small barn? Equi-Kids has something like a dozen horses in a single aisle barn with 4 or 5 pastures and 3 rings. http://www.equikids.org/horses/

  2. Tina says:

    I did think about that. I’m not sure she would bea good fit for them, otherwise I would have contacted them already. We get a tax write off for that type of donation, which is cool.

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