Tumbleweed & Me & Rosalee.
"Cowgirls need a little love sometime."
Tumbleweed, won't you hurry please
And bring your love on home."
I've followed Shirley's horses for years over at her blog Ride a Good Horse. There was one baby, Rio, that I just fell in love with, but I wasn't looking for a horse at that time. Then, things changed. Cowboy is 23 and his days as a trail horse are numbered. It was time to think about the future.
I decided to breed Cowgirl, which would put me at about a four year countdown--which would make Cowboy 27 and Leah at about 17. That would be a good time to introduce what may be my final horse into the lineup. But then, I chickened out of breeding Cowgirl. I didn't feel up to the task.
It was time to meet Tumbleweed.
I had been really busy riding horses and away from my blog for two weeks, so Shirley stopped by to ask if I was okay. Instantly I was like--OH MY GOSH, I wonder if Rosalee's baby was born?!? I ran to her blog, and VOILA--there was little Tumbleweed, only three days old. He was so cute, I figured she must be keeping him or he was already sold, but no--as luck would have it--he was available.
And the rest was fate. Turns out, Shirley and I live pretty dang close to one another--separated only by the border of the USA and Canada. It was time for a ROAD TRIP to meet her--and Beamer (Shirley's heart horse, so I knew he was golden)--and Rosalee (who I had been admiring since Shirley first thought of getting her!)--and Tumbleweed (the cutest baby ever).
I'll tell the rest of the story through photos--some mine, some Shirley's.
I didn't want to scare him or be disrespectful to his mama, Rosalee, who I knew would be wanting to protect the baby she worked so hard to bring into the world. So, I tried to be as gentle as I could with him.
An ear on me, and an ear on mama.
But Rosalee warmed right up and decided we were okay.
So, we soon progressed to some serious butt scratching.
To tell you the truth, my decision had mostly been made before I ever went up there. I knew all I needed to know about Beamer and Rosalee--and that Shirley was a good honest person and excellent horsewoman. I'd watched her with horses and I'd seen how her other babies excelled in their new homes. Meeting Tumbleweed only confirmed in my heart what I already knew.
I see a few more trips to Canada in my future! Shirley has invited me to come up whenever I can and work with Tumbleweed on some basic training. I will certainly take her up on that.
It was surreal in a way to meet Shirley, after all this time on the internet together. But what you see on her blog is what she really is. Her horses are just how she describes them, too. For me, it was seamless.
Now, I have a little work to do to prepare to get our baby from Canada to the USA! And Shirley has a little work to do to keep our baby safe from himself. I certainly have the easier job! But I think Tumbleweed is smart enough to do pretty well. He learns fast!