Missy is on her way to me. She left Mary at about 1:30 in the morning last night. She'll be laying over tonight for a rest break in Lexington, Kentucky, and then will come up to me on Saturday. I'm very much looking forward to seeing her sweet face, and getting her settled in the stall next to Dawn.
Missy is Mary's heart horse. Taking on someone else's heart horse is a special responsibility. I've done it once before - Dawn was my younger daughter's heart horse, and when my daughter went to college, Dawn became my special responsibility.
I lost a very special heart horse - Snow - when I was about 17. And not only did I lose a heart horse, I had no control over where she went or how she was treated or what happened to her as she got old.
I couldn't make Mary's decision to give up Missy any easier, but I could give Mary the assurance that her special heart horse would be well-loved and well-cared for. I hope in the end that's some comfort.
We're already planning for Mary to come visit next summer, and in the meantime, Mary will be able to follow our adventures here on this blog . . .