This morning started early. Gabrielle got up early and completely brushed Faith all over. Faith has a great winter coat coming in thick and woolly. It has served her well here but she may not need as much in her new home in Corvallis, Oregon. She will be there by the day's end.
I said my goodbyes to her last night by hand feeding her oats to her while keeping away the rest of the herd. Gabrielle likes to think they were around me because the boys love Faith so much but I know the way to the boys' hearts are through food and that is what I had. Oats, and they wanted some. However, last night they were all for Faith, it was the last kindness I could give her.
Over the last 5 months I have been able to watch both these beautiful girls grow. Both are taller, more confident and wiser. They have both gained skills that will stay with them for a lifetime and I am convinced they will both go far in life and touch everyone they meet.
Once we got to The Dalles, Gabrielle led Faith from our trailer to her new trailer. In typical Faith fashion she was unflappable. There was a large highway to the right of this picture and a very busy street to our left. Faith just followed Gabrielle without question and loaded right up.
Faith's new family was SO excited to see her and be able to take her home. They have been working and waiting for two months for this day. They treated Faith to a bag of hay for her ride home and she was very thankful for that. It was so much to see Alex, Chris, Morgan and Birdy's faces. They had great big smiles and pats for Faith. I am so happy for them and for Faith.
Faith is a family horse, but the idea is for Birdy and Faith to be able to grow up together. This was Gabrielle's wish from the beginning of the Teen Mustang Challenge; for her horse to be wanted by a family and for Faith to get a girl of her own to love and spoil her. This is the happy ending we wanted and prayed for.
Birdy and her brother climbed right up to talk with Faith and look at her.
This is the image that will stay with me. I watched these two begin their bonding and can already see them growing up together and spending hours playing. Faith will prove to be her best friend and greatest listener and hopefully comfort and encourage Birdy through all the stages of growing up. They will learn to trust each other and soar higher together than they ever could alone.
Welcome home Faith! You will always be a part of our lives!