Jeb is a neighbor of ours, a recently married young man who has worked with both Zac and Eric on stream bed restoration and fire fuel-reduction projects. He and his wife Tess own three horses, two LARGE models and one normal-sized. One of the jumbos wasn't working out... he was balky and obstinate with Jeb, and mean to the other large horse. Jeb decided to sell. I don't know exactly when that decision was made, but I do know that by the time we heard about it the price had fallen from the 2500 dollars that they paid for the horse to 250... and Jeb had told our mutual neighbor Julie that "I may have to GIVE him away to reduce my feed bill!
Tammie, acting solely on her feminine instinct to respond to 90% off sales, and Eric, always game for a big adventure, decide that we NEED this horse. Or, that this horse NEEDS us, I forget... Either way, Eric and I borrow a trailer (we needed a large trailer, this is a BIG horse) and drive to Jeb and Tess's. Jeb tried to dissuade us, he told us that he had been unable to bit the horse, that the horse had bolted once, that it was mean to the other horse, ( he even pointed out the scars on the victim's hide!) he mentioned more than once that this horse REALLY EATS A LOT!!! He told us that if the horse gets loose "you'll think someone stole your haystack."
Saner men would have thanked him for his honesty and driven away. We loaded the big guy and drove back to the ranch with our booty. The agreement was; if your horse fits in with our herd and we choose to keep him, after a trial period of course, we will buy him from you. In the meantime, we will feed and care for his needs. This morning Tammie and Eric rode a fairly technical trail and introduced the new guy to the regulars. He passed all tests and Eric is claiming him as his own. The newest horse on the ranch is named Sweet William or Billy Bob depending on who you talk to. Being of Scottish ancestry, I'm pulling for William the Sweet, Prince of Scotland.
Certainly not afraid of water crossings
Perhaps a little peeved by people talking behind his back