Gai Lana was a special little mare. She was only with our family for a short few months, but I like to think that they were some of her best few months, with the exception of a few minor incidents.
Lana came to us via a posting to a Freecycle list in our area.
Within a couple of weeks or so of being posted there, she was in our barn. She was a prime example that any horse can end up in a place that they don’t deserve to be. This mare should have ended up in the fanciest place on earth to live out her days. We tried to give her that here. She certainly was as happy as a horse could be.
The folks that we got her from were the nicest people. Not rich, but neither are we, still a strong sense of love for her. Their little girl loved that horse just like every grateful little girl does. She hated saying goodbye the day we picked her up, but she new that Lana would be in a happy place with all the grass she could eat and a flat pasture perfect for an arthritic old mare. That family did the right thing and found her a good home before they got into trouble not being able to care for her in her final days. This was a few years ago before feed and fuel prices were out of control like they are now.
Most of these pictures were taken a few short months before her passing.
How does a well-bred, used-up, sweet old mare end up being given away? I will share more of her story in time.