Bit of a backstory, about a year and a half ago the horse I had worked with for a few years and was hoping to buy was sold to someone else. I’m over any anger or resentment about it and at this point am still just sad, and grieving her loss- which sounds stupid since she’s not dead but I digress. I made a post about it here and it was suggested that I give her new owners my info, but I never did. Hurt too much at the time. I’ve healed enough from that ever present specific horse-shaped hole in my heart to be ready to start looking at returning lessons or leasing another horse, but it doesn’t change the fact that I still want that one, y’know? I still think about her all the time, and was considering sending this message to her new owners:
Dear [owner’s name],
Hi. I’m [my name], and I trained [horse] in the years prior to you buying her. I know it’s a bit odd for me to be reaching out to you after so long, but I wanted to introduce myself and explain a little.
I hope [horse] has been wonderful to you and your family, I hope she has brought you and continues to bring you lots of laughs and joy in the coming years. She’s a great little horse, I am so lucky to have been able to know her, and I am so, incredibly glad she went to such a lovely family as yours. I’m so grateful you’ve been giving her such a fantastic life.
I just wanted to reach out and say, now this may never happen, but should you ever outgrow her, if you ever want to go on to a higher level or a show horse, it’s simply time to move on from the childhood horse, or even 10, 15 years from now and you want to find her a retirement home, please let me know. I knew that little horse for years and even still love her more than I can say. If there is ever a time to find a new home for her, I just ask that you keep me in mind.
Once again I am so grateful to you for providing her such a phenomenal home, it brings me great relief to know that she is healthy and happy and being so loved. If you have any questions or ever need any help with her, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Thanks. Wishing you all the best.
Is it ok? Would you send it? Would you change anything? Would you tell me to act my age for once and get over it already? I love that little horse so much, even though I haven’t gotten to see her in quite a long time. I promised her before we went our separate ways that she would always have a home with me and I intend to keep that. I think if I had bought a horse and someone sent me this a year and a half later, I would be glad to know that someone else out there loves her so much, regardless of whether I had any intention to sell, ever, or not. How would you feel if someone sent you this? Is it clear enough that I have no intention at all to step on their toes, merely to let them know that I’m out here? Is it ok to ask that I be contacted if they ever need to sell? Is that desire clear enough???
Thank you all in advance!