As the saying goes, “Don’t Look A Gift Horse in the Mouth. “ I always try to adhere to the old sayings, especially when they have anything to do with horses. Here is the story of how that led me to drive 4000 miles and have a fun adventure!
I am not sure how many people know that the illustrator of the Quincy the Horse Books, Michelle Black is, first and foremost, an accomplished horse trainer. Believe it or not upon seeing her amazing paintings of Quincy and his adventures, being an artist is not her first job!
This winter when we were conferring about our third book, Quincy and Buck, she told me that she was looking for a new home for one of her horses, Danny, a 17 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding. The amazing this was that she wanted him to come and live with us at Pathfinder Farm. This was due to the fact that she wanted him to have an organic lifestyle and that she believed he would be a wonderful addition to our Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Program. She also knew that the real Quincy was currently the odd man out of three horses and needed a new friend.
I was touched that Michelle would trust me with Danny whom she has had since birth. I was also thrown for a loop because Danny was 2000 miles away in New Mexico. Over several months, I thought about this a lot and finally decided that it would be a great adventure to go to New Mexico and bring him back. I think Michelle was pretty surprised when I announced I would come in June.
A great friend agreed to go with me and we made the trip in late June. It took us 8 days out and back with a stopover to visit Michelle for a few days. Danny is home now and settling in at Pathfinder Farm. He is a dear and he and Quincy hit it off immediately.