Several months ago, I got the news from Kim that she was selling her farm and that Alvin would have to move. I had been with Kim for about 5 years and had no desire to leave but with no choice, I chose to ignore it and procrastinated on finding him a new home.
Alvin, an Arabian has been a part of my life since he was 5, he's now 18. I was 14 when I got him and we were immediately inseparable. While he is ornery and always a challenge, it was just what I was looking for. Over the years we have been to countless shows including going Champion at The Buckeye in Ohio, and making it to Arabian and Half-Arabian Nationals.
In 2004, I decided to join the military. Alvin had been with me through Jr. High, High School and College. I knew it would be hard to leave but also knew I needed to do it. I had met Kim in 2003 and over the course of a year at her barn knew that he would be in great hands when I left. Kim and her husband Gary and their 3 children took over treated him as there own.
Finally, I realized time was running out and he needed to move. I found Cathy through UShip and within 4 days he was on the trailer. I was extremely nervous and trusting someone I had never met to take him across the midwest was terrifying. However, Cathy called me prior to pickup, during the trip to include pictures, and prior to dropoff, and again after he was safe at home.
Now, don't get me wrong I know he is at a great barn now, the one I bought him from in fact. My hesitation isn't where he was going but that he had been stabled with the same horse for those 5 years(Alvin is a bit needy) and Kim and here family were also very attached to him.
Alvin is now back at the farm where it all started and in about one year when I am done in the Marine Corps I will go back to.
Thank you Cathy and Randy for making a stressful situation less stressful and thank you UShip for helping me find them. You both did a great service and I couldn't be more pleased.