Jordan Parsons had always loved horses. She had big plans for herself. The girls was ambitious, charismatic, a green thumb, a horse lover, and more than a little bit lucky. She left home as soon as she was able, learning everything that she could about horses. She had several mentors, she flitted from barn to barn learning about discipline after discipline, but never quite mastering any of them.
When she received a letter stating that she had inherited a farm, Lovely Bee Acres, from a distant relative, she jumped at the chance to start her own equestrian career. Without thinking it through, she bought a young Warmblood from her latest instructor, grabbed her dog and headed out into the country.
When she got there, Jordan realized that her luck may have just ran out. "Farm" was a generous word. There was a small, nearly empty farm house, a barn that was falling apart with only two working stalls, and a tiny paddock for her new, untrained, mare.
Jordan arrived at the new farm, and couldn't believe her eyes. The sign that displayed the name of the "farm" was barely hanging on. The barn was practically falling part, and the house was over run with weeds.
She glanced over at the man who had transported her and her horse to town, and he just gave her a sympathetic look before he walked around the trailer to unload Dani. Danielle's Sunrise, as she was registered, was a beautiful Belgian Warmblood with nice lines and beautiful coloring. She towered over Jordan, and, happened to be completely untrained.
Fifteen minutes later, she was alone, staring at a run down farm, horse in hand and dog at her side, with no idea how to move forward. Maybe she should've thought this through a little more.
Jordan ended up bringing Dani into the barn and putting her in a stall, hanging her halter just outside. She sighed as she turned to look around the barn. It was barely lit, and the windows were covered up because half of them were broken.
She took Captain inside, the little dog bouncing at her heels excitedly, unaware of the mess his human had gotten herself into.
She didn't eat anything that night, an upset stomach keeping her from it. The refrigerator made odd noises, and the oven was badly broken. Everything smelled musty and looked faded. Jordan climbed into bed, curling tightly around herself and pulling the blankets tight, trying to stay warm in the unheated house. Captain ended up curling up in the crook of her knees, trying to make her feel better.
The next morning was even worse, the cold shower she took ruining her mood for the rest of the day. There wasn't even a working water heater.
She went out to the barn that morning to interact with Dani a bit. She brought the huge mare out into her paddock and spent some time cleaning her stall, refilling water troughs and scattering hay for her. One saving grace for this place was that there was nice grass in the paddock.
Feeling a bit better, Jordan spent some time with Dani, rubbing her neck, giving her treats, wand wrapping her arms around the mare's neck to breathe in that horse smell that she loved so much.
Maybe she could figure this out.