Sunday, May 30, 2010

Quid pro quo

My husband and I are planning to start a family.

Quid pro quo
Years ago, I proposed an "agreement" with my husband that for every baby human I produce, I get another horse. Horse trading as child rearing. See won't the kid love me?

The planning stage is going slowly. Meanwhile, I'd been chomping at the bit to get the equine side of the contract fulfilled; window shopping for horses.

My husband took me out on a date on Friday. His birthday was coming up. But I love business negotiations. I'm the queen of used car shopping and yard sale haggling. So I couldn't wait anymore. After a few beers, I thought it was an opportune moment to bring our agreement back up.

"Armani doesn't count?" he asked.

"No - He is a preexisting equine. If you'd read the terms, you would recall that preexisting equines are specifically excluded from our contract."

I already have a horse in mind. Armani's half sister.  You may have read about her birth here.

She's since been given the barn name "Della". She is the last foal out of their dam by the same breeder. She shows all the evidence of being as spunky as her big brother. It was a golden opportunity I couldn't let slip by...

"Wouldn't it be fun? As much fun as Armani, but a mare. I always preferred mares."

My husband sipped his beer thoughtfully. "Hmm..."

"Well and you like cute girls, of course."


"Remember I bought a horse for your birthday a few years ago too. So we've already established a precedent..."


In the meantime, I've been visiting Della every day on my lunch break...

To be continued...


Carol said...

I LOVE this post! What a great idea! I'll be waiting for the next installment...

Cedar View Paint Horses said...

Well, first thing is to tell your hubby that negotiations are futile. And he prolly knows it, but he's giving it his best college try. I can save him the headache and heartache by learning these two simple words: "Yes Dear."

It took me a few years, but I'm quite fluent in her language now.

"Yes Dear."

Easier that way.

Chris said...

Eheheh, will be interesting to read how this pans out!

Love the adjusted stork photo! :)

Grey Horse Matters said...

The photo is very inventive and funny. I think the negotiations went pretty well considering you're going to get Della regardless of whether or not there were any negotiations at all. Good luck on both baby fronts.

Jen said...

I believe in the old saying, "Horses are like potato can never have just one" (I should know; we have 9 :o)

Stacey Kimmel-Smith said...

Another horse is perfectly reasonable and you make great points! Hey Bay Horse, I'm starting a group for Horse Bloggers to share info and promote each others blogs (thinking of badges mostly). If interested go to

JennyB said...

Wow you are one smart lady! If only I'd thought of this before I had children!

Unknown said...

love this i will have to remember this for if i ever want children

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Marsha Hubler said...

Did you have your baby and your new horsie yet?
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Unknown said...

haha you sound like a lawyer!
"... pursuant to the terms of our agreement, heretofore established that...."

Best wishes with the human baby! My sister is due in October (she's an equine vet), and it only just sunk in that she isn't allowed to ride her horse anymore... yikes!


Equine Mum said...

Great blog - come and post this on so other horsey lovers can follow!

Toyin O. said...

Great post.

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