Friday Afternoon 5:32PM
"We need to expand the stables. We can't let the horses simply use the Duos instead, it's supposed to be for our mothers-to-be!" Ashleigh slammed her fist on the desk and Maggie sighed. She had always been a fighter for these animals, ever since she was a little girl. The manager blamed her parents fully for raising such a stubborn kid. "Well then, mrs Marshell, why don't you cough up the money to expand? WE ARE POOR. We need to start selling horses instead of buying them, because we just can't afford to expand at the moment. If you sell some horses, I promise that we use the money to expand for future ones."
The blonde looked at her boss, stunned. Sell the horses? "But who? Most of the horses are born and raised here with lineages stretching back decades." She leaned over the brown desk. "We can't just sell anyone. Our staff have certain bonds with certain horses. We can't just-" Maggie held up a finger and shushed Ashleigh, whose face turned from confused to irritated. "Ash. Choose a few horses to sell or cough up money. Or, stop whining and turn the Duos to a regular stable. It's your choice."
Ash sat on the bench by one of the pastures with her head in her hands and cried. The only things she wanted for Golden Crown Stables was that every horse was comfortable and had a place to sleep, eat and drink. That every staff member had their own favorites and loved to work in this environment. "What should I do? I don't know what to do. We must expand, but I can't sell just any horse." She felt a push on her shoulder and turned her head to see a massive greyed muzzle above her. Engil. The mare was one to trust, truly, and Ashleigh had always known that the mare loved being here. Especially since she had three others to be with. Speaking of, two of them came up on either side of the mare, neighing softly.
"Oh Bersk, Thokka. Engil... I don't know what I would've done without you." She got up and swung herself over the wooden fence. As soon as she was over, the Hototos gathered and embraced her by leaning their foreheads against her. Colorful auras surrounded them all and the blonde felt warmth inside. She also knew what to do. "I'm going to give some of your friends new, good homes. Will you help me stay sane through all of it?" Engil nodded and blew warm air in the woman's face. She kissed the soft muzzle and smiled.
"Thank you," Ash whispered and ran off to tell Maggie her plans. She knew what to do.