I'm still working on scanning my grandparents loose photos and albums in my spare time. Quite a number of the photos taken during my mom's childhood show a couple horses during the time my grandparents lived on a farm. My grandfather is a very practical man who didn't spend a cent unless it was absolutely necessary so it surprised me that he had bought his two kids horses.
I had the chance to ask my mom about this and asked first if Grandpa had bought horses for her and her younger brother. She replied that he had and then after a long pause, replied that looking back at it now, she is surprised that he would ever do such a thing.
A bit of time passes and then I asked my mom what happened to the horses after my grandparents moved back to the city in northern Iowa leaving my mom behind newly married and pregnant with me. She said he sold them... and then she elaborated a bit.
My mom told me that one of the horse had learned how to pull up on the handle of the water spigot near the watering trough in their pen. This infuriated my grandfather so much that while my mom and younger brother were away at school, he rounded up both horses and sold them at the local livestock auction. My mom didn't find out until she got home that night what had happened and by then, it was too late.
Almost simultaneously, we both said, "Now that is something that Grandpa would do."