Sept. 2004 -- Meet the horses!
When we moved in July, we did so without first selling our old house. Our plan was to get out of it, and then turn it over to a market specialist who would get it ready to sell. Of course, that meant we would be paying two mortgages for a while. Jay warned me: No horses until the old house sold. I was completely on board with that plan, but it didn't work out exactly that way.
Pros: Good with youngsters, very easy for me and Jay to handle, levelheaded on trails, used to dogs
Cons: Resource guarder of both food and humans, has some arthritis and will likely be sound (for riding) only a couple of years, can be aggressive toward other mares
14.1 hands. I made an appointment to view him, but I was already convinced he wouldn't be right for me. He's a green three-year-old! I'm a novice owner. Bad combination. I really thought he would be too much horse for me.
Then I met him. He was gentle and friendly and had beautiful kind eyes. He was perhaps even more laid back than Quincy! He perked up under saddle, but even then, he settled after a few minutes. I watched him stand calmly as two big dogs play-wrestled under his feet. He's been taught that when he's afraid of something, he should face it and then touch it. Jay asked if he had any "issues," and his owner said, "We never told him he was allowed to have any!"
I'm in love with this little blue horse. I'm really interested in endurance riding, so I think of him as my endurance prospect. (He passed the pre-purchase exam with flying colors!) Even if he doesn't make it in endurance though, he'll be a great trail horse. And best friend.
Pros: Great with dogs, brave, curious, built for endurance, put together beautifully, amazing base personality, so much potential!
Cons: Green for a novice rider, not built to carry a heavy rider (which I am right now)
Guinevere is a grade horse, probably half percheron. Definitely part draft. She's short -- just about 15 hands -- but very stocky. She's not refined... her front end is thick and painfully heavy. But she is oh so sweet. An absolute love. I told her that we might be buying her for Jay, but I was probably going to steal her from him. She's eight years old, but was a broodmare and not ridden or trained until a year ago, when the person we bought her from acquired her.
Pros: Gentle, good with dogs, able for a heavy rider
Cons: Too heavy for long-distance trail riding
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