During my recuperation I got lots of advice from my trainer and my friends but the one thing that really stuck was “why start with a horse that already has an issue, and would have that issue its entire life?” I had been willing to overlook the “off” lope of the first Palomino. I was willing to overlook the club foot in the Reno Palomino. But really, why? So I decided to sadly pass on the
mare as well. Reno
I was devastated. I’d been looking for a horse for 5 months at this point. And all those horses on the spreadsheet hadn’t panned out for one reason or another. I’d kept moving them to the “not an option” tab on my spreadsheet. I had one left, but the woman hadn’t responded to my email a month or so earlier and I figured he was sold.
I also found another great site, www.iArabians.com and contacted them. They market Arabians, and while the vast majority of the horses on their site were well out of my price range I still filled out one of their search forms. I was contacted by them asking a few additional questions and they were happy to keep an eye out for a horse for me.
I began expanding my search to the
Western US. I’d been to Los Angeles looking at a horse, to , so why not? There was a beautiful NSH (National Show Horse) Pinto Half Arabian up in Washington State. But young. 4 or 5 I think. I contacted her owner and she was going to have some video taken and would send it to me. So I waited. Reno
And I sent another email to the owner of the horse I’d found on DreamHorse.com a month ago, but who hadn’t responded. I mentioned in my new email that I’d emailed before and was just checking to see if he was sold. I got a response a couple days later. Turns out in the form I’d filled out I’d left out the “c” in .com and my emails were bouncing back and she had been unable to contact me. When she figured out what I’d done she succeeded in emailing me. Voila!
That horse lived in Vina, Ca. About 1 ½ hours north of me, near
. I’d driven plenty further to look at horses. So while I waited to get video of the horse in Chico I made arrangements to see the Gelding in Vina when the trainer got back from the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Washington State
I went to see him March 6, 2011.