Todd found the first possibility - a mare. She seemed pretty cool. A 12 year old, big Palomino. He brought her to his ranch and we tried her out. She hadn’t been ridden in a couple years. She’d been a broodmare. She had a blue ribbon trot that had me in heaven, but her lope was “off.” Something wasn’t quite right but we thought maybe a bit of work would get her in shape and resolve the issue. Or maybe a visit from a chiropractor. Starting in November I leased her for 3 months and put her in training with Todd. And I continued to look for my “perfect” horse.
Long story short, I didn’t buy the mare. I’d had private lessons through the winter on her and she was nice, but was developing some unwanted “mare-ish” tendencies the more fit she got. And in January I had my first group lesson. Suffice it to say that the mare wasn’t partial to another horse being within 30 feet of her. I had an “interesting” ride. It wouldn’t do. Not for a show horse. So I decided to send her home.
During those months I’d become an almost daily visitor to BAEN and DreamHorse.com. Both sites are great for horse classifieds. I had my frequent searches saved and I started my email quest. Each time I found a horse that matched my criteria I’d send off an email. There seemed to be lots of possibilities.
I ended up creating a spreadsheet to keep track of the horses I was inquiring about. I had lots of pictures emailed to me, a few videos, countless email conversations, and about 6 in-person visits.
I learned to look carefully at what was listed on the websites. Once I went to see a horse that was 14.2 hands (I wanted at least 15.3) because I didn’t read the ad carefully enough. I did get to see an Akhal-Teke cross. That is one of those breeds I’ve liked since I was a kid. They have a metallic sheen to their coat. But the mare had never been in an arena, she was a trail horse exclusively. One of the other funny things was “color” (That’s what it’s called when a horse is “flashy” or has lots of white, or is a color like Buckskin, Palomino, Pinto) because color wasn’t on my “list” yet every horse I saw in person (except for the 14.2 horse) was Palomino. What’s with that?
As the months went by and the reality of each horse came and went I realized the search wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.
I met some very nice people through the search. One woman with a Palomino mare in
was great. She showed me all her horses, introduced me to her trainer and her friends and spent a couple hours with me. I really liked her, and really liked her mare. But the mare had a very slight club foot which gave her a different type of movement. Reno
I went to see that mare on January 15th and when I got home I started feeling pain.