- ~9 years old
- Arab, probably 3/4 at least, but was likely crossed with a paint at some point considering her markings (one tiny crescent moon on her belly)
- 14.2/14.3hh, I'm not entirely positive
She's healthy. Some lady couldn't afford her any more and dropped her off with the trainer last fall. He's had her all winter (horse market being what it is and people in this area not wanting Arabs - trainer specializes in working QH - you should see his studs...). I rode her for two days. She's definitely my kind of horse. She can lead, she can follow in the very back or middle, she can ride on her own, she can walk off on her own away from a group of horses and be okay with it. She's forward on the trail. She moves well up and down steep hills. She's alert. She didn't offer a rear or buck any time I rode her. She willingly crosses streams, logs, and other obstacles. She collects well over a jump. She gives well to the bit. She's going to a sale next weekend if I don't take her.
Oh, and she's IN HEAT right now, and despite two studs on the farm she isn't a complete witch! (One even went on one of the trail rides with us - everyone behaved.) Sure, she pins her ears and tossed a kick before I could recognize her warning signals towards a gelding, but after that I learned them and could warn her to behave before she acted. She listened every time.
Somewhere in this mare's life someone obviously put a LOT of time and good work into her.
She's not expensive by any means. $600 is his asking price and I wonder if I could talk him down?
A lady was interested and took her home, did tons of vet tests incurring a bill >$300 and then just up and returned her to the trainer with no reason. That's the sketchiest part of her mysterious past life.
Lots of experienced and skilled horse people were there this weekend. The lady who keeps Griffin was there. Her friend who rides endurance was there. Her friend who is a vet was there. (And I reckon these are all my friends now, the number of things we've done together merits it.) EVERYONE thinks I should buy her. EVERYONE thinks she's the perfect horse for me right now. The vet says she's built really well and sees nothing the matter other than a crack in her hind hoof that I would need to take care of sooner than later; a crack that she assures me the farrier D uses could fix in one session.
I'd likely keep her in shoes through the summer (and the race) as transitioning would be difficult to do AND successfully ride in the race. We would do the 30-mile LD. I would only have a month good conditioning on her, but she's capable, and its not like we'd be trying to win the damn thing.
I've played with the idea of having a second horse for weeks now and fumbled around with my finances to prove it could work. The hardest part about it financially would be if she for some reason incurred some large medical bill (hopeful this doesn't happen) and the cost of moving two horses whenever I move on. Its a big commitment and I'm scared.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?! EXPERIENCED HORSE PEOPLE, ENDURANCE RIDERS, AND FRIENDS? WHAT PROS AND CONS THAT I HAVEN'T LISTED YET CAN YOU THINK OF? COMMENT!!!!!!