I am in the market for a new horse. I am looking for a horse that may nee /could use some work. I do have some experience with horses, but by NO means an expert (as some of you well know). I want1)another buddy 2)another project 3)possibly a gelding. There are 4 mares in the barn now....and, no offence....but it is kinda the estrogen ocean in there!
SOOO, today I went and looked at a group of 4 horses for sale. 1 was out of my price range(saddlebred). The second, although not horrible by any means, seemed to have a bit of a temper with the other horses. Maybe it was just a fluke, but I shyed away.(arab)
The third was a 5yr QH mare, about 14hh. She was a dark sorrel (??). Super friendly, and came up to us in the pasture TO BE caught (all 4 did actually). She tied nice, danced a little for the saddling (nothing bad) but did want to raise her head for the bitt-ing. The owner rode her first, then let me. She is only plaugh reighned, did not respond to neck at all (no big deal). Didn't respond to leg commands, or voice (again, no prob). She did put her head down when we stopped on grass, but was responsive to my correction. Stood nice for dis/mount. (no pics...sorry) Externally, she appeared healthy. I kinda shyed away from another mare though.
Next was Levi, a 5-6yr Pinto gelding. He was mild and sweet, kissed hands, owner walked behind him like he'd never think of kicking. He was a touch stubborn in being led to the hitvhing post, but did as he was asked. I also rode him. He was a touch more demanding - responded to neck reigns some times, but listened when reinforced. Stood nice for dis/mount. Owner says he does like to escape from his halter. The only problem I saw with Levi is that he has white on him (from a maintenance / cleaning standpoint). Maybe I'm being superfiscial (sp?) ...dunno.
Levi has one blue eye and one brown. If it wasn't for the....well, the under side dookus hangy thingy.... I would have thought he was a mare!
Well, I went home to think about it. Then I found this Craigslist ad...
<----cut/paste----> mahogany bay roan mare - $500
I have 3 rescue horses that need homes before Nov. 1st or they will have to be euthanized.
6 yr. Mahogany (bay) roan mare. She's a big mare, 15+ hh
She is super quiet.
She has been saddled. She is not broke.
She has a 2 month foal, still nursing. He is bay and will roan. He is half arab.
She loads and ties.
Current on vacc and hooves
Will make a nice 4-H / trail horse
email for pictures
Any offer considered
Has Ranch horse papers.
OK, after reading the first line....the pony lover in me overflowed.
After further investigation, I found there are 3 horse, the mare, a roan yearling, and a foal (pics below). I already emailed the owner and said I wouldn't let these guys be put down, barring any heath issues beyond reasonable repair.
The foal/yearling do not bother me. I wasn't LOOKING for those, but I am more than glad/happy to either take over and find homes and/or fall in love and keep them and work with them (as aplicable).
You now know what I know. Advice??? thoughts????