Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: North central Iowa
That made me cry, but in a good way. I didn't know anyone really followed my posts about Rusty. He is so super special (and yes, "special" in mutiple forms!) to me. I'm really trying to branch out in all directions. Tomorrow, I'm calling an equine expert in injuries for a second opinion type of thing.
On Thursday, I am going to see the OTTB. Normally, I wouldn't consider one so young, but he just sounds like a really good match. His owner told me that he's a beginner-friendly type of horse. He trail rides, isn't spooky, and jumps xc jumps and regular ones. She said he doesn't have a mean bone in his body and that he loves being fussed over and groomed. No buck or rear. Of course, I know you can't trust everything you hear, but I do hope that's what he is. I figure looking at horses is good, too. I'm just waiting for a signal from God or something, but I know sitting around doing nothing isn't going to help matters. Besides, all this looking will help me learn more about the horse market and about looking at horses for sale.
Otherwise, I suppose there's the Appy in my neighbor's (coworker's/manager's) backyard that I could borrow. But I just wonder about all the western training he's had. I guess he did jumping when he was young, like 3 or 4, but not since then. Plus, if something goes bad, I don't want to "mess up" the relationship my manager and I have, because it's a pretty darn good one (lol, I typed darm).
So, hopefully my friend (who is a good horse person - I highly value her opinion) or my dad can get some pics and videos from the OTTB visit.
Oh, and to answer your questions, my trainer has...4 OTTBs right now, and three of them are going lovely. Gypsy is a pighead, but oh well.
I would be willing to look more outside the area. I live in North Central Iowa, so Illinois would be quite a drive. But, my dad is kind of my "road trip" buddy, so he might not mind so much.
Any other thoughts?