I've been riding since I was 5, but didn't get my first horse til over 15 years later...so I had plenty of time to figure out exactly what I wanted lol
He was a kill pen horse. Rescued, then thrown into a field and left. My old barn owner came across him, picked him up for a friend, and brought him home. She hates TBs with a passion, so when her friend didn't want him, she put him up for sale. I went out to see him, and he looked like cr*p. Skin and bones, no muscle, violent spooker and no breaks. Not the first day, though. I think he was drugged. Or lunged for an hour. Either way, he was quiet. I told her I wasn't interested, he was too lazy. Other than that, he was perfect. Solid bay TB, 4yo 16h, no retraining off the track...so I ventured back for a 2nd look. And he was full of fire, and hardly controlable. At that, I fell in love and brought him home. We've had our ups and downs, and our scares where the vets said he'd never be sound to ride again. We've beaten all the odds, and 5 years later, we're more inseperable than ever. He is my world, and I'd be lost without him.
Booger was kind of an accident. We were at the expo in Richmond, and he was being advertised. A 3yo 11.3h Welsh gelding, unhandled. So I figured 'why the heck not?' lol After battling lots of trust issues, he's successfully competing the local VHSA/BHSA circuit here, with a 10 year old girl. (child not pictured)
Wrangler was a gift from my father. Supposed resale, but he's been here for 7 months. So I have no idea when he'll be leaving lol He came in a dangerous animal, and is now quiet, sane and respectful. He's a lot of fun, and event-geared.
Scarlet is one of my lesson horses. Bought to be a lesson horse. Used as a lesson horse. Got her from an auction a few months back. Her old owners didn't want her cos she's not a good jumper. *shrug* she's great with the kids. Very quiet and tolerant, and super quiet. That's all I care about :)
Bri. Also one I picked up at auction a few months ago, for lessons. She's great wtc, but a total jumper over fences. Initially, she was horrible about jumping...even ground poles. She'd slam on the breaks, buck, rear, spin...anything and everything to avoid jumping. Checked her out, was not pain related. She's now used for flat lessons only, and she's become my personal jumper. We're competing 2-2'6, and schooling to 3'. She loves XC and jumpers, and tolerates the hunter world.
Simba's a resale I picked up at an auction a few weeks ago. But I think I'm keeping him for lessons, since he's so great with the kids. Out of 14 horses, he's my first chestnut. I always said I'd never have a chestnut....his story's kinda boring lol
Aaaaaaaand Jasmine. Picked her up from the same sale as Simba. 4yo, fresh OT. Again, resale...but I'm keeping her as my 2nd show horse. I like her too much. She was a slaughter-bound pony, the people pulled her from the kill pen and brought her to the sport horse auction, where I picked her up because she's pretty haha Beautiful mover, great conformation, sweetest temperament. Hope one day in the future, she'll become my broodmare, so I can finally get my Salute the Truth baby...I think I've finally found my perfect mare for breeding
much later, though, after I have fun kicking butt in the show ring. She's only got a few weeks retraining on her, but she has 'potential' written al over her.
And those are my current critters!
The end :)