We drove 3 hours to go and see 2 horses. The first, I took an instant dislike to. She was the most beautiful horse, but as soon as I saw her, I just knew, no, I do not want this horse. When I tried her, I definitely knew no. She felt like a coiled spring that would run away at any given chance. Then we went and saw Freckles. We walked down to his yard, and I just saw the top of his head. I had never seen any photos of him, so I did not know what to expect. I saw the top of his head, and I can't describe it, but a feeling just washed oer me, after seeing this little patch of head. I knew, I just KNEW he had the right horse, he had to be. I walked into his stable and I knew it, he was going to be coming home with me. When I rode him, any doubts flew out of the window, we clicked straight away. We put a deposit on him, he passed the vet check, and he was here within a week.
He was mistreated where he came from (which was a stud I couldn't believe it!! Apparently they are known for abusing their horses). He was hit with a shovel and as a result broke 2 bones in his tailbone that protrude greatly. Despite the lack of love he recieved, he is such a sooky horse and LOVES to be fussed over and scratched behind his ears.
I bought him for a replacement to my mare who was on free lease, she has since returned to her owners. We bought him because I have only been riding for just over a month, and Zanath was a green, untrained ASH, who loved to buck and chuck me off whenever I rode. We had her for 7 months, but she was just to much. I learnt much balance from her, but I always fell off!! The most painful time was falling off onto a gravel road. It hurt like I couldn't believe. In that time she also managed to buck me off on a trail and I got a nice concussion. That was a fun ride home lol.
Freckles is untrained, but he has the sweetest nature. My mum who is a nervous rider, also has her own horse, but she got on Freckles yesterday and she had a ball!! I couldn't believe that she trusted him so much. She was bolting around the paddock on him, and she doesn't even do that on her horse!!
In the month he has been here, he has learnt to stop when I ask, move off leg aids and jump. We are waiting for our arena to be built, and when that is done, I can work more on flatwork (our land is one big hill), without any problems. He is definitely a horse that wouldn't win in a show for his looks, but to me, he is absolutely perfect.
Ok, if you have read this far, GREAT WORK!! I guess you want to see pictures now lol.
So, without further adieu, meet Freckles:
This is when we first got him:
And this is him now: