Since I was tiny I've been around horses riding and learning how to train them. At every barn I ever ridden/worked with I always had a full care lease on a horse or was trading work for board. But the horse was never fully mine. It was either someone's horse and the owner had no time for them and therefor needed a consistent rider (me), or it was a horse already purchased by the barn and assigned to me for care in trade for working at the barn.
Even my draft Sissy wasn't fully mine. I love her to death but there wasn't that owners connection. I was the one that trained her and I was the one that rode her. However I was not able to ride when I want where I want whenever I want because my friend although trusting, wanted to be there for liability reasons which is totally understandable.
A family friend who has known me since I was brought home from the hospital has given me horses to train that I have full access to whenever but she's never owned drafts.
I've been saving for the horse of my dreams: A blood bay or black Clydesdale with 4 white socks, blaze, with a willing personality. Gender didn't matter.
So after years of looking, drooling over, making wish lists and so on and so forth I finally anchored myself down and started seriously searching for this horse. As of August 5th I found her and as of Tuesday August 11th I own her!
Her name is Caleigh (Kay-lee). She's a 17.3 hand blood bay Clydesdale with 4 white socks, a full face blaze, and a more than willing personality! Her grandfather was a full blooded and bred Budweiser Clydesdale. She's been shown in fairs all over the state being hitched to a cart or ridden. She's used to loud noises, animals, little kids, big kids, she's basically bombproof. She's a proven mother, soft eyes, and an easy keeper. Perfect white dinner plate sized hooves with dirty but even feathers all around them!
When I was little I always envied the people who had their very own horse. Nobody could ride it without permission from the owner and everyone was so happy when a new boarder came in with their very own horse! I wanted that and now I finally have it.
August 12th 2009 at 7pm Caleigh was trailered to and arrived at the boarding facility of my choice. A family friends barn in Gig Harbor. She's the biggest horse in the barn!!!
I couldn't be happier. My dream is complete: A big house, a job I enjoy, two great danes, and finally my very own Clydesdale!
In the words of Christopher Titus " I HAVE FOUND MY ICE CREAM TRUCK AND I FEEL LIKE AN ASTRONAUT!"
Ps: If you don't know who Christopher Titus is he's my favorite comedian.
I just wanted to share my little story