Just this weekend, I went in 50/50 with my Dads girlfriend on a new horse! I am quite happy about our buy and it has quite an interesting story behind it. Not sure how interesting it will be, but I want to have it written down and I figured I may as well share it with the horse community. Please note, that I will post pictures of him, but he isn't at our place yet, and his for sale ad disappeared, so they will come within two weeks.
First of all, I know how it must sound when I say my Dad's girlfriend, your first assumption is that here is another 'child' who has divorced parents and anger issues and fights with them all the time. As I am moving out shortly, I can hardly be described as a child, but I do need to say that my parents are still friends, but the spark was lost, that is the only reason they separated. I just think that needs to be out there before I continue with my story. My Dad's girlfriend is also amazing I might add, and we are quite close.
Okay so enough jibber jabber. Just a few weeks ago, I had a little bit of money saved up to buy myself a young project horse as I wanted a clean slate, not the half trained ponies I was being given to turn around and sell for a stables. So after a few local auctions and no luck, I was almost ready to give up. Then into the ring runs this little two year old paint stallion. It was love at first sight and I was bidding for him furiously. When I looked over at my father, he sat shaking his head and blushing, trying to hide his face. Slightly miffed, I asked him what the issue was and he looked at me and said, "Are you kidding?! He is a Mini!" I just laughed and said "Yeah! He is so cute!"
I hit my price limit though and the opposing bidder was winning. The auctioneer and all the people in our row were cheering me on, telling me that it was only $10 more to win him. I didn't have the 10 though, so a shook my head and told the auctioneer that I couldn't keep going. I was quite disheartened until Marci threw her hand into the air. She looked over at me and said, "We will share him," I couldn't believe it at first and every time we were asked to go higher, it took a lot of probing from what seemed like the whole auction house to keep going. Eventually we won him though and both of us were absolutely giddy! It would be our first mini, we could stud him out and maybe teach him to pull a cart!
The woman selling him however had a reserve on him and we didn't even come close to touching the price she wanted. Alas, no mini for us. We weren't discouraged though. We left the auction and the second we got home, started looking for mini studs for sale. Both of us wanted one dearly now. It took weeks and the sentence, "You see minis online everywhere until you want one and all of a sudden they are an endangered species," was thrown around multiple times.
Then we saw an add for a cute silver bay stallion at just over the price we wanted to pay and we emailed the owners saying that we would be heading up in her direction that weekend and could we come see him? She was of course very willing for us to see him and we set a date to meet him.
Two days before we left, Marci got an email saying that the people who had inquired on him first said they wanted him and were driving up to get him. Again our mini dreams had been snatched away from us. Then our ray of sunshine came in the form of another email from his owners on the day we left that said the other people had backed out and if we still wanted to see him we could.
When we got there, he was the most adorable pony we had ever seen (keeping in mind I have seen and worked with a lot of ponies) and we ended up buying him that day! I had never seen a deal go down so quickly of smoothly!
Now we each own 50% of a silver bay registered miniature stallion named Sunrise Hill Texas Neon Moon, and I just wanted to brag to the world about this fact :)