Aires was not what I was looking for when I went looking for a horse. Heck, I was just looking for a horse to lease, not to buy one. So when my BO showed me this butt-high, big headed, unbroke, barely handled, two-year-old stud colt, everything in me said "Ummmmmmmm...no." Everything but my heart, that is. I walked into his stall and started petting him, then he grabbed the front of my shirt in his teeth (not in a mean way) and just looked at me like "Whatcha going to do now?" I must say that I fell madly in like at that point. The BO made me an offer ($1600 for Aires, including his gelding and thirty days of training from the BO and the resident trainer, and I could do payments) and gave me twenty-four hours and a baby pic of Aires to think it over. I went home, talked about it with my friend (who boards at the same barn) and thought it over. The problem was that I had just been offered my heart horse back for free (long story attached to that one...suffice to say that I retrained him from the ground up because he was almost impossible to handle). I decided to buy Aires and it's been a long, bumpy road ever since, but he has been SO worth it.
I've taken him from being barely handled and a biter, to having almost impeccable ground manners (I say "almost" because we have our moments...he is two, after all). The BO and trainer worked with him less than half a dozen times on the ground (I taught him to lunge before the BO even started with him, so half the battle was already won for him) and four times in the saddle, then he was handed to me to finish. I went through a period where I was afraid of him (not of him
, exactly, but of riding in general), but once I got over that, we've been unstoppable. Every time I ride him I am more and more impressed with him. With him, the sky is literally the limit.
Here's some of our pics. I don't have a lot of current ones.
First time he ever wore a saddle. No bucking, kicking, nothing...just acted like he'd been wearing one his whole life.
This is him a few weeks ago, right before our very first trail ride.
Ear shot from our ride:
And me riding him in the arena: