Originally Posted by AnalisaParalyzer
Buying your first horse is the most exhilarating, adrenaline flowing, happy dance moment ever. Of course there's the will I do this right, do I know enough about this, and the what if's, but they go fast. Trying out your first few is exciting, but finding the one you want is like having an epiphany with sparkles and bubbles all over. At least it was for me.
Finding good hay is hard down here right now too. Coastals gone up to like 12 bucks, and t/a is like 20 bucks a bale. It sucks big time.
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The first horse I got as an 'adult' living on my own was actually a gift from my uncle... and he was the stubbornest, meanest, most ornery gelding I've ever met. We hated each other from the get-go and it never improved. I kept him for ages though, since I felt bad selling a gift.
The first horse I actually bought was also a failure. She was cute and sweet and had a lovely personality, but the farm where she came from (and where I went on a test ride) was in the middle of nowhere. When we brought her home, I quickly realized that she was TERRIFIED of just about everything, most of all cars. Since where I live I HAVE to ride on the road at least a little bit to get anywhere, it was a disaster. I tried working with her and nothing helped.
It made me super frustrated. I actually considered throwing in the towel and selling them both and just not having horses. But my husband encouraged me to try again, since he could tell how much it meant to me. When I was horse shopping this past spring I was so nervous, I actually felt sick to my stomach every time I looked at an ad. I just didn't want to have a THIRD failure.
Éowyn was a total gamble - she'd had a serious leg injury in the past and had unknown training history. She led nicely but when I asked if I could go for a ride the previous owners said they didn't have a saddle (???) but I insisted on at least getting on bareback. There were alarm bells and warning signs all over the place but there was something about her that I couldn't get out of my head. The fact that they had SEVERELY underpriced her also made me nervous - but also made me want to give it a try. At her price I could send her for a month or two with a professional trainer I knew and trusted and still be within my budget so I went for it. Turns out the previous owner was completely NUTS (hence the warning signs and alarm bells) but Wyn herself is pretty darn amazing. In this case, my gamble most definitely is paying off.