So as the title says, im always putting the cart before the horse so to speak. I can't get any horse right now, but that doesnt stop me from looking
and I of coarse have found a horse I think would be a PERFECT for me. Completly finished barrel horse, was a high school rodeo horse and a NPRA pickup horse, he's even the height and color I want. He is that confidence builder horse, the owner is older, and she always feels completly safe on him and that's what I want again, I miss my old gelding that I just felt completley safe on no matter what. And this is the kind of horse I need, I had a horse on trial a while back that REALLY shook my confidence so I need that horse that is going to give me back me confidence. I also know that when you are just starting out in barrels, you need to have that completly finished barrel horse to learn on, which is what I need. This horse fits all of this, BUT he is 18 years old. The horse doesnt require any maintenance (he is on a joint supplement but I would even put a young barrel horse on a preventitive joint supplement) she rides the horse at jackpots, all day long playdays doing all the events, keeps him in shape by trail riding and doing lots of long trotting and he is never sore or ouchy, before during or after the ride or the next day. I would assume this horse has arthritis
somewhere, I mean he's 18 yrs old been a pickup horse and a high school rodeo horse for 10 years of his life, but if he does he sure doesnt show any signs. Owner swears he is sound sound sound. The owner thinks he could easily keep competivly barrel racing till he was 25yr. I have seen videos of this horse in action and he doesnt look or act 18yr AT ALL!! Its just, 18 years old! I mean when I was ready to move on
I don't know what I would do with him. I of corse would want to keep him and let him live out the rest of his days with me, but I know that life can and does through you curve balls and what if for whatever reason I had to sell him. I would have to give him away, which would worry my sick because I know what ends up happening to alot of free horses. Im stuck between a rock and a hard place! I don't even know why im talking about this since I can't even get him, like I said my curiosity just getting the best of me. Kinda wondering what you guys would do, im ALWAYS looking for others opinions, even if it is just a hypothetical scenario. Sorry if this seems just like a bunch of random thoughts mushed together, just trying to type out what im thinking.