I talked with her former owner again last night and found out some VERY interesting things!
1 - They bought her 12 years ago from a trail riding camp where she had been for several years and was being used for hour long guided tours.
2 - She's been shown both English and Western in 4H.
3 - She was handed down by a set of brothers and sisters over the years. Whomever had a child who was old enough to ride was the one that got her. She made her rounds with the family for 12 years.
4 - She has been under regular farrier care although it was what a feared. A jack-of-all-trades one. Prior to this gentleman getting her, she had a near founder episode hence the band on her foot. Her owner was having her feet trimmed only every 8-10 weeks as she was becoming lame after each trim. His other horses weren't doing that so he just thought she had sensitive feet. At least we are getting her squared away now!
5 - In the 12 years they owned her, she never kicked, bucked, reared, etc. Said she was the perfect horse.
I will be sending him photos and he's asked to bring his wife to visit her some time as they are both still attached to her. I'm still just so lucky to have found her!
Rain's prior owner was the real deal. I'm pretty adept at summing up people at an auction, and generally pretty good at weeding out the liars (which Willow's previous owner almost certainly was)
Been to a lot of auctions over the years. You can find little gold nuggets like Rain, but they are few and far between. But if you can work through some expected issues, you can generally pick up a decent trail horse at auction - as long as you know what to look for and what to avoid!
Willow, with all her stereotypical pony sass, is still no real problem, nothing some hours on her back wont fix.
HAHA, hate to say it, but I am loving the sass and am not afraid to ride her thru it! Yet get me on a dead calm horse like Rain and I tense up. Maybe I'm supposed to just ride midgets the rest of my life LMAO!