So I bought a horse about a week ago, and I have been very excited. This may be a bit long - but a few things I'd love your input on!
I've posted pics of her before but here is another from where she lives now, she's not in perfect condition but it will give you an idea of her.
Now her current name is "Rosie" and while that is a good enough name, I know a few horses called Rosie already, and there are some at Pony Club called that so I'm not too keen on it. I was thinking about calling her Abigail, and "Abi" as her everyday short name, and I quite like this. Not sure though. I feel it's a little plain. Any suggestions or comments?
Being that she is smaller than my previous horses, I have to buy a whole new set of pretty much everything. So of course, I want everything to match. I'm not sure what colour to pick with her, I think chestnuts are hard to pick for. I would ideally love light blue, mint green or teal, but around my area its quite hard to come across things these colours, and some get dirty quickly. So I was thinking I'll have to settle on purple (of varying shades), bright/royal blue or green. What do you think? I don't want everything to be too like other horses. I want her to stand out a little. I was thinking green might be a little more unusual but I'm not sure. Again, I'd love opinions. If you have chestnuts/sorrels it would be pretty cool if you could post a picture here with your horses colours so I can see how they look!
It was a bit of a drama working out how to get her, she is 250km away from me which isn't too far, but she is too far of the major roads for any transport company to pick her up, and my car is a tiny 1.3L hatchback so that wasn't going to help. So I am hiring a big car (4WD 4L thing) on Tuesday and borrowing a friends float, and picking her up myself! Now I've driven car trailers before, but never a horse float, and certainly not with a horse in it. Not the ideal situation but I didn't have any other options. Now I know to go slow around corners, avoid the slope of the road, brake as slowly and gradually as possible. I plan not to reverse at all. Any other hints?
Do you think I should give her hay on the float? I've heard conflicting opinions on this, but in the past I have.