I decided to browse the local horse ads (dangerous, I know!) because I was thinking of looking for a calm, well broke horse for hubby to learn on and to help with training the young guys (ponying, etc). We have a 2 yr old and a 3 yr old. I have ridden the 3 yr old a few times in the round pen, at a walk, and the 2 yr old has just started lungeing/ serious groundwork as he was just recently gelded. My husband is fairly new to horses, but I have 30 plus years experience. Neither of the young ones will be suitable for him to ride for a long, long time and they are joined at the hip, so I haven't dared to even try and take the older one off the property. I found a 13 yr old mare, an Oldenburg, who was schooled to level 2 dressage and then went lame due to cartilage lesions on her stifles. She had surgery to remove these and is perfectly sound now, but will never have a huge track-up in trot. Her owner is a dressage rider and wanted to go higher, so she bred her and is now training her colt. Ali was then leased out for a year and used for trail rides, and after that she was tried out for therapeutic riding. But she was too large, and because of her dressage training needed constant contact on the bit so they deemed her unsuitable. The owner has 3 other horses , including her colt, so is now looking for a good home for Ali where she will be used and loved. She has agreed to giver her to me, for free, as long as she deems my place suitable. She is coming over tomorrow to see the place, and I hope she approves because she is a lovely horse and very beautifully trained! We will need to build another stall, but I have a side field with a run-in she can use for now, until they all get acquainted. At the moment she lives in a tiny electric enclosure smaller than our paddock. Here we have two huge fields (about 5 acres each) and the possibility for more. I am nervous because the fencing (all stock wire) is fairly old and rough in places, but I have fortified it all with electric along the top and will be replacing it in sections, gradually. Keeping fingers crossed!