Hi DHW! Okay... yes, LOOKS-wise, the Morab is absolutely beautiful! He's almost TOO pretty! (joking, of course!)... he's clearly far too much horse for ME, though perhaps in a year, with EACH of us progressing in our training, he'd be great! I highly doubt either he or I will be waiting a year, however!
Now, are y'all ready for a story, or WHAT?
So I'm just coming in from work this am, and my phone rings. Its a very nice gentleman, in brief, calling to tell me that the Arabian in the CL ad (who was the impetus for this whole thread, of course!), was owned by him until about 30d ago!
I'll be brief because I'm exhausted, but this man, in short. explained that he had purchased the horse (who by the way, according to what HE KNOWS of this little guy) was not ever shown, ridden English much if at all, nor was he in any way shape or form a beginner-level mount, nor was he even an intermediate rider horse-- UNLESS YOU INTEND TO STRICTLY RIDE IN THE ARENA, and there, he considered him to be basically an advanced rider horse at least 50% of the time!
He did say the horse was well-trained, knew his cues, (all western), had a beautiful gait at the trot and lope, but, he feels that what happened to HIM with this horse was about to POSSIBLY HAPPEN to ME, & decided to call...essentially, the poor horse is half out of his head. He believes the horse was probably sedated somewhat when he did the pre-purchase ride. He said that in his entire life of riding horses, he hasn't come across more than one or two nuttier and more spooky, terrified of EVERYTHING, than this boy!
He had purchased this horse for $600, and after working with him to no avail ended up GIVING him away free to the current sellers who claimed they could desensitize him, really work him on the trails, get to the root of his fears, etc...only, you will quickly note that not one word about ALL OF THAT TRAINING was mentioned in the ad!
So they've owned this registered Arab for less than 30d at the time they put him up for sale (for $1500, no less) & make him "sound" as though he's been this GREAT family pet-type mount and he's amazing on the trails (though no statement of them putting in work to get him that way! Something I'd "think" a person would want to claim!)...
He sent me photos of the horse and its the same horse at a different facility, and he said, "I don't want to be unsavvy with the buyers, BUT, I don't want this poor horse to go through three more homes, or end up killing someone/ YOU...Because, ma'am, he's not right, and with the story they put in the ad, I highly doubt he's GOTTEN 'RIGHT' in less than one month!"
I'm calling an official moratorium on ME PICKING OUT ANY HORSES from now on...I sure CAN PICK EM, NOOOOTTT!!
OK, am so tired, gotta get some sleep! Thanks for reading this latest drama! By the way, that woman who called me yesterday with the recommendations? THAT is ALSO a truly interesting story, but a really positive one, so I'll write back again about her when I wake up!
Goodnight, nurse! Hahaha! :0)