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post #11 of 15 Old 04-03-2012, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Didn't get any pictures as we were rushed, but I had a great time! He is more green than I am used to and he hasn't been ridden in a long while; he's totally out of shape! I and my instructor will definitely have to work with him.

For a little bit, I thought I might not be getting a horse. After all, it's extremely expensive. But I just got a text from my friend with the horse today and she said there is one stall open now at the place I want to board because she brought one of her other horses home from there. She wants me to lease him for a month or more to see if this is really what I want before I actually purchase him, and I think that's a wonderful idea. I'm waiting for the final answer from my parents to be able to tell her to tell the owner we will take the stall. Apparently there's a long waiting list and that's why we are rushed to make decision quickly. I should know later today whether I will lease Matt this month and I'll let you all know!
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post #12 of 15 Old 04-03-2012, 09:26 PM
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So I see you are still calling him Matt :)
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post #13 of 15 Old 04-03-2012, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Haha, yeah, I feel weird about changing his name. I don't want to offend his owner or anything. It's not like I'll buy the horse and never talk to her again, because she's sort of our friend, and she has ties to the stable I've ridden at for years and with my instructor. She also raised him since he was a foal and so for fifteen years she's known him as Matt. So I don't know. I really like Dakota but Matt is starting to sink in. I also call him Mattie. ;)
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post #14 of 15 Old 04-03-2012, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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For those of you who are actually interested in my journal, to make things easier, I will let you know the names of people and places I mention.

Lucinda- the owner of Matt, our friend, has ties with Conference and Amber. Her daughter used to work with my mom.

Amber- my horseback riding instructor for years. Young, friends with Lucinda, and works at Conference.

Conference School of Horsemanship- the stable I have leased horses at and ridden and taken lessons at for years.

Megan- my friend my age who rides horses.

Now I will start using names and hopefully it will be less confusing.
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post #15 of 15 Old 04-03-2012, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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More news!
I had to tell Lucinda that I could board and lease Matt for one month at Conference. Unfortunately, that's the most I could do. Conference is $425 a month, $380 if you clean out your stall every day. Anymore than one month and I'd have to board somewhere cheaper. She was not comfortable with me leasing at a different stable unless I owned him but she said I could board at her own place for $300 a month, $275 if I cleaned out the stall every day. So we are going to do that! I will lease him for a month and see how that goes before I buy him. I will get to see him and ride him and care for him all I want. I'm so excited!
I'm on vacation now so I can't see him until Sunday when I get back (I think Megan will come with me; she wants to meet Matt!) and I cannot wait! I think I rather go home early to see him, haha. So yeah, I'll update again if anything comes up or changes. If not I'll post more pictures and news on Sunday.
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