So, as some of you may know, I have been looking for a jumping horse for a little while, and I am pretty sure I found the one! Her name is Candy, Candy Moon. She is an 8 year old 15.3 Appendix mare, jumped 3 feet. My only worry about her was that the owner said she had tendinitis as a 3 year old, but she recovered completely from it. The vet that did the PPE thought it was just liquid in the leg sheath and that she is all better and fine for jumping! He said that she sounds perfect for me, and only that her teeth need to be done and she needs to loose 50 or so pounds. And I am bringing her on trial next weekend from June 16-July 1! I just recieved the trial agreement
Here are some photos of the beautiful girl
Anyways, onto Casey. Casey is my current horse (who I am keeping). She is 13.2 hands, Pintabian with some TB in her (with Man O War), 14 years old and we do trails with a little dressage. She is the sweetest little pony, but she really doesn't like arena work (hence another horse).
I was on the other side of the fence (lol)
Hmm.. Reining prospect?!
.. I have no idea how she got this shiny (she wasn't wet) but she sure is shiny!
Oh my! What is Casey going to do with another horse in her space!?!?!
Oh I don't know! Either kick the snot out of her, or the moment she sees her try to groom her over the fence, hopefully the latter! Actually more of hopefully they get along well enough but not enough that they really care when the other leave so they don't get buddy sour.. (one of my major pet peeves) I will try to introduce them slowly over the fence and hope that one of them doesn't run through/jump over our electric fence into the others paddock. I am thinking I am going to cut this long skinny pasture in half and put Casey in the upper half and Candy in the lower half. (assuming the trial goes well) Here in these photos Casey was grazing our lawn down so that's why her area is so small, her real pastures are half an acre.
I was standing on my deck, lol, and those fence posts are 3.5 feet, but that is inside out 8 foot boundary fence. Outside its 4.5. As long as we leave the gates around our property up, there is no (feasible) way for horses to get out unless they went over the slippery, narrow, terrifying bridge with no guardrails- not that we rely on these barriers for keeping horses in of course!
I need to reinforce some corners with t-posts where we have the big posts so I will bring up them up from down below and replace the shorter ones in a pasture with the bigger ones.
Uh oh.. Was planning on painting the new trailer this weekend but the belt sander broke. Two weekends ago we rented a sandblaster (for $200!) and we sandblasted our tractor, new/old horse trailers, and the raft trailer, and the raft trailer and old trailer have been finished painting wise (have to put wood in them now). However, we got really heavy rain, and despite being under cover the new trailer rusted, a TON where it was sandblasted, so we are stuck with a hand sander.. And, it broke last night. The sanding belt or whatever it is, and none of the stores around here have any replacement things. So, we have an even SMALLER tiny one with about 1/5 of the power which we will have to use for re-sanding the trailer. The inside is done being sanded, just the outside to go! We have to get this trailer done by next weekend because that's when we are picking Candy up. Our old trailer would be to small for her, to short and I don't think she would be very comfy with her fat tummy in there.
Here are some pictures of the new trailer before we started working on it! Its a 1998 steel (STL) Featherlite trailer. We picked it up for $2500 as is. 15 feet without tongue, 17 with tongue, its huge! The tack room is 5x8, NOT counting the triangle/curved front. Featherlite caulked the side ribs on the trailer (STUPID) and so it rusted, a ton there, that's the main problem. They also just nailed a piece of metal onto the top of the roof and caulked the sides but the caulking peeled away so water would leak into the trailer (hence the rust in the first stall and the door). There is holes in the roof, two pinpricks and in the first stall corner about a 1x.5 inch hole (added up, its really just circles that have rusted through in a little area) that have been sealed and when it is done being sanded a piece of metal will be welded on top. The horses head side has sliding fiberglass windows so you can position it that where the horses head is there is fiberglass so nothing flies inside the trailer, but there is still a gap in the back for air. There is fiberglass for the tail side but I want to keep it open for air flow - although since the trailer will be stored outside, I will probably put in the fiberglass in winter so water doesn't leak in as much.
Little update on Candy, her owners say they would accept $4000 for her, original price being $4500. They are willing to sell her jumping saddle - Stubben I think? - with her for $600 and her dressage one for $200. Hoping the Stubben can be negotiated to $500.
The new trailer is painted!! Well, mostly. Some black stuff at the bottom needs to be painted.