As I've mentioned a few times already, my mother and I are FINALLY looking into getting a horse. It will be shared between us, so hopefully that will be fine...I know it will, actually. It has just been me and her since I was eight and we could never afford such an expense. But finally, FINALLY...we are serious about it. Or at least she is. I've always been serious about it, myself. Every now and then in the past she would say or do something that would get my hopes up...
One day, rather spontaneously after coming home from work: Sparky, we are going to get a horse.
But then nothing would happen.
Or we'd have close calls. There was an arab mare that needed a home and for a while we were in close cahoots with this girl who works at her store about buying the horse together and sharing the expense as co-owners. But that fell through, for whatever reason. We put a "looking to lease" add out in the paper once. No response! We almost adopted a lovely steel-grey tb(?) mare from a rescue we used to volunteer at. She could open gates! Lol, but that didn't work out. Almost became co-owners of the arabian gelding with the bad back, but decided against it.
Man, all these "almosts". So many lost opportunities. But maybe it was all for the better.
I'm twenty now and soon leaving to attend a music conservatory on the west coast. For those who are confused, a conservatory is your standard university only with an emphasis on music...performing, learning how to handle paperwork/contracts/etc, that sort of jazz. It's fairly close to home, so I wouldn't feel so bad about going if we had the horse.
There are two we are looking at, currently. One is a 7 yo 15.3 hh Friesian gelding and the other an 8 yo 16 hh Friesian/Paint cross (one of the nice and responsibly-bred crosses, at that), a gelding as well. We will, fairly soon, be seeing both horses in person. The owners tell us they are friendly and trained, have nice manners for the farrier, vet checked and so on and so forth. But sometimes people will tell you *anything*.
Why Friesians, you ask? Personally, I love the breed. But I also love drafts PERIOD and I have a fondness for mutts and mustangs as well. But my mum has fallen in love with the idea of owning a Friesian or even a cross, which I don't have a problem with. She's also been wanting to adopt a pmu mare or mustang for a while. You see, mum has extensive horse experience. She was raised on this massive ranch and grew up riding OTTBs and other horses of every colour. I know she misses having a horse of her own as much as I've always yearned to have one.
It'll be interesting to see how this all works out! I'll be updating here until something definitive happens...
Chesire aka Sparky over and out ;)