Let me introduce myself before I introduce my horse(s).
I have been riding since I could sit on the back of a horse, and have been horse crazy since I could talk. I have owned many, many horses though I had only had one connection with one horse who's name was RiverBelle. Yeah, a strange name but when I rode her the first time, I knew it was fitting. RiverBelle and I had a good 7 years together before she passed away in 2008 due to a stroke.
When RiverBelle passed away, I was heartbroken and it took me a while before I even wanted another horse. So when I had the money to get one, I decided I wanted to wait a while. Years went passed, and so did the money, and when I was ready to ride again, I never had the cash to get the horse I wanted.
This past year, in December of 2012 an ad came up on craigslist for 4 horses for sale, all broke to ride for $800. My dad gave me the cash and said "Go get them - We can re-sell them and make some money on them."
So, me and a friend of mine went 50 miles down the road and looked at them. The four horses were in a pen with barbed wire fencing laying in the field, tired and old trucks, and plenty of scrap metal they could hurt themselves on.
First was "Chance", a red dun pony mare, gaited, about 13 hands tall and 5 years old, who was very pretty and loving and broke broke broke to ride! The only thing was that she had been in a field with a jack and was very pregnant.
Second was "Grace", a brown extensive sabino saddle mare, about 15 hands tall and 6 years old. She had some amazing coloring, and to this day I haven't seen a horse with the same pattern as her.
Third was "Smokey", a Arabian and QH cross gelding. He stands at 15 hand and is 7 years old, and is a light dapple grey and a very nice horse, though he had a whole lot of energy and was a bit hard to handle.
Lastly was "Rose". Rose is a dapple rose grey QH mare. The moment I set eyes on her, I was in love. She had big brown eyes, and was just BIG. Standing at about 15.3, 16 hand, and being built like a tank, she was the biggest horse I had seen in a long time. The man said she was 10 years old.
Well, I spent some time in the field with them and after a few minutes, we made a deal and we hauled everyone home. At the beginning of the year, "Chance", the red dun pony mare found her new forever home at an old lady's home where she will be used as a trail horse. She made a great fit with the lady, because she was short enough the lady could get up on her easily, but Chance was built stocky enough that she carried her very well. Perfect match and I couldn't be happier!
Now, I have "Grace", "Smokey", and "Rose" left. My dad told me we were buying these horses to turn around and sell them and make money on them. I can't really say much, seeing as it was his money that bought them, but I don't like to flip animals around like that.
So, yeah, "Grace" and "Smokey" are up for sale, though they will stay here until I find them nice, forever homes. But "Rose".... Rose is staying with me.
Sorry for the novel, but I just have so much to say, haha}}
This journal is mainly about me and Rose (hence the name of the journal.. lol) and our travels and our learning together, but I will throw in some bits about Grace and Smokey along the way until they find their new homes.
Through this journal, feel free to leave me comments and advice, critique if you don't mind. I love to hear from everyone, no matter what it is they want to say. :) OH and expect plenty of pictures along the way!!!
First off, here is Grace
And My Pretty Lady Rose