I just found out about two possible friesian x saddlebred crosses for sale in my area for reasonable prices! I'm getting pictures emailed to me hopefully tonight.
Only draw back - one's two and more expensive and the other's a filly. Not much riding time. But I'll have Cruiser. The two year old is bay and the filly is black. They have star purebred Friesian sires that are gorgeous and an extremely athletic dam that did 4' cross country in competition. The dam was 16.2, sire 16.3. Yay!
If things are meant to work, they'll work..
Two of may favorite breeds.
The filly is 3500 and has no experience or handling. This, to me, is over priced. I don't even have pictures or references as to who the dam is for both of these girls, just the sire. The yearling is 6,000 and also has NO experience and little handling. Also, for someone to be selling a 6k yearling, as least have a conformation shot or a picture that isn't blurred - it's common sense! I have no idea what side these two will take - will they be big boned, heavy, thin boned, tall? I also asked what their temperaments were like and got no response.
The only thing he really talked about in our emails we exchanged is that he is moving, reducing the size of his herd but doesn't expect to leave soon for his house is for sale for 3 million. I don't care how much your house cost or how much your worth, obviously money is higher on his list then mine. I told him that I didn't have a lot of money to throw over, but I DID have riding experience, riding time to give, endless extensive care, dedication, professional trainers, references by any one from a well appraised vet to a World Champion trainer and breeder - anything he wanted from a good and solid rider, but not a lot of money. I said my passion is horses - not competition or money, I would never push a horse for competition and their well being is my priority. Once I told him this, he immediately lost interest. He didn't bother responding about what I said - only the fact that his house was worth 3 million and didn't expect to sell it soon. He then made a snotty remark about not even selling the yearling until she was 18 months anyway. Like I knew how old she was - he never told me! And WHY would you say she was for sale and then turn around saying that he expected to keep her for a while and that I was silly for not knowing this? Sounds like not having tons of money bothered him, seems to be the only thing.
Good grief. Just keep the girls, they are lovely but they are not worth dealing with an egotistical and money oriented jerk. I don't even know what their like and how they'll mature!
What insulted me as well was at one point in time he tried to sell them to me by saying they were very trendy in dressage. I'm not buying to be TRENDY. I'm buying to keep this horse for the rest of it's life. I'm not shallow, I don't just care about competition and what's 'hot.' I believe this is the only reason he jacked the prices up on them - because the breed is 'trendy.'
So, no to them. Too bad, it's all because of their owner.
My transporter had to have back surgery. He couldn't haul Cruiser in. I'm having a huge problem coordinating with the vet. I'm going to have to demand he comes to the barn, regardless if he has to take the x-rays twice.
On a better note, the farrier saw no problems in the hooves. That's one thing eliminated. I'm leaning towards arthritis, but I'd really like to know for absolute sure. The trainer that has been using Cruiser has been very helpful. She's keeps up on bute and administering whatever he needs when he's more off then usual.
Now, don't be fooled when I say he's lame. He isn't staggering, most of the time he isn't even limping. He's just 'off.' He's actually very healthy other then this. I went to the barn not long ago and look what our little "precious" did to his blanket, a 1200 denier blanket!! (For those that don't know denier, it virtually meant this blanket was not meant to be torn, by human and animal ever.)
Sorry, out of focus. ^^
It's about a FOUR FOOT rip, all the way down his blanket. Obviously, he had a bit of fun that day. :roll:
On the other hand, I made fleece covers for the straps that hook between his legs. Before they were rubbing his fur off. :( They have room for stretching and seem to be durable and fats drying. I'm pretty happy with them. =)
I'll show the after blanket picture once it's finished.
The never ending story may actually end soon. I have FINALLY arranged for the vet to come Thursday. Wednesday I'm booked solid as are the vets, Thursday was the soonest I could manage. He seems happy and content though. He was gelded at the age of 8, he is very much attached to his girlfriends. The last I saw him he was stomping his feet waiting on feed and for his girlfriend to return from a lesson. He's a lady's man.
But hopefully, soon I'll be able to work things out and ride again! I can ride currently but feel so guilty doing so. He's been on bute and shown no signs of pain other then missing his girlfriend. :roll: I just want to be sure.
The horse I thought about leasing went to Nashville the other day :( I'll miss him, he was such a sweet horse. The lease between the coordinator and I just did not work out. I'm sure it's for the best.
Fiiiiinally got the vet out. Things went very well. He was assessed to be a 1 out of 5 lameness and thought to have spavins and arthritis, just what I thought! I'm happy that we've pin pointed things and hope things go smoothly. He had tenderness in his foot which made me question navicular but the vet thought there was little chance of him having it. I'm very happy. I have him on one ounce of Corta-flx with added MSM, half scoop of aspirin and a mineral and vitamin supplement. I will wait at most four weeks to see an improvement. If there isn't an improvement, we'll move to x-rays and possibly joint injections. Cruiser is 22 going on 23 and the vet said he would have guessed him to be in his late teens. He also said he was a very nice horse that behaved very well.. this made me very proud.
Cruiser's first day of supplements was yesterday. I think he felt a bit blah. He did well, no side effects or signs of feeling colicky. Hopefully things will go smoothly. I rode him (walk only) to keep him moving and to get out a bit. He did well and we generally worked on leg yielding, some shoulder in and going different directions with the use of only my legs, no reins. =) I was quite proud how calm and responsive he was, even with three others in the arena.
Today/Friday: I went out to a local barn to school a rehabilitation horse. I ended up schooling their draft, Lucy, who is a percheron cross. I enjoy her although she can get a bit of an attitude. We did basics - WTC, collection, bending, and surprisingly, she caught on to shoulder-in very quickly. I was pleased. I don't believe she'd been taught this before. She also threw in a few bucks on her part. Stayed in the saddle though! Saturday: I have a vaulting clinic to go to about an hour away. I'm going with a group of friends and should be car pooling to save gas. I'm looking forward to it; I'm somewhat unfamiliar with vaulting. Afterwards, I'll probably end up at my barn with my horse. I'm pleased with him - he's eating his medication and supplements. Sunday: I'm going to go out towards Chattanooga, about 3 hours away, to see a horse that was offered to me. She'd be an adoption if things went well. She looks really lovely and is an OTT standardbred. She does NOT pace (thank God) and is a true trotter. If I were to adopt, I would pursue eventing. She has an amazing free jump. She's only 4 and I trust and somewhat know the owner. Fortunately, she's 16 h, the minimum height I wanted in my next horse. I expect her to be about 16.1h when she finishes growing. A very good size. She's the beautiful bay in the picture below.