Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
HagonNag I'm so happy to hear that you are going to keep riding! My prayers have been with you!
First off I start by looking for horses that are said to be kid broke, have worked in cattle pens, can be shot off of, will drag, and are advertised as trail horses and been in parades. I put the word out that I was looking with my vet, and did a CL ad detailing EXACTLY what I was looking for.
Of course that's not what I got! I found the PERFECT horse from my CL ad when I but my vet called the weekend before he was delivered and told me about some horses that were in need. I went and looked at Rick there and he had so much potential I couldn't pass him up. He was lacking in so many areas so I sent him off to a trainers for over a month to work out his kinks. I was recovering, still am, from a car accident and didn't have it in me to do the initial work. Got him back and spent months on the ground, took him on some smaller rides and he proved me right. He's a bomb proof mountain goat. There was just something about him, a little fire but a calm one, good feet, and he stayed calm when a cow burst through a fence 20 feet away when I tried him out.
For my kid I looked for a bomb proof kids horse and found Cowboy on CL. He was used at Cowboy Church for kids to ride. So he came home with me. He's a doll and bomb proof too. Dosen't know much but stop and go but that's all I needed for her. We ride him on the longer rides, he's QH/Arab and stocky. He can go all day long.
My hub found his through family friends. Someone knew a great trainer/trader who only worked with good QH's. His wife wanted to get into showing more and Dash was a great WP mare but the lady wanted a less stocky horse, more the modern type. She is a great trail horse with all the right Cadillac moves. Not very athletic though, too much halter breeding. So we take her on the shorter rides only.
Good luck and I hope your recovery is FAST!!
You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!! What do you mean what do I mean?