Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Central Western NSW, Australia
Horse Shopping Makes Me Crazy
I think I might be crazy. I am seriously considering going to see a horse that is precisely what I have been avoiding looking at.
A chestnut Arab mare.
I've never been a huge fan of Arabs. I've ridden a couple and love their movement, but their look was never the sort of thing I was into. I'm also a 'believer' in the theory that nothing is worse than a chestnut mare xD
I've been specifically looking at only geldings because of the possibility of one of them being silly when one is in heat, and because I figure I have enough moodswings on my own, without a mare in the picture. But, this one is so tempting :/
Considering the exact same thing happened when car shopping 'back in the day' (my guidelines for my parents were nothing white, and definitely no Mitsubishi Magnas. Guess what I got, and I haven't looked back since), I kind of feel like this might be 'right'.
Plus, she's registered and has good endurance bloodlines. Considering I'm interested in doing endurance, this could be a step in the right direction.
She's 12, not nasty or marey and, although she's very forward, she's not crazy (apparently). Possibly the biggest negative is that she's only 14.3HH. My Standy is only about 15/15.1, so it's not THAT different, but I'm 5'7 and weigh around 250lbs. She looks to be build like an 'old school' Arab to me (short and compact without a huge dish), and the stud she's from apparently breeds with mainly Crabbet and Egyptian lines. Maybe she COULD handle my weight, but I think I'd look ridiculous and feel way too big :/ She'd probably be a much better fit for my mother (who loves arabs, is a few inches shorter than me and around 40lbs lighter), but where riding level is concerned, I don't think they'd be a good fit.
This could all be resolved by going to look at her, but she's 3 hours away so it's not something to do on a whim. She's really cheap as the seller bought her cheap off a friend who needed to get rid of her, and the seller needs to move her on because she has no use for her. If they don't find someone they like to buy her, they'll keep her to breed from.
This is mostly a rant to get my head together, but any thoughts/advice would be very welcome (particularly if anyone around my size has experience with horses that size).