Okay so, I've been looking for a horse for a couple of months, and I think I've found the one :)
So, let me just start off by saying that today, the wind was howling! Which is completely my luck, it seems like every time I go to look at a horse the wind is blowing, so today was no different. Anyways, I found this mare on ranchworldads.com early last week and kind of debated on whether or not I wanted to call. I ended up calling about a different horse but I didn't actually go out and look at him..
Anyways, this mare's 5, she does good with kids on her, she rides on a loose rein out in the pasture, the girl who owns her has roped off of her and says she does really well. She's owned her since August and is selling her because she has so many other finished roping horses that she needs to ride, and she doesn't have time to work with Rolex and train her for roping.
When we got out to the barn, I started getting a little nervous because the wind was rattling stuff in the barn, and it was just making a lot of racket.. Rolex didn't even flinch at it, and don't even get me started on how sweet she is ;) (in addition to having a gorgeous head and face)
Sorry about the rambling, I'll cut to the chase. Since I didn't have my saddle I used the owner's saddle, and the stirrups were too long. Even when she shortened them as short as they would go I had to practically stand on my tip toes, and did I mention the reins were too short?
Anyways, even through all of this, I still liked this mare, a lot. She hadn't been ridden in two weeks, and the last time she'd been ridden, she'd had kids on her, and they had basically let her do what she wanted. So she wasn't really wanting to move out all that well for me (the owner hadn't had a lot of trouble, so I feel like once I get my own saddle on her that I won't have that issue) So I didn't really get to lope her much because when I started loping her I kept losing my stirrups, so I wasn't able to actually pay attention, but even through all that, I never felt nervous or anything (which was the problem with the first horse I looked at)
I was also impressed with the fact that there was a banner tied to the end of the arena, and all she did was look at it and take one step away. Nothing else, no snorting, nothing. Same thing with a plastic bag caught on the fence. I don't know what it was about this horse, but I guess it just clicked when I got off of her and she turned her head towards me and let me kind of hold her head (which is one of my favorite things that my gelding does) I guess I just have weird things that I like in a horse ;) But other than that, she's super light, and is a gorgeous mover.
Anyways, I guess I just wanted to share my experience because I'm so excited.. This is the picture from her ad, I didn't even think to take pictures of her while I was there, and it does her no justice.
I might do that, I'll have to talk to my friend that went with me (she's older and knows a little more than I do, she really liked her too) and see if maybe I could do that. My only problem is, is that it's kind of a far drive. Plus, I won't be able to go back out there until early next week.. I'm afraid if I wait she'll be gone.. Because my plan was to make an offer tomorrow. But I'm gonna keep thinking on it :)
"The horse knows..
He knows if you know..
He also knows if you don't know.." - Ray Hunt
If ya gotta go take em some money. Anyways, ride again. I personally would wanna get out of an arena or "riding area" and hit a trail or road. When their alone and actually doing something is when the true colors fly.
I've only not taken my or who Evers saddle to look at a horse a few times. And that's either spur of the moment or a horse that can't be ridin by an adult and our daughter isn't with us. Heck her saddle has more miles then our trailer. No shame in wanting a good horse for YOU, not someone's good horse. Posted via Mobile Device
Okay, I took the plunge.. I made an offer on her today and her owner accepted :) Now all she has to do is pass the vet check and we're good.
I know a lot of you said that I should go ride her one more time, but there's just something that tells me I don't need to do that.. I guess I just knew when I got on her, I don't know. It just felt right :) but I really appreciate all the advice! And I normally would've taken it, but I just had a feeling about this one.
If everything goes as planned I'm picking her up on Monday, I'll definitely post pictures :)
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