Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Trudi- She was my first horse. My coach at the time ended up finding her through an acquaintance of hers. She was a lesson horse that was completely soured of the lesson life. She was quiet enough for beginners, but their heavy and jerky hands quickly made her rebel. Even now, 12 years later, she will still react if someone is too heavy on her face. When we first got her, we were unsure if she would ever work out for me. She was out on 2 separate trials, and both times sent back due to her behaviour. Although she was far from perfect (she can go from completely quiet to complete hissy fit and back to calm in seconds) she was perfect for me.
Maj -This one will be a little long. I thought about getting a second horse and was perusing online ads. Had decided I wanted something young, sane, sound, and trained. Found an ad for a mare my coach used to own. She was 19 at the time. I knew she had several problems in her front legs that would make her too lame to ride. I've known her since she was 7 and has always had a loose screw. I had to have her. Drove out to see her that weekend. Didn't tell the seller I knew her. Listened to the lady tell lie after lie about her. Not even small ones either. She lied about her breed ("Not a drop of draft blood in her" She is half Belgian), she lied about the number of foals she had ("Well, she has had 5 foals, 1 with me" She had 2 foals, last bred 12 years prior), her lameness problems ("She has had navicular changes" She HAD navicular...and ringbone...and pedal osteitis), the vaccines she had ("Well, we gave her these 6 vaccines in the spring" Her old owner had given her 3 vaccines in the spring...I knew because the vet assistant who was holding her for the vaccines was my friend who accompanied me), even the length of time she had owned her ("I bought her 2 years ago and she has been a part of my lesson program" she was given her 4 months prior to be a broodmare and nothing else since she wasn't sound). I couldn't leave her there. Luckily, the seller wanted to get her out of there, so I was able to talk her down in price. She has been a very pretty lawn ornament ever since.
Twister -I started to ride at a western barn and my 'job' (used term very loosely, since I never got paid) was to ride young ones and the sales horses. After spending 3 weeks with 2 seemingly brain dead geldings, I was told to ride the 3 year olds. Twister was the first one. Compared to the dull geldings, she was so easy to ride. So light and responsive. I couldn't stop smiling. Bought her immediately. Haven't stopped smiling.