Long initial post, but thought I'd document my new journey.
I never posted about this, but last year I lost my heart horse, Star, in a stable accident. It was horrific and quick and I was in shock for several weeks and then mourned for months after. I am still quite affected by it, but have gotten to the point of moving on. Right after it happened, I spent a lot of time with Pi, who was also greatly affected at losing her pasture mate, just going out on long relaxing trail rides. It was good therapy for both of us.
Immediately after it happened, like the DAY after it happened, people started offering horses to me. I politely declined as I was NOT in the mood for a strange horse coming that I would have to take care of, I WANTED to mourn for my Star and Pi had the company of the horses across the street. I knew I would eventually get another horse, but would look for another horse that could compete in cow horse when I was ready.
In the last few months, my cow horse buddies have all been looking for new horses and some have been selling horses, so the bug started growing in me. When I got Pi, I was not actively looking for another horse, but thought if one fell in my lap I'd get it. Well, Pi fell in my lap and I got her, LOL. I started recently casually looking at prospects, thinking a 2 to 4 year old would do, although some of my friends have recently got horses and are going to Snaffle Bit this year. If I got a 3 year old, it would be too late for me to go to Snaffle Bit and couldn't do Snaffle Bit on a 4 yo. So was thinking, maybe a 2 year old would work and I could go to Snaffle Bit next year.
Of course the other factor is $$. One of my friends has bred NICE horses, but she is getting out of the breeding business and is selling off her last foals now. Well, since she put a lot of time, effort, & $$ in selecting money earning mares and top stallions, her foals are way out of my price range. The one I REALLY wanted, a Spots Hot filly, was priced (and sold) for $10k. Yea, there is no way I could every justify spending that much on a filly. So I've been looking casually at some fillies, but had not gone to see any. There are some in my price range which are nicely bred and put together though.
The friend who I bought Pi from & who has Pi's older full Sister and younger full brother, recently learned she was pregnant. She has bred some of her horses, including Pi's Sister, and had a yearling (a little older than a yearling) filly that she put up on FB to sell. The pix was horrible, but I thought that of Pi too. But I liked the bloodlines .... Dam (Pi's Sister) is by Shiners Buenonic out of a Nu Cash Mare (Dots Nu Cash). Sire is by Smart Little Lena out of a Peptoboonsmal mare (Bet Yer Boons). She is a Palomino - not one of my favorite colors, but then I was not looking for a sorrel either and ended up with Pi.
I asked how much she was looking for the filly and she said because it was me she would make me a good deal. We were Best Show Buddies when she was showing and have keep in touch since then and I bought Pi from her. She sent me some other pix, which weren't that great, so I arranged to go and see her last weekend. I took my breeder friend with me to give me a unabashed critical eye.
The filly was pretty up and flighty, pretty gangly and they had not cleaned her up at all. She still looked horrible, LOL. We tried getting some confo pix, but she was not making it easy. She knows nothing, too. When I took over the lead rope I asked her to do a few things - like not run me over and move off to the side or move back a step or two - since she knew nothing, she was a big confused, but I was really happy that she actually paid attention and TRIED when she realized I was asking to do something.
She toes out in the front and seems a little light in the bones. She has some other issues conformationally that make her questionable. We got some pix and some video of her moving at liberty out in the big pen (they had no round pen) and I told my friend I'd let her know. Sent it all to my trainer and he was not real impressed with her; there are some really put together prospects out there (but of course they are pricey) and she was not one of them, LOL. But I thought she actually showed some promise and potential and that many of her problems could be corrected or lessened with some attention; and if she didn't work out, then I'd be able to sell her for close or more of what I put into her as she was more than affordable. So after all the discussing and thinking, I ended up taking her. I pick her up on 7/29.
So, here is, Scarlett (Sheza Smart Nu Ride) ...
Not sure how old she is here, but she was obviously small:
This was taken, I think, a few weeks ago:
This was taken last Sunday (7/16/17):
The plan is to get some good food in her, condition her, start desensitizing her to the saddle and some other things. Long term goal is to make her into a bridle horse with all the steps. The first interim goal would be to make it to Snaffle Bit (Non Pro Limited - Boxing) in 2019. If she is not going to cut it by end of NEXT year (2018), then I would sell her. I'm not getting any younger, so she may be my best chance to start one up and get ready for the big show. I do want to ride in the Snaffle Bit at least once ... it's a "bucket list" thing. Obviously I will have plenty of trainer help along the way and it most certainly will be a journey! I am excited to start and will update along the way.
Thanks for those who got through the novel, LOL ...