Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Eagle, Nebraska, USA
Finally found a horse!
We spent all summer looking for a horse that was kid-safe and had jumping experience. We found a couple, but one had medical problems & the other sold before we made our offer.
We'd always talked about getting two horses eventually, so a few weeks ago, we decided to get two right away, and have one be kid-safe and the other be a jumper. It's a lot easier to find horses that are either one or the other.
We finally found a good, kid-safe gelding about 80 minutes from home, and are going to pick him up on Saturday morning. Yippee! He's 14.3hh, dapple gray, about 15 years old. He spent all summer at a kids Bible camp, so he's good with kids. He was very well behaved when we rode him. The vet said he had flat feet, but nothing else was wrong. A good farrier & occasional shoeing (if we need to ride him on rocky ground) should take care of that.
The seller has only owned him a few months (he bought him from the camp), and was never told the horse's name, so we've got a blank slate there. My daughter's trying to come up with a good one. Until then, I'm calling him Frostbite, because he lost the tips of both ears to frostbite as a youngster. His ears are now rounded instead of pointy. He's not sensitive, and the vet said that's not a problem.
A good friend is loaning us his F350 & 3-horse gooseneck trailer to go pick him up.
So now we've got to scramble to do all those things that we couldn't do before buying our first horse. This gelding is overdue for all the professional services, so we need to get those scheduled. We need to buy hay for the winter, which means I need to get on the stick with finishing the flooring in the barn so we have a place to put the hay.
We're still looking for a second horse with jumping experience that my daughter can use for competitions. We also need to get her signed up with jumping lessons, which are surprisingly hard to find around Lincoln, Nebraska. I hope we find one either (A) soon enough that we can readily buy twice as much hay, or (B) next spring, so it can graze in the pasture.
Anyway, I'm sure you all will be hearing from me a lot more in the coming months.
10 acres in the country.
Just settling in with our first two quarter horses.
RIP Cochise, 2019-04-16. You will always be loved.