My god this horse was so worth the wait. I haven't had a proper night's rest in days because all I want to do is be out at the farm and my mind wont turn off.
I actually never wanted to board, but am choosing to for a while because I want to remain working under my trainer and continue to take my lessons with my own horse. Also, I want to replace the fencing at my property and get a barn up before I will even consider moving him (starting the barn build this winter, will make separate thread; going for a 36x36 3 stall pole barn). Anyway, some back story.
My boyfriend's mother as I mentioned in a previous post, bred and showed Arabians for many years (now retired). She and I completely clicked on not only horses, but our particular taste in Arabians (crabbet and domestic bred in particular). When I told my boyfriend I was ready to take the plunge both financially and mentally into horse ownership (especially while I'm lucky to be working under a good trainer), he mentioned it to his mother. Back in September she told me to politely stop looking for horses, she had the right guy for me.
Long story short, Berry (registered name Berry Flamable: Berry Flamable Arabian
) was her horse. She purchased his mother while she was in foal by Hucklebey Berry and had him from his birth, up until 2013 when she ran into some health issues (which she's thankfully overcome). Fast forward to 2014, she had donated him to an acquaintance's farm where he was used as a riding horse for children and was assigned to one little girl in particular who cared for him (basically a lease) and took him to 4H shows. Apparently they were a sweet team, but her parents bought her a horse of her own and the poor boy basically turned into a pasture pet while the owner of the farm held him for whenever his grand kids would visit. Honestly he was too nice of a horse to just be used for occasional light riding by inexperienced young children... and he was one of many horses and wasn't really getting the individual care he deserved.
She felt we'd make a better match and asked if she could have him back. I anxiously waited, and luckily the guy agreed! I didn't want to get my hopes up until the transport was booked and he was on my trainer's soil... but two months later he made his journey from Northern KY, to eastern TN and is officially mine!
Words cannot describe how forever grateful I am to her. I have wanted a horse since I knew what a horse was. As a child I was always drawn to Arabians in particular though don't get me wrong, I do like other breeds as well (though I've ridden Arabians in the past, I've mostly lessoned with quarter horses/paints). Once I started taking horsemanship and riding lessons and got settled in my career the only thing stopping me from buying a horse was the dreaded siphoning through liar sellers and horses that had potentially seemed well mannered but you'd never know until really spending time with them.
Truthfully, the only real concern I have about this horse, is if the two of us don't click and the fact that he is 16 years old and I would like to have several sound/good riding years as well as companion years with him. I am a first time horse owner so having an older horse was par for the course, and he's so full of life it's hard to believe he's a 1999 model! He's never *knock on wood* had any real injury (other than a scrape inside his eye lid which left no long term damage), or sicknesses. I'd like to just do trail riding and low level (non-competition) dressage. I'm going to have my vet (who comes highly recommended, I've not used him yet) to come look him over and see if his teeth need floating, check for worms, etc. and just get him in their system.
I am so excited to continue my lessons with him! I've REALLY been enjoying my groundwork lessons almost as much, if not more than my riding lessons. We'll be doing some groundwork with him, then riding in the round pen since he may need some brushing up since he hasn't been ridden too, too much lately.
I've been going to the barn every day to spend some bonding time with him, but since he arrived the day before Thanksgiving, it's been hard to spend ample time there, but I am hoping today (Friday) I can spend several hours with him, and get a good grooming session since he needs it. He stood quite politely for me while I did some quick grooming yesterday with a lot of noise and commotion going on both outside and inside the barn (4 wheelers, noisy children, other horses and riders, etc), so here's to hoping now that he's a little more settled in, he'll be more comfortable. :)
OH, and before I forget, pictures from yesterday! Forgive the crud image qualities, I'll have to get better pictures tomorrow :) Maybe after a groom.