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post #1 of 27 Old 05-29-2017, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Cool My dream horse?

As someone who has started to ride a little less than two years ago and who fancies himself a rational person, this is how I have been imagining my dream horse: a laid-back and sane breed, like an Icelandic, a Fjordie, or a Canadian, probably an individual that shows lots of curiosity and does enjoy a little run now and then. Preferably in its late teens (for that extra dose of sanity and been-around-the-block-ness), and - yeah - a gelding - because I don't want to deal with mare drama.

And what do I do today? Sign a one-year lease on a 9 year-old OTTB chestnut mare who's been spending the last two weeks or so flirting the socks off of me. ("Dita", if you saw my video over in the "2017 Trail Rides" thread.)

My instructor has been looking for someone to ride Dita and to be "her human" for the last four years. My instructor greatly values people who make her horses comfortable and relaxed, and who care for the horse as a being rather than a piece of exercise equipment. (I had established a track record in that respect with her rescue Hanoverian over the last 6 months. That big boy is her special baby, but he taught me to get out of the arena and into the field, while I helped him to become more self-confident.)

This lease, by the way, is done with the understanding that she signs actual ownership over to me after the lease is up and she taught me the most important things about caring for a horse. She won't have to worry about me taking her baby away from her farm, though, because she knows that, even though and I do have a tendency to be judgmental, I think that there are few places anywhere that are better for happy horses than her barn.
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ok, photos??

she sounds wonderful.
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post #3 of 27 Old 05-29-2017, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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ok, photos??
I didn't do a photo shoot yet (I want to get her on pasture when the light is nice for that), but this is us tearing up the neighborhood. (I put a few headshots at the start, the rest of the video is "between the ears".)

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post #4 of 27 Old 05-30-2017, 01:54 AM
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I'm just like you. Novice, not a kid any more. The only horse that made me comfortable enough to ever canter by myself on a trail was an OTTB mare :) She looks lovely and your trails look really great, I'm jealous. Best of luck
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funny how it so often happens... reading your list of 'dream horse' requirements, somehow I wasn't surprised - but amused - that you have ended up with very much otherwise! And even a chestnut one! Gotta be wary of those the most!

Congrats & may you keep having heaps of fun together! The instructor sounds like she is a 'keeper' too!
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Often they just find you, haha! I have my loan now only because I mentioned I ride again to his owner, a customer of where I work. We're like-minded in terms of care and respect to animals so she let me come up and meet him.

I watched this video the other day when you posted it, looks like you have a great time together I'm only just starting mine out on the trail so I love seeing these kinds of videos!
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post #7 of 27 Old 05-30-2017, 03:19 AM
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Super fun video. ,!

Oh, the joys of being young and new to riding, and not with a mental library of "what ifs" to keep you from cantering down unknown paths.
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I'd question your sanity, but I was looking for a quiet, kid mount for my daughter (preferably a been there, done that QH) and bought an Arab. Then I was looking for another quiet "mom" horse and thought a QH would be pretty safe. She turned out to be a lot of horse! Blew that stereotype out of the water. She's harder to ride than the Arab sometimes (he does better in an arena, she's better on a trail). Still, we love them both very dearly and wouldn't trade them for the world. Horses have a way of throwing your expectations out the window!

As long as you are comfortable on her, and you have someone to advise you if you run into issues, I think you'll be fine. Congrats! She seems awesome.
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P.S. That video is amazing! I admire your confidence for a fairly new rider, but also your ability to shoot a video from the top of a horse. Do you have a camera attached to your helmet?
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I was fairly convinced I wanted a big stocky paint gelding to meander the trails. I was free leasing a Morgan mare when the barn decided it had been too long since she had earned her keep so she needed to be sold. They offered me the first opportunity at buying her. Before committing, I went to a sales barn and test rode a few horses, but kept coming back to how much that opinionated Morgan mare- who had never been out on trails- just "fit" me better than any of these other horses more suitable to the job. Almost six years later, that little Morgan mare has become a great happy hacker horse and I can't imagine not having her.

Congrats on your new partnership with Dita!
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