I'm a Northern Canadian who has horses her entire childhood. After 10 years (and one six year old later) I've began the process of purchasing an appendix black mare. When I was younger I enjoyed Western Speed events and week long trail rides from Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Texas. The week long trail ride was the highlight of my year every year. I lived for the local county fair and my best memories growing up was ALWAYS surrounded by some horse event. When I moved away got married and had a baby I left the horse life behind but always wanted it back in my life. Here I am 10 years later and finally starting the process of buying an older mare. I've never bought my horses past the age of 8 so her age was something I was having trouble accepting. When I met this mare she was lively I found myself forgetting her age, I fell in love. She is either a 2001 or 2004 model (the owner is searching for her papers.) Her current owner (as I have no signed papers yet) has a race horse and when she bought this mare her racer was retired. She has since put him back on the track and simply doesn't have time to dedicate to her. Over three years she hasn't done much with her and the mare has been mostly taken care of by the farm owner. After three years of minimal riding the barn hand saddled her up and rode her for a week. She bucks at a canter (I'm told) but otherwise is amazing saddling, trotting, and ground manners. I can work with green so I decided this was something I can handle. I watched the barn hand grab her out of the paddock, bring her in and cross tie, brush her, pick all her feet (she's stubborn about the backs, something I can work on) and throw a saddle and put a bridle on. The barn hand cinched her no problem and hopped on her right outside the barn and rode her to the arena. With recent rain the arena was kinda muddy and needed to be dragged so no canter but I did get to see all her gaits, watch her backup, and respond to neck reining. Without too much more blabbering here she is.
My daughter, she picked out a new halter and lead for her and was leading her around. This mare was so gentle with her!
Playing bonding games in the arena.
She's so well built for a mare who has been on pasture only for 3 years.
My daughter sitting on 'her' horse for the first time.
Playing games in the arena.
This one is from her past owner but I really how she looks.
Her registered name is IMPROBABLYBAD, barn name Beauty but the owner has always called her B. My first horse when I was my daughter's age was Beauty and I find that it's taboo to call her Beauty as well so I'm trying to convince myself of a new name or going with B (I'll probably spell it Bee or Bea) My mom suggested Cinder and another forum member suggested SweetBea (which is growing on me!)