Friday, July 8, 2011

Introducing.... Cloud!



A few weeks ago, I saw a posting on a chat board for Competitive Trail that B & C in Arkansas (not sure if they want their real names used on the internet!) were selling one of their Missouri Foxtrotters.

It's funny how things sometimes work out.... After a weekend CTR (Competitive Trail Ride) in the Ozark National Forest two years ago, we stayed at their house overnight before heading back to Louisiana.  We saw Cloud out in the pasture;  her coloring was pretty unique and memorable, but as I had a hale and hearty horse, so I didn't think to pay more attention to her because I might one day own her!

After putting Bree down last month and seeing how unhappy Sarge was about being alone, Joe and I began considering hauling Sarge up to Virginia and boarding him.  The drawback to this was not only the expense, but also the likelihood that Joe wouldn't be riding or visiting him regularly because who knows when the house will sell etc.

Then I remembered the blurb I saw last month on the internet board.

So I emailed.

And called.

And a few days later we hooked up the trailer and drove to Arkansas.

Just to see.

The opportunity to buy a mare from someone that I knew and could trust to be honest was huge.

I would go see.  Just see.  And come home empty handed if necessary.


Does anyone reading this believe that there was much of a chance that I was coming home without her?

She probably could have dumped me off, scraped me through trees and trampled me and I would have still  brought her back!

She's younger and has less training than my "ideal" horse,  but during a long "test-drive" in the Ozark NF (well it seemed long to me as I'm so woefully out of condition) she showed me that she had the potential to be a good trail partner.  While she's not yet rock solid, she's far from spooky.

After a couple of hours on her back, I agreed with B's description that she was immature .... not immature in a pitch a fit and act like a spoiled middle schooler way, but immature in that she just hasn't had a lot of experience.

Sort of like when you're just starting out at a new job and you aren't sure how to talk to the boss.  She wants to try, but isn't sure that she's doing the right thing.

Doesn't she look sweet?
She's four years old and with some crazy coloring!  
And btw Sarge is very happy!


  1. she is really a beauty. i'm SO glad you've healed sarge's loneliness (as well as your own, probably!) and glad too that you were able to buy her from someone you were familiar with in the horse world!

  2. Oh, what a beautiful mare. I don't think I've ever seen a horse with quite that coloring.. sort of a pinto/bay-strawberry roan?... CLOUD.. is a beautiful name.

    Many happy trails to you.

    Once, I was trying a quarter horse out for my then nine year old daughter. He was eight, was well schooled, and very quiet for the weekend we tried him out at a local QH trainer's barn. He had been trucked in from down south. I had him vetted, but not drug tested. Shame on me. Once the drugs wore off, we had a whole different horse. The man who sold him to me knew it was for my daughter. He sold the gelding to me anyway - had he NO conscience? Needless to say, the gelding was sold again, undrugged, to a young man who could handle him a year later. Live and learn.

  3. Gorgeous horsie. Love her color and I know you are going to be VERY happy with your choice.

    Congrats on your new friend!


  4. You are both so very lucky :) Thank you for giving her a wonderful home. You are going to have such a grand time together!!!
    I look forward to future stories!
    xo, misha


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