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.
So I emailed.
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!