So I've been looking at sales ads, just a little. And I realized that I'm really afraid to go horse shopping. Like I legit am having anxiety about it. The last THREE horses I've had were the wrong horses. Granted two of them I bought sight and unseen, so that's kind of to be expected. But still. THREE. That's a lot of money spent for no reward.
First we had Ducky. My adorable little stationary hony. Against all my better judgement I took that little brat in because he was just up the road from me and in a bad situation. And I mean... he was so cute!
Once the Duck had moved out, I was completely set on getting a thoroughbred to show in the TB classes that were becoming so popular. I found the prettiest little guy that I was determined to make into a fancy hunter. He was a decent mover and oh so pretty. You all remember Romey:
And then there is Badger, who is everything I thought he would be, but I am not what he'd hoped I would be.
I got Romey and Badger within a few months of each other. Romey moved in the day after Thanksgiving 2015 and Badger joined the family the following I think January (maybe February, but right in there). I was SO excited. I thought I was going to have two baby horses out there showing in the baby green classes. And now at the start of what should be the third season together? That never happened. Well. Badger has shown, but not with me. And so I'm feeling really angsty about shopping for a new horse.
I'm afraid I'll get another one that's unsound. Or one that I get along with great for the trial, but then not at all after that. And I don't even know what I want... Do I want a hunter or a jumper? I dunno?! Honestly, I just want something sound, that jumps great, that LIKES me. I don't really care which ring we show in.
Despite my angst, I'm starting to compile a list of what I'm hoping to find in my next horse. Lists tend to help me feel more organized and lessen my nerves. Anytime I feel overwhelmed, I sit down and make a nice orderly list. So why not for horse shopping, right?
Here's what I have so far:
-Good jumper/scopey (enough for 3'6" or higher depending on hunter or jumper)
-OK mover (I don't need to win a hack, but I don't want something offensive to watch)
-Friendly (I love grooming and hanging out with my horses, and I want the horse to enjoy that too)
-Not a bucker/rearer
-relatively nice to look it. I spend a lot of time taking photos of my horses eating grass. I like them to be nice to look at. Yes, it's vain. But also, if it's a hunter, it shouldn't be ugly. Sorry.
I don't care much about color or size. I don't want something tiny, it needs to have enough step for the lines, and I don't want to be looking up at a 3'6" fence. Similarly, I don't need something 18 hands either, as I'm only 5'2" (and a quarter!). But I'll take whatever size if it's the right match.
I don't care that much about breed either as long as it fits the other bills. I tend to steer away from certain breeds that I've not enjoyed in the past, but if it's an exception and checks all the boxes, then I'm game.
Even with my list, I'm still really anxious about starting the hunt when the time is right. Like I'm actually happy it's not time yet, because I'm not ready to face the task. On the other hand, I REALLY miss showing. I love competing (on the right horse). I love having those two minutes in the ring, just me and my horse trying our absolute hardest. I LOVE that. And it's something that has been missing from my life the last 2+ years. I guess in an ideal world, I'd just find some magic pill to restore 9 year old Rio. Then all would be right again.