Is it unrealistic to think I can find this...
I just want a reality check here...
I've been looking for a nice horse to lease to pony my colt with since last fall. I've tried a handful of horses with results that could qualify for an America's Funniest Home Videos show. What I now gather is that "broke to death" is code for bucking, rearing, jigging, spooking bronc.
Here's what I'd like to find: A safe, sane, solid pony horse to lease for 2-3 months. I'll be ponying my 2 year old colt who leads well, and is well-mannered. We will be walking and possibly trotting at times, but mostly just walking on the trails and roads around my house to get my colt some exposure to new things. He's a sensible, brave colt, but is still a 2 year old and is very athletic. On the rare occasions when he does spook, he can make a 15 foot jump sideways in one leap. Armed with this knowledge, I would take a dally on the horn since I'm not interested in getting ripped out of the saddle, and am too old to hit the ground more often than I have to. This horse would need to be a horse who has pulled from the horn before, and has been exposed to a flag before and understands it, as I would flag my colt from this horse before I pony him for the first time. This is only to make sure he respects the pony horse, and wouldn't take long or be strenuous to the pony horse. The first time I did this it took about 3 minutes and my colt followed the pony horse around like a puppy. This horse would live at my house (in pasture) and I would pay for all upkeep during the time I have him. I would be willing to pay someone a reasonable lease fee for this horse as well.
I have tried horses from the rent stables (too sour and dead to any aids), outfitter horses (extremely expensive and sour), and horses from various local individuals (too many problems to list). I have come to the conclusion that I am unrealistic in my expectation that I can find a pony horse with the qualifications I need. I live in a rural area, and finding horses here is pretty difficult as they are not typically listed for sale or lease anywhere locally. I think a good ranch horse would be perfect, but they aren't usually leased out and even grade horses sell for a lot of money.
So, am I crazy to think I can find this horse? I would even be willing to buy a horse if I found the right one. The only reason I'm not terribly interested in buying a horse right now is because I don't have time for 3 horses, and I am focusing on my 2 year old right now.
Thanks for the reality check!