Wanted: Beginner safe horse - Western Massachusetts
I'm posting this for a friend, I've been trying to help her locate an appropriate horse and she is starting to get discouraged.
She is a really nice person who is experienced with horses, many years of lessons and owning her own horses. However, last year she was injured in a scary fall after acquiring a horse that was promised as safe but turned out to have a back issue. She has tried to do everything right by this horse: vet, chiro, new saddle, professional trainer. When the horse took the pro on a bronco ride after all the rehab effort, she'd had enough. Thankfully the horse's original owner will be taking it back.
What she needs now is a SANE, very quiet, confidence-builder horse.
She is hoping for free/cheap especially after spending $$$ trying to fix the horse that hurt her. She has a family and upfront funds are limited, but offers a great home. She has a retired horse that has a forever home with her so a new horse will have a buddy. The horses live outside with a run-in on their family farm, they grow their own hay.
Unfortunately the horses we've checked out so far have been unsuitable in temperment, very unsound, and one that was obviously sick. :( She is only looking to do lower level pleasure riding; basic w/t/c, an occasional lesson, maybe a schooling show for fun as she gets her confidence back. She would also like to have a horse suitable for her novice kids to putz around on sometimes.
Color/breed/all that stuff is unimportant, just looking for SAFE (and preferably on the smaller side - she is petite, and big horses make her nervous at this point.)
Hoping COTH can help us make a love connection!
If you know of anything, please PM or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org thanks!