Hi. My name is "Sucker". Perhaps you've heard of me . . .
So. I was looking for a school horse. I'm cheap, so was looking at ranch horses--30 days to teach them to direct rain and go over cavaletti and you've got a nice, broke, school horse.
I wanted a gelding. I wanted something 9 or younger. I wanted something deadly quiet.
But then I drove up to this place to see a mare that had been advertised. Found a mud and wound encrusted buckskin mare tied to a T-post. She was one of seven tied to t-posts, inclduing two yearlings that were about 100lbs undrweight and and a paint with a gaping hock wound lovingly sprayed with Furaspray.
She was was head shy as anything, pulled back against her T-post, had feet that had clearly not been touched in months (and she wouldn't pick them up), bloody sores on her head and mouth, and open, scabby wounds from where she'd been hobbled. She'd been advertised as 8, but when we arrived were informed that they'd just checked her papers and she was actually 10.
Not at all what I was looking for. Not at all.
Women gets on her, takes her down to the "ring". The gravel driveway would have been better footing. And this little thing on those wounded legs, overdue feet, and on footing I couldn't walk on proceeds to move better and sounder than half the horses in my barn. Damn, what a fancy critter.
But wait, no, not wild, but too much to be a beginner school horse. Too old. Doesn't pick up it's feet.
Hubby gets on her. Rides for 5 minutes before his smile is too big to contain. No, dang it, this is NOT WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR.
Then he takes her outside, and proceeds to canter her through the edge of a lake, over a ditch/swale, and over a log. Perfect, eager, and quiet.
So guess who came home with me today. I paid next to nothing for her, and mainly what she's done in her life is have babies. But I couldn't leave her there. I just couldn't.
They never called her anything but a very bad word I can't say on the BB.
I've named her Matilda. Hopefully with some care and work she'll make up into a fun little Novice horse for somebody.
people, animals, and things come into our lives for a reason. And I must admit ALL of my horses/pets have chosen me and not the other way round.
Good for you and good for your new mare. Keep us informed of her progress.
As others have said...you done good girl!!!!
a friend of a friend just picked up one similar off of Craigslist. So wormy her hair is like straw and a big gut, ticks all over her head and neck, feet.....sheeeesh. They were slowly starving her, cutting back hay as she looked 'fat'.
Look past all that to the CUTEST QH face, nice proportions, good quality feet, lovely neck. nice walk and great trot, soft sad eye......he got her for next to nothing. Both of them got lucky.
You did the right thing. I have one in my barn with a similar story. I planned on selling her after she was healthy and trained. Too late now, I love her , she is just super cool and so much fun to have around ! Yours will be great for you!