I lost my boy Pete over the Summer and my mare fractured her pelvis this fall. So I am without a riding buddy and would like to offer an awesome home to a Trail Sound horse in need of a forever home.
I board in Fort Valley, Virginia on a Ranch that consists of 400 acres, an indoor riding arena (not entirely finished) and a barn w/stalls. I chose to field board for your reference.
I was riding almost daily and growing in my confidence. I grew up riding H/Js in the KY/TN area and abroad in Germany. I'm an Adult Re-rider after being out of the sport for nearly 20yrs and before my mare was laid up, I was riding her bareback through the pastures.
I stand 5'9" and weigh in at about 200, so I would need a horse who is 15.3 or larger and well over 1,200lbs. preferrably. I am not an expert rider, so I need something a bit more relaxed and has the ability to maneuver over strong streams and up somewhat steep mountain inclines.
If you have a horse that could fit my needs, I would love to talk with you. I am located in Linden, Virginia.
Last edited by VAHorseGurl; Nov. 2, 2009 at 08:09 PM.
Thanks for the vote of confidence, I'll stay on it and I do plan to continue looking to purchase. I've looked at a number of prospects over the last 2 months, but there is always something.
I have an opportunity to purchase from right at my Ranch, this gelding is perfect and I really do enjoy riding him, but the last thing I wan to do is take a great horse away from my BO who uses him in both his Trail Riding business and his Therapeutic Riding busines.
So, I'll drive forward and I'll eventually find that perfect match.
Originally Posted by arabhorse2
VA, just keep scouring the giveaways.
I found my new foxhunting prospect through the COTH giveaways.
It took me about 8 weeks, driving a lot of miles and meeting wonderful people and lovely horses, before I found my new boy.
The horses are out there, but you'll have to do your own legwork and research.
Maybe check out some local rescues? Requires some sifting, but i know there are many older packers no one seems to want anymore since they can't junp 5 ft or require a little maintenance. Are there any summer camps around you? No one loves dealers, but they generally lease from there and there are TONS of 2k and under camp-y horses that would adore having their own person and an easy going trail lifestyle.
Sorry i don't have anything specific, but just keep looking! Something always turns up.
Now I'm beginning to feel bad about posting this. Should I have preferences? Can I have preferences?
It's easy to have preferences when all your seeing is in writing. When you see them for real -- some of those preferences will fall away and certain issues may seem less difficult to manage. Taking a giveaway -- it's usually a given that they'll have some issues. Only you can decide what issues you're ok with, and which your not -- and a lot of that will depend on how you click with the horse and how suited he is to your style, level, and amount of riding.
My best trail riding partner I got for next to nothing, with horrible conformation, infected heals, and nasty, nasty scar on his pastern and stifle issues. It took some time, we worked through things, and now I wouldn't trade him for a million dollars.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
VA - I have an 11 y.o. 16 hand TB who is a GREAT trail horse listed here as a free lease. It's a long term lease. He's very level headed and can be ridden by anyone on the flat. He can be hauled out of the pasture after sitting there for a month and be the same horse as one who is worked daily.
He's totally sound. Easy keeper. Goes great in groups or alone. He and I hack around the farm by ourselves all the time and he is very relaxed. When all the horses go out Hunting He can be left in the barn or pasture by himself and be very content. Lives with many different farm animals, so variety not an issue. He is actually a pushover when it comes to sheep and they figured out that at feeding time, he'll move over and let the sheep eat. It didn't bother him at all to have 6 sheep in the stall with him. Now that the sheep are in a separate pen from the horses, the duck has moved in.
We have a nice guy who desperately needs a place to go:
Phunny is currently in a foster home but foster can no longer keep him. He is a 7 yo very sensible TB gelding-16h- won a bit of $$ on the track, was always a barn favorite and very easy going on the track but then they wanted him gone- his destination was zoo food- so we stepped in only bc we had an offer of a foster situation- he is well on his way to recovery from a fractured sesamoid, xrays show it is mostly healed, he can do light riding now but vet says he should be good to go in regular work in the spring- no jumping though- trails and dressage are fine- Adoption fee $1-