I've been absent for quite some time (wasn't really all that active before) but I have a lovely, sweet new gelding that I'm very excited about! I was horseless for 2 years (feels more like a decade) due to the economy and have now have taken the plunge again (soon to be poor again, I'm sure!)
Anyway, I bought him at the Sport Horse Auction in Herndon, the day before I left the country for a week. It was quite spontaneous of me since I hadn't seen him ridden, nor did I hop on him at any point. But we spoke with the trainer, run our hands over him and watched him trot out. My trainer gave me the thumbs up, if I was comfortable so away I went! Next thing I know, I was filling out paperwork! LOL He was advertised as 5 but when I got him home, I discovered a "J" on his tatoo to realize he's really 4. He's a fairly big boned, substantial guy at around 16.3.
So far, he is the most quiet 4 y/o old I've ever seen, let alone that he's a TB. **knock wood!!** I've only ridden him 3 times and in a lesson the other night I was literally riding him with my hands way up his neck and kicking to keep him in the canter. LOL. He only raced once and it wasn't stellar. Something about breaking sluggishly and being outrun. He came in 4th out of 4 and won $100.
He hasn't had much retraining, was mostly trail ridden. He seems to at least understand the concept of seat and leg but has no idea what the bit is for other than "whoa".
I like his pedigree too. His height is probably coming from his dam. Waquoit is known to throw them BIG sometimes. Good jumpers and movers typically to. I've seen a few of them and always liked them a lot. He is one I like of the more current sires.
I also really like his breeding up top. Everything on paper says he should make a lovely event prospect to me (well...really it says he will probably be a type of horse I like). And so does his picture!!!!
Keep us posted!
** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **
Thanks everyone. I actually did what I promised myself I wasn't going to do the next time around....bought myself another greenbean! LOL. But my pockets just weren't deep enough to find myself a nice, sound, competitive N packer and truthfully, I get a lot of satisfaction out of seeing a horse progress. Even if I'm not always the one in the saddle, if I'm paying a pro to do it, I'm getting the opportunity to see that horse grow. And I've learned SO much from every horse I've had the opportunity to ride. Even the not so cooperative ones. Sure, there was lots of blood, sweat and tears along the way...but there were plenty of victories, too! I think the mind on this one is going to be exceptional and that was my #1 requirement. My trainer loves him and keeps telling me to RELAX, he's going to be the horse you were looking for...we're just going to have to put a little time into him. And that's fine with me, as I said, I'm in no hurry!
He is LOVELY! What a handsome boy! I am particularly fond of that dark chestnut color. And the best part is that you like his temperment... I think that that is such a huge thing for an ammy project horse. I can't wait to hear more about your adventures together.
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" Immanuel Kant