Hi all! I've lurked here for what seems like forever but decided to join now that I have a new horse! I am a re-rider who basically grew up riding (I'm pretty sure I knew how to ride before I could walk). I grew up eventing and competed through prelim. I switched to the jumpers in college but after my horse got diagnosed with EPM in my senior yr, I pretty much stopped riding.
I wasn't really in the market for a horse - the horse purchase was about 2 yrs away on the "big plan" but I guess when it's right, it's right. I had been leasing a horse, having just started riding again after an 8 yr break (life and that pesky job thing got in the way of the important stuff!) when I went to visit a friend who's a professional in the beginning of Dec. This was a quick stop over on a business trip and I was only supposed to be visiting. Said friend had a lovely 5 yr old OTTB who was the quietest horse in the barn and was therefore designated as the "guest horse". Long story short, I fell in love and couldn't leave without him.
Charlie is a 17hh chestnut with a large blaze and two socks behind. He raced his last race in the beginning of Oct and has settled into life with an amateur beautifully! He's a champ on the trail and loves to jump. I've taken him out in the woods to jump some logs and small x-country jumps; he loves it. Best of all, he's got the personality of a golden retriever. Unfortunately, I am computer dumb so I'm not sure how to put a picture up but here's his pedigree (which I know nothing about!).
Thanks so much - I'm obviously pretty excited to be back in the saddle again. One thing I've noticed is how much more fun I have now. I was so serious about riding when I was younger that I forgot it was supposed to be fun. I'm definitely more appreciative.