I bought a horse at an auction on Jan 1st. Not because I needed or wanted another horse, but because something in his eye spoke to me. He was grumpy and fussy, but there was something I fell in love with.
Fast forward to today. I've worked almost every day these past two weeks. It's been crazy. The horse has sat the entire time. Today, we want to go for a trail ride at a State Park almost 2 hours away. I want to take my new guy, but I don't even know if he was drugged??? So, I hop on him here at the farm in a halter and lead rope and he walks, trots, and canters like a dream.
We get to the Park and I realize my stirrup leathers are on my other saddle. So, I take new horse without stirrups. He is a SAINT. We do creeks, bridges, roads, etc. I've never felt so safe. At the end of the trail ride, I was Facebooking a picture of him on my phone. Before I could hit enter, I heard a snap. He spooked, but I pulled him up and he stopped...just in time for a tree (not a limb) to come crashing down on me. It knocked me right off him. Sean leaped off his horse to make sure I was OK. I was hurt, but no head injury. My new guy stood there like a rock while Sean took care of me. Sean ended up putting me on his horse because he was tacked up Western and I ponied the new horse while he lead us with my good arm (I could not move my right arm or walk on my right leg). Sean loaded both horses by himself and it was like they both knew what had happened. I've never seen two horses self-load togerther so easily.
Best of all, the new guy was not cranky in the leastl. He stood for me to mount and dismount several times by myself. We found out he will lead or follow on the trail. Everything I asked, he said "yes" to without any issues. I am so glad I found him (and he found me!).
I didn't go through a rescue. I purchased him AT the auction! I loved him from the minute I saw him. When I went to get on, he kind-of cow kicked at me. I had to have him (I love horses with a little 'tude). I bought him CHEAP (think meat price). He hasn't taken a wrong step since getting to our farm and Sean did his teeth this past Tuesday and they were HORRIBLE. Sean said it is amazing he didn't try to kill me. The poor guy has ulcers, cuts, and lacs from the sharp points throughout his mouth. No wonder why he was grumpy at the auction. This horse LITERALLY is a SAINT.