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  • New Horse has Arrived!

    So, it's been FOREVER since I last posted here. Life got super busy and is still busy, but I'm managing to juggle things around better now.

    After much thought and talking with others, I decided to retire my mare so with her going to live on a pasture with other horses, I went on the search for a new horse in order to be able to continue riding. There were several horses I got to look at but in the end, I went with the horse I initially figured I wouldn't get. Kind of funny how that works out some times.

    He was located several hours away so I went out on my day off and a total of an 8 hour trip just to see this one horse that I wasn't even sure about at the time. He's an 8 year old thoroughbred that was never raced and stands at 16.1 hh. He was introduced to the start of dressage when he was 4 - 5 years old, but then the lady moved but couldn't take all of her horses with her so she sold him. The lady who got him wanted him to use to go around on trails and in general, just be a pleasure horse, which he has been for the last 3 years. However, due to the fact they now live somewhere where there are cows along the trails, she's selling him because he spooks at cows as he's scared of them. And she needs a non cow spooky horse for her boyfriend to be able to ride with her as well. And that's the very basics of what this guy has done in his life.

    When I met him, he was in his decent sized paddock and as we went in, he was more than happy to greet us. I honestly liked him from the start as he enjoyed all the face rubs I was giving him and when I'd stop, he'd put his head in my arms. So within a few minutes, my hands were black from how much I was petting and scratching him. Needless to say, he was very easy to catch and stood fine as the lady then went about brushing him and tacking him up. One quirk he has is that he isn't great with picking up his feet. He's not bad or dangerous, he just tries to take his feet back whenever you pick them up, but settles quickly and lets you do whatever you want. It's just the initial pick up that he gets a little fidgety with.

    From there, he was tacked up and she did a few ground excersizes with him such as backing up, yielding, and so on for me to see before getting on him. He was quite calm during all of this stood nicely to be mounted and walked around at a calm, almost lazy walk. He moved nicely at the other gaits as well, and had much more of a calm, relaxed movement. When I hopped up on him, it was quite something. I've never been on a horse taller than 15.2 hh so i definitely felt like I was very high up lol. The first thing I became aware of though, was just how much power he had. It was like I just felt his strength seep up into me which was a really weird feeling as I don't normally get that from most horses. But him, he definitely radiated it.

    We moved around, turning around trees and doing some stops, backing up, and picking up a bit of speed and everything between us seemed to click. Another nice thing about him is that when you ask him to stand, he'll literally just stand there forever for you. And if you scratch him in the right spots, his head goes up and he does the whole lip wiggle thing which is just cute. Other horses I'd looked at I liked, but with him, I loved him within the half hour of meeting him.

    Another thing that was really big to me, was the fact I had no anxiety around him at all, despite never being around a horse as large as him. Normally, when I'm trying out or meeting horses that might potentially be mine, or if it involves me riding them (especially when it comes to riding them), I get an anxiety attack. It comes in different levels of severity depending on the horse. One horse I tried, the anxiety was minor and was literally gone within two minutes. Another horse I met who was a dead broke horse, it hit me so bad that even my voice shook and it lasted a good 10 minutes. But with this giant gelding, I had nothing. No anxiety what-so-ever.

    A few other things went on and I just got the feeling that this was the horse for me. Out of all the ones I'd looked at and tried, this guy was the one. So I left a deposit with them and now, 3 days later, he's in my paddock.

    As he was being unloaded from the trailer, the people told me that he might be a little frisky for the first few days since he has to settle into being somewhere new. While he was a little excited as he came off the trailer, the guy handed me the lead rope and as I led my new gelding towards the paddock behind the stables, he settled right down and walked beside me nicely.

    Even when he entered the paddock and met my 2 year old gelding, the two were as calm as could be. They sniffed at each other a bit and then went off to eat some hay together and acted like best friends. I stayed around for several hours anyways to make sure they got along, and they did. No problems at all. It was on the verge of being boring with how well the two got along haha. He even felt comfortable enough to roll a few times and other than walk around calmly and occasionally stop with his head held high to listen to the new sounds around, he did nothing.
    The lady actually said she was surprised he wasn't running around a bit since like she said earlier, he usually gets frisky for a few days in a new place.

    But none of that happened. In fact, at one point he decided to come suck up to me and I ended up with a horse on either side of me, falling asleep as I rubbed their necks with their noses resting against me. So I'm super happy with my choice and I can't wait to start working with him.

    I also don't have a name for him yet, so if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
    His current name is bowdeye but I don't really like it. Might just call him Bo, but haven't decided yet.

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  • #2
    Aw, that is great. I am happy for you and your new guy. And he is super cute!


    • #3
      Congratulations !

      How nice that the process was so easy and fun !

      ENJOY !!

      Names: ‘My Happiness’ aka ‘Happy’ aka ‘Hap’

      Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


      • #4
        Congratulations! That is so great. When the match is right, it's amazingly right. He was meant to be your guy. Loved to read about it. Thanks for sharing with pics too.


        • #5
          Congrats! How exciting!! And he sounds just perfect for you. He's super cute as well.

          I just love the patient ponies who can stand around for hours. They are the best! Enjoy your new boy. I like the name Bo


          • #6

            Sometimes they just "speak" to us on meeting.
            It's happened with me & with DH when he met his TWH(/Eventer).

            You don't say what your plans are for him.
            But I like Bo for a barn name too - short & sweet.
            Perhaps Beau Geste for show?
            Translation: A noble & generous act
            & unlikely to get mangled by announcers
            *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
            Steppin' Out 1988-2004
            Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
            Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


            • #7
              Congratulations! He's so cute!


              • #8
                That face! And I’m a sucker for chestnuts.

                "Dogs give and give and give. Cats are the gift that keeps on grifting." —Bradley Trevor Greive


                • #9
                  Very nice..I like Happy or Hap. Knew one that earned that name, 6 year old, very mellow right off scary plane ride, quarantine and a long van ride to a barn where nobody spoke his language. Went from failed Jumper ( too slow) into a 3’6” Hunter packer within a year.

                  You can come up with a fancier show name but hes a happy horse, Happy or Hap suits his private life perfectly and love it when they sort of tell you what they want to be called when they move in with you. Congrats.
                  When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                  The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


                  • #10
                    Congratulations! He is very cute.


                    • #11
                      Isn't that cool how the right horses find their ways to us? Bless their hearts and ours. Both mine (OTTBs) came to me that way. I went to look at one bay horse and my brain said "oh, not a good mover, and not clicking personality-wise." But his buddy who I decided to watch in the round pen just because I was there -- took about 3 steps and was like, WHOA—fabulous mover and so sweet and chill. So I bought the buddy. Fast forward 2 years and the same guy I passed on was retiring and had nowhere to go. So I took him as a safe landing place and it turns out that he's my heart horse. I love the first one AND him. Both are happy. I should say all 3 of us are happy!


                      • #12
                        Congrats! He is cute. Hope you have lots of fun with him.


                        • #13
                          Congrats! Sounds like you got a good one


                          • #14
                            Congratulations! He has a great face.


                            • #15
                              I'm on the search right now and I can relate. I'm so happy for you. He is lovely and I wish you many happy years together.