Friday, June 4, 2010

This and That

I want to thank everyone for their comments. Ya all really mean so much to me and I love hearing your feedback! I really am treading carefully with this purchase. I don't want another disaster, like Kinsey, or even just an inappropriate horse for me, like Abby. I want to think and digest. That is one of the draws of Corrie. I can get used to her and see if she will really start to come along or it will be a dead end.

I did talk to R, who owns Corrie, and I am able to ride her if I just let him know. So this might work out for awhile. She is not really being use for much right now. Pretty easy horse to drive and not a horse to really give lesson on for riding because she is so green. Ironic isn't it that a green horse gives me confidence? I think Golden Pony Girl really hit the nail on the head. She is not perfect, but I feel perfectly safe on her. I look forward to riding her next. I already have plans in my head, which is a wonderful feeling. I know what I want to work on, keeping rhythm at the walk. It is nice to get on a horse and think, "I can handle this problem" AND having a safe place to do it. When I first got Abby I could handle her, but I did not have a safe place to work with her.
As for Abby, she is doing rather nicely with the trainers. I watched her being worked on the ground and under saddle. Abby gave them a little attitude and I thought, yup, don't want to fight with a 2000 lb horse that has even little temper tantrums, especially under saddle. She is too big to have little fits, I don't think I am physically strong enough to deal with that. Which is unfortunate because I would really love to keep her.

As has happened in the past when I tried to sell her, everyone is in love with her looks and calls about her, but nobody really wants a horse that big in the end. She is beautiful to look at, actually has nice gaits for a draft horse, but is big. Otherwise they want me to give her to them for free. Which I don't understand at all.

So I am going to be able to ride more than once a week, but I am not sure what I am doing over all. Abby either needs to stay at R's which is what I have been planning on doing or coming home. I feel like I'm in a much better place than even a month ago though. I have options.


  1. I just found your blog, and am happy to see that there are more draft lovers out there.

    I also wanted to mention that when I am selling a horse, it always seems like I get 10 times as many people wanting to come out and look at the drafts, but most aren't serious. I think they just want to see a real big horse in person.

  2. We had a draft at our boarding barn once, and she was pretty green. The trainer is riding her, but it'll be a while before she gets all the bugs out.

    I'm glad to see you've found a way through. It's a tough time to sell any horse, but sometimes the magic just happens.

    On Abby - there is a six year old at our barn that act like a 15 year old. Just that calm nature. Sometimes green is more... turquoise. :)

  3. Oooh! I love what the other blogger said, "She is not perfect, but I feel perfectly safe on her"
    That's how I feel about Apache. I can;t even begin to explain how wonderful it is to be able ride a horse you're terrified of because you know she'll fight with you or pull some crazy unexpected spook, or try to scare you so you'll dismount and leave her alone.

    It's amazing to ride a horse that's willing to go where you want to go, and do the things you want to do. It's beautiful to ride a horse that shows you that she is watching out of you, making sure that you don't fall off, by stepping carefully and slowly and stopping if you become unbalanced.

    I wish the same for you, my friend!

    And I hope Abby find the perfect owner. I had to take a huge loss ($2,000 loss) when I sold Baby Doll. But it was worth it to me, because after a year of lookie-loos and folks that just wanted me to give her to them or wanted her for activities that she was not suited for.....I found her the perfect home. So the financial loss was much easier to swallow.

    And the money I sold her for was just enough to buy it worked out for me in the end, too. (And Apache! ) :)


  4. gah...just reread my're not terrified of.



  5. Poor Abby. I hope her perfect person comes along soon. She deserves someone who will love her as much as you do. Don't worry, it'll happen. :)

    I'm so happy you found Corrie and you get to ride her for a while before you have to decide. :)


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