If you have been following our lesson horse search, which we are starting to call a unicorn hunt, you know the prospects we looked at so far.
Today, I will review the horses still on our list and show you the ones that we plan on seeing on Saturday. We plan to spend a whole day horse shopping. Two in Pennsylvania, one in NJ and then back home to Maryland.
Current Prospects (still on the list)
Truckstop Vicki is still on our prospect list, assuming she’s still available. She was a really pretty 20-year-old thoroughbred mare. She was in great physical condition, I would never have guessed she was that old.
She was a good ride, though a forward. Aleta wasn’t sure if she would be too forward for the beginners. We know our advanced students would love her! She is priced reasonably, and I believe it would be negotiable because of her age.
The river was a gray, older mare in PA. She had a pretty face and kind expression in her eye. She rode quite nicely considering there wasn’t a great place to ride. Aleta literally tried her on the parking lot of what looked to be a construction company behind the horse barn.
River appeared to be good and sound, especially working on that hard ground. Her owner did mention that she has an arthritic knee that sometimes bothers her. This concerns me since she isn’t ridden much at her current home and we need something to step into the program and be able to pick up the slack.
Prospects Scratched Off
We really liked this mare. I think she had good potential to be a real asset to our program. Her owner though has her priced unrealistically and has made it clear that she isn’t coming down or negotiating.
It hurt my heart to scratch off Noah. He was the only horse we saw that had regular riding facilities. He was calm and a good size, Just an all around good old horse.
I had to scratch him off the list though because physically he seemed very stiff and arthritic joints. We already have plenty of those of our own, so I need something more physically well to be able to pull the workload our program requires.
Shay was a cute little saddlebred mare way far away in West Virginia. The owners did not have tack for her so Aleta trie her bareback with two lead ropes for reins.
She was a good girl, didn’t do anything wrong. If I was looking for a pony ride pony, I would have made them a cash offer on the spot. I think she would be great for pony rides. It doesn’t seem that she has had much other training as far as how to go in a ring though. Which makes her unsuitable for our program.
In case you didn’t catch yesterdays post, Opie is off the list. Unfortunately, he was a whole different horse when we went back to try him for a second time. Definitely not suitable for our needs.