You Probably Think I’m Crazy!
I might even be crazy. We have bought two new horses in less than a month. Both of the horses we bought, Magic and Tic Toc, are fabulous for beginner and intermediate lessons.
We bought Magic first and had it in the back of our minds that the second horse would be something for the more advanced kids to ride. Then I met Tic-Toc and my sixth horse sense told me I had to have him. It’s not a bad thing, but now I have two great little kid horses but feel like I’m lacking for the more advanced riders.
I have horses appropriate for them to ride, they are just all older and don’t need the extra wear and tear anymore.
Found The Ad On Facebook
Aleta our other trainer, had posted an in search of ad on Facebook. That is how we found out about the mare. Her name is Ruby ( kind of ironic, since that is Aleta’s mares name too).
She is owned by a young woman who is working, in college and getting married soon. She feels like she is at a stage in her life that she needs to rehome the horse. Her life doesn’t allow enough time for riding. Especially keeping her horse at a self-care facility.
The mare is an unregistered, untattooed thoroughbred mare. Her owner has had her for about 7 years and the mare is now an older teenager. Honestly, I can’t remember exactly how old. She looks super good. If I would have had to guess I would say she was 10 or 12. Her coat was shiny and she was in great weight. Obviously well cared for.
Ruby’s ground manners seemed good. She stood tied to a fence panel while she got tacked up. You could tell that she was looking at something in the distance. Like she might want to spook, but she never did. We never even could figure out what she was looking at.
Her Owner Rides Her In A Round Pen
Her owner got on her and rode her in the round pen. She was very lazy. I assume it was because she was doesn’t get ridden much and is out of shape. Her walk and trot were nice. Though she struggled a bit in the round pen because, in my opinion, the footing was too deep. It also had lots of big rocks in it.
Ruby did not want to canter right away for her owner. She did get her to pick up both leads eventually.
Aleta got on Ruby and rode her in the round pen first. She took her through her paces and it was uneventful. Aside from Ruby seeming like she was having trouble moving through the deep footing.
Her owner did not normally rider her out of the round pen. Since the footing was so bad in there though, I asked Aleta if she would be comfortable to try her in the normal arena.
Ruby actually seemed a lot better in the big arena with better footing. She seemed calmer. She seems to be a forward horse, but Aleta said she didn’t feel like she was hard to stop or anything.
Out in the big arena, she was able to get both leads a lot more easily than in the round pen.
Ruby is a really nice mare. She has not been in a regular program for a while. It would benefit her to be ridden by riders who can work on improving her balance and response to half halts.
I do not see her being appropriate for totally green riders at this point. Though her personality and demeanor lead me to believe it wouldn’t take much for her to be a horse that anyone could ride.
Ruby would fit well in our program for our more advanced riders. They would have fun with her and learn a lot in the process. Having her would take the workload off of our older horses, which is a definite plus.
The price is not an issue on this horse. The girl has just owned her for so long and just wants to be assured she is finding the horse a forever home.
To Make It Work I Just Need One Thing!
All I need now is for the run in shed fairy to come and leave a run in- shed in my mare field.
We are in a good little spot, for a lesson farm. Our own little patch of farmland in the middle of suburbia. Our space is very limited though.
I hate to think we might miss out on a good potential addition to our program. Guess we will see what happens. If the run in shed fairy comes. Then if she does come if the mare is still available.