From Old and Shaggy To Sleek And Shiny
Magic is one of the horses that we bought during our lesson horse search! I wrote about her in my lesson horse search posts.
When we first saw Magic, she was really unimpressive looking. I actually warned the barn people that I was bringing home a horse that was really rough looking, but super sweet and quiet.
Magic has only had three owners in her life, her breeder, the person we bought her from and now us. The woman we bought her from had her most of his life. She did a lot of riding with her for pleasure on their farm. When she got hurt and had to take a break from riding she donated Magic to the Washington D.C Park Police. She stayed there for a few years then came back home.
Her owners were selling their farm and downsizing so Magic and her herd mate, Sky, a Tennessee Walker were being sold.
The First Time We Saw Her
The first time that we saw Magic was on April 29. We liked her immediately and decided to buy her shortly after. We were not able to bring her home right away because her owners did not want Sky to be left alone.
When we saw her in April, we definitely bought her for her sweet temperament and quiet demeanor under saddle. She was not impressive to look at. I think I may have actually used the word ugly when talking about her before we brought her home. I feel bad about saying that now!
We Picked Her Up On May 14
On May 14, we delivered Sky to his new home and brought Magic home. When we arrived to get her, I was surprised at how different she looked. I almost did a double take, thinking that can’t possibly be the same horse we saw a few weeks before.
She had shed out her dull winter coat and had a beautiful shiny summer coat. There wasn’t a piece of shaggy winter hair on her! It was such a huge difference. She still could have used a little weight. Muscle too, since she hadn’t been ridden a lot recently. Even underweight and without much muscle, she still looked one hundred times better!
Magic Starts Working In Our Program
Magic was so quiet and calm when we brought her back to the farm that we pretty much immediately started using her in our lesson program.
Lots of walking lessons, adding a little trot, building up her fitness slowly. Now she is cantering without getting winded. We even used her in our farm show. Where our students have to share horses, she worked in almost every class without seeming exhausted.
Not to mention, she looked so good all cleaned and braided! Her old owners were excited to see the pictures of her. It made them happy to see her looking so good, and also being enjoyed by the kids. That is what they wanted for her, a home where she could have an easy job, and lots of attention.
I have had many horses over the years that didn’t look so hot when I first got them and ended up being very nice looking. Good feed, grooming, and regular riding can really turn a horse around.
I have never had it be so fast though! Magic looks so much better already. We haven’t even had her that long and she is already like a different horse than the one I saw back in April.
Check Out These Pictures!
Check out these pictures, I think you will be impressed with the change! “Maybeamagicstar”,( what her registration papers say) isn’t at all the rough looking mare we first met.
Magic When We Met Her
The Best Part Of All…
The best part of all is that not only does she look so good now. She settled into the farm quickly and easily joined our mare herd. Tammy, one of our ponies is her best friend.
Magic has proven to be every bit the gentle old soul we hoped she would be when we got her. She has been a great addition to our lesson program!