Now which of you thought this was #fetish related? HA! …
So as some of you may know I’ve been looking for a second horse, a husband for my Bella. I found one mid February and had him for about a week and on trial for 30 days. Arranged the vet appointment only to find out he has a lot of injuries that could not be seen when I went and looked at him (three times before I bought him) and was not rid-able. You can imagine my trainer and I’s shock after how we had both looked him over a few times. We did notice some offness on his trot in the field but thought it was from being at much larger facility then where he came from and had more room to stretch. Was not the case…I therefore had to return him. He was such a sweetheart too and would have made a great trail horse. But the sad part is that he was in so much pain he should be put down as it was not fixable. But that was not my call to make, I notified the owner of the issues and handed her a copy of the vet receipt so she knew.
Same day I find out about this the farm I board at says they know a gorgeous paint that is being sold at a neighboring school farm. I’m like, okay, I will give it a try. Again. I went and rode him, so did my trainer, saw some kids on him and everything went well. Made arrangements to pick him up.
The day I pick him up the woman puts the halter on while the trailer is being backed up and then hands him off to me. The horse then starts to literally drag me out of the barn. I had to dig my heels into the ground to get him to stop. Thankfully he did. Right then I was like oh my, what have I got myself into now. I chalked it up to the commotion happening in front of us and got him trailer-ed up.
The day we pick him up it had rained and there was still snow…driveway was very long so we got stuck on the driveway, on ice, about 20 feet from the paved road. With a very large horse and trailer behind us. Sliding backward…long story short finally someone came with a truck and kitty litter and the story ended fine. That day anyways.
My trainer takes him out to ride him and see how he acts at the new facilities and he has somehow turned into a giant asshole. He has horrible ground manners (not sure how he acted so nice the day I viewed him) He is a very big tall horse who when you go to bridle him throws his head up so you cant. Being the fact that I’m so petite that is not going to work out. The 2 weeks I had him my trainer tacked him up for me as we tried to work on his manners. When you took him in the ring he did not want to stay on the outside he wanted to go to the middle to whatever person was standing there. He is like a big puppy, hold me mommy! Not the best thing to have with a horse that weighs tons and is over 16 hands. He did show improvement in the time I had him BUT the price tag did not match the training he needed to be where I could use him.
I thought about it long and hard, I finally came to the conclusion that it just did not feel right. Plus the $3000 price tag the woman was trying to sell him for (and would not come down) with how he acted was astronomical to pay for him.
So he went back.
All this has cost me $900 between these two horses. I had been eye balling a western saddle for Bella and wish I would have just bought that instead of spending it on trying to find her a friend.
I’ve been trying to find her a friend as horses are social creatures and I want to bring her to my house. Therefor two horses (or a goat or few) is necessary for them to not be anxiety ridden. So this wasn’t done out of stupidity…but I think the universe is saying to just hold back on that for now.
I have some other big changes coming my way again in life so all’s well that ends well.
I’ve also been having some issues with Bella. My trainer and I had been making great headway and then I started bringing in other horses + spring arrived and she has turned into something else. She use to barrel race so she is always in fast mode. I also believe (and my trainer) she was trained improperly and trained to be scared under saddle so she ran faster. Good thing I have a pretty good seat even though I’m riding at a beginer level again as there have been many instances she has spun, spooked and started to lose her mind. She does not buck, rear, kick or bite though. So these things previously mentioned can be worked with. My trainer and I are going to do everything we can to get her trust and teach her the right way again.
Thinking of selling her makes me want to dissolve in a bucket of tears I don’t think it’s anything I could ever do even if I could never do anything but walk on her in a quiet space or just spend time with her. I feel this great connection to her, a deep love and I want to do right by her even if the rest of her life is spent in a pasture being fed carrots and being brushed.
So it goes.
That’s been filling up A LOT of my time lately as I love Bella and have been trying to do right by her any way I can. I’ve also been helping my twin Brooke as she has given birth and that has taken me away from home and work for a bit. Which I do not mind at all, I love that I can be there for her. But that is also why I’ve asked for some patience with customs lately since I’m needed in other areas of my personal life.
I’ve not had any customs be late though and I’ve actually kept up on top of things quite well so I really should not be worried. I have a huge manager part of myself that makes me think I have to get everything done fast as I can and do it right because no one else can. Ya I’m working on that.
Anyways. I have an apt at noon today and I hope either before or after that I’m finishing a few custom videos and will have them on their way! Thank you again for all your understanding and patience. I appreciate it.
I will be back soon…hopefully with more positive news on Bella!