To ride dressage is to dance with your horse, equal partners in the delicate and sometimes difficult work of creating harmony and beauty.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Still looking

I won't be picking up the possible lease on Sunday; we still haven't ironed out all the wrinkles in the lease agreement. Not that the owner is unreasonable; she has accepted the vast majority of our suggested changes. But my husband is an equine veterinarian, which means he knows all the worst-case scenarios and so will never be completely comfortable with the risks of leasing a horse. And truth be told, I would rather have a horse of my own if possible.

Rick thinks I should have kept Russell, but he doesn't understand that walking and jogging around the arena and infrequent easy trail rides, all while worrying that Russell might "break" again, is not the relationship I want to have with a horse. (And Russell never cared to interact much with humans on the ground.)

Enter a new possibility. My friend Laura is the Craigslist queen, and she has had her eye on a horse she found advertised there. We were chatting on the phone today about our horse-shopping woes, when she said, "YOU should go look at this mare!" Then she forwarded me the Craigslist ad link, and the owner's phone numbers. The mare, a rescued OTTB, looks nice and sounds nicer. I've talked to the owner on the phone, and she's sending me more photos and a couple videos. If I still like what I see, I'm hoping to go see her on Sunday. I know better than to get my hopes up, but it's too late....

2 comments:

Laura said...

yay for you!! And you thought I'd be the first one to find a horse! Of course, I found her first...

I hope it works out. She looks like a nice mare.

Cheyenne said...

This horse game is never easy!