|Annual 4th of July Trail Ride 2015|
In the meantime, the medium-term plan is to look for a new project horse - most likely a baby off-the-track-thoroughbred between the age of three and five. Much like we did with Ryon, I’m hoping that we find a green broke horse with a good mind that we can teach and show the ropes both in and out of the saddle, which is honestly one of my favourite parts about riding. The older I get, the less jumping captures my attention and the more I’ve started to focus on overall horsemanship. I love being able to teach new horses the confidence (and even cockiness) to go out into an arena or field and feel comfortable and at ease. We have trails galore by my barn and going through the varied terrain eventually turns into a zen-like experience the more they trust me and themselves.
As of right now, although it feels like everyone is trying to unload their horses before the winter, it seems as though no one wants to sell ME their horse. I’ve reached out to rescue organizations, online horse ads, and Facebook. Sellers are extremely interested until I ask about veterinarians close by to perform a pre-purchase exam and give them my references. Then, it’s dead silence, which I have a hard time understanding. I know I’m not known for being the most patient person but geez louise folks, if you’re trying to sell something, maybe you should respond to potential buyers. It’s almost like being ghosted by someone you’re interested in. The ups and downs of this process are already getting to me and I’ve only just begun.