I stopped us all right there and thanked her for her time and explained that I was only interested in owning a horse, nothing else. I was ready to leave and we had not even gotten to the gate! The horses owner said that she was looking for a lease, preferably a multi year one. I told the woman that I had no interest in a lease, again thanked her for her time and was ready to head out of there. The Barn Owner of Gen’s figured we might as well take a look at him since I had heard so much about it. It was cold, but we were all curious so I figured that it can’t hurt to just look…right? As we were walking out we asked the horses Owner what she meant by a multi year lease and man am I glad that we did! She wanted someone to take over the expenses, train him, show him, etc but still let her own him and ride him 1-2 days a week.
As I heard that I really wanted to GET OUT because that is not the kind of situation I want to be in AT ALL. It was just as I decided I wanted to run away that a very cute looking Chestnut picked his head up to check out this group of four people that were walking towards him. I snapped a few pictures and was ready to leave. He did look like he had good legs. It is impressive to have a 10 year old with no bumps or anything on his legs. He also had his stranger danger alert on and was very worried about having so many people around him. I actually found that to be cute because Gen used to be like that before he found out that the world is a safe place.
This horse looked us all over and you could clearly see that he was a smart boy. He was trying to figure out who we were and what we wanted. After first meeting us he seemed to worry less and just stood hanging out while we chatted for another few minutes. He did seem like the kind of horse I would like. Wary of strangers but curious at the same time. Intelligent and a little introverted. He seemed like a good guy. I could see right away why Lori thought he would be perfect for me and it also wasn’t too hard to figure out why the trainer had wanted me to see him. He could be a really nice horse with some love and attention.
The horses owner though was making me a little crazy. I could clearly see why the trainer had thought one thing and the owner something else because the horses owner kept contradicting herself. She was saying things like,”I love my horse so much I could never let go” and 2 sentences later “when I sent him down to Maryland for training so I could sell him” and “I love him so much and take such good care of him” only to have her say that she comes out maybe 1 day a week if that. The Barn Owner of Gen’s could tell that this woman was in way over her head and put in some good words for me, which was nice, but then came the offer of “You can come out and ride him for free”.
I was getting a little frustrated at this point. This was clearly not going to work out at all. If I were desperate I would ride anything, but I am not desperate at all. I really didn’t want to train this womans very green horse for free, especially since she could no longer afford board. As of last weekend she had not been able to pay for December. I am admittedly judgmental about horse ownership (I really can be a total bitch about what I expect from a horse owner) and it was really pissing me off that this woman who lives 15 minutes away from the barn and driving a new car couldn’t afford him or see him more than 1 day a week. It was also really annoying that here she was on a nice clear December day already at the barn and she couldn’t even be bothered to bring her horse up to the barn to brush him? Yet she loved him too much to give him up. Even though she cannot afford board in December? And she wants to sell him?
Needless to say I drove away pretty disappointed. We ended up going to the Dunk and chatting which was nice and made the morning worthwhile. I feel like I NEVER get to see Marissa anymore so it was fun to catch up and have some warm coffee on a very cold day. I ended up having so much fun and losing track of time and being over half an hour late for my lesson!!! Ooops! All in all though it was worth it to at least go and look because it made me realize that I really do miss having a horse that I can do stuff with. Not that Gen isn’t great, because he totally is, but it is more like the fact that prior to talk to Lori I was basically out of the horse world and okay with it.
After thinking about getting a second horse I realized that I do miss riding most days and all the fun that comes along with that. My trainer, the Barn Owner at Gen’s and Marissa are all going to keep their eyes open for another free to a good home horse for me. I don’t want to buy a horse. I would much prefer to feel like I am saving a horse from a bad fate (yes, I am keeping an eye out for a rescue as well). For now though I am just going to enjoy Gen and the Schoolmaster. If no second horse comes around that is okay. It is kind of a big step to say that I am even open to it. After almost 6 years with Gen I thought he would be my one and only pony…and he still might be. It feels good to admit though that I think my heart is big enough for two horses.