Saturday, January 17, 2009

What I Want

It's frigid cold here. Not much to do but surf online and play with the kids. My head is spinning as I look at sale horse after horse on the internet.

I want to put out an ad that goes something like this;

"Are you looking for the perfect home for your horse? I could be the owner you've been hoping for. With over 35 years of horse riding/owning/care/handling experience, I can give references from vets, barn owners, friends and trainers. If you have the perfect horse for me, he will have found his forever home. If your horse is a gelding (although a level-headed mare will be considered), over 16.2 hands tall, almost any color but gray, broke to ride, 3 good gaits and a willing jumper, sound, sane, well handled and not older than 10 years - let's talk. I have a set amount of money I can spend and while I know I can easily find a horse with all the qualities I have listed at a high price (and well worth it I'm sure) I am looking for the one who's seller is more interested in him going to a forever home than trying to turn a big profit."


It's like it's easier for me to put my qualifications out there than search through endless ads, hoping the information hasn't been "embellished" and the horse I'm taking the time to see because he's listed as 16.2 hands isn't actually 15.3. Believe me, I'm a tall, big-boned gal. I really need that big horse, and not just to fluff my ego!

8 comments:

Melissa said...

You might try the Farm and Garden section of your local Craigslist. . .
Here in Idaho, beautiful horses are going for ridiculously low prices, and it seems like everyone is looking for great homes for horses they can no longer afford. . .
Best of luck in your search for your next friend and partner!

20 meter circle of life said...

Horse shopping kind of sucks!! The right horse will show up exactly when its supposed to!

OnTheBit said...

haha...well I will say it again...You are talking about my Appy. Minus the jumping because he just doesn't know how to do that yet. I would want you to have him only because I know you are a good home and if he is going to have to be sold to someone I want it to be a good home. I am meeting some big time hunter/jumper friends for dinner Monday night so I will see if they know of something reasonable. I have a feeling (minus the size) that you and I would be on sync with what the right horse would be so i will keep my ears open. I LOVE horse hunting so you better watch out or I will make you take the 2 hour train ride to come visit and have a line of horses for you to try. And while I like the idea of your ad I have a feeling that all sorts of people would respond with crazy horses. Good idea though.

Mikey said...

Dang! I've got a bay gelding sitting here, just about what you're looking for. Although he's probably 16.1 hands, but stout like a QH. A big kid. I'm the same as you, I'm a tall girl, I NEED to ride a big horse.
Would love to send him to you, as I haven't had time to ride him and he's just wasting away.

Hope you find the right one. There's got to be lots to look at up there. Check the rescues and see what they've got. Better yet, if you're willing to ship a horse, check out Shiloh Horse Rescue. They've got quite the selection.

C-ingspots said...

If I weren't in love with my big boy Ladde, you and he would be a perfect match. I'm 5'3" and have to use an aid to get on him. He's never learned to jump though, except downed trees on trails. He's a true 17 hh and the most perfect gentlemen you'd ever hope to meet. I did tons of ground work for the first 3-1/2 years before I ever mounted him and he's perfect. Oh, and he's 12. Good luck - that might not be a bad idea you've got there.

Katie said...

That would be so much easier! Just keep your eyes and ears open and the right horse will come.

Amy Jo said...

what is the deal with huge horses? why do people insist on over 16 hands? i think its discriminatory and you are weeding out some of the best horses out there. i find more and more people bragging about these big horses they way they brag about the square footage of their houses or the type of car. its some kind of status thing. sorry, but i think it is ridiculous

SolitaireMare said...

Amy Jo - I wish I was a smaller gal. I wish I looked in proportion riding a horse around 15.2 hands but it looks like I'm a big doofus trying to ride a pony. A smaller horse is not an option for me and since so many people think bigger is better it's hard to find a horse of size at a price range I can afford. I agree there are some wonderful horses out there in smaller sizes but they really don't fit me. I have the greatest respect for the great eventing pony, Theodore O'Connor. At 14.2 hands, he blew away all the big horses and was a world champion. However, his rider Karen O'Connor was a smaller woman and she looked perfect riding that super pony!