Monday, February 2, 2009

Foul Mood

Had my first "official" horse shopping experience yesterday. Quite simply, it stunk. It wasn't what I expected, I never even got to try any of the horses. The young horse, according to the owner, is being vetted out by one of her students so she wasn't really able to offer him for sale until that deal didn't work out and the more schooled horse was quoted in a price range that is above what I am comfortable in paying. Aside from that, neither of the horses showed any connection with me even in getting to pet them and interact with them. So it was a wasted day.

Call me a pessimist. I know what's ahead for me. Nice horses I can't afford and horses with "issues" that I can. Go ahead, call me spoiled, too. I am. After Monty, I know what I want and what I don't want.

I guess you could say I'm in a very dark place right now. Watching everyone else out riding and enjoying their horses in this little break from the bitter cold is ripping my heart to shreds. I've found it hard to even browse through most of the blogs I always enjoyed reading because I can't handle the happiness between the writer and their horse. People here are complaining about the ice and having to take care of their horses in the cold. Right now, I'd give anything to slip on the ice with a bucket of water and to have to warm my hands under a furry horses' blanket.

It sucks.

No - it ƒ@¢#ing sucks.

It's been too cold and my usual routine has been disrupted by all the business travel I've had to do lately so my boyz haven't been taking their horseback riding lessons. I'm hoping this week puts us back on schedule. I'm also hoping watching them ride puts me in a better mood.


OnTheBit said...

Are you kidding me? You didn't even get to RIDE?!?! I would have been SOOOOO mad at that lady. I are supposed to try a horse at a trial. I don't blame you for not wanting to read blogs...I don't know what I would do without my Genny. I think I would just feel lost. I think you are so amazing for knowing you need another horse and going after it ASAP. I still say you should come out and buy my would love him. I know it is hard to go out and try new horses since your time is so limited, but have you thought about just going out and trying everything you can in your price range? What I have found true for a lot of people is that they will go look at one and all of a sudden the perfect horse appears right next to the horse they were trying out, but perfect horse is not listed. I am just thinking that maybe you should just try any horse you can regardless of price as long as it is close by. And if you don't feel comfortable getting on after you watch the owner or trainer ride then don't. All I am saying is maybe to push yourself to set up appointments with horses that you are not all that interested in to see what comes out of the meeting. You know exactly what you want but maybe a seller doesn't know exactly how to put that on paper. just my 2 cents. Opinions are like ass holes....everyones got em. And I am so sorry you wasted a visit this weekend...I would have been PISSED.

Callie said...

The right horse will come along. There's plenty out there. Sorry you're in a bad mood. Hope it gets better soon. :)

Melissa said...

Sometimes things are so frustrating!
I hope you have the best of luck in your horse-hunting from here on out!
Yesterday, I inadvertently want horse shopping myself. I didn't need another horse, didn't even really want one. I'm 6 months pregnant, it's the middle of winter, and the economy is going to hell in a handbasket.
Yet today, I am the proud owner of a 2 and a half year old small bay thoroughbred, with really long legs, a tiny head, big ears and a skinny neck. . .
She was free, and she looked hungry. . .
Even my husband, who DID NOT want another horse, insisted on getting her.
Your new horse will find you!
I'll keep my fingers crossed for ya!

Mrs Mom said...

You know, when I lost my horse three years ago, it was two years before I could even look at a horse, never mind ride one. The lady who owned my current horse, Sonny Bunz, was a friend of ours. We had been trimming (OK, I should say Dear Husband had been trimming- I was...lost.) Anyways- this lady LITERALLY had to drag me to her barn to ride this horse. She begged me for help in getting him going better, and it took probably six months of her begging me to get me out there.

All it took was two or three rides on him, and I knew. We were not looking for a horse- at all. And lo and behold, Sonny came to us for rehab work, and here we are a year later- him sound now and ours for keeps.

I guess what all my rambling here is just to say don't give up hope. OTB and the girls are right- the right horse IS out there, and he/she WILL find you. Have faith, and chin up. We are all pulling for you too!

Stay warm, and keep looking ;)

WarPony said...

Nothing to say that can make it better, but know I am sending you hugs and good thoughts. (((hug)))

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Awwwwww, I'm so sorry that your horse shopping trip didn't go as planned.
If it makes you feel any better, I'm sort of right where you are right now....watching others riding and spending time with their horses, while I'm totally grounded. Heck! I can't even walk. It's going to be hell once spring and summer arrive. My Dr. and Physical Therapist say that I won't be able to get back in the saddle again until AUGUST!!! The summer is over then!
Makes me want to just cry. I think I will. Wanna join me? :(

Here's hoping that your next horse shopping experience is more successful and happier.


Ellie said...

Horse shopping is hard. Your situation seems especially difficult do to your time and budget constraints. It took me a year to find a horse that would work with my Cerebral Palsy and what I wanted to do after we decided to retire Wesley. My advice would be to really reach out to the trainers you know and network. Werther was a big eq medal horse that doubled as a high children's jumper when I was just looking for a 2'6 hunter. He wasn't what I was looking for, but my trainer knew his trainer and thought it would be a good git. Werther's owner's also let me lease him with a option to buy, so it really helped that I got to bring him home from a show for a few months and try him.

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