You bought a what?!

13 Apr

As I stood beside this gorgeous 16.2h American Quarter horse, I welled up with tears. I felt so overcome with emotion and was glad we were alone in that moment. We bought a horse! The search did not take as long as we thought it might, even though we were searching for a bomb-proof, gelding, under 10 years of age, that was trained, could jump a small course, barefoot and without any vices.

It was disappointing to realize that people actually stretch the truth and perhaps even lie to sell you a horse. We turned down several and one “calm” mare, sent my daughter to the hospital via ambulance. How sad that people will lie to make money. I was terrified as I watched the mare gallop away, clamping hard on the bit, as my daughter used her strong legs to hang on until the moment came when she knew she better dismount before coming to the fence or road.

Not in a hurry to sell him, RW’s Mom contacted me to say she had a horse that seemed to be what we were looking for. She would keep him for another year if the match with my daughter was not a good one. He fit every one of the items on our list…and so the meeting and ride would tell the truth. RW was even more than we hoped for. Handsome, calm, fully trained, 6 years old, easy keeper, no vices and a gorgeous liver chestnut colour to top it off. We were over the moon excited to have found our first horse.

It has been six months since he joined our family and we love him more each day. His big kind eyes, his soft energy, his willing attitude. I have yet to ride him, but I love to groom and graze him just the same. As soon as I have healed from upcoming surgery, I will learn to do some groundwork with him, take him for walks and take my time learning to ride. I’ve ridden a few times, but I’m not skilled as my daughter. I’ll be happy to go on a trail ride with him and eventually work up to a canter in the arena. He’s bigger than any horse I’ve mounted and even with a bomb-proof temperament….I’m still a bit intimidated (hence the desire to do some groundwork with him to feel more confident)

And what you’ve all been waiting for….meet RW Rigby…Nuther Royal Machine.

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3 Responses to “You bought a what?!”

  1. dorothychiotti April 14, 2016 at 5:03 pm #

    What a handsome boy!!! I wish you and your daughter many happy years with him. 😊

    • scriptedfuture April 14, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

      Thank you! I may be asking you questions!

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