Human Vacation and Impending Christmas

You know what’s ironic? Buying a horse sight unseen in Florida, and then going to Florida.

Even more so? Having the friend you are vacationing with in Florida being literally down the road from the horse you just bought.

And the cherry on top? Neither one of us has the time or transportation to see him.

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Our last trip to Florida (and the Caribbean) together, in which it was unseasonably cold and I met the guy who became my husband.

So, despite my being just an hour away from the new pony for a couple days this weekend, I won’t get to meet him until Tuesday afternoon. A super friend will meet the shipper at the time of drop-off in NC, and has promised to check him over, give him a mash, and hand walk him for me. Oh yeah- and also send me pictures and videos of the pone so I can see what he looks like on NC soil.

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Same trip- making time for horses by visiting HITS

Between this and the cross country stage of the Olympic eventing trials, Monday is going to be a little distracted.

Hoping you guys all have a wonderful weekend, and check back Tuesday for new pony media!

Adventures in Horse Shopping: Mystery Horse

I did something crazy.

Something possibly really crazy.

Like, signed up for the show Married at First Sight crazy.

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I bought a horse.

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I bought a horse in Florida, without having gone to Florida.

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How did this happen, you might ask?

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Well, I saw something with potential, and then I hired professionals to do my due diligence, and then, rather than wait and potentially lose the opportunity, I pulled the trigger.

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I found him on facebook- a 4 year old, 16.1 1/2 hand RPSI gelding. He’s not the flashiest horse, but with Stakkato and Calypso in his bloodlines, I clicked on the video link for this supposed hunter prospect.Smitten5

And honestly, I was floored. This horse could move- he has a great canter, suspension in his trot, and above all, he just looked so quiet. Seeing that he was a good deal to boot, I quickly sought suggestions on who I could have go see him for me. That person was 4* event rider Ashley Johnson. With her eventing resume and no-bullshit attitude, I knew she would tell me exactly what the 411 was on the horse. I sent her a novel of an email with the horse’s description, my own history, and what I was looking for in a horse, and begged her to be as critical as possible. She went to see him two days later.

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And she liked him- a lot. After viewing the videos, I did too. After some quick discussions with the A team, I called the owner and told her I wanted him.

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The pre-purchase was yesterday, and the vet, a Grand Prix level dressage rider herself, also really liked him, noting that he could easily do straight dressage and she personally loved his canter.

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But I happen to love this attitude of loping across “cross country” fences

So the money exchanged hands, and I’ve booked a shipper to pick him up on Sunday. He arrives Monday afternoon in North Carolina.

I can’t believe I’m saying this- but I can’t wait to meet my new horse!