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May 28, 2011

And the epic search continues...

The little KMSH mare was really cute!  The initial physical exam looked good.  Nice clean legs, nice concavity to her hooves, and she looked very refined, nicer head than most arabs.  So in the pretty and sleek department she really had it going on.  We took her out on a 6 mile trail ride at a nearby park.  This taught me something really important, try out a horse in the environment you intend to use them.  If I'd have tried her in an arena I probably would have bought her.  But something just wasnt QR with her.  After we went a couple of miles she started intermittently dropping her head and sort of tripping on the front left, then it would be fine, and then a near stumble again, only to be fine again.  Another couple of miles and she would intermittently sort of dip/drop her back, and then be fine again.  By four miles her get up and go and had got up and went.  To be fair she hadn't been trail ridden for a year, so conditioning or lack of could have been the trouble.  The one thing that really sealed my un-purchase was she didn't want to lead, and would suck back and hold back and wait for the gelding.  When I let them go off without us, she became upset (controllable), but clearly upset.  If I were looking for a casual trail horse I'd might have chanced it with pre-exam by a vet to sort out the mystery of tripping, and dipping.  The woman who owned her I know was disappointed, and she did go the extra mile for me literally in getting to try the horse on the trail.  I told her that a horse that does endurance really needs some "go" and they also have to be of an attitude not to quit.  She was tiny just at 14 hands, and I felt underhorsed after riding the female version of the wild stallion for two years.   Even though this horse was a no-go for me, this horse also told me a lot that I would REALLY like in a horse.  She was so freaking calm.  The only thing she did on the entire ride was goose forward a little once when some big tricycle thing came whizzing up behind us along the trail, but she was easily controllable, and once she could see it, she was over it.  She was unfazed by traffic, bridge crossings, just a solid and sane brain between her very cute little ears.  Then there was the gaiting thing...CRAP!  I never did anything so fun in my freaking life!  It was like weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! Here we go!  Down the trail!  But I'm not working my Granny butt off!  It was AWESOME.  I couldn't wipe the smile off of my face.  They need to make arabians do that.   I may be looking in the direction of gaited.  It may have been a totally life altering event.  I also learned that 14 hands is just too small.  I probably need a horse 14.3 + to feel like I have a horse under me.

Next stop (I hope) is the *Wild Card



  1. You they do have gaited Arabians. In theory, they all have the genetics to do it. Raseyn was known for racking. Raffles sired a bunch of get that were gaited.

    Mika has done some kind of running walk thing when he's gotten really pissed off that I'm not letting him GO when he wants to. One of these days I'm going to try to actually train for it and see if I can get a cue for it. It would be AWESOME for endurance.

  2. While I love my 14 hand gelding like nothing else, I am excited to have my momma mare coming back into riding after foaling, as she is nearly 15 hands and a much more substantial, large boned horse. I am a small horse person for sure but I think her height will be perfect while giving me a little more motor underneath me..once she loses weight and finds her muscles again!!

  3. I have a Spotted Saddle horse and it is FUN! He has some get up and go but I am sure nothing like you are used to. I am enjoying your search and I can't wait to see what you pick. Good luck