*If you know of some folks competing on Quarter horse / arabian crosses I'd love an email to discuss how they've done, and their training strategy, and completion times, to get a feel for what I'd be doing, and how to adequately prepare this cross safely (so as not to fall into the same pit I'm just crawling out of again).
I really like the sound of this little gelding I'll be looking at. His coat is bright and shiny, his eye looks like "a horse on a mission." The veterinarian who runs the rescue, and has ridden the horse feels he is a good prospect for distance. He looks like a quarter horse, but by all reports he is the energizer bunny on the trail. Could it be the perfect storm? Could it be...I'm SO HOPEFUL. I've always love arabians, I've loved them since I can remember breathing, and I've always enjoyed riding them, and their sensitivity. But all those qualities can likewise make for a nervous and fractious horse, a spooking rolling back horse, a skittish horse. I'm just rolling sadly past that place in my life. I
Then there is this sweet little mare. She's 5 years old, a throughbred rescued from the killer pens. They report she is quiet, and seeks to please, she has 30 days under saddle, starting on another 30.
Too bad I can't just smooosh both horses together!
I'm so excited to go visit them this weekend. The drive is quite a ways north of us. I honestly hope that things aren't so equal that I struggle with a decision. It would be super nice if I could have a trial period to ride my choice, because out on the trail in the real world is where you find out the horse you have.
Phebes is going to go on hiatus once the new horse comes home. I want to give her time to heal any underlying muscle issues. To have some deserved rest from going, going, going! I will continue to ride her to keep her from getting sour on vacation, but rides will be for pleasure, or to expose her to other group settings of horses that aren't racing. Part of me still hopes that with mental maturity, more exposure to the world, that she will become less reactive, and may yet do some LD's. But we'll see. For now, making her as nice a pleasure horse as I can is good enough. Maybe we can try a few ACTHA rides this year...there will be several in Indiana. She can't do all the skill sets, but it would be fun, and good for her mind. ~E.G.