Monday, 12 April 2010

Decisions, decisions...

I have seen a bunch of horses this weekend and I have so many choices...each one has pros and cons...

Gambler...an older paint horse who is a gem to ride...he knows what he has to do, so he's like a big couch. He's so lovely and gentle. The barn is great...not too bad a drive from home, but a little far. Maggie, his owner, and I connected immediately...she has a nearly four month old baby girl...we talked about childbirth and breastfeeding for almost an hour before she introduced me to Gambler. It's a fairly big barn though and I could see it bustling with lesson kids.

Thumper...she is a gorgeous thoroughbred/warm blood cross. The barn is twenty minutes from home. Unfortunately and fortunately, it is a very small barn (only 6 horses) so I would be alone up there most of the time. She is a jumper and has an English saddle, which is OK because I can ride English or Western, but for pleasure riding, I would prefer Western...and she's a show horse, which is a bit scary for me, as I wouldn't want to ruin whatever work her owner has put into her. Kate, her owner is a lovely young girl who is just looking for someone to love on her horse, but I just didn't feel a connection with Thumper.

Story...her real name is "Champagne Story" and she is a beautiful pain mare. She is so quiet and easy to ride. The barn is quite far from home (45 minutes) but I instantly connected with Evelyn, her owner and all the other animals at the barn. It's an older barn, very quiet and Evelyn breeds paint horses, so I would be surrounded by foals. I really am considering this barn, but the only thing is the distance.

Crescendo...a stunning horse...and HUGE. I felt like I was on top of the world while I was on his back. He is a real handful...he nearly threw me - LOL...and would be a great challenge, but again, it's a small barn and I would probably be riding alone alot. Allison, his owner is a sweet lady and we connected right away. She had her friend, Lisa there as well and she was just as lovely. The barn is in Cookstown, which is a long way from here and that is the only thing holding me back.

Leanne owns a barn in Cookstown and I went to visit her as well. What a lovely lady with a huge heart. She has about 8 horses, but none of them are really what I am looking for and the barn is so far from home...

I have another appointment tomorrow night and one on Thursday night and then I will make my decision. It's such a hard decision to make because all of the owners/horses/barns are great...

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