I was contacted recently by someone that shares the same vets as I do. He needed to move a Thoroughbred mare and my vet told him she knew just the person. He texted me with lots of media and while the mare was cute and a VERY nice mover with some good foundation training, she's shorter and older than I typically like to get a horse at. Technically, she's the RIGHT age and the RIGHT height for 75% of the riders out there and their skills, unfortunately, "the man" has said we need things at or above 16h (but never above 17h), performing at a high level competitively but also super safe and can be kept in a pasture. A horse as young as possible (a fetus) is best but with loads of show experience.
But since I'm technically a "supplier," I have a much better chance of placing a horse if I follow this "formula" that buyers seem to want right now. I will fudge on a few things, but this mare broke a couple of my rules so I was reluctant to go see her. Our schedules finally met up and I went to check her out. The current trainer had her and she was super cute. I really liked her sweet face and willing nature and well, I'm a sucker for animals that are dying to try for their rider. We had a long visit and enjoyed ourselves with me going oh, why not... and I agreed to pick her up later that week.
Her Jockey Club name is Leafy Seadragon as well and so I was in (great name and try?)... how cool a name for someone that is a Wildlife and Fisheries person by nature with a love of coral reefs and SCUBA diving?
We got the mare home and I helped Hannah get started on her. She was eager and willing under saddle and thought the jumping saddle was so amazing! She tried really hard to figure out the different cues and we called it a night. They started to work on some pole work and jumps the next day and she was super game. Hard to not love a thoroughbred. With her gorgeous movement and relaxed nature (plus pre-exisiting training), we're going to head her towards dressage for her sport and some jumping for cross training. This is going to be an elegant, adorable, and easy going mare for someone that wants a really nice horse to hit the trails with, hop over small jumps, go to an event, or hit a dressage show whenever the mood suits.
Her name? Well we decided to stick with the "sea" theme and call her Nessie.
If you're interested in a really good mare or a simple project to develop, contact us. She's a great girl
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