Saturday afternoon a woman from Raleigh came out to look at Ace. I saw an advertisement she put on Craigslist for a young Arabian endurance horse that she bought in May, but he was too much horse for her; that he could be nervous going on trails but was better the more he was ridden. Sounds just like Sudi. I wrote her and told her that I could understand where she was coming from and told her about Ace. We talked quite a bit about him. I told her everything that I knew about Ace, the good, the bad and the ugly. She decided she wanted to come out to look at him. She arrived here around 4:30 and we rode for over an hour and she decided she wanted him. I had prearranged getting a health certificate from our vet who lives across the street. She didn’t leave here until around 7 and it was a three hour drive back to her house. I had written her before she came suggesting that she may want to come out on a different day when she could get here earlier and if she bought Ace she’d be able to get him back to her house before dark, but she said Saturday was the best day for her.
Both Wally and I thought this was the best thing for Ace. I don’t have time to ride two horses and while I enjoyed riding Ace, it is Sudi that I really want to put my time into. Plus, Sudi was hard on him and our bad-weather shelter is not so great and while it’s big enough for two horses, Sudi probably wouldn’t let Ace come in when the weather got bad. I got an e-mail from the woman yesterday afternoon saying that she had measured him and that he was not 15 hands high but was 14.3 hands (an inch shorter than I told her). I was told he was 15 hands high, I didn’t care how tall he was, his structure, legs and feet were more important to me. She also told me that he was afraid of the barn and just wanted to be with the other horses. Well, that’s a horse for you. If they are feeling insecure, they are going to want to be with other horses where they feel safer. She then said that she wasn’t sure if he was the horse for her (keep in mind, she hasn’t even had him for 24 hours) and would I take him back if she decided he wasn’t right? She said that we could keep the money she paid for him so we could “feed the horse.” That really insulted me. We had been “feeding the horse!” He’s probably put on 100 pounds since he’s been here. While it would be nice if she brought him back and let us keep the money she paid for him (which wasn’t much); we didn’t need her money to pay for feed.
This woman is a veterinarian. Apparently at one time, she was a horse vet, but now she only works with cats. She came with a brand new trailer, one that has never had a horse in it. I guess money is not an issue for her and I’ll bet the other horse she has, the one that’s too much horse for her, cost a whole heck of a lot more than she paid for Ace. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Ace, well, maybe there is given that he’s only 14.3 hands high, and if she wants a horse that she can do limited distance endurance rides with and feel safe doing them, then Ace is the horse for her.
While he’s improved a lot since he’s been here, he still looks a bit rough. He had some bot fly eggs on him (those things are a PITA getting off, oddly, Ace had them on him, Sudi does not). I have to wonder if when she brought him into the community barn (she lives in an equestrian community) the other people may have looked at her sideways bringing in this skinny bay horse with bot eggs on him.
The thing is, if she puts a few more pounds on him, he isn’t going to look much different from the horse she is trying to sell. I was amazed at how much they look alike.
We’ll see if in a month if she doesn’t come to her senses and decide to keep him. If not, then I guess he’ll be coming back here. If so, we should probably put at least a portion of the money she paid for him towards extending out the horse shelter so he will be able to get in. I do not know for sure if Sudi would keep him from coming in or not, I am just assuming this. In general, Sudi only uses the shelter in the warm months to escape flies. He stays out in the rain or other bad weather. Sudi is a tough cookie.
I rode Sudi on Saturday afternoon and he was a beast. I don’t know what it is about riding in open fields that brings out the beast in this horse; it was very windy and cool which probably contributed to his beastiness. His head was up in the air more than it was down. On Sunday, I went to South Mountain and rode with the same woman I rode with last Sunday. I can already see an improvement in his fitness level. Riding this horse is like riding a high-powered locomotive. When we got home, I had to go out into the back pasture to find Gwen. I sent Gel for her, but he came back with the goats. I had Sudi with his halter and lead rope on so I asked Wally to give me a leg up and I rode on down to get Gwen who was all the way at the bottom of the pasture. It was neat to ride Sudi bareback. He isn’t as round as I thought he was.
Until later …