Well you worked it out in my other thread, ha ha
So it's a new start for me
After MUCH searching of the entire country - and with a some friends employed as my 'equine purchasing advisory team'
I finally found what every other man & his dog is looking for!! A SAFE, SENSIBLE but forward going, gelding called Blue Wicked! His name doesnt fit his nature tho
I did all the initial ringing round, then if I was interested, my friend called again on my behalf and did some grilling! Finally we spoke to local pony club DC & instructor about a the horses we had on the short list. explained what I have been through with horse-buying and what i was looking for - they couldnt have been more helpful
So,many many miles on the clock later and an overnight stay I found my prince!!
He is 12 years old, unregistered connemara. Flea bitten grey, 14.3hh. he has done most things in his life. Hunted, common ridings, PC, riding club, been at a riding school, has been driven, and laterly won 2 open x countries! The owners were giving up horses, and he has been out on loan to a lovely girl who has been competing him, but is moving abroad. He is snaffle mouthed, so light in the mouth and so responsive. When I hacked him out he was so light off the leg, and yet came back as soon as I asked. He was fantastic in traffic and passing all manner of spooky things too. When I rode him in the school he was a true gent. My friend jumped him quite big - and then I felt so good about him I even asked for a go, and he quietly popped a crosspole with me, and wasnt fizzy or strong, and came straight back to trot when I asked - even having just been put round bigger jumps, and bare in mind he had a rigid/tense brick of a nervous rider bumping about on him!! That to me typifies what I was looking for in a 'confidence giver'
I had such a long wait as we saw him with the girl who had him on loan and had to wait for the owner to return from abroad before we knew if she had accepted my offer! then the vetting took ages!
Anyway.... all was good and he finally made thelong journey (4 hours) home yesterday. he arrived like he had always been there, and I was even confident enough to go in the lorry and bring him off myself.
I am back at my old livery yard, so another change there. I am still DIY, but i realised I needed the back up of having other people there. Plus - Ive got the stable next to my friend's horse, and our 2 share a field now as well.
I spoke in another thread about buying horses (kristinas i think) about compromising. Ive compromised with all the horses i have bought - but have learned that you have to be VERY careful if what you choose to compromise on. With Blue he ticks all my boxes, he's a gelding, his age, his height is perfect, history, confidence giver, groundmanners.... I even love his name! The only downsides are that he doesnt go in an outline and carries his head high, and he has had his tail clipped at the top which is now growing in all wavy!! And hey, those are both things that can be worked on!!!
Well done if you got to the end of this!! Will post some pics now of my lovely boy!!