Monday, October 17, 2005

My Journey has begun

A few weeks ago, my riding instructor told me about a horse that is for sale that would be, in his words, THE PERFECT HORSE FOR YOU. I hate when he says that because of, well, the whole timing issue. H & I had talked about the GettingAHorseProject…but since we only moved into the house a month or so ago I was trying not to leap into it too soon. (What’s the rush? I am only 40 and have been wanting a horse for, oh, about 39 ½ years or so.) It is one thing to move into the house and another to have things like bathroom mirrors (which we still don’t have and you don’t even want to picture me having to put on makeup at the full length mirror located in H’s closet. – long story) or towel bars (which we also don’t have yet so we hang our bath towels on the crank thingies on the windows). Seriously, I was trying not to rush the whole horse thing which is a stretch for the likes of me and my mindset the past year. A+ for attitude.

Anyway, The Instructor starts telling me about this horse a few weeks ago. He is a Quarter Horse gelding named, appropriately, Journey. I told H about him and to my shock and amazement he agreed we should look at him. On Saturday, we went with The Instructor to the *weekend home* of a rather prominent Chicago family. The *weekend home* happens to have a stable with an indoor riding arena. The three daughters of the rather prominent Chicago family like to ride on the weekends. I hate them. It seems that the three daughters have one too many horses and so they are selling Journey. I so hate them. As my luck has it, he does seem to be THE PERFECT HORSE FOR ME…he is not too huge, is very sweet and affectionate, and with some work could be a super nice ride. He has not been ridden much at all in the past year so when I got on him, The Instructor walked beside me – Just in case the poor horse forgot anything he knew and decided to take me on a rodeo ride. He was super-comfy…even at the slow trot. The problem, aside from the minor hurdle of finances at the moment, is that he needs to be worked so that he remembers all of his walking/trotting/cantering/behaving stuff. When a horse is not worked on a regular basis he gets lazy and out of shape…much like humans only at 1500 lbs. He would be a bit of a project; however, The Instructor is quite sure it would be the best thing for me as far as learning and bonding… and I would end up with a gem of a horse. What’s a girl to do?

To add to the decision making pot, the prominent Chicago father of the three daughters has agreed, if I buy Journey, to pay for 5 mos. board at a barn with an indoor arena so I will be able to work him. Why? Because they want him to go to a good home and they don’t just want to sell him and not know he will be happy. Geez, I really hate them. They must know I am a sucker for happy healthy animals. What to do???

H & I agreed I will ride Journey again on Saturday, in my own saddle to see how he is a second time. This is driving me nuts with anticipation, excitement, and a little bit of fear…you know how you should be careful what you wish for? I think I am doing just that. Stay tuned :)

6 comments:

Kiddo78 said...

Exactly how much does a horse like Journey cost, anyway? I never thought much of it b/c a lot of people had horses in my hometown...well, kids who lived out in the country. They certainly weren't rich...

walktrotcanter said...

He is for sale for $4500...but if the sellers pay for 5 mos of board he would end up being around $3200. That is a decent price for a horse his age/training/etc. The big cost comes with the boarding/shoes/vet bills...that is what makes me nervous. And I am not rich. Even tho I have champagne tastes. :)

Christine said...

OMG a horse! Wow. I bet the horse won't care if your makeup is on crooked because you don't have bathroom mirrors. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

Stacy said...

This is so exciting,I hope you do it!It sounds scary but you only live once and look how long you have wanted this...I hope it works out and make sure to keep us posted I am so excited for you!

how old is Journey?and how old do horses typicaly live just out of curiousity?

walktrotcanter said...

He is 13...which is a good age since most of the piss and vinegar is out of them by then. They can live well into their 20's and 30's...my friend had one she just put down that was 39!

Rhoda M. said...

Ohhhh Yeah! I hope you get to get the horse.