Well it has been a couple of months since I lost Ethan, And even though it is really nice only having one horse to care for and love on, I have begun searching for a new horse.
I know it may seem a little soon, but hear me out. I’m not planning on running out and buying a new horse right away. No, I am in the planning stage right now. And this time, I plan on going about this process a lot differently than I have ever before.
Why Get Another Horse
Like I said, I am taking my horse search S-L-O-W. I want to find the best horse for me. And I’m ok if the search takes some time. I’m in no hurry. But I know Frisby would benefit from having a friend. He gets a little mopey from time to time, and its sad for me to see him alone. He isn’t as perky as he was when Ethan was here. Even though Ethan would terrorize him on a consistent basis.
But even though I am with him a lot more, I think he is lonely for a four legged friend.
So part of my decision to find another horse is to find a companion for Frisby. And not only do I want him to have a companion, I want him to be able to mostly retire. I have been riding him more, but mainly just walking and trotting. And I hate to say it, but I need to be able to do more. And I’m not willing to push him too hard just so I can have fun riding. That’s not fair to him.
Where To Begin
Because of the internet, searching for a prospective new horse is so much easier than it used to be. There are places like Dream Horse, My Right Horse, and even Craigslist. And while I like to look locally I can also look across the United States looking for my new best friend.
I must admit when I first looked at different horse for sale sites, I was shocked at some of the prices. Even some rescue horses were twice what I paid for Ethan. And I know I am not going to be spending 6 figures on my next horse. That’s just not in my price range.
But the internet has been really fun for me to horse shop on.
When I have free time, I have been horse shopping. And while I’m horse shopping I have been creating a mental list of must have’s for my new horse and this is what I have come up with so far:
- Less than 20 years old
- Broke to ride
- No serious injuries
- Stands for farrier
I think that is a fairly straightforward list. I don’t want a horse older than 20 because I really don’t want to have to go through the heartbreak of putting down another horse. I do realize that this is a potential problem regardless of age, Ethan being the perfect example as he was only 11. But with older horses come the risk of age related problems which I don’t really want to manage at this point.
Soundness is important too. I want a horse I can ride, and if he (or she) isn’t sound, well there goes the riding aspect of horse ownership. Which leads me to no serious injuries. When I bought Ethan, I noticed he had a pretty serious scar on his abdomen. To this day I don’t know what happened to him, but something pretty serious did. Maybe this was why he acted the way he did. I don’t know. But I do know I don’t want to have to overcome something, and a past serious injury might mean that.
Ok, now that I have my must have’s, I came up with a list of would be nice if’s:
- At least 15 hands
- Previous show history
- Barefoot (no shoes)
- History of jumping
These go into my dream horse wants. I know that finding a 16 hand warmblood gelding with a history of showing and jumping that goes barefoot and is injury free is a unicorn of a horse, if I could choose one like this, I would. And I’m sure he is out there, but well out of my price range, maybe. But I’m patient. I have the time to look and find what I want. So I’m not rushing anything. I’m not going to buy a horse just to buy a horse. I want to find the perfect horse for myself.
Giving A Horse A Second Chance
And while on my horse hunting expedition, I have been really drawn to Thoroughbred Rescues, as well as other horse rescue websites. I am fortunate enough that not too far from me is the Harmony Equine Center that has a lot of horses looking for their forever home.
The same with some Thoroughbred rescues. One rescue that I find myself visiting a lot is New Vocations. It is a rescue on the Eastern side of the country, but the have recently opened up their horses to those of us located in the western states. And then have some really nice horses too. The only down side to this is that if I want to give a home to one of their horses, I would either have to fly out for a visit, or buy the horse without seeing him in person. I’m not sure if that is a great idea.
But you never know what can happen. Just the other day Lynda was telling me about a fantastic horse who has everything I am wanting, but he is 22 years old. Is that too old to bring a horse into my life? How long would I be able to have him for? But do his attributes make that worth it? I don’t know. I do know I would like to meet him in person, and see what happens.
Who knows what will happen. But for now, I am on the hunt for my new riding partner and Frisby’s new best friend. It might take a month, or it might take a year. I don’t know. But I do know somewhere out there is a horse that is going to have a very good forever home. I just have to find him.