Prior to seeing Grace, she sent pix and a video, told me she's thin due to having a foal pulled a month and a half ago. When I arrived, they got her out of the pasture very easily, the horses were all at the gate. Tacked her up in the round pen, she was ridden, all went well. They pointed out girth gall "due to having saddling her wet a few days ago, set the girth behind the sores. She stood to mount, all that. She was sluggish in the pen with me, with the heat and sun, understandable. Another mare was out of my price range, they pulled out a pretty chestnut for me to try. Typical redhead (no offense Lytha), she had opinions, I'd done that route before. There was something about Grace demeanor that kept pulling me to her. I asked to ride her out of the pen, she perked right up, I was asked if I'd like to go on the trails with her and off we went. She did awesome, calm, responsive...
I believe I mentioned during the ride we chatted about why I wanted gaited and Camryn's rough trot came up. She was so excited I had a Haflinger for sale, as she had one and wanted another to drive as a team. Even brought her Hafy out, showed me her cart...Didn't hurt that we both showed dogs and had mutual friends. The people were older, downsizing, but really wanted another Haflinger so she'd simply sell Grace 8 yr old son to make up for adding another...I wanted to sleep on it. Next day, I knew I wanted Grace, sent pix of Camryn...arranged to take Cam to them, and I'd pick up Grace.
A few days ago, guess who I see for sale on Dreamhorse with a name change, not even two weeks after they get her. CAMRYN! Horse traders of the worst kind. I had to stew on it a bit before posting.
Thankfully, they have her priced to high for slaughter. But, they've got her as a former lesson horse, great with kids, yada, yada, yada. She is great with kids, adores them, she did give lessons for three whole weeks "to my ballzy 10 year old neighbor girl." She's far to pushy for a child with no hutzpa to manage on the ground, and she merely tolerates arenas. I'm so praying she goes to good people, that she doesn't end up as a normal child's horse only to be resold once again. I would've bought Grace without the trade and had let them know that. I so feel that I let her down. Poor Camryn.
And Grace, well from my posts you can tell she's not the horse I trail rode. Her personality is the same and getting even better. The galls were more than likely from having the shit rode out of her earlier in the day. The foal was more than likely very recently pulled, she'd quite probably been being underfed to get her dried up faster, shit they'd probably only had her a week! she is on the ground the sweetest thing, she understands a lot of groundwork and/or picks up quickly what's she doesn't. I spoke with my trainer today, she feels that as Grace is so great on the ground with a steady personality, we can most likely work with her. I'll be working on trailer loading this week (mine is claustrophobic) next month we'd already planned to work with her there weekly. If after a month, she's not progressing, she'll board there and undergo daily training. After that, we'll wait and see. I've really been growing to love her, so don't plan to give it up without giving her every chance I can.
Poor, poor Camryn, I was only her second owner as I'd gotten her from her breeder. Now, she may begin a life of being passed around like a six pack.