Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Giant Baby Horse

So... I may have done a thing.

The Thing

Someone we know *not naming any names here* may have bought a giant baby horse. A giant goofy chestnut baby thoroughbred, to be exact.

Ok, fine. It was me.

Yes. I went full-on bat-shit crazy. I bought a giant, 5 year old, 17h chestnut thoroughbred gelding.

But wait! I can explain! It's not as crazy as it sounds. It's actually all my husband's fault. Totally true. No word of a lie.

I had all these grand plans to wait until spring, save all my pennies, and get another horse, one that was further along in its training. Something that I could get started with right away. I was Sensible. Rational. Logical. But that doesn't stop a someone from perusing the sales ads online, AmIRite? I mean, it is harmless. Porn for horse people.

I think my husband just got tired of the random bursts of crying. I mean, when your wife of 3 years breaks down in tears every few days when she thinks of her retired horse, you get a little desperate. We actually had to leave a public park because I used to ride Boca there, saw horse trailers in the parking lot, and promptly lost it. Family walk aborted.

So when said wife was casually perusing online sales ads (horse porn) hubby made a dastardly mistake. Pointing to a pic of a giant chestnut horse (that I was not even looking at, I swear) he said "Look! That telephone number is in our town. You should call it." I hemmed and I hawed, and told him all the reasons why it was a bad idea. And then he said the Magic Words. "What could it hurt?".  What could it hurt, indeed? What's a harmless little phone call?

No harm here. Just giant ears.
I called the number and left a voice message. I expected nothing. I was actually a little relieved not to hear back. My husband asked me a few days later if I had hear anything. So I could honestly tell him that, yes I had called and no, I had not heard anything. Case closed.

But then, I did get a return call. The owner had been out of town, and had just returned home and gotten my voicemail. Yes, the horse was still available. Yes, I was welcome to come see him. And yes, he was right in my town.

How could I not? I mean, he was practically right in my back yard. I had nothing better to do on the weekend. Might as well go see a man about a horse. I roped my friend H into coming with me. She was supposed to be my voice of reason. She was going to point out all the flaws, the things that could go wrong. The reasons why this horse was not right for me.

So not right for me
Except, he was really sweet. Really personable. Really goofy. Really calm, with a great brain. He had trained at Finger Lakes for 4+ months. His owner had a dispute with the trainer and had brought him home. He had been let down for 10 months. He lived out 24/7 and was barefoot. He lunged w/t/c in both directions, voice command. He was happy to try and do what was asked of him, even though it clearly deviated from his routine. I watched his pasture neighbor gallop madly around at feeding time. My horse just stood there and wondered what all the fuss was about.

His current owners were his breeders - a husband and wife team that had bred and raced horses for 40 years. Now in their 70's and with thoroughbred racing all but dead in New England, they only sought good homes for their remaining horses that were no longer racing.

I was doubtful. He needed to be re-started. I wouldn't be able to ride him before I bought him. He was the first and only horse I looked at. Considering buying him was madness. I texted with a friend, who, unknown to me, had also purchased a horse from his breeder. She raved about the breeder, said he accurately represented his horses in both soundness and temperament. Said his horses were lovely, started correctly and were perfect to handle. She said she wouldn't hesitate to purchase from him again. I think her final words were "Go Get Him!!!"  (<--- See, not my fault. I was coerced.)

Also, the breeder took a liking to me. He had been burned in the past by buyers who had not done right by his horses after purchase. His horses had a home for life with him and he tried only to let them go to the right home. He wouldn't consider letting his horses go to be re-sold, only wanted a his horses to go to a home where they would be appreciated and cared for, not flipped as an investment. He cut the purchase price in half for me, without any asking on my part.

So, I decided to do something crazy. I decided to buy the horse.

To recap, I bought the first horse I looked at. The only horse I looked at. Without being able to try him beforehand. In fact, I decided to go full-on crazy and skip a PPE. I reasoned that the last two horses I bought, the PPE did not reveal the issues they were later plagued with, so I should not bother with a PPE this time around. #PretzelLogic

And so, as of Sunday, I now own a giant baby TB. One who bears a striking resemblance in personality and coloring to Boca. I definitely have a type. Great brain? Check. Curious? Check. Brave? Check. Willing? Check. Goofy? Check. Chestnut with a blaze and some white socks? Check, check.

Let me formally introduce you to CRIMSON TIDE.
 
 
Yes, my husband named him after his favorite football team.
Ladies, sometimes, you gotta keep the husbands happy.
 
Crimson came home on Monday. I was so excited to rush out after work and spend time with him. We had a perfect first night, which involved lunging w/t/c in both directions, going on cross-ties for the first time, and getting a bath with the hose.
 
I am so happy and excited for our journey. I have no plans and no timeline.
We'll take all the time he needs. He can be whatever he wants to be.
Whatever that ends up being, we'll do it together.

36 comments:

  1. So exciting!!! I'm glad you got him :)

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    1. Me too! Definitely the right decision!

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  2. OH MY GOD I LOVE HIM CAN I SEND YOU MY NUMBER AND YOU TEXT ME PICS OF HIM ALL THE TIME?

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    1. Yes! Most definitely :) He is durpy AF. Definitely not glamorous!

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  3. YAASSSSSSS I AM SO HAPPY THAT WE HAVE A CLUB NOW!!!!! Crazy Ladies with Giant Green AF TBs UNITE!!!!

    also he lunges? #jealous lol

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    1. The CLWGGAFTB club! I like it! It has a nice ring to it :)

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    2. i'm legit gonna make a blog badge for this club. bc it needs to be a thing. FOR REAL lol :DDD

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    3. Yes! We need a blog badge for sure! I think I need two - as Tracey said I also qualify for the stripey face chestnut TB club 😁

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    4. Yes! We need a blog badge for sure! I think I need two - as Tracey said I also qualify for the stripey face chestnut TB club 😁

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  4. Congrats!!! Can't wait to follow along with his journey! He looks so sweet <3

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    1. Thanks! So far, I am impressed with his life choices :)

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  5. bahahahahaha I love this. I think he's so darn cute! Congrats! Sometimes the stars just align, ya know?

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    1. I hear you! Sometimes, things just fall into your lap.

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  6. YAAAAY! Congrats! Crimson sounds awesome and is super duper handsome <3

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    1. Thanks! I bought him for his brain, in the looks department he can be pretty durpy!

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  7. OMG!!!! I'm so happy for you!!!! Seriously I literally squealed at work (no worries they already know I'm looney tunes). He is so freaking cute!!! 💜💜💜💜💜🐴

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    1. Thank you!!! I really, really like him. A lot.

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  8. Uhhh, he's ADORABLE. I'm so excited for you!

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    1. Thanks Carey! Chestnuts with chrome is where it's at!

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  9. YAYYYY!!!! So happy you found something to love and play with again! I can't wait to read all about him!!

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    1. Me too! I am so happy to have a horse again. When I took my husband to see him, he said he hadn't seen me smile like that in weeks. We're all crazy here!

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  10. You know how I feel about OTTBs :) CONGRATS!! He looks like such a love, I'm glad you went off the deep end and pulled the trigger on him!

    Also, as an Alabama football fan, I fully approve of his name ;)

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  11. Woohoo what a fab find he looks like a real gem 😍😍😍😍

    Love the name too, I hope you have a great time getting to know each other and wanna see all the goofy photos you snap & send to SB shared here for us to drool over too 😆😆

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  12. Oh. My. GOODNESS!! I am so incredibly happy for you!! Welcome to the stripey-faced chestnut thoroughbred gelding club. We have meetings on Tuesdays <3

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  13. OMG he is freaking adorable! Please post many many blogs with many many pictures so I can stare at him lots thanks!

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  14. YAH! It sounds like it was meant to be. I'm so happy for you!

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  15. Oh man, I LOVE me some chestnut ITTBs (you know, since I have one). He is a darling!! I love his face..AHHHH so exciting!!!

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  16. Wow!😊 What a wonderful and fun adventure!

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  17. Congrats! I hope you guys have lots of fun adventures together!!

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  18. Congratulations! I hope it all works out :)

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  19. Well, congrats! He's certainly a tall drink o' water, huh? I look forward to hearing more about him.

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  20. Irish says that chestnut TBs are the best horses and everyone really wants one deep down.

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