We're still not talking about Courage, so let's talk about not-Courage.
One of my goals for this year is to ride other horses. Initially that goal was because Courage and I weren't getting along and I needed perspective. Now Courage and I are getting on just fine.
While I'm not giving up on Courage, it's time to start thinking about what the future looks like.
I once had a friend tell me that the best way to do that was to pick a custom breeding and buy the baby in utero and then let it grow up while riding my current horse.
You have to know what the hell you want out of horses for that to be a super good plan.
And I don't.
I'm doing dressage right now because my horse can't jump. I like dressage well enough, but I'm not married to it as a sport, so I don't really need a "dressage horse". I'd like to do a recognized event above beginner novice at some point in my life, but realistically, I don't have the guts to go past training, which means I don't need a purpose-bred event horse. I like show jumping and I'd probably be fine with hunters, but I don't have the $$$$$$ for the A circuit and our local scene isn't enough to make a super hot, scopey horse make a lot of sense. Plus I like other things like trail riding and toodling and goofing off and playing dress up and randomly going to open shows.
And then there are practical considerations.
|goofy the baby|
I noticed when I was hanging out with Roxie's mom that I said I hated a lot of things.
Like Arabians. Except I don't actually hate arabians--I just am not interested in mindlessly reactive, hot, tiny horses. Obviously, there are nice arabians. I even know a perfect one. But. The perfect ones are not for sale. And they're still tiny.
I also have a reputation for hating draft horses. Which is only sort of true. What I mean is that I don't do well with mindlessly non-reactive giant ogres that don't give a shit about me. Which is not all draft horses. But they do have that reputation for a reason.
And then we can look at horses that I have ridden this year and absolutely adored:
Oh and the other thing is that the raw material they started with suited their personalities really well.
And the third thing is that they didn't pay through the nose for them.
And the fourth thing is that they're actually both draft crosses, albeit of very different stripes.
|ON NOM NOM|
So that little wheel is turning in the back of my brain too.
I don't know how serious I am about looking. A lot of it depends on that one thing we're not talking about.
|it's pretty tho|