Presenting the saga of Shooter.
As some may know, I lost my sweet old Tennessee Walker, Spike a couple of weeks ago. He was retired and had been having lameness issues for a while. I found him dead in his stall--he went down and wasn't able to get back up. I was devastated. :*(
So like a week later, on a whim, I was browsing some online horse classifieds. saw quite a few that were OK, could work, might be worth checking out. Then I saw him. A beautiful dappled palomino quarter horse. Amazing trail horse. Right age, right price. And flashy. I had even commented to my husband that after so many dark brown/black horses, I wouldn't mind getting an appy or paint or something flashy. So I sent an email through the site.
By the next day, I was obsessed. Since I hadn't heard back, I called the number listed to arrange an appointment. I got a call back like 30 minutes later, but lost it. Called again and left a message. Then I got an email from the classified site--"sale pending".
I was crushed. I figured that was it, he was sold.
Then, 20 minutes later, I got a call. Shooter was available as the pending sale was way below the asking price. So I went to see him.
What an incredibly sweet, laid back horse! I had been having amazing vibes from the start--like I'd only felt when I found my most awesome horse ever, and it just continued. He only wants to be on the trail--doesn't care for arena work. That's what I was looking for--and I don't have an arena, so we'll be on the trail all the time. ;-)
I met the owner today to place a deposit, and it turned out that we work in the same industry, and have many business contacts in common---amazing!
The vibes on this have been so powerful from the start--I am so looking forward to many happy years with Shooter. He comes home for good on Tuesday. :-)
These are pics from his ad--you can see why I was smitten.
EDIT: Just wanted to add that he's 7 years old and 15.2 hands (though he seems bigger because he's built like a tank!).