One of the horses that was offered to me was Willow. She's a beautiful, BIG, Welsh Cob mare that belongs to a friend of a friend. She's 13 years old and has had one owner her entire life. They don't currently have a use for her and have had her listed for sale. When they heard I was looking for a horse to ride they offered her to me!
Today was the day I finally got to go meet her and pick her up. She lives a few hours from here so it was a fun road trip. Erica came along and we chatted the whole way. When we arrived I met her owner and visited with her about Willow's history. She has had two foals by Cardi and has some dressage training. She's schooling first and some second level. They said she loves attention and is happy to work. She has not had a lot of trail or show experience, which is something she will be getting with me.
The trainer rode her, and then I hopped on. We definitely need to figure each other out but she was a good girl and did everything I asked her. She felt good under me and has a really fun canter. They said she hadn't been ridden in two weeks, but she comes out the same way every day, regardless of her riding schedule. I think we are going to have tons of fun!
She loaded easily and hauled quietly home. She came off the trailer a little bit looky but settled right in. She had gotten her tail yucky in the trailer so I took her in the wash rack to wash it. By the time I was done she had a foot rested and was just taking in the view. She's a total love sponge! I'm so blessed to have this opportunity with her. I'm pretty certain we are going to become best buddies and I'm looking forward to getting to know her better.