Thursday, May 19, 2016

And There Were Three

Blog-land, meet Finnegan.

Pls do not pet me.
I'll have to crush all of your dreams though and declare that Finn is only a lease situation. He is the definition of school master and a girl I know through riding has been gracious enough to offer him to me for the next several months. 

I haven't really advertised it on the blog, but I did go and look at a horse a few weeks ago and had some "prospective buyers guilt" and it brought up a lot of unanswered questions, remorse, and sadness over the whole Suzie retiring thing. It felt weird, but I couldn't get away from the thought of buying a horse fast enough... And there was a second horse I was looking into who is a province away. Unfortunately, he was out of my price range to begin with and I just didn't feel like it was the right time to pursue a new horse. 

Everything is still so fresh with Suzie and I think adding a new horse to the mix would just be a bad idea. 

So I decided on the next best thing; a free lease situation.

In his younger years.
 It wouldn't damper my expenses (and save for a prospective new horse), would allow me the ability to continue to ride, and would allow me to continue to ease my aching heart a bit. 

I posted a Facebook blurb a few nights ago and didn't really get many 'hits' until Finn's owner messaged me stating she would consider leasing him out. I explained my riding plan for the rest of the year and Finn's owner figured we'd be a good fit. 

I went out and rode him lastnight and despite being very out of shape (he hasn't been ridden in a year and a half), he is SO honest and willing. He is a very quiet guy (and by quiet I mean sleeping in the cross-ties quiet). His owner did mention he has extensive training, so all of the "buttons" are there, but it will take some serious fitness to uncover them. 

Shortly before he was retired to the life of leisure!
He seems like a really, really cool dude that I could learn a lot from. He is well travelled and has shown quite a bit. Also, he has the biggest ears ever.

He is older (21) so will require a careful and meticulous plan to bring him back into work safely and appropriately. 

And that's fine by me. I'm just ecstatic to have something to ride.

Post-ride.
The details of the lease and such have to be solidified and Finn's owner is going out of town for a few days, so once all of that is out of the way, Finn will be "coming home".

I'm excited.

So excited.

Can you imagine?

Three RED HEADS in the same pasture?!

That's the dream, people.

25 comments:

  1. Aww yay! He sounds like the perfect solution to ease into a new season. Plus, he will benefit from the exercise. Win-Win! I'm happy for you!

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    1. It is a huge win-win situation for the both of us :)

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  2. Congrats! Sounds like a very well thought out plan and he sounds perfect for the job, here's to many fun miles with Mr Finn :)

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    1. Thank you!
      It's going to be a great year I think.

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  3. There is nothing better than a redheaded gelding (according to Irish). I think that your solution is a great one!

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  4. Ahhh! Congratulations! He sounds like a perfect fit for you and your situation!

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    1. He seems like he is just too good to be true!! :)

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  5. YES!!! I was hoping that something would come up on Facebook. He sounds like a good guy and a fun match! I'm so excited!

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  6. Oooooooh handsome! Sounds like a great situation - can't wait to read more about him!!

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  7. So exciting! Congrats!

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  8. Good for you! This sounds like the perfect solution for right now. He looks like a sweet boy. Have fun!

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