Now, I sincerely hope that Casey is still going strong ten years from now and that I won't have to worry about buying another horse for quite some time, BUT I think about my future horse (or horses... all the horses...) a lot.
|Hopefully Casey and I can jump all the jumps for many more years|
I really, really, really want to get a baby. Not a baby-baby when they are oh-so-cute and little, but also self-destructive and insane. Also not a yearling, because they are awkward as all get-out. I want a 2-3 year old who has been taught some of the ground basics, but mostly has been left alone. I want this baby to have been bred by reputable breeders. I want this baby to have super-star parents who are successful in the hunter/jumper world. No backyard breeders for me, please. I would be able to train baby horse myself (with the help of Trainer) so that I've installed all of the buttons and know the background of the horse. I don't want a baby horse that has already been started under saddle, because so many people don't know what they are doing and mess up the horse by either working it too hard, too young, or by not training it properly. Ideally baby horse and I will have a couple of years to build a relationship and work on the basics and I would plan to start working on real stuff (jumping, dressage basics, etc) when they were about 5-6. In a perfect world, I'd buy baby horse when Casey is starting to slow down, but before she completely retires, that way I'll always have a horse to be riding.
|I want a baby so that it doesn't have issues from bad riding or training. Casey's race training was a huge issue when I started riding her. Galloping is NOT always the answer...|
|Show horse should have scope and a bit o'fire|
|Bay with a tiny amount of chrome. I want a bit more chome than this, but I do love Casey's coat.|
Another point I'd like to make is that I really do think that Casey could turn out to be my perfect horse. She's changing so much week-by-week and is so much fun to work with. I've only owned her for a year, six months of which she was in rehab, and already we've done things that I never thought would be possible. The biggest factor in determining which horse is perfect for me is honestly my connection with that horse. Casey and I definitely have that. She might not tick all of the boxes, but she is my heart horse which makes all the difference.
|Casey may not be perfect, but she is my heart horse <3|