FIRST THINGS FIRST: pony shopping at Suffolk Downs.
Today's trip to Boston proved to be enlightening, to say the least. We saw about 15 horses. Some were bonkers. Some were cute. Some were totally lame. Some had their "equipment" still (i.e. they hadn't been gelded). Some were available right then and there and if we had brought a trailer, we could have gone home with a full load. Some still had to race, despite the trainers all saying "yeah, he doesn't want to race anymore." Why make the horse run if he clearly doesn't want to? I have no idea. Most looked to be in really great shape, with glittering coats and cheeky expressions.
One really stood out, a 6yo bay mare with a big frame and a very quiet disposition who politely lipped peppermints out of our hands and fell asleep when we rubbed her ears. The trainer seemed really nice and forthcoming at first, and said the mare was tired of racing and he was really just looking for a good home for her. He brought her out of her stall and she stood quietly without even a chain over her nose while I ran my hands down all of her legs. Her ankles looked a bit big, which concerned me, but she trotted out sound and she was just such a sweetheart that she really "spoke" to us. My friend whom we were shopping for liked her the most and she's going to have her vetted, though when she called the trainer to tell him she was going to schedule a vetting, he told her not to waste her money, which is a red flag as far as I'm concerned. My friend is still pursuing her and is going to have her vetted (rightfully so!).
Here are a few shots from our expedition!
|The mare whom we all liked the most. Isn't she beautiful?|
|Confo shot of the mare above.|
|These birds were hanging out sharing this horse's lunch. So sweet!|
|This is their manure management system! Crazy!|
|We all really really liked this gelding, but he had sore shins and was a little bit|
fresh, too; he had only recently lost his "equipment", shall we say.
|He really liked Lauren, though!|
|We all really liked this gelding, too. He had a great build and a big personality|
but he would probably be too much horse for my friend, so we admired him
and moved on.
|My friend visiting the "top mare" one last time before we left. She's going to|
have her vetted hopefully sometime this week! Let's hope she passes!