This was brought on because..... I HAVE A NEW HORSE!!!
|Getting ready to go home|
So, after a while of playing around with him in the stall and marveling at his beauty- I just grabbed the bull by the horns and asked the trainer, Randy, if I could ride him. He agreed as long as after Karen got on him she thought he would be safe with me. After two quick trips around the stall area she hopped off and I mounted. For a horse that has never been mounted in any way other than a jockey or exercise rider being given a leg up as he stood or sometimes walked forward.....he stood like a pro as I mounted him from a bucket. Impressive for us both because he is TALL!
Let me just mention a few very different things about this ride- I was riding in an exercise saddle which is this tiny little excuse for a saddle for tiny exercise riders and jockies. And...it surprisingly wasn't that bad, and I didn't look bad in it! lol. Made me feel pretty bad ass that I was able to ride him actually. He wanted to run around this space we were in, but I was able to bring him down and control him which made me feel pretty powerful. In the end, the trainer was amazed and I was relieved I didn't fall off or make a fool of myself. lol. He said I had some serious guts to A- get on him and without any hesitation and B- then I rode him well.
|Me on Indy, geared up exercise rider style.|
Indy Heir - Pedigree
Can I just point out the absolutely incredible pedigree he has?! He was crafted to be a triple crown winner. His dam (mom) was purchased while in foal with him for 3 million! He was purchased for $210,000 as a yearling.
And then he raced......and his grand total of winnings is 1 win of 8 races and $9,040 earned. Wa wa wa wa.... In comparison, his sire (dad) A.P. Indy earned nearly 3 million!! and won such famous races as the Belmont Stakes (3rd leg of the triple crown) and the Breeders Cup Classic. Holy incredible! So, lucky for us- he was a dud!
He was a bit of a challenge to load because he's never used a step up trailer before but we eventually got him on and home and he met Dancer and Piney. It was the funniest thing when he first got off the trailer and onto the lush grash of our front yard- he acted as if he hadn't been fed in days he ate the grass so ravenously. So funny! After letting him run around the field a bit, we introduced him to Dancer and Piney. They became fast friends, thank goodness! :)
|Indy checking out the trailer|
|Indy safe at home and ready to be free!|
|The boys meeting for the first time|
|Indy and Dancer becoming fast friends|
|15 minutes after meeting, all is calm and happy|