After months of searching I found the right horse and the right situation! So today, I am pleased to let everyone know that for a short time, Choctaw Lily, a Spanish Mustang, has joined the Learning Horses family.
I have been looking for a walk/trot horse to buy or lease. I decided to do so when it was becoming clear that Zapa was going to be very gaited (duh!). I originally thought I would buy, but as time went on it was becoming more and more clear that the horse I wanted and the horse I needed were two different things.
So after Elisia and I had been several times to look at different horses (and had planned a trip to the coast to meet a nice potential), I wrote an ad for what I really wanted. And, a day later, it came into my life. A note about the horse on the coast-I haven't had a chance to email its owner Pam, but she reads here. Pam, I'm going to keep looking to find the right PNH home for your guy-he still intrigues me!
Simrat Khalsa, of the Akal Ranch was looking to lease her 6 year old mare Lily for the short term. It was the perfect situation. Unlike many horses I saw advertised or horses I rode, Lily has lots of experience doing all the things I love and the best part about it-she isn't spooky. I wanted that, but I also wanted a horse that hadn't learned to be round because she had been tied down and an owner who had put love into the relationship rather than fear.
So I found what I needed in Lily and she won't be around for all that long (in terms of horse ownership), but she will help me learn the trot, the canter and to REALLY get some balance so I can start moving on to bigger moving horses. What I love about Lily though is I can just get on and RIDE. No starting from scratch, worry about being thrown, we can just get to work.
You will hear a lot more about Lily, even about our first ride soon, but I wanted to welcome her and make sure each of you offer her a carrot if you come by the farm.
Photo Credit: Simrat Khalsa