Ok!!! I’m back!! So sorry for the delayed update. Literally just got home. 17 hours on the road.
Haul all the way down to southern Kentucky. Beautiful country…
Pull up to this amazing looking farm. Kinda place a lot of us here would drool over. Lovely big barn, nice neat home, set on at least 50 acres of rolling pasture. Well fenced. At least 30 horses grazing in the pasture.
Pull in, and a young gentleman greets us. Friendly fellow who “yes ma’am’d” us between spats of chew spit. Older gentleman who looked to be about 90 in desperate need of dental work kept his distance.
Completely up front that they’re horse traders, and have been so for three generations on this amazing land.
Barn is large, stalls are clean, bedding is deep. The horses look to be in decent weight and health. Tack neatly stored. Hay mow full with nice looking bales.
Bring us to the mystery mare stall. Pretty pretty horse, but needs groceries. Not emaciated by any means, but needs some more meat on her bones. He’s only had her for 4 months, and claims to have bought her in Michigan from an Amish farm. Allegedly a Morgan x Friesian, but this mare is rather fine boned. I’m kinda scratching my head at the Morgan claim - but whatever - my girlfriend is immediately in love.
I look her over for the basics. I’m no pro - but not my first day either. Nothing glaringly wrong with the horse. Feet are neat and front shod. Eyes are bright, teeth match the age. She’s a little long backed, but whatever, girlfriend has already bought her. No going back now.
They were a little worried about the ramp on my trailer - said she’s never loaded with a ramp. I’m prepared for the worst loading her - had all the tricks and strategies in the back of my mind.
Walks right in the trailer. First time. Stands quietly.
Chit chat with the old horse trader a bit - actually really came to like the man! Talked about the insane horse prices, shook hands and took off.
I have a camera inside my trailer to watch the horses en route. Hauled beautifully. Nibbled hay.
9 hours later we pull into the new barn. The TajMahal compared to my boarding facility and the nicest owners who waited up for us.
Unloaded easily and hand walked her for 20 minutes in the indoor. Small talked with these delightful owners - who if there facility wasn’t an hour from me - I’d consider moving to!
Seems to be a reasonably intelligent horse. Seller claims she has no vices.
I reiterated to my friend when we left in the morning how I thought she was nuts for doing it this way - and all the things that could go wrong. But at least today, everything went right.
Exhausted so that’s the short story.
Going to give the mare a few days before anyone gets on her back - so things could still go horribly awry, but dang, she may have gotten incredibly lucky…because zero skill or knowledge led her to choose this horse.