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For those of you who are not familiar with the Liberty Belles, we take care of four horses on a daily basis. Or we used to, up until last week. Now we are down to three for the moment. We sold our palomino quarter horse named Flossie to a friend of ours. She is just five and way too spunky for our kids. We wanted it to work…she’s cute, friendly, and has nerves of steel. Unfortunately, she is incredibly stubborn and will turn a ride into a wrestling match if she knows she can get away with it. And she knows she can. She took my Milla on an equestrian version of a Nantucket Sleigh Ride. She bucked off a friend. She tried to nip once or twice, and is a stinker in the cross ties. Despite all of that, we loved her. And we know she’ll make a great horse with the right rider, which made it even harder to part ways.
That’s probably one of the hardest parts of horse ownership…finding the right horse to match the rider. We knew our first mistake was getting her so young, but we loved how calm she was. I tend to look for the most bombproof horse around, but sometimes that’s not always the answer. Mardi and I are still relatively new at this…only owning our own horses for four years now. And Flossie’s the second “kid horse” to not live up to our expectations. Horse ownership is not for the faint of heart, we have come to realize.
Luckily, Mardi’s daughter Marek has owned a cute little Arab named Nina for about eight years now, and she is perfect for my girls to ride. Marek has since outgrown her and moved on to another horse. Nina is calm, mostly obedient for a mare, doesn’t kick, bite, buck, rear, or bolt. So even though she is too skinny and her white coat is always dirty, she can’t canter anymore, and she looks pretty average next to our Friesians, we appreciate her steady nature. In other words, she’s worth the hay!
This is a picture of my youngest, Fynnlay, on Nina last summer. (She does always wear a helmet, but we were just posing in the round pen.:) For those of you searching for the perfect horse…Mardi and I wish you good luck! There is one out there…we’ve learned you just might have to do a little compromising!
Did you ever have a horse who didn’t work out? Let us know…so we don’t feel so bad!