Wednesday, 14 September 2016

And Then There Were Four...

3 posts in 3 days after nearly a month of silence? Apparently my motivation is returning (also, I hadn't planned to post yesterday but FB reminded me it was Dee's anniversary and that will always require a post)

So if you follow me on Instagram (which can only happen if you aren't basically a cave troll) you will have seen that yesterday brought a new arrival to our little acreage. Apparently September 13 is a good day to buy horses.

When we discovered that Dee was NQR I was chatting with a really good friend and had the passing thought that I should picking up a project, in case Dee didn't return to her previous level of competition. Said friend is a serious enabler and had tagged me in a photo on FB a few days later of a horse out in Manitoba (about 13 hours from my place).

Well that face required some investigation. After a conversation with his trainer (who is also is owner and breeder) I was pretty confident I wanted him. Some more photos and one race later I got a call that said he was mine if I wanted him. Apparently she had more interest in him but wanted to offer him to me first as she thought "it's be a good home to start his new life". The catch was he had one more race to run in two weeks (which was Saturday). So began the wait. If you know me you know patience is not well represented in my wheel house.

Well after a ton of last minute juggling (first we were driving out to get him, then shipping, then driving out and finally shipping) he was on a trailer to Calgary. My mom picked him up from the shipper as it was the first day of classes and I really needed to make it to class. She over-nighted him for me and then we met midway yesterday afternoon.

I've never purchased a horse sight-unseen before and was on pins and needles waiting to meet him for the first time! He's just as adorable in person as his photos suggested. He has the most floofy ears ever!
Seriously ear floof

He's 4 (but he's only had one birthday because he was born on February 29), approximately 16 HH, raced 15 times, never placing above second with career earnings of ~$5000. His JC name is He's The Fashion and his barn name was/will remain William.

He just needs a show name so I can get him a TIP's number. And to eat all the foods because he is very slim (he currently fits Dee's 75" blankets, but only after I shorten all the straps).
Dee hated him on sight (she normally doesn't give a crap about any other horses)

I can't wait to get to know him and see where his new life leads. And now I've got my very own $900 Facebook pony!
So Fancy, also note the right hind shoe

And so it begins. Right hind shoe!


  1. He's gorgeous! Congrats :)

  2. Congratulations. He's lovely! I suppose 'Sweet William' is out for a show name?

  3. He's cute! Very sporty looking and well proportioned, I can't wait to see how he looks after a few months. And he's doing you a favor by starting to remove those racing plates. ;)

  4. So freaking cute!!!!! Also your cave troll 😂😂 (sorry Emma 💜 you)

  5. Super cute! I love me an OTTB gelding :)

  6. omg the ear fuzz omg i can't even omg!!!!! and that fancy trot!!!!!!!!

    how freakin exciting, can't wait to learn more about him!!!

  7. oooh! Fun and he's adorable!!

  8. So handsome!! :-) I love him already.

  9. OMGGGGGGGG I love me some chestnut OTTBs and he looks so much like B did when he came home...holy horse! You got a looker there. Congrats!

  10. What a good looking dude! And how cute are his little racing plates. I hope you keep those for comparison to when he grows up!

  11. Wow! He's so handsome :) Congrats!!

  12. He is so gorgeous!!! I can't wait to read more about him :)

  13. Chestnut gelding OTTB... my fav!! lol

    Trainer and I have been keeping an eye out for another project for me.. can't wait to see what you do with him!!!

  14. Love his structure. Excited to read about his transition