- gelding (I already had a gelding and it seemed easier to have two)
- between 15'3 and 16'2 in height. I didn't need a giant of a horse.
- temperament was key- I wanted a sensible and brave horse. One who can be taken into new situations without freaking out
My other list was what I wanted to do with this horse:
- ride dressage
- hack out - this was a must. I love to ride in the woods and trails
- show, but this is a small piece. I show to have fun and see how I'm doing
- go to clinics and other events.
I was starting to get frustrated in my search when a friend contacted me. She breeds Andalusian horses and they had a young colt for sale. She thought I should come and look. I decided to go but really wasn't thinking I wanted a Baroque style of horse. And I definitely didn't want a grey. The idea of grooming a grey horse with a long mane filled me with horror. But I went. And I fell in love. He was perfect. His temperament seemed to suit me down to the ground. I liked his movement. My friend let me ride her Andalusian mare. I was impressed. Not only was she comfortable but she was so tuned in- really trying to figure out what I wanted. I went home and reflected and asked to come for a second look. This time I dragged my husband along. Actually he came willingly. I liked him even more the second time. And then the deal was made and my fate was sealed. His name is DC Acero. 'Acero' is Spanish for 'Steele'.
|Irish and Acero meeting
This blog will be a place to chronicle my journey with this horse. Based on early signs it will be quite the adventure. But we'll save that for another blog entry. :)