I made an early start on my 2013 to do list by braving the cold and auditioning a new lease horse this morning.Regal Revenue is a fifteen year old Arabian gelding who lives at a large boarding stable just five miles from my home. Although not a fancy show barn, this stable has some enticing amenities--in particular, an indoor ring and access to good trails.
Because Rev/Ralphie's owner is recovering from shoulder surgery, he has not been in consistent work for several months. That, combined with the extremely cold weather, made for a very--how can I put this nicely?--spirited ride. It wasn't pretty, but it was fun. I suspect it would be even more fun in better circumstances.
There are a lot of upsides to leasing this horse. He's ideally located, he's been leased before, without drama, and he has a really cute face.
On the minus side, he's an Arab, and I am really not an Arab person. Also, he's a gelding, and I much prefer mares. And, um, that neck... I am really not loving that neck!
So, I just don't know. I keep reminding myself that a lease horse is not a forever horse. I don't have to be in love with a lease horse. In fact, it's probably better if I'm not. In any event, I don't have to decide today. I'm heading back tomorrow for another look. Wish me luck (and clarity!).