Monday, November 11, 2019

Celtic fling

Fabian is kinda, sorta, casually horse shopping, and the two breeds he's most interested in are Andalusians and Irish Draughts. For the last couple weeks, he's been exchanging emails with the owner of an imported Irish Draught mare currently offered for sale in Fort Lupton, Colorado. Yesterday, Fabian and I drove up there to meet her.
It was love at first sight, at least for Fabian. 

"I love her already," he told me as Elisebeth led her in from the field. 

I laughed and reminded him that this is why he brought me. I'm not a professional, but I've ridden a lot of horses. Fancy papers and good looks are nice, but it takes more than that to really impress me.

We put Fabian's saddle on her, and Elisebeth climbed aboard. Escapade worked nicely for her. She looked willing, uncomplicated and solid.
Then it was Fabian's turn.
He looked good on her...
and she worked well for him.
I didn't really need to ride her, but the offer was extended, and of course I said yes.
After a few minutes in the saddle, I discovered that in addition to being willing, well trained and uncomplicated, this big mare was also comfortable and fun. I really enjoyed riding her.
Since Fabian would like to ride his next horse sidesaddle, we tried that next.
This was a new experience for Escapade, but she took it in stride.
Such a good girl!
Sidesaddle on an Irish Draught! That's one big check on Fabian's personal equestrian bucket list.
And a check on mine, as well. Woo hoo! 
In the end, we both fell in love with Escapade. Whether or not that love will turn into a lasting relationship is yet to be seen, but either way, I'm glad to have met her. Such a nice horse, such a fun day!

1 comment:

  1. That picture of her wearing the sidesaddle for the 1st time, looking at you but with her ear flicked, says it all.