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This 12 year old blog that started out as a recipe sharing hub, has evolved into easy crafts, home renovations, house fire adventures, family travel and most recently…introductions of animals! … and not your typical household type pets (like our chickens!!)
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Our Journey Into Horsehood
In 2020, during the season of covid, my daughter began taking horseback riding lessons at a family-owned Equestrian Farm near our home. I truly have no experience with horses, other than going for a couple of Western trail rides in my day. So, this whole thing was not only new to my daughter, it was new to me.
While, initially, I was against her taking lessons, due to the cost of the lesson, my husband said she could take lessons. haha! So, I signed her up, attended the lessons and was confused why she wanted to continue.
To be brutally honest, the lessons were rough. Like rough rough. Rough in the sense that her instructor is an acclaimed rider herself, and expects no different from her young lesson riders. She’s tough, and may weed out some, she does produce good, talented riders.
So, a year of lessoning on the different lesson horses once a week goes by and my daughter wants to take her riding to the next level. Without buying your own horse, you do this by leasing a more advanced horse (think exactly like a car lease). While not all of the horses at the 100-acre farm are available for lease, we were paired up with the most amazing 20-year old horse and wonderful owner. (For the record, again, I said no…and my hubby said yes, haha!!)
Our daughter, Tamaroa and our leased horse, Ty, made a terrific pair! They truly bonded and created a wonderful team. We switched her to two private lessons each week and she was able to ride 6 out of 7 days on her own (yes, we were at the farm a lot!!).
She worked chores at the farm during the school year and summer, which involved everything from feeding the horses, to letting them in or out of their pastures, to cleaning stalls every chance she got. Even if it was 0° outside. She truly just enjoyed being at the farm, learning, and being with the horses.
During all of this time, of course our daughter started to explore the options of owning her own horse. You guessed it, I said no…and my hubby made an agreement that if she competed in 5 shows this year, that they would then explore the options in the Fall of 2022. … yep, I said no again!
As fate would have it, Tamaroa and Ty competed in their 5th show at the end of September and had a great season. I can honestly say that I am blown away (and terrified!!) watching my baby girl do all of the jumping that she loves to do. I’m a chicken – so it really is hard for me to watch her on a giant beast’s back going over obstacles.
So, this leaves us in October 2022…the exact timeframe of when my husband and daughter made an agreement that the LOOKING process for a horse could begin.
One day at one of her lessons, we were told that someone at the farm had just told the instructor earlier that day that she was thinking about selling her horse. Honestly, I had no idea who the horse even was, despite the fact that he actually shares a pasture with Ty!! … I’m too chicken to walk out into the pasture of 3-4 horses and wrangle up Ty, so I always stayed back with 911 on speed dial! (I’m only halfway joking!)
When I found out the asking price for the horse, I laughed and said HECK NO! But then…I found myself paying for 2 lessons for my daughter to “try out” the horse to see if they would even be compatible together. Meanwhile, I was also running all of the numbers for the monthly costs of owning a horse that needs to be boarded (because he can’t live at our house!), extra feed, shoes, vet bills, etc…and laughed again and said HECK NO!
Well…let me just tell you this. We bought the horse. HAHAHAHA!
When we really weigh out everything, it truly is an experience that I’m thankful to be able to provide for our daughter. We are fortunate to be able to provide this – and we all know it. Our daughter has aspirations to ride and compete in college (fingers crossed she gets a scholarship of some sort to “pay us back”…haha!) and to then one day build a career out of working with horses. (or at least, I can use this as ammo against her putting us in a nursing home one day! ha!)
So, without further ado…let me introduce to you our new horse!
Awesome Ekati aka “Stuart”
He’s a big boy! He stand 16.2 hands (which translates to about 5 1/2 feet at the withers …essentially to where you sit on the horse).
Stuart is a 5 year old, off the track (retired) Thoroughbred race horse born in Kentucky – while he didn’t quite make it as a successful racer (like his dad, Tale of Ekati and his mom Awesome Houdini (hence his name)…and great great great grandpa, Secretariat (which apparently is like no big deal in the horse world – but cool to me, thanks to Disney ), he will now learn Eventing and compete with Tamaroa in the three events of dressage, stadium jumping and cross country.
Stuart did race a handful of times at Churchill Downs and Oaklawn Park but wasn’t amazing. So he was listed for sale online and purchased by whom we bought him from. He was then brought to the farm in Wisconsin where he currently lives. He’s been in training for about a year…but needs a lot of work! A 5 year old horse is essentially a toddler and well…behaves like one!
Stuart lives at the farm our daughter rides at, and where sweet Ty (the horse we leased) lives (they are pasture mates ).
I can’t say I ever thought I’d own a horse, but Tamaroa’s passion for riding is something fierce. So, this is truly a blessing to be able to provide her.
We’ve got our work cut out for us, because a 5 year old in the horse world is like a toddler who needs lots of authority, discipline and love. Hoping they can make a great team!… and one day go off and compete together in college!
But this smile says it all…she’s one happy girl!
Tell me in the comments…
Do you own or ride horses? Know someone who does? Do you want me share more about our horse-owning experience?
As always…thanks for allowing me to share what is important in my life with you!