Quick update

Sitting at the airport waiting to board our fight home.  The wifi was super spotty here so that is why there are no videos posted.  The internet just couldn’t handle it.  When I get home I will do a series where I go through each day of trying horse and include the videos.

Things I would do differently next time.

  1. Take notes after each horse.  They really start to run together and after riding so many it’s hard to remember what each one felt like.
  2. Give yourself a day to re-ride your favorites.
  3. Don’t be afraid to say no to horses you know will not work for you.
  4. Bring your own saddle if at all possible

I think I know which horse I am going to pick and am so excited!  He will still need go through his vet check but I won’t say who he is until all the videos have been uploaded.

Okay need to board the plane.  Look for new post in the next couple of days.

Day 1 horse shopping

Running on little to no sleep.  It is  Sunday at 10:30 pm  here in Czech.  Had technical difficulties with the camera so there isn’t much footage unfortunately.  Saw 10 horses today, rode 5 and jumped 4.  There are 3 contenders so far.  We have about 5 or so to see tomorrow.

I wish I would have brought my saddle.  Riding in men’s saddle is difficult since I have 5’2 and all these men are tall.  Got it done and am completely exhausted.  Good news is there are three horses so far I can see myself growing with.  A 6 year old KWPN gelding, a 4 year old holsteiner gelding and a 4 year old holsteiner stallion.

Very nervous riding in front of multiple Europeans since we Americans ride so differently I felt way out of my comfort zone.  After the first couple of horses I became more comfortable with the process and things seemed to smooth out.

More tomorrow.

 

Updates and horse shopping.

I have written and rewritten the opening of this blog post about 10 times now and no wording seems to be right so I am just going to say it.  I sold Greyson at the end of May.  He was an amazing horse and he helped me get my feet wet into this sport.  I have known for a while that this was going to be inevitable.  I have ambitions to go up the levels to a meter twenty and I knew he wasn’t going to be the horse to get me all the way there.  We accomplished more than I could have hoped and I wish I could have kept him forever but expenses for two horses is not in the cards for me right now.  My number one priority was to make sure Greyson was going to a good home.  I am happy to say that he is going to teach an amateur lady the ropes of jumping.  He will be jumping cross rails up to 2’6 for a couple of years so his job is getting easier.  Also he gets to live on 60 acres at the base of the Santa Monica mountains.  He will have an irrigated pasture to be turn out in everyday and a nice box stall to sleep in every night.  I am told he is being adored by two children who spoil him with cookies and the family doesn’t ever plan to sell him.

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It was one of the hardest goodbyes of my life and I honestly feel a little guilty about being excited for the next chapter of my riding career.   But here I am about to embark on a whirlwind shopping trip overseas.  I am leaving next week with my trainer to the Czech Republic.  This will be my first time buying a horse overseas.  In the past when I needed a new paint horse all I needed to do was put in the breed and state into dreamhorse.com and there were plenty to choose from all around me.  Warmbloods are a different story.  I don’t have the biggest budget and I need a horse that can do higher levels.  I can’t find anything within my budget and wish list domestically so we are going to Czech where my budget will go further.  I plan to blog the whole process.  If you ever have seen all these amazing horses listed on Facebook in the Czech Republic but wasn’t sure if it was something you could to do then I encourage you to follow me next week as I experience it step by step.