I got the call at 7:30am on Saturday that Windsor was about 3 hours out. So I shot out of bed, tried to maintain my cool and "enjoy" my coffee slowly, but I ran out of things to distract me, so by 8:45 I was out of the house and headed to the barn to twiddle my thumbs and watch lessons until he arrived.
The barn was unusually busy for a Saturday, and some of the ladies had prepared a welcome party, which was totally fun and let my inner Twelve-Year-Old-Girl come out a bit.
As I watched the haulers slowly back him off the ramp, it became obvious to me how much excitement and expectation I've been holding back. I've allowed myself small celebrations here and there, but I think all of the unknowns of shopping for a horse like this really put some serious restrictions on my celebrations.
Is he really as nice as I remember? Did I get totally screwed in this deal? Has he been totally ignored eveer since they got my check? is he going to be a spooky asshole?
But as soon as I took over the lead rope, all of that reserved concern pretty much evaporated and I was grinning form ear to ear.
You guys. I am TOTALLY IN LOVE. Whatever shortcomings this guy has, I am going to be totally, and completely blind to them for at least the next 90 days. I am smitten.
He is cute.
He is calm.
His tail is surprisingly luscious (which I had forgotten).
He is a snuggle bug in his stall.
He was easy to handle and parade around
AND HE's MINE.
|We have a ways to go in our selfie game...|
And the champagne.
And the homemade creampuffs.
I hand grazed the little man for a few minutes when he first arrived before putting him into his stall, where he promptly checked my pockets for treats, peed, rolled, ate some hay and then pooped.
Which is a pretty perfect agenda for a horse that's been traveling since last Monday.
I let him unwind and relax for a bit while I chatted with everyone and caught up with a few of the boarders that I don't get to see very often, before I pulled Mr Man out for some grooming, inspection and... more cookies.
He seems to have hauled relatively well. I don't think he dropped much weight, his temps are running normal and in general he seemed very relaxed about it all. The only signs of a long journey are a few nicks on his heels where he seems to have stepped on himself a few time. Nothing major, but still... I forget how easily blood shows on a gray horse....
Since he was so relaxed about life, I turned him out in a smaller paddock for a bit to let him stretch his legs, and after a few polite bucks, he settled right down and got busy sniffing every inch of his space.
I spent some time watching/oogling him and even did a little tiny bit of join up/liberty work (if you want to call it that) to see where his head was at. Turns out his head is very motivated by treats and relatively interested in engaging with whoever is in his space. He walked up to me every time I entered his paddock and politely followed me if I started moving around.
Eventually the horse next to him started to spin up, and Windsor started displaying some behavior more in line with a horse that had been cooped up for a week, and oh yeah... gelded really late... so I opted to bring him back in and love on him in his stall a bit more.
Every doubt that I've had about whether or not I should have bought a second horse, and whether or not I should have bought this horse just melted away as I curried his neck and ran my hands up and down his legs.
I know the new-unicorn-shine will wear off, but for now I'm reminded how much I've missed having something to ride, and the excitement of a new partnership ahead of me.
I can't wait to start working with him.
The plan is to give him a couple days to relax, then start him back to work on Tuesday. I will likely let my Trainer take that ride and see what we are working with. Plus then I can video (!!) and look forward to some lessons later in the week.
SO MUCH LOVE.
Congrats! Very glad he's home.ReplyDelete
Congratulations! He is so handsome. :)ReplyDelete
Such a handsome boy! Glad he made it safe and sound. :)ReplyDelete
He is SO cute!! How awesome that he made it all this way with only some nicks on his heelsReplyDelete
Moar videooooooo!!!! Congrats, he's so lovely!ReplyDelete
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I LOVE HIM SO MUCH!!!ReplyDelete
:-D Can't believe he's finally here!
Soooo excited for you!ReplyDelete
That's awesome that he's so quiet in the paddock! My mare was a NUT when she first came over. We literally had to ACE her for turnout for the first month!ReplyDelete
I was expecting full-nutso behavior, but when he was so chill I just went for it... I'm hoping this is a hint of his normal temperament.. .I wouldn't mind!!Delete
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! This is SO EXCITING!!! I'm very happy that he's traveled pretty well, and that he is snuggly :) Cannot wait to watch your partnership!ReplyDelete
Wow. He's beautiful!? If I remember correctly he's a stallion...do you plan to geld him?ReplyDelete
Beautiful shouldn't have had a question mark behind it. He is beautiful! :)Delete
Haha. thank you :) He *was* a stallion, gelded as a 6 year old, so I don't have any work to do there...Delete
Awesome. I missed that somewhere along the way. I can't wait to follow along on your journey!Delete
So bouncy and cute and lovely!ReplyDelete
omg what a sweetie - and that new unicorn shine must be the best feeling ever :DReplyDelete
It's like wedding dress shopping. You KNEW it was the one, but waiting for it to come in for that final fitting was another thing. Will it still be The One? Will it be as pretty as I remember? Did I blow my budget on sub par lace/ satin? Glad he's still The One as he sure is cute and lovable. Welcome home, Windsor!ReplyDelete
This analogy is 100% true... Maybe some of my anxiety stemmed from the fact that when my wedding dress did show up I hated it and ended up getting another last minute. (oops).Delete
Welcome home, Windsor!ReplyDelete
Also, I thought he was a stud? Did you have him gelded before importing him?
Never mind, I just read through the previous comments & answered my own question :)Delete
Aaaahh! He's gorgoues AND cute! I'm so excited for you! Glad he made is safe and sound!ReplyDelete
Congrats! He's gorgeous.ReplyDelete
YAY! Welcome Windsor. No better present on any holiday :)ReplyDelete
OMG that trot though!!!!! Personally I think it will take a lot longer than 90 days for him to not seem like a unicorn!ReplyDelete
Oh I am drooling, i just love him so much!! He is stunning!!ReplyDelete
Squeeeee so gorgeous!!!!ReplyDelete
Soooo handsome, and THAT TROT! Can't wait to hear how he does with Trainer today!ReplyDelete
Welcome home, dude!ReplyDelete
So exciting!!!! I can't wait for more media from him, so handsome!ReplyDelete
Congratulations. Your smile says it all!ReplyDelete
Congratulations. Your smile says it all!ReplyDelete