Sunday, 13 April 2008

Horse Shopping!

Today Kath and I went off to the East coast on a very special mission.
Kath has had her eye on a rather nice young Lusitano mare for a while and today was decision time! We set off to have a look at Mi Mi (Kath's second visit to her), cheque book in hand, hoping that she was as lovely as Kath remembered.

Now I'm no horse expert, although Kath has been teaching me both in the saddle and out of it, but my job was to try to lend support and try to give an impartial opinion!

The journey over was quite long and very wet. We were rather disappointed that we'd be seeing a bedraggled Mi Mi but on arrival she didn't let that put her off her stride. After Kath had run an expert hand over her, Mi Mi was let loose in the school where she showed off her beautiful paces.

I noticed that she stood with her hind legs well under her and that she extended beautifully when in canter (maybe I am learning something!). She is nearly three and still dark coloured, but the grey that will eventually grow through completely is beginning to show. apparently she will eventually be dapple grey!

After Mi Mi had proved herself as not just a pretty face, being very polite in the stable and particularly complementary about Kath's hat, money changed hands and we are looking forward to welcoming Mi Mi to Cumbria in about six weeks time. Kath will be breaking her herself and no doubt there will be progress reports on this here soon!


Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I must say the first photo didn't impress me at all, but I increasingly liked what I saw in the next two. How tall is she?

Jenny Holden said...

I'd agree, the first photo isn't great! She wasn't overly impressed as she'd just been brought in from the freezing rain and then we turned up and dragged her back out in it! She livened up a bit after a canter round the school.
She's around 15.1 hands at the moment. We don't reckon she'll grow a huge amount more.

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Alaska Shetland Shepherd said...

congrats on your new girl!

Alaska Shetland Shepherd said...

Jenny - I'll e coming over in the late fall when I get freed up from the farm here for the year. Let's email, I'll do my best to come visit you too!