|Elaine and Dax, Grace and Sugar, early 2004|
Elaine was 12 years old and had been taking lessons and showing our Appaloosa, Dax, for about two years or so already and was content. Grace was almost 11 years old and had been using a friend's older quarter horse mare, Sugar, for two years and had lots of success, but we were unable to bring her with us to our new home. So Grace would need a new mount.
|Elaine and Dax, Grace and Sugar, early 2005 with Egon|
We'd arrive to find either a crazy Western horse that had no idea how to trot or canter, was used to having his head tied to his chest or a 16hh+ Thoroughbred straight off the track who still had his racing plates on. Suffice it to say, it was a long stretch weekend after weekend being disappointed at not finding a nice child-safe mount.
|Clyde, fall of 2005|
|Our first look at Lucy|
Enter Diamond E Horse Company in Coal City, IL about an hour away straight south from our farm to theirs. I had called one day after seeing a promising-looking ad and asked about their child-safe horses. "Oh, sure, that's all we do here! My kids ride everything and make sure they are ready to go and then we show and sell them. We are guaranteed to have something for your child to ride - come down for the day and we can show you 8-10 horses." Wow. What an exciting prospect to look at so many in one location. I had mentioned somewhere along the way that Grace was headed to Pony Club come the spring but this small side note was well forgotten by the time we packed up our riding clothes the following Saturday morning super early and headed down to Coal City to ride some horses.
I went out first to the trailer and peered inside. It was a large stock trailer and there were two horses inside, one chestnut quarter horse type and a smaller, pony-sized bay. Skeeter met me outside and announced "This is that Pony Club horse you were talkin' about!" Huh? I thought...what was he talking about? "yeah don't you remember on the phone - you said you wanted a pony club horse. This horse has done that pony club stuff!" I looked at the horses again and asked "Which one?" of course to my sadness he pointed to the pony and said "this mare here." Uh oh I thought. No ponies, No mares. Did we really want to look at her?
I asked right away what her price was and he told me what he would want for her. She was unloaded and placed into the cross-ties and we took a look at her. yep, she was a pony and a mare, all right!
|Lucy at Diamond E Horse Company|
|Lucy, the day we made her part of our family!|
Grace was so excited she could barely contain herself. She climbed aboard and the two of them rode like they had always known each other. It was magic. Three days later we came back to the farm with our trailer and brought her home.
Our first several months at home with Lucy took some adjustment - as wonderful as she was under saddle (for Grace) she was a heinous wench to deal with in the barn. Someone in her past had obviously not treated her very nicely. I was kicked and bitten several times, she struck out at the vet with her front hooves and was just generally not what we were used to. She was very difficult.
However the riding went great and she and Grace had a fun first few months getting to know each other.
We will continue our Lucy story some time in the future in another post.
Lucy's first few months with our family - Photos
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