My husband and I drove out to Kingsland out past Marble Falls to look at a horse. It’s about a 90-minute drive outside Austin, and on a beautiful winter day (all the snow is gone and it was sunny, breezy, and about 70 degrees) it was a perfect day for a Texas country drive. Plus, in Marble Falls, there’s pie at the Blue Bonnet Cafe. We picked up a peanut butter and a pecan pie. There’s always a reason for pie.
Spice is about 8 years old, just about 15hh, a lovely quarter horse. But she’s very Western, which I am not, and fairly green, which I am too, and green horse, green rider, is a bad combination. She is super sweet though. Kayla, the young lady who showed her to us, put her through her paces and then I rode her at the walk and the trot. I didn’t want to canter because the stirrups were too long (even after being adjusted to their highest hole), and it looked as if she needed to be run into a canter as she still hadn’t had much practice with aids.
Did I mention she was sweet? Oh man, she was a nice horse. But notice in the pics how low she holds her head. I tried to encourage her to lift her head but it made her uncomfortable and I didn’t want to try to force her to do anything she didn’t want to. She would be a good Western pleasure horse, and she’s so quick on her feet she would make a good cutting horse. Neither of those things is anything I’m planning on doing, so I decided to pass.
But if you know someone looking for a young, willing, super eager to please quarter horse mare, let me know and I will pass you on to Kayla.
Side note: This was a great little farm. They had a pet muntjac and lemurs. Also a bison. Seriously, how many places do you know that have lemurs? I’ll put up pictures of those in the next post.
PS. Click on photos for a larger view.