This may just be the longest blog hop in the history of blog hops… but Viva Carlos is doing such a great job at picking interesting topics, I kind of don’t want it to ever end! This time we’re talking about “the moment you knew you’d found the one.” Okay, L. Williams definitely didn’t put it quite that dramatically, but from personal experience it was way harder to find a horse I wanted to buy than I guy I wanted to marry… but maybe that’s just me. Anyways, L. wants to know why you bought your horse in the first place.
My purchase of Miles was not widely publicized on my blog… mostly because I desperately wanted it to work. I was so done with horse shopping. I might have even said to my husband “If this one doesn’t work out, I’m going to take a break from looking.” So I guess it’s a damn good thing the stars aligned and Miles became mine. However the road to purchasing Miles wasn’t a short or easy one; in fact I bought him three months after I first saw him. My trainer was sold the first time she laid eyes on him, my friends all liked him and I even got the husband’s stamp of approval. But I hesitated, and said no [at first, anyways]. So what sold me?
Our first ride at home.
My trainer picked Miles up on Labor Day, he sat in a stall for 20 minutes and then I tacked him up for a lesson. We jumped around 2’3″ fences, walked outside the ring, rode in the scary grass ring right by the road and he never set a foot wrong. We just… clicked. And I couldn’t deny the huge grin I had plastered on my face the entire time. Sometimes things happen for a reason, and I truly do believe that. There’s a reason I didn’t have a good gut feeling about the adoption horse, and there’s a reason Trial Horse went mysteriously lame for the first time in his life. The reason? I was meant to buy Miles.
I know it sounds cheesy and a little bit out there, but let be realistic: I didn’t have a lot to spend, I wanted a ton for my money and I needed a very specific type of ride. I got so incredibly lucky to find Miles because he’s everything I wanted and more. Before I ever saw Miles I wrote a list of attributes by dream horse would have… and Miles actually ticks off a decent number of those boxes. So yeah, I do believe that it was meant to be, and now, it’s hard to imagine ever saying no to this amazingly fabulous horse.