When we arrived, we walked out to the paddock to meet Drifter. He gave us the once over.
and then the twice over...
Get a load of his mane. The owner gave him the nickname "Mufasa" because of the glorious mane.
He stands a little oddly at times, with one hind leg splayed out.
But, other times he stands perfectly square. He's even and sound at all gaits. It may just be a quirk but we'll ask the vet about it anyway.
Over the past year or so, Brett and I have looked at horses online. Flash is getting more difficult to keep sound and, honestly, how many injections and medications do you cram down their throats in an (unsuccessful) effort to enable them to do what is difficult? We think Flash is ready to move to a more leisurely lifestyle; doing the things he loves like mounted patrol work and easy ambles around the ranch roads. The tough, steep trails and the dressage work... not his favorite thing. And difficult for him. Very difficult.
So, yesterday when I saw the ad for Drifter I immediately ran down to the barn and snatched Brett away from his work. Drifter does obstacles, he rides on the street in traffic (motorcycles don't even phase him), he's eight, he's tall and stocky, he goes up and down steep rocky trails, and he pushes big time with that hind end. His gaits are really pretty.
|See how he's standing weird?|
But not all the time. Or even most of the time.
Brett rode him in the round pen and then they trailered out for a long trail ride.
We put down a deposit, will send video to our trainer, and schedule a vet check.
...back home just as the sun was setting over the ridge.