After looking at Brandy, I knew I had to be careful about my expectations. The next two horses that we looked at I was much more cautious, and tried not to expect much.
The two horses that we went to look at next, Pecos and Abisha, had been friends for a long time, so the owner didn’t want to separate them. We knew that we couldn’t take both, but we went to look at them anyway.
Abisha was a chestnut Tennessee Walker mare that was about 18 years old and 14.2 hands high. She was wonderful to be around and was a joy to ride. I had never ridden on a Tennessee Walker before and really enjoyed her trot. It felt more like a fast walk!
Pecos was a bay roan Quarter horse gelding that was about 10 years old and 15 hands high. He was very sweet and, although not as experienced as Abisha, he was very willing and eager to learn. He did not know any leg cues, but we were okay with that.
We really felt like these two horses were an option, but both were not up-to-date on vaccines and were a little underweight. While no shots and being underweight are not signs of a bad horse, it made us stop and reconsider. Abisha also had a sway back, so we ruled her out.
We went and met Barbie Doll right after riding, and I really felt like it was a toss up between Pecos and Barbie Doll. My family all really liked Barbie Doll (see Finding Barbie), so I decided to let Pecos go to a different home that might be willing to buy Abisha also.
Both horses were sold to the same home about a week after we met Barbie Doll; I’m really glad that we could meet them!