As of last night, I am now the owner of a 12 year old, 16.1h thoroughbred mare named Lizzie. :) Her previous owner, and her trainer, were both wonderful. The mare is a very nice mover, although not a flashy mover in that exaggerated warmblood way. She’s very forward, and needs to be ridden on much more of a contact than I normally ride – I was struggling with that. Lateral movement solid, very responsive, gorgeous smooth canter and long stride. Lovely. :) The woman burst into tears and had to turn away for a bit after we shook hands on the deal; she’s owned her for six years, and now has to sell due to travel and work commitments.
I’ve been trolling eBay for tack this morning – nothing Kip has will fit her! He has all extra-wide, warmblood-size tack, 6″ bits, 7’0″ rugs, etc. She takes a 4 3/4″ bit, a medium to medium-wide saddle, and 6’3″ rugs. Yikes!!! Thank goodness for the saddle that I can just switch the gullet plate on, at least I’ll have a dressage saddle.
Her legs were amazingly clean for her age, no lumps or bumps at all, but she does have a cyst just behind the girth area that I’ll have to watch. It’s funny having a TB again…her legs looked like pipestems in comparison with Kip’s massive tree trunks. ;) She fits me a lot better. I’m a small person, and it was always tough trying to hold a huge 17h horse together – although I did train Kip to be extremely light on the aids, just because I didn’t have the physical strength to ride him any other way.
I’m VERY excited – she arrives tomorrow!