Well, there has been tons of interest in Arkie, but no sale set into play, yet.
The first person that came out to try him was actually a friend of mine that had been riding Oz and Jolie for me a little bit over the summer. She is looking for a project, preferably a hunter type. I was not sure how they would like him, he is for sure a good enough mover and quiet enough, but I wouldn't call him a hunter. Sure any horse can try and play the part, especially if the pieces are there, which they are, but I just didn't see that fitting into the puzzle. The ride went well and everything was good but it was a no sale, which was not a surprise.
The next day, we had trial rider #2
The second woman came out from Vermont looking for a lower level event horse, which I was thinking was more up his alley. He was a little distracted and stiff in his back with the cold weather but he performed well and I finally got to jump him. Poor thing, if there was ever a trial by fire, this was it. I had no question that he would just go right over which he did, but to be his second day jumping and have now all of three riders having tried to jump him, I was curious as to how it would go. This rider was not as familiar with riding greenies, but Arkie handled it well and listened as best as he knew how and put out a great try for both me and this second rider. Although there is no plan for any follow up here, I was told he is not entirely ruled out, we will see where it goes!
I took the next day of no one coming to try Arkie to really focus on getting better instead of displaying what he just "knows" - We set placement rails in front of cross rails and finally got jumping nice, solid and straight. Our transitions were cleaned up and the suppleness I had before Fair Hill was re established. It was a very good and productive ride. Of course then we got snowed on, which was too bad but now as I write and look out my window, it's mostly melted away so it will be back to work for the rest of the week.
There is a third person in the Carolina's also looking into purchasing Arc, we are talking about a vetting just as soon as she gets some additional conformation shots. It sounds like the perfect home and perfect match. I might just even be holding my breath on this one.
I will keep everyone posted and am planning a video of "a day in the life of Arkie" for this woman so I will keep you posted on
I can only be beyond thankful that Sandy didn't hit us harder. We did not even experience a power loss at the barn, so that was just amazing. Due to the storm we had sent Arkie and Mona to their owners field with a giant run-in so they could remain comfortably outside and with familiar friends, on high ground with shelter.
The weather has not been too great, either windy or spitting rain...far from what I would like to ride in! So it wasn't until Friday night that Arkie and Mona came back to the farm. Arkie started right off with clients coming in to look at him yesterday, the wind was WHIPPING and he had not been ridden in exactly a week, but things went calmly and smoothly. There has not been any sort of final decision, yet but I will keep you posted there.
If anything falls through with THIS deal, Monday we have a client coming out to look at both him and Leo, followed by a woman nearby that wants to come see Ark, a woman in MD that is interested, and I have been getting vague emails from someone else that wants to come next weekend (although with all of the interest being put into this week, I am not sure he will make it to next weekend). Anyway, he's a hot commodity in my barn for the time being and I can so totally understand why!
I am not sure I will actually be able to work with him as I ride him around, it seems like I will only be showing him to clients for the next week
Well it's been a whirlwind of a weekend/week and I am just getting around to updating this blog for Arkie now. I feel like it's probably only Monday as this week is flying by with the minor exception I have a ton more things to get done today....
First off, Fair Hill was awesome awesome awesome. It was a long, windy trip down but our trailer with Arkie and Leo traveled well and everyone made a safe trip. I was almost half surprised to see Arkie was totally sane off the trailer, realizing it was his first trip off the farm since being on the track. As a duh moment for both me and Tesla, we unloaded without bridles or tack on him, and he was an absolute ANGEL while paranoid me was like "crap crap crap this was dumb" putting it on him....I had a bad experience once time with a baby off the track. He appearantly had been trailered to every race and lost his bananas at this small schooling show. Obviously did not do enough mental damage for me to be quick to put he bridle on in the trailer, however I am always very paranoid after the fact, haha.
Anyway, it was Tesla's first ride on him ever and he was super, not to mention an absolute favorite. There is some super video if I remember, I will post it below.....Anyway, all and all he posed himself as the big brave boy that has been doing this show his whole life, loaded and unloaded off the trailer in the dark, super easy and super calm. Tesla even said she was going to cry if we came home without him (that is simply how lovable and cool this boy is, it takes all of 10 minutes to fall in love!!!)
Then came Sandy......Arkie's owner is away so she had them on rough board with me. She decided to bring them home to her field on the hill with a shed for the week so he can be in familliar and high up surroundings with all of the rain coming our way. He is fine, alive and well depsite the weather and will be coming back to my farm within the next couple of days. ......not this afternoon however, because: Leo our other sale horse in the barn has clients coming so that will take up a majority of my daylight....not tomorrow because I will be making a trip to Boston to go check out the track rejects and a friends horse, another OTTB that has had some training....and then Saturday hopefully he will be in my backyard again, but we will hopefully soon have brand new additions to both Thunder Crest and The Thorughbred Chronicles. I am looking to get one fresh off the track so that one will be a bit boring for awhile, but guaranteed he or she will be a lovely animal...
Oh and by the way....here is Arkie's ad on SPORT HORSE NATION
and here is the vi