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