I have decided to go and look at a horse that I have found for sale. Why, because unfortunately I fell in love with a photo. His name is Pirate and he is a 6 year old Thoroughbred gelding. He was broken in by the students of Marcus Oldham - this is a 'horse college', where you can study all different areas for horses so you can manage a stud farm, racing stables etc. I like the idea of him being broken in at this college as he would have gotten used to noise, hustle and bustle, being handled by a variety of people. Things I don't like about this idea is that he may have picked up a few bad habits - we will wait and see. He was trialed but never raced - too slow. The lady who currently owns him is a vet nurse and was on a call out with the vet to look at a horse (not Pirate). She saw him in a stable looking very sad and asked about him, she was told that they are trying to get rid of him. He was on a truck the following day to her place. She was training him to Hunt, so had taken him out on numerous occasions with other horses and dogs to get him used to sights and sounds, horses playing up etc. She said he was no problem at all. She has done clinics and a lot of flat work with him. I will meet him in 9 days.
Did I mention that he is 18 hands high! This last photo is when she bought him, she tells me he is in much better condition now.