There were a LOT of horses at the rescue, and they were all pretty sweet. The mare above is a 12 year old BLM Mustang named Skylar. She was STUNNING!
Leila was very sweet. She is "grade" but most certainly had/has Quarter horse and Arab bloodlines. She has been ridden over 50 times with a professional rider. She is 14.3 hands and has great bone conformation. Most of the rescue horses have "hay bellies" because they (the rescues) are trying to put as much weight on the horses as possible since they were starved and abused from previous owners.
Pro(s) on Leila:
Has been ridden more frequently
Generally has good attitude.
Would be a great All-round horse.
Con(s) on Leila:
Tends to sometimes act "marish"
Likes to frequently spook (Note these are not BAD spooks, they are usually just sidesteps and maybe a little bolt here and there).
Overall I liked Leila, but I wasn't sure (am sure) if I am comfortable with a "marish" and spooky horse. Of course, the spookiness should go away over time, and the "marish" stuff could also.
However, I also found another horse who I like probably a little more than Leila. His name is Leroy.
Leroy is only two years old, and he is coming along nicely. Horses are't fully rideable until around the age of four. He should mature around 15hh. He is also a grade horse with Arab and Quarter horse blood. He has had over 30 rides with a professional trainer. He is already gelded, and is very, very sweet.
Con(s) on Leroy:
Young, hasn't had as many rides, would have to do a lot of training with him myself.
Hooves are low heeled and high toed-but that could just be a trimming problem.
Would have to wait longer to actually ride him.
Someone else also is interested in him.
Extroverted, loves people.
Would have a strong bond with me if I trained him.
Good with other horses.
Curious about everything.
So, If I got Leroy I would have to wait longer to ride him and throughout the winter. He would need correct barefoot trims on his feet. Mrs. Tia would help me do a lot of groundwork and riding with him. She (Mrs. Tia) would also do the first rides on him when I get Leroy (and because I want to be a trainer also, this would be a great experience). Of course, if I worked for a long time with him then we would be very, very bonded and he could hopefully be my partner for many, many years. However, someone else also really likes him, so they may be a better fit and/or get him before I do.
My mom and I signed an application to see (and ride) both Leroy and Leila. We shall see what happens!!!
We saw foals to and they were so cute! They loved being rubbed all over. :)