January 29th, 2005


To Dream the Impossible Dream

I think the publicity of having offered the colt at auction for the coach, which in my mind, was happening anonymously, is catching up with me. The secretary who emailed me three times saying, "Are you SURE?" put her head together with the local editor of the weekly paper. The way the pitch for the supper/benefit auction was written, it seemed to me to be ABOUT ME, not Jack. It was embarrassing.

But, it also is drawing a lot of "buzz" for the event, which is the purpose, so I have become reconciled, somewhat.

Last night, as I again took tickets for the basketball game, every second Seymour person through the door wanted to talk about or made a comment on the colt. When I got home, I had an email that read:

Are any of your horses under $1000 broke for a child to ride? Please respond. Thanks! K. (first name only given)
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But what I WANTED to say was, "Once you spend the money to feed a colt from birth to breaking age (3-4 years on an Arabian, if you don't want to foster future leg problems), pay for the training, put in the 5-10 years of just plain old riding all over all the time everywhere, and produce a horse that is safe-broke and unflappable, NO WAY can you afford to sell it for $1,000 unless you have built PLANNING TO GO BROKE into your business model!

In the past, I have had retired, aged broodmares available that would fall into that category, but currently, the ones not actively in production are also not dead enough to be deadheads.:-)