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)
What I sent in answer was:
Currently, none of the horses priced under $1,000 are broke to ride -- they are all young stock, some ready to start for a light person. In the past, I've had well-broke older broodmares in that price range, but the only one still in the area turns 28 this year, and might die any time. Giving something like that to a child would NOT be a kindness!
Last winter, I sold one of the older broodmares for $1,000, and the spring before that, another one went to a lady in her '70's who lives in the Wall, South Dakota, area. When she had to have a series of operations, she got depressed and offered her mare back for me to place in a lifetime home, (which took me ONE email to do), but when her medication got straightened out, she withdrew the horse, and even has located another one she might add as a companion, a much happier solution!
How old/talented a child? When Du. and Di. came out to help me halter break the auction colt for strangers (he was bonded to ME, and only saw men when he'd get poked or other unpleasantnesses done), within an hour, he was attached to Du., and responding very well. When Di. went up to him outside, he reacted, but settled quickly, so whoever gets him will need to spend time bonding with him, preferably HERE before he leaves, so he is safe and happy in his new home.
If the child is old enough/talented enough to be talked through the training process, and the
distance involved is not too great, perhaps one of the young geldings who are ready to start would work out. There are two of them who want to become someone's special horse: Statuesque
Pandemonium and Pandemonium Lament. (There's a site search engine at the top of the left hand
side of my web site listed below that will bring up the horses, as well as links to some off site listed under "Price Drop", or I can send you the actual URL's so you can see them on the internet.)
Starting in Feb., some of the youngsters who are not started are slated to go off for training for 30 days' worth of riding. A lot of times, that gives them enough that talented people can take over and polish them. It generally takes years of riding to get a horse to the place where they are "passenger safe", in my experience. Some horses are "hot" and will never make it, whereas others are pretty cooperative and attentive from the start.
The older mare Pandemon Punctuation that went to South Dakota was broke out here on the farm
by my cousin. I'd sacked her out before he came, and his wife and I took turns holding the video camera while he gave her first ride. We videoed everything from start to finish, and in less than 45 minutes, that little mare had gone from "never been sat upon" to walk, turn, trot, canter, and stop. We DID NOT intend to do that much on a first ride -- she volunteered it. That's one of my favorite pieces of tape, as it shows the dispositions I try for. There's another shorter piece of tape of the purebred stallion I lost last Aug. at 19. In it, he's a three year old (then owned jointly with my cousin) and Steve puts him in the round pen on his ranch in Wyoming, takes in a saddle, bridle, pad, hoof nippers, rasp, and wormer, leads the horse in and removes the halter, then proceeds to worm, trim, sack, saddle, mount, ride at a walk and a trot, stop, dismount, and put on the bridle. That was Raven's first ride. Many of the youngsters here are Raven's children or grandchildren.
I also know other people who might have something that would work for you if I had a better feel for the age/ability of the child.
If you have any questions, or would like more information about anything, just let me know.
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.:-)