The horse is Red Avenue, a 2003 TB gelding. He raced, but not very well, which is why I now have him. My goals for him in the future are to be a nice eventing horse or a hunter/jumper. He left California today and he should arrive this weekend. I have to admit I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas Day to arrive!
Getting him here has not been all fun and games though. I have to start out by giving you a warning when it comes to transporting your horse. This was my first long distance transport experience. I looked up several haulers, got lots of quotes, did some background research, and picked one based upon the time of transport and price quoted. I'll skip all of the painful details, but the hauler was paid and never showed up. They have vanished off the face of the earth. My money is gone.
In my post-scam research I have found there are 3 companies involved in this scam: Total Equine Services, We Haul Horses, and Double S Transport. Please please please avoid these guys. If you find a hauler you think you want to book, check out http://www.horse-transporters.com/ and look at customer comments before you book. Also, do not give a dime to anyone until your horse has been at least picked up, no matter what "deal" or "savings" they offer you to pay before. If they can't make the trip without your couple hundred dollars, you don't want them touching your horse, and you need to find a more stable, reliable company.
But back to the good happy news, Red Avenue is on his way! I will post again when he arrives and as I slowly start to work with him and see his personality... err... horseality, I will let you know what I have learned! The plan is to work on bonding and building a trusting relationship between the two of us before we do any work. Then I will introduce some work on the lunge line, add a surcingle and side reins, the saddle, and I hope to be riding soon (but I'm not going to rush anything). Until next time...