It’s time for Bahea to move on. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy spending time with her, but the original idea was to get her back into shape, see what she can do and see what type of person she would be suitable for. And I’ve done all that so now I need to do find her a permanent home with a wonderful person who will love her throughout her golden years. After knowing her for several months, this is what I would say about her:
At 17, Bahea is old enough to know better but sassy enough to have an opinion. She is smart, sensitive to the aids and easily forward. For the most part she is not spooky, but she has shied a couple of times. She’s an easy keeper, goes barefoot, stands well for vet and farrier, loads and hauls easily, is good away from home, can be ridden out alone or in company (though she prefers company) and is generally healthy and sound. She is stiff in her hind end, which has gotten better over the last few months, but I suspect will always be the case. She is trained to second/third level dressage, but she is a ways from being competitive at those levels. Overall she is a friendly, people oriented horse who takes most everything in stride in a been there-done that kind of way.
However, because of her sensitivity and the fact that from time to time she will test you, she is not appropriate for a beginner. She would be good for a petite adult or young rider with a good handle on the basics and quiet seat, hands and legs. She would be wonderful for someone who wants to learn how to ride the dressage movements like shoulder-in, travers, half-pass and counter canter. She’s competitive at the schooling show level and she is registered and could be very competitive at Arabian shows. She has jumped in her past but with her hind end now I don’t think it would be appropriate for her to do much over fences. She is enthusiastic over ground poles which leads me to believe that she once enjoyed jumping. She has never been bred and at her age I would advise against that.
So I ask you, who do you know that might be a good match for Bahea? I am asking $2,000 for her, but the right home is the most important factor here – not price. She deserves a good home and somewhere out there I know there is a person deserving of her.