Every once in awhile, even though I am beyond thrilled with my current (and past) horses, I muse and daydream about my horse ownership future. I have some goals (some attainable, some random!) and some ideas of the dream horses I'd like to own throughout my life. I actually have a list of the horses I'd like to someday have (some of which I've already been able to cross off the list!):
1) A Pedigreed, Purpose-Bred Warmblood - Check!
I've been very fortunate in that I have owned five very nice warmbloods over the course of the years, all of which were pedigreed and purpose-bred. Three Trakehners (Quincy, Metro, Pangea), a Holsteiner (Gogo), and a Selle Francais (O-Ren). I was very fortunate to have my parents' financial support when I was younger, and was therefore able to afford these super nice critters. Quincy was free, and I bought P and O with my own money, but they bought Metro for me (and then Gogo, with his mortality money), and they helped me afford them through college. I'll never be able to afford horses of this quality ever again, but if I'm lucky and I pick well, I can find and produce ones that are very nice.
2) A Homebred from a Beloved Bloodline/Mare - Check! (Kinda!)
I'm obviously not going to count this one until it is on the ground (and every second I'm freaked out and sure that she is going to absorb her pregnancy), but I've been dreaming of this foal for a very long time and I can't tell you how excited I am for it!
3) A Craigslist Rescue - Check!
I happen to have the world's most excellent $500 Craigslist find in my paddock right now! These are always a crapshoot, and sometimes they don't work out, but O was worth every penny, and every day with her is a new and worthwhile adventure.
4) A Performance Mule
Who doesn't love a long-eared badass! I LOVE mules, especially ones that are bred with performance in mind. They can do everything that full-blooded horses can do, and some of them are REALLY fancy, but they aren't allowed in recognized eventing in the US anymore. If they were, you can bet I would have already looked into getting one by now! I believe they can do endurance, combined driving, and dressage, but I don't think they're allowed in anything else (outside of schooling shows). That's a TOTAL shame, and I hope the rules change. I would LOVE a performance mule someday.
5) A Mustang from the Wild
What's not to love about the romance of bonding with and starting a mustang? I've always wanted to do this, but it's not for the faint of heart, and you need a certain set of facilities to start (certain fencing heights and requirements in order to adopt). If you find a good, solid one with some height to it, you can do awesome things - look at the mustang Padre, who was Reserve Champion stallion at Devon a few years back, and D'jion (pictured below), who has already competed a one star and is on his way to a two star this year! I'd also happily take one that had already been through the Mustang Million program or the Extreme Mustang Makeover (right here in Fort Worth).
6) A Recycled Saddlebred
Another breed I adore, and that I don't talk much about. I'm a warmblood person, but I've always had a fondness for ASBs. They have that naturally big flashy action that I love, and some of them can really jump! They are not the wild-eyed maniacs that you see in the saddleseat world... they are gentle, kind souls, and they are horribly mistreated and abused. People do specifically breed these guys for sport, but I would love to take a show barn reject and turn it into something special. I also have a fondness for Dutch Harness Horses, and have seen those guys crossed out with warmbloods with some really awesome results. I wouldn't hesitate to take an ASB, DHH, or NSH and make something awesome out of it.
7) A Crazy Colored/Weird Breed Horse
Let's be real. I'm a little on the eccentric side. No plain bays for this girl if I can help it! I've always, ALWAYS loved weird and wild colors and odd breeds and crosses, and the weirder/wilder the better. Got a Fjord cross? Awesome! A PMU pintaloosa? I want it! I'd never sacrifice quality for color - that's where I draw the line - but if something comes in a weird color I WANT IT. I know next to nothing about the genetics of colors, but I don't care. I just like to go "oooooh so pretty!" Bonus points if it has a good story to go along with it. I love something that stands out.
So how about all of you? What kinds of horses would YOU like to own one day? Be creative, anything goes!