Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Legacy Introduction

I'm still impatiently waiting to get the pick up details squared away.  So, in the mean time and while I have time that I'm not able to spending every moment doting over the new guy once he arrives I will give the low down on Lego. 
I just love his face.  He has the sweetest eyes, a little bit of the Clydesdale roman nose.  That beautiful blazed face.  And his ears sit so cutely on that big ole head.  I just love it!

Legacy- 11 year old 15.3 hand, Clydesdale cross.  Has training, and show experience in Eventing,

Hunter/Jumper,

solid trail horse,

no spook,
Did I mention he was once a vaulting horse?  If you follow me on FB you can see videos of him in his vaulting days.  If there is such a thing as bomb proof this guy might be it.


 beginner safe but better with a rider that will make him do what he is supposed to(more on that later).  Has rock crushing feet, has never needed shoes.  No past injuries.  Easy keeper.  Loves trail riding, Jumping and XC.

Essentially practically perfect in every way.  Ok he is a draft X so he can test his boundaries but we are used to that with the Hafflinger.  The only other con about him is that being on the lazy side, being round and using his back are not his favorite things. Given a choice he will not. Both things I am HAPPY to work on.  Sound, Sane, Safe, Low maintenance and loves to do all the activities we do!  Those are all the important things on my list of the kind of horse I want for my family.  His future holds all sorts of fun activites.  The one I am the most excited about it that he will be my new fox hunting horse!  You don't know how much I've wanted to fox hunt but have not had a suitable horse for it.  He will also be Elaina's event horse which is a super cool opportunity for her.  I look forward to seeing how far these two will go!  He will be the go to trail horse for hubby and friends.  And now I can hit the trails with all 3 of my girls!



We must make mention of his tail.  OMG it will give tail envy every where we take him.





The owner has owned him since he was 2 and never intended on wanting to sell him.  I found him through Facebook one morning when I should have been doing 100 other things.  I sure am glad I was wasting my time on FB that morning because if I had responded moments later this could have turned out differently.  He came up on a group page as a free lease and that was my original intention was just to lease him.  People started reponding quickly and I threw my hat in the ring, so to speak.  Owner responded quickly and loved all the things Lego would be doing if he came to live with us.


 What got us first in line was A) he would be a long term family horse, not lesson program or passed around. B) that he would do pony club, fox hunting, trail riding.  She felt he would excele in all those areas.  I scheduled to see him the following morning.  He has been half leased by a little girl for the last year or so and half used in a H/J barn lesson program.  The trainer who had him at the H/J barn the past couple years thought it was time for him to have a family of his own.  She said he was great with the leaser girl but was lazy and tested the kids in the lesson program.

Young girl that leased him in  a Hunter show this passed summer.   Poor thing is heart broken she can't keep him.

It seems like Lego is quite well known around the area.  The horse community is a small world sometimes. I have several people I know from other avenues like Pony club that have known Lego for years.  And even a couple that have tried to buy him in the past but the owner wouldn't sell.  It looks like when each time he is leased his lessors want to buy him. I think that says a lot about the kind of horse he is.

The trainer got on him first. Walk,  trot, cantered, halt to canter transitions, simple changes.  And asked if I wanted to ride him.  Yes of course I do!  Now I get to share an embarrassing moment.  So I get on and start troting. Not 2 minutes in I trot past the doorway to the barn aisle. And faster than I had time to process the little turd slipped right out the door!  I immediately pulled him in a small circle back in and trotted off like nothing happened and laughing at my stupidity. You can't blame a guy for trying.   He tried one other half hearted attempt of drifting out of a 20 meter circle before I shortened my reins,  put on leg and let him know I do actually know how to ride. And he happily did everything else I asked. She set up a 5-6 stride crossrail line.  I asked if there was anything I needed to know about him jumping and she said nope this is the part he loves.  He is completely honest and a point and shoot ride.  And she was right!  It felt soooo amazing being on a horse that just paces himself, goes straight and just jumps.  He was a ton of fun and I had to force myself to quit.


Dis is my horse and I luff him.  Well he is probably more like Elaina's horse but still.
I wanted this guy but I was very cautious knowing how attached the owner was I didn't want to make her feel like I was ripping him away.. She mentioned that selling might be the way they need to go and asked if I'd still be interested.  Free lease was what got my attention.  Emphasis on the FREE part.  I wasn't convinced I needed another horse as it was but when I saw such a nice horse as a free lease I thought it would be an inexpensive way to find out.  Because I needed to spend thousands of dollars on a horse like I needed a hole in the head.  So I asked what she wanted for him.  She said that money was not a concern but that he had the perfect home is all she cared about.  And all she wanted was what she paid for him as a 2 year old. It feels almost criminal getting him for the price I did but if perfect home was all she cared about then I could definitely give him that.  It's hard to even say out loud but I purchased this super nice horse for $500. When she told me that price I'd be stupid not to buy him.

We only had one more test to pass and that was them checking out his new home.  That I wasn't too concerned about because we have a really nice and safe property.  And like I expected she loved our place.  Wished she could live here. Was super happy to see all the trails we had because he loves going on trails.  So papers were signed and money was exchanged and viola!  We have a new family member!!!!


I will be able to see the adorable furry butt from my bedroom window soon!

11 comments:

  1. Awwwww what a trooper. So glad you found him.

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  2. what a great find! He looks perfect.

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  3. What fun you all will have with him! Lucky horse to have y'all as his family :)

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  4. His tail <3 Cant wait to meet him in person and smash his face

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  5. Lucky much!! He is so handsome, sounds like you guys are going to have so much fun with him.

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  6. omg he sounds incredible - hope he comes home sooooon!!!

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  7. So jelly! He's what I want, something everyone can play on but you can still be competitive on (or your dtr). I'm very happy for you for finding him. Maybe he has a doppelganger somewhere ;)

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  8. Sounds like you found a real gem. In my area of the country, he would sell for $10K-$20k!

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  10. I'm in the Cinci area I've seen Lego's lease posts over the past few years and thought he sounded perfect. How caring that the owner cared most about him finding the perfect home because she definitely could have gotten much, much more for him. Congrats, he's dreamy!

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  11. I am so happy!!!!!! That is awesome!! Congrats! Wow, what an amazing opportunity! You can't buy horses like that for under a couple grand. Wow!!! I can't wait to see how well he fits in with your family. I have a feeling he's going to love it there and of course the girls are going to love him. I'm also so excited you'll get to go foxhunting with him! I would love to do that someday! So excited for you!

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