THE GOOD HORSE – from Auction to August’s HOM
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THE GOOD HORSE – from Auction to August’s HOM

THE GOOD HORSE – Horse of the Month for August “Kahlua” – by subscriber/contributor Alexa Ross Editor – Cherie Kyte I have been riding for a long time and after the horse I was leasing had an unfortunate career-ending injury, I began the hunt for a horse of my own. With more time than money, I knew I had to get creative. I recognized that my small budget would not allow me to purchase an older horse that would require maintenance so I began looking for an off the track thoroughbred (OTTB) from some of our local SoCal race tracks. I also networked with all the trainers I have known over the years. Eventually, a girlfriend mentioned the idea of the Lancaster Livestock Auction but I was very leery about buying an auction horse. I knew at the very least, with an OTTB coming from the track, I could get a vet check done, look at racing records and speak with grooms and trainers to get background info. With an auction horse, you really have no idea what you are buying and you’re just hoping that the couple of minutes you have spent with the horse translates into something that won’t try to kill you. I also knew if I brought home something like that, my husband would kill me! I decided to take the plunge anyway and go to an auction. I went to the Lancaster Auction on May 5, 2014 and found that there was only one horse that evening that I wanted to bid on. The information was that she was a 17 hand Belgian cross mare and was about 9 years old. (She’s actually 16 hands and the vet thought more like 7 or 8 years old.) I saw her in the paddocks before the auction and knew I wanted her. Then to make my evening even more exciting, while waiting for the auction to start, I heard over the loudspeaker, “Would the owner of the silver Prius please see the auctioneer. ” I suddenly wondered if I had parked in the wrong place. I found out that a seller who had just dropped a horse off hit my car with her trailer. She took my little Toyota with her (she had no idea apparently, and left the scene). I discovered my car resting not exactly where I left it and certainly not in the same direction. It was at that point I thought, “I better win the auction on this dang horse!” Needless to say, I won the auction! I did eventually get a little more information about her that night. A horse rescuer...

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