I mentioned in my last post that I had a very early morning last week. I am not someone that happily gets up really early at the best of times and Jason even less so. Meeting a horse trailer at 3:45am is just way to early to start the day, but that is exactly what time it was when we met B-Rad. When you are working with commercial shippers you get used to the fact that they are going to come rolling up whenever it suits their schedule with very little consideration for your schedule. Thus Jason and I drug ourselves out of bed to greet B-Rad. I have to say it was worth it! He is a gorgeous horse both in looks and conformation and he has a goofy, cuddly personality that is irresistible.
Poor Bubba, he sits in his house wishing he could move to a goat retirement farm. Bubba’s expression says “another one of these stupid horses following me around AGAIN!!!???” Bubba is going the route of if I don’t look at you and pretend you’re not there then maybe you will go away. B-Rad is completely infatuated with the goats and can’t get enough of them.
Put a dressage saddle and a rider on him and he could go straight into the dressage ring. His gaits are huge with a ton of suspension.
Taking a look around
Unfortunately B-Rad sustained an injury that eventually led to the end of his career as a big time show jumper. His team tried for almost two years to rehab him but it became apparent that his injury was not going to be able to hold up to the rigors of an international show jumping career. Instead of selling him his owners decided to handpick his next home and give him to the right people. They bypassed the large sum they could have sold him for in spite of his injury because they were concerned that it would be too tempting for someone to try to push him farther than he could physically handle. He was placed in his new home under the agreement that he could be competed in the jr/ao jumpers but no higher. If you’ve ever watched the high junior/amateur jumpers at places like the Winter Equestrian Festival you know those are some big jumps, equivalent in size to a smaller Grand Prix. My selfish thought is where was **I** when they were looking for his next home??!! I mean, I’m thrilled to host him in retirement but I would have been equally thrilled to ride him!
Like every other horse here his favorite activity is grazing
Although everyone involved with B-Rad was no doubt heart broken at the loss of his international career I am 100% positive that B-Rad was not! He became a part of a horse loving family that doted on him and spoiled him and he wound up in a home that any horse would have been thrilled to have. I have no doubt that B-Rad loved having his own person who adored him and loved on him every day and spent absolutely no time at all fretting over the fact that he never lived up to all of his potential.
Yep, he’s definitely fretting over the fact that he isn’t living up to his potential as an international supserstar
We have two more additions heading our way in the next couple of months and then we are absolutely, completely full to capacity. In the last two months alone we have had eleven horses added to our waiting list. I wish we had room for them today since they all sound like very special horses as well and it would be fun to be typing out their stories. That is one of my favorite parts of having a retirement farm, each horse has their own unique and special story, be it that of a big time show horse or a beloved family pet.