It all became clear today. As I scrolled through the horse ads a flashy Arabian caught my eye. My fingers stilled. I clicked. Opened it up. And thought.
I gasped. I was a hoarder!! I can't help myself I keep wanting to ADD to my herd. I keep wanting to ADD saddles to my collection. I have a problem!
Back to the Arab. Wouldn't it be cool to have a really nice Arabian cross to rein on? To compete in Working Cow Horse? A person could show in the open shows as well as make a run at the breed shows? Remember I grew up riding Arabian. I have a deep and abiding love of the breed.
The next ad that stills the fingers is a lovely OTTB (off track thoroughbred). I imagine this horse recycled. Recycled into a hunter/jumper training program. I love the idea of creating a second life for a horse. It bothers me greatly how many of these lovely horses become disposable once their race career or failure to launch race career come to a close. I am loving the jumping. It's fun. It's challenging. It's making me a better rider.
And then I see it. The stunning quarter horse colt. Stallion prospect. Fancy reining breeding. Oooh - how neat would it be to raise, train and show a top end reiner.
Uh oh! Did you see that great deal on the cutter??
Do you see my problem?
I love horses. I love the possibilities in a horse. I love breeding something and seeing the potential. I love the research into pedigree. I love handling and working with a young project.
It's the same reason I want a new cutting saddle. A reining saddle. A rope saddle. I just can't help myself.
The first step is admitting it. I'm a hoarder. God help us all if I ever end up with a big chunk or land. Or money. ;)