I am doing a very late posting today. I have been very busy with a lot of different things this morning and yesterday we did not get home until very late in the evening. Yesterday, Wednesday, we made the long trip (2 and a half hours, 210 km) to about 20 km north of Hanover to have a look at a team of mares that we have been thinking of buying. We had been trying to arrange this trip for over a month now.
There is always a lot of time standing around talking, then a lot of time standing around talking and looking at the horses. This team, apparently, has not been harnessed and worked for perhaps two years, maybe longer, and had been in the stable for a few weeks. The one mare and a stallion in a paddock outside, would call back and forth, so all these factors plus us being strangers in the barn had the horses no longer quiet and composed though I don’t think that we would say they were excited. Good sign. They were taken from their stalls and moved down the Barn alley closer to the door but still inside and tied up to be harnessed. It took a bit of time to find all the harness bits and untangle the lot and a good bit of time to get it on and adjusted. They were hooked to the forecart and
Aerron and the mares owner, Dan Harris drove the horse around quite a bit. Aerron was happy with the way they drove, they were quiet, easy on the lines, backed well, and did all that they were asked. The one mare is likely bred but the second is still open it seems. The colt born last August, to the mare that is now apparently rebred, and was originally part of the package and included in the
price, was unexpectedly withdrawn and available only at additional cost. So we will not get the colt. We don’t have the time to train it properly anyway.
The drawbacks to the team are that they are not a young team now, being 11 or 12 years old so not quite middle aged yet either. They are probably going to
need some retraining and we will have to work them up slowly and carefully, since they are not accustomed to being in harness and working.
So we will likely be getting them though I won’t call them ours until they are off the truck and in our pasture. We have to arrange trucking and once we get them here we can measure them for new
collars and at some point get a set of harness, likely used, from the harness maker. Initially we will make do with the harness that we have here for our present team.
We really hope to get them here soon as we have a lot of work to do. We will have to go slowly with them and have them in harness for very short periods of time
until they are conditioned to hard work. So for now we will have to use our old team doing light work with them for short times.