We spent a couple hours playing with both horses. Afterwards I asked the owner how much she wanted for them. She paid me a wonderful compliment when she gave me a great deal saying, "I really liked how you handled the horses and I think you'll do a good job with them. I want you to have them." I think it helped that she is also friends with Raven's previous owner, who is pretty particular about who she sells her horses to. She figured if Raven's owner felt comfortable with me, then she could too.
Friday afternoon, Kid 4 and I made the drive down to Blackfoot to bring home our new critters. As you can see from the video, Jasper wasn't real impressed with the new arrivals. In spite of that, they seemed to settle in quickly, especially Hope, who dropped and rolled several times--horses don't usually do that if they are feeling anxious.
Both horses need a tune up after sitting so long at pasture. Hope tends to be pretty quiet and a bit on the lazier side, so I'm hoping she will become another solid beginner horse. Honey Jo is more energetic, so I'll have to see how she fits into the program.
Hope is a registered Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse. Honey Jo is dual registered Mountain Pleasure Horse and Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse.
No sign of any mother-daughter bonding between Honey Jo and Raven, but I really didn't expect any either. I'll try to get a picture of the two of them together later.
Kid 1 is pushing for a name change for Hope. She likes the name Butterscotch. We'll see.