Dawn still isn't quite right, although she seems a bit better - she probably heard me call the vet! The pattern has been that she comes out sore in the morning and gets better during the day. There's still some heat in the right front. I'm suspecting a slow abscess or else she tweaked a joint - coffin joint perhaps. We'll learn more from the x-rays on Friday, which will serve as a good baseline for the future. Then to add insult to injury, tonight when I was grooming her flanks were very ouchy - she actually threatened to bite - I suspect a bit of gas colic due to the fact that we have a weather front moving through tonight. She's eating and drinking normally, and I just checked on her again and all seems well - still ouchy but lots of gut sounds and one pile of poop. It seems like there's always something with horses.
I spoke by phone about several horses, and e-mailed a third. Horse #2, the paint mare, sounded like she might warrant a visit - I've asked for proper conformation shots to see her a bit better. The person I spoke to is the trainer who works with the seller. The seller has bought a fancier Western pleasure show horse and doesn't have time for the mare. The mare doesn't move in the way Western pleasure horses should move - she's got too much knee action. The trainer also said that she might be paddling in front - this would be a no-no for me if true because it puts a lot of lateral stress on the lower leg joints - Maisie is a paddler and is developing ringbone as a result. The mare has had only two owners, neither of whom has done a lot with her besides trail riding - he said that although she had the basics she doesn't have a lot of buttons yet. She sounds very calm and sensible - over the past weekend he took her on an overnight camping trip and she did very well - she may be a bit too calm for my taste but time will tell.
I spoke to the owner of horse #14, the blue roan draft cross mare. She's been sold, as has this handsome paint gelding. This seller, who is a dealer in horses, may have several new horses not even up on the sales sites yet that might fit my needs. We spent a fair amount of time on the phone talking about my requirements and how she works to find horses and work with them. She is a dealer and sells a fair number of horses, but she does a nice job of riding and presenting them. There are issues when dealing with a dealer - knowledge of the horse and its history may be somewhat limited - but there are also honest dealers out there. When buying from a dealer, the price may also be somewhat higher to compensate for their work. I'll be doing my reference checking, but she seems to often have horses that are of the type that would meet my needs.
I've also corresponded by e-mail with the seller of horse #13, asking for proper conformation shots and a better history of what she's done with the horse and what the horse is trained to do and not yet trained to do. There's something about the look of this mare that I like - I get the impression that she may have basic training and some trail experience but not that much more, but we'll see what the seller has to say.
If I get ready to make a trip to Michigan, horse #15 may come into the mix - we'll see (any comments on this one are appreciated).
Once again, we're having beautiful weather and I'm not riding. Perhaps that'll change - but probably only when the weather's not as good!