So I may quite possibly be crazy . I have been riding horses since I was six (I am 28 now). I sold my Thoroughbred jumper about a year ago because I had two shoulder surgeries and doc said no riding for a year. It absolutely crushed me, riding is and always has been my passion over everything. A little under a year ago, BF and I moved in together in a city where he had been living and too far from my old riding facility. So, now that I have been given the OK from the doc to ride again, I had been searching for a place to ride where we live. I found a great hunter/jumper facility about eight minutes from my house. While I was getting the tour, the owner asked me if I would be interested in "project." In the horse world, that is usually PITA horse that will be a nightmare. I should probably mention that I have had many "project" horses including three OTTB (off track thoroughbreds) that I retrained as hunters or jumpers. Quite a daunting difficult task, but VERY rewarding. Anyways I asked the owner what the "project" was and she said the stable had six broodmares and five yearling thoroghbreds that had been repossessed by the owner because the owner of all the TB's did not pay his board bill for them for 9 months! Contractually, most boarding stables will make you sign an agreement that even after 90 days of not paying your board, the facility owner can reposses the horses as theirs. So, that is what happened. I looked at all of the yearlings and if you know horses, that is their "teenage uglies" phase. I fell in LOVE with a bay colt with three white socks, star and snip. He has a GORGEOUS head and perfect legs on him. The rest of him is a disaster because he needs to gain serious weight, his coat is terrible, and he is NOT trained......at all. The owner of the facility wants all the horses off of her overhead feed bill, so she is basically GIVING the babies away. The bay colt is a grandson of the famous triple crown winning Seattle Slew. Everyone probably wants to know why in the hell anyone would give away a Slew baby, but it is too late for him to be a racehorse, he was born in June of 2006 so he is already about a year and a half old. He is such a doll though, he is not trained supposedly because he has been at this facility since his birth, but he was totally mellow when I put a halter on him and led him around. He let me brush him, pick up his feet, etc. He seems to know I want to bring him "back" from the almost dead (he really looks terrible). I can see all of his potential though, from his personality and disposition and I know he will be breathtakingly gorgeous when he gets fit and healthy with TLC. Plus, his parents are beautiful and his pedigree goes back five generations. He vet checked out just fine, so all he needs his love! I can't wait to see him come along. My goal is to eventually turn him into a hunter and keep him indefinitely. So although the colt is free because I said I would take him on and he will legally be mine, board and training is SO expensive.......no more new bags for me!! Just wanted to share because I am so excited about it, I will post pics when I go to visit him tomorrow. I decided to name him Amadeus....like it???