Rogér with Ronin a couple weeks after we got him
He was supposedly 8 years old. There were no papers. The rules I know about horse trading are: 1) The horse is never as young as the seller says it is, 2) Don't buy a horse before you try riding it, 3) Make sure the seller gets on the horse before you do, 4) Have the horse checked out by a vet before you purchase, and finally 5) there's no such thing as a free horse. Of course, I disregarded pretty much all of these! I made the call the next day that I would take him. Turns out, he was only about 41/2 years old (What?!), which I found out thanks to the helpful people who keep their horses at Indian Hills Ranch in Milpitas.
It took Ronin a long time to put on weight. We did a lot of slow exercise to build up his muscles. For the first few months I didn't even put a saddle on him because I didn't want him to have to carry the extra lbs. Here we are almost a year later and I can't even believe the difference! He looks great and he's doing great! We've also been taking lessons which is really helping me to become a better rider and helping Ronin learn what's expected of him. He's turning out to be an amazingly good horse and he seems to be pretty happy in his new environment :) A very gratifying success!
Rogér with Ronin about a month ago