A series of events occurred that revealed Wayfarer was due for retirement. He had given us a season of wonderful rides--Antelope Island, North Fork, Snow Basin, Uintas, Bunchgrass, Blind Hollow as well as countless Canal road rides. We had been looking casually throughout the summer, visiting horse farms in Montana and Wyoming. I wasn't looking particularly for a gaited horse, but did enjoy their comfortable rides. I wanted comfort and disposition first in a trail horse. Didn't really care if it was registered, or what color or breed. We looked seriously at Rocky Mountain horses and found one here in Utah, but after trying him out, he just didn't have the training or the gait we wanted. The horse in Wyoming only paced, which was more uncomfortable than a trot. The magnificent horses in Montana were were not trained to canter, in spite of their high price tags. Around the middle of December, I got a mysterious, sudden, pain in my shoulder. It finally subsided and disappeared after various energy and emotional work. (Later, After seeing the ad for Spirit, it occurred to me that my mysterious pain was in the same shoulder that Wayfarer had serious arthritic pain in. I took it as a sign that he was done. He has given us 13 or so years of services and so, at the age of 22 1/2 he deserves retirement.)
I had been watching a horse farm in Hurricane, Utah for a couple of years, just out of curiosity after seeing articles on them in "Trail Rider" magazine. At the end of May when we were in So. Utah, I seriously was going to visit them about a Missouri Fox trotter they had for sale named "Morgan" who was expecting a foal by a "curly" stallion named Vegas. That never worked out. That horse was sold and eventually gave birth to a bay straight haired foal.
Setting: A visit to St. George was planned to help Bethany move. Just for "fun" I looked to see if Zion's gait curlies has any horses for placement at this time. I saw this web page, viewed the videos....
and the rest, they say is history. I immediately e-mailed Wildbound and said "I think I'm in Love"....take a look.