My mentor Eileen told me about one of her neighbors horses who needed a home. Her daughter, and the neighbors daughter, grew up riding together, and this horse had a history of endurance riding. The only bad part was that he was 19, and (I felt) too small for me. He was older than I wanted, but I figured maybe I could get a few years of LD's out of him, give him a good home, and get back into riding. I ended up taking him out on a few rides with Eileen, and he was a very good boy. Smooth to ride, controllable, forward, and fun.
I agree to take him, and I boarded him at Eileen's house. We had lots of fun going on many rides together. We trained for about 6 months, gradually building him back up, and I got back into riding too!