So, in April I started exploring CANTER more seriously, and while I talked to a couple owners on the phone nothing really came together.
My friend Billie went to the city to look at a few horses and ended up bringing back the sick one (so familiar, nurturers unite!) who she renamed Abbodon, since he came out of the abyss. He was colicking and beginning to founder. Within a few weeks he started putting on weight and walking, so wish the big guy luck.
I was thinking about going to see a horse called Great Thor, terrific name! Since G and I were going to NC to see his folks it would be on the way to the airport. I had pencilled in a visit with Lisa and Thor at Turning for Home.
Toward the end of the month I then found Gate to Great, and through talking to them found they were bringing a load of OTTB horses from Ohio, and had a space in the trailer. The owner had died and his son was wanting to reduce overhead. So I had 3 horses to choose from, and I picked Empire Pass.
I spoke with the son and he didn't know much about any of the horses but described this gelding as "easy to handle, no trouble". Sounds good to me.
I found Empire Pass's birthdate and breeder and ran an Astro.com match on him. I've just started using this tool as a hint for compatability. He seemed like a nice fit, esp with Jupiter opposing Ascendant which should help us think alike and understand each other. This is one of the keys matches I had with my soul-horse, Lissa.