I looked at her a few times and kept talking myself out of it. After a few months when I searched and she came up again I saw it as a sign and went to see her. It was tough to be impressed since she was nearly feral and very resistant to being handled at all. The told me that she was 4-5 but I thought she was closer to 3. However, at the most recent visit the vet identified her as having a 2007 birthdate so that would be accurate. They also told me that her mom was a Haflinger and I have no reason to doubt it but I also don't necessarily see the resemblance.
I ended up trading a bunch of tack for her so she was basically "free". After taking two days to her loaded in a trailer I got her home and discovered that she'd nearly taken apart the inside of the trailer. She quickly made friends with Myshla but not with me and it took me nearly 2 years to be able to handle her well and nearly 4 until she was actually well mannered.
|Early days with Myshla and Katai|
|First time sitting on my little girl|
|My second time trailering and our first adventure at a new barn|
|Katai adjusting to our first boarding situation|
|Second boarding situation together|
|Look at her little green self|
Eventually I realized that Katai was getting worse and worse and not better so I quickly picked up and moved her to a temporary barn that unfortunately didn't have a dressage instructor available. It was at this point that I found L (although more roundabout than that) and have been with her ever since. Katai has improved so much with L's amazing instruction as have I!
|A little less green|
|Some days were better than others|
|Our first dressage clinic|
|Trainer rides FTW|