Linn County Animal Rescue has so many horses right now that they are waiving adoption fees for this month. We were already approved to adopt with them but hadn't selected one yet.
I went out Friday to take a look and met 7 year old Abby who is a halter broke POA with a very gentle disposition. She loves attention and being groomed.
I also met Sadie who is a 10 year old POA and Emperor who is an 8 ear old Abab gelding. Since there are no adoption fees at the moment, I figured what we had saved up for that, could go to pay for the upkeep on a second pony. But we were ONLY going to get a pony if our trainer approved of them. He rejected the gelding as being more horse than I am ready to work with, and although Sadie has a bit of a pony attitude he thinks I shouldn't have too much trouble convincing her that won't work. And while Abby is just halter broke, she is very smart, and he thinks it "wouldn't take much for her to be ridable."
We still need to fix the fence that April walked over, so it will be a few days before we can move these two girls in. They are already friends that hang out in the big pasture at the rescue together so no worries about them getting along.
Sadie was previously exposed to goats, and got along with them fine so we are hopefully that there will not be any conflicts between that ponies and goats.
While neither of these girls is very tall, they are stout enough for me to be able to do some light riding and training with them. They are also both "easy keepers" and don't require anything extra in the way of feed.