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        08-13-2013, 07:29 PM
    Originally Posted by SnowCowgirl    
    I might still suggest it...

    Anyway I think I'm going to go meet the horse anyway and see if he is even what I want.
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    Can't hurt. I would proceed with caution but you'll never read the full story online so if your I retested it might be worth a try.

    It's possible this ladies husband was the horse person and she just hasn't a clue what to do now.
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        08-13-2013, 07:34 PM
    That's very possible.

    If I DO like him, the papers really aren't that important to me. If it were possible, for $500 ish I would certainly register him, but it's not a deal breaker for me.

    I'm going to try to go look at him tomorrow I think
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        08-14-2013, 06:50 PM
    Honestly I'd be more interested in the two year old than the studly.
        08-15-2013, 12:27 AM
    Thanks SorrelHorse :) I haven't looked at her yet. I actually kept looking because I wanted something I could start NOW (I don't start em til at least 3). But, 6 is older than I'd been looking for.

    I did post a confo thread about him in the Confo section if you guys wanted to look. He is a lot skinnier than in the pics I'd seen of him. Sweet boy though.
        08-18-2013, 03:26 AM
    Well, he's coming home next Friday, goofy hocks and all. I'm a sucker :p

    (SorrelHorse, the filly had sold by the time I was ready to go look at her)

    I got him for half of what they were asking which is prettyyyyyyy cheap. The seller is getting her paperwork in order this week and we are working together to get him regd, hopefully that all works out.

    He's getting the snip before he comes home and will have a bit of time to relax and settle in before I start breaking him (with a 2 week trip to the mountains as a pack horse to start!) bout time for a 6 year old!

    We'll see if he'll be a barrel horse someday. Who knows.
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        08-18-2013, 09:42 AM
    Good luck with this! I am interested to see how this plays out!

    As for seeing if he is a barrel horse - give him time! You may not know right away. I leased a mare who was trained hunter/jumper but had done some western riding and my trainer suggested that I lease her and improve my own overall skills. I ended up leasing her for six years and she became my best friend in my teenage years - and a state champion gymkhana horse. It took her two years just for her to realize she was allowed to all out gallop under saddle, and then from there she just wanted to go! Once she put her handling and speed together around year three and four, she was excited to do her job.

    Again - good luck!
        08-18-2013, 12:52 PM
    Aww that's a great story BarrelRacer!

    I'm interested to see how it plays out too lol (the registration thing). Hopefully it all works out. To be honest the lady has been good to deal with so far.

    If he doesn't make a barrel horse he could be my bf's saddle horse if he has a good mind or maybe ill sell him once he is broke. I like projects so it should be fun either way :)
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        10-02-2013, 12:52 PM
    Just an update:

    I've had the new guy home for a while now. I just got back from a two week trip to the mountains and decided to give AQHA a call to see how the transfers were going (the sellers needed to transfer papers from both sire and dam into their names before I can apply for registration). The day that the sale was made the seller told me that if I call AQHA in about two weeks everything should be underway as she had "asked for a rush" to be put on everything.

    AQHA says that they are waiting on some paperwork for the sire.... the transfer was begun a long time ago. Most recent contact with sellers was attempted by AQHA in August (before I began dealing on this horse). They have a copy of some papers which they need ORIGINALS for. Anyway, the letter they sent was returned undelivered. I know this is because the sellers have been moving around lately.

    As for the dam - they say no transfer has even been requested.

    Surprise surprise.....

    I emailed the sellers yesterday and have not heard back yet. I suspect I'll have a difficult time getting ahold of them now.

    On the bright side I've started Chilkoot undersaddle and he has absolutely taken everything in stride. He is VERY calm about everything and a major sweetheart too. He'll leave the herd of 25 other horses and come running and neighing when he sees you. If you're out of sight, he'll come when you whistle. He actually walked right up the stairs onto our deck the other day, yikes! Sort of hilarious but geez. He does have some respect issues, he laid back his ears at me the other day when I walked up to him while he was eating his grain and we do work on him giving me enough space. I forgot to mention but back when I first got him (right after he'd been gelded) he did rear up at me so RESPECT has been a big word with him. He isn't allowed to step a foot out of line and though I don't totally trust him yet he's doing quite well. He was obviously allowed to get away with anything for most of his life.

    I'm pretty pissed about the registration thing but I guess I knew it was a risk. The way he's shaping up it's looking like he might make my newbie boyfriend a good horse after a few months undersaddle, and otherwise I've actually already had interest in him from other people if he doesn't make me a good barrel horse. I'm still hoping I can get him reg'd because it's just such a darn shame with his lines but we'll see....

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