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    12-31-2010, 08:35 AM
  #1
Weanling
anyone fall in love with a horse boarded on their property, and want to keep it?

I know, that sounds AWFUL! I have a 2 year old filly that was brought recently. The owner never comes out, I do everything, which was the agreement. She will be here for 1-2 years before she is taken to Ocala for training. She is halter broke and I am just supposed to work with her whenever I can to keep her "people friendly."

Already I don't like what they feed her, I think she should have a blanket for when the temps dip below 50, etc. She is SOOO sweet and really trusts me and I am already sad at the thought of her leaving! I just adore her! I own two mini horses, that I got to be sweet pets but this filly is wayyyy sweeter!

So, I just want to hear from others that have felt the same way, to know I am not alone. I told my DH that after she leaves, I don't think we should board anymore.
     
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    12-31-2010, 09:19 AM
  #2
Showing
I've got a 12 year old mare (Lacey) that came to me for conditioning. She's 17h, and a TB/Friesian cross but ~300lb underweight (you can see her in "my horses"). The owner got her at a garage sale! She has the sweetest personality and is one of the nicest and most gentle horses I've had at my farm in years. (The pic shows my wife who is 5' standing next to her)

She is leaving me on Sunday for a month while I recoup from surgery and I'm going to miss her.
     
    12-31-2010, 09:55 AM
  #3
Weanling
Before I had a horse of my own I always had a favorite horse at my lesson barn that I would go to pet and love on after my lessons. I ended up leasing one of my 'barn buddies' which was awesome.
     
    12-31-2010, 10:11 AM
  #4
Green Broke
I think you are getting to judgemental and emotionally invested. Not sure what they feed her that you do not like but your comment that she needed to be blanketed below 50 does not seem reasonable. You need to step back and understand that she is not yours
     
    12-31-2010, 10:34 AM
  #5
Yearling
The blanket comment is a bit unreasonable. I go outside in a T-shirt when its 50. And horses are far less sensitive to the cold.
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    12-31-2010, 11:27 AM
  #6
Weanling
I can understand where you are coming from. Completely. Mine wasn't the exact same situation, as I fell in love with another horse at a barn where I was leasing my horse, you may have seen my posts about it.

He was offered to me as a project while I was leasing there and I took full advantage, worked on his ground manners, leads, cues. Then without notice or fanfare he was sold. Just gone.

Well, me being who I am, I called every place around that I could think of until I found him, and bought him at 3 times what he is financially worth and brought him back home.

So, if it was ME, I'd be dropping hints like a mad woman about 'Ya know, if he is too much for you, or if you decide to change your mind' . But that's me. I'm INSANE when it comes to my horses.

If that's really not in the cards for you, I'd just like to say what everyone told me when Butch got sold. At least she had you to love her for as long as she did. I know it's heart breaking, especially when you have reached so many heights and milestones.

I can't say anything about your opinions on blankets etc. because if there's one thing my BO has taught me it's when it comes to the animals YOU love, your opinion is the ONLY one that counts. I know she's not TECHNICALLY yours, but for all intents and purposes she IS.

Do you think there is a chance at all of you keeping her?
This happens alot around our farms, by the way. BO's falling in love with horses that were headed here or there and sometimes, they end up keeping them. Just wondering if that's even an OPTION for you. Curious.
     
    01-01-2011, 11:08 AM
  #7
Weanling
Thanks for the replies, even the mean ones! I probably should have explained a little further.

I understand she is not mine, really. The thing is, the man who owns her is not a horse "lover." He is a business man. At any one time, he owns about 10-15 horses. I am not putting him down for this, he is someone that is close to our family. But horses are just interchangeable to him, you know what I mean? This filly will leave here for training in 2 years (after I am wayyy attached, I am sure.) If she does not "perform" I don't know what will happen to her. As it is right now, she is *supposedly* worth 20k. Of course everyone these days thinks their horses are worth a lot until they try to sell them. Maybe in 5 years, I can *hope* she does not perform and I could get her back, because we are on very good terms with the owner. I just don't really care for the training methods the trainers use, they are very cowboyish/tough men. I do think that can be appropriate with some horses, but this filly, my goodness, I have never had a horse crave attention from me like this, and be so sweet.

It's not like, "oh, she has a loving owner who just does things a little differently than me." I just think about her future, and it makes me sad. They will probably do that surgical thing to her tail (she is a gaited horse) and just not treat her with the sweetenss I will treat her with!

Churum and greyray-I know the blanket is not a necessary thing, I shouldn't have mentioned it, I guess. My vet told me that I should body clip my minis. They grow thick coats in the winter, however, in south florida we still have many days in the 80s and even 90s...so they need to be clipped. However, when clipped, he says I should be committed to putting a blanket on them any night it gets below 50. As long as the sun is out in the day, he said it doesn't really matter what the temp is, the blankets can come off. Anyway, this horse is not clipped, but is the type of horse that grows no winter coat at all. I just felt guilty, putting the blanket on *my* horses and not on her. Who knows, maybe my minis are jealous of her...they probably hate the blankets! LOL.

Dusty-it is a very remote possibility. Thing is, I know nothing of training a young horse. All my horses growing up were dead broke. I just have to say, this horses temperment is like nothing I have ever seen. I am not a major horsewoman, but know enough to know this horse is special, personality wise. I am so glad it worked out for you and Butch! I love that you sought him out and finally got him! I will say, I do fear spoiling her and being too sweet to her..only to turn her back to the people that will be strict...not mean, I don't think they are truly mean or I would not be able to bear it!

Sophie-Yay! That is sweet!

Iridehorse-she will come back in a month, right? I hope so! Good luck on your surgery.

Again, thanks for the comments. I am going to go outside to hang with that sweet filly!

Happy new year!
     
    01-01-2011, 11:20 AM
  #8
Green Broke
Alot of horses have nice personalities. I am sure horses generally have different personalities then mini's so that may be why you think she is special but just may not be what you are used to. When you say cut there tail, is this a big lick walking horse or gaited saddlebred? Other wise not seen many gaited horses with cut tails.
P.S. I didn't think any posts were rude so I think you may be a tad sensetive.
     
    01-01-2011, 11:32 AM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by dirtymartini    
Thanks for the replies, even the mean ones! I probably should have explained a little further.


Dusty-it is a very remote possibility. Thing is, I know nothing of training a young horse. All my horses growing up were dead broke. I just have to say, this horses temperment is like nothing I have ever seen. I am not a major horsewoman, but know enough to know this horse is special, personality wise. I am so glad it worked out for you and Butch! I love that you sought him out and finally got him! I will say, I do fear spoiling her and being too sweet to her..only to turn her back to the people that will be strict...not mean, I don't think they are truly mean or I would not be able to bear it!

Sophie-Yay! That is sweet!

Iridehorse-she will come back in a month, right? I hope so! Good luck on your surgery.

Again, thanks for the comments. I am going to go outside to hang with that sweet filly!

Happy new year!
That was why I sought Butch out. He was sold for hunter/jumper but he can't jump, he's lame on his left side. I was so scared that he would end up going to people who would drive and drive him, be stern and strict and possibly too harsh with him and all I could think of were his eyes which are so full of love and expression. I thought, man, once they figure out he can't jump he's going to be outta there and maybe not to a nice pasture either.

But seriously, I really hope things work out because I can see that you've got the bug already and if she stays for another year, month or week, it's only going to get worse. I can't tell you not to get attached, I tried that, it didn't work for me, ha-ha. If you know nothing about training young horses, maybe she can be your 'schooling' horse? She's sweet, patient and loves you lots already. I mean, you have a little time to read up on things, right? Aren't I a nut case?

I'm getting ahead of the game, I know, but I'm nuts like that. Anyhow, I feel you, truly and hopefully you can keep tabs on her through her current owner. I understand completely what you are saying about her temperament and how special she is, it's heart warming and heart breaking at the same time.

Keep us posted, I'm terribly interested on how things are going to turn out. Good Luck!
     
    01-01-2011, 11:13 PM
  #10
Weanling
Dusty-ahhh, yes, you are a nut case like me! I appreciate your encouragement. I really need to step back and get my head together. I do have a better chance of ending up with this horse given the situation.

Chum...I said "mean"... not "rude." That's fine, though. I think your reading comprehension AND your grammar need some work. My grammar and spelling are FAR from perfect, but if I were going to get snarky on a message board, I would probably proof read or do spal chek . Yes, I am sensItive...I am a very sensitIve person which enables me to grow attached to a living creature. It also enables me to be kind to someone on a message board, even though I will never meet or see this person in real life. Hey...you are lucky you are not sensItive. I am actually envious of you and your insensItivity.. It would be great to go through life and never grow attached to anything. From what you are saying, you are not attached to any horse? Why do you own or ride them?

Yeah, um, I know horses have different personalities. Do you think I have never been around a horse before? Minis (no apostrophe) all have different personalities, too. You think minis are different (personality wise) thAn big horses?

The title of this thread is "anyone fall in love with a horse boarded on their property, and want to keep it?" Your answer is "no."

I know you are so educated about big lick horses...let me tell you about Paso Finos. Have you heard of a J tail? Google it.
     

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