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post #1 of 73 Old 06-21-2009, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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What breed did you choose and why?

I'd just like to know what made you choose the breed that you did? The beauty? The speed? The grace? The what? Or did you just choose your horse because you fell in love with him/her rather than the breed? Tell me!
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post #2 of 73 Old 06-21-2009, 09:11 AM
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Quarter Horse for the "jack of all trades" and general all-around handiness

Trail riding, packing, small town rodeos, etc.
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post #3 of 73 Old 06-21-2009, 09:24 AM
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Yeah, it wasn't love at first sight for me. I had been riding T for a few years at the barn, and was actually working her to be sold. I realized after showing her for the potential buyers that she was the horse I always wanted. Lucky for me so did the owners at the time. They hung on to her for a year and a half (husband out of work and going to school) until I could pay for her.

Love her "do whatever you ask" attitude. She definitely has her own opinions and does let me know what they are, but will do as I ask. She's level headed and has always used herself well out on the trails. She's my girl and yeah, I love this horse.

Forgot to add, she's an appy.

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post #4 of 73 Old 06-21-2009, 09:41 AM
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I own a TB. I have ridden TB's most of my riding life, and I love them! I love their agillity, their intelligence, their compassion, their heart, soul, energy, abillity.

BUT on that note, I will ride/own any mount regardless of breed - if they are compatable with me, physically can and wants to do the sport I have so much passion for. It doesn't matter if it is a Mule - so long as we get along great, we enjoy each other and can do what we want to do.

On that note, my boy, he was my perfect match We encountered one another because we were destined to be. At the time I was riding my Husbands horse *he was working so much he didn't have time to ride, so I took over* and I was riding boarders horses for them - so that was when and why my Boo's previous owner approached me asking me to keep him in shape while she put him up for sale.

I couldn't afford to buy him, but I sure did love him. Boy what an amazingly talented heart, with so much soul and so much passion for Eventing, it was enjoyable to get on him daily!

His owner at the time, would watch us from time to time, and would see how compatable we were for one another. Boarders and people on the outside would see how well we worked together, and would tell his previous owner what they thought about the match. He was a different horse with me, and people who knew him well noticed.

People would come to see him and try him out - of course, I would be pins and needles because I didn't want him to sell - and they would make offers on him. Some reason she always turned them down. So - one day, while I was tacking him up for a CC lesson, she approached me and said I could have him.

SERIOUSLY??? She handed me the reins and said that no one is as good for him as I am. She said that we were destined to be together - and that was that. She told me that she knew I want to get back to Preliminary Level, and that he was most definately the mount for me.

He's a TB. Big, bold, amazing. I LOVE HIM!!!

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post #5 of 73 Old 06-21-2009, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Aww! I love those meant to be stories! I had one of those as well.

Spirit was a 5 year old TN Walker working at a vacation dude ranch when I first met him. Ranch life was NOT for him. He couldn't stand having a different rider on him every week. He was being bullied out of his food, loosing weight, had collic 3 times, had broken his leg, and when the wranglers found him in his stall one day, had gotten stuck and was hanging by his neck with his feet off the ground.

I was looking for a horse at the time and I had always ridden a QH Maverick when I went to CCR. I was trying out different horses since they had rented out Maverick the winter before and he came back insane. I didn't like all the other horses that they put me on (they all spooked and bolted) and I already had eyes for a 14 year old paint back near home.

One day during our 1 week stay, the horse that my mom (afraid of horses) was on bolted and she fell off and almost crashed into a truck. They put her on Spirit b/c he was calm and smooth and bombproof. He never spooked at anything (even the wild turkeys roaming around). And my mom told me to try him out.

He was perfect! I needed him SO bad and he needed me, so we bought him and (are living) happily ever after!
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I believe our horses and animals pick us.

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post #7 of 73 Old 06-21-2009, 11:06 AM
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My first horse was a TB. She kind of just fell into my hands.. She was a school horse at Mount Holyoke College, being ridden by dozens of different people every week. She was always kicked out of the college shows by UMASS because she was craaaazy, so she just wasn't working. I ended up leasing her one summer and the director from Mount Holyoke told me that they were going to get rid of her since they saw that she was much better with one rider, and I bought her. I've had countless of dressage judges tell me that we have a wonderful connection that is so obvious, and I love her. I'm in the process of selling her now, but I'll never love a horse like her <3 She was perfect. To me.
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You two were meant to be :) She found you, for a reason :)

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Eh, it was a variety of things...I think bloodlines had something to do with it, but it definitely wasn't the whole picture.

Honestly, I always thought I my first big purchase was going to be a warmblood: two of the nicest horses I ever rode were hanos, they were both very smart, big and athletic. No doubt I will still own a horse like that at some point in the future, I wouldn't turn up my nose at an old-style tb or nice draft-cross either. I like big, athletic, solid movers. I ended up with my friesian colt for two main reasons:

1) Close personal relationship with the breeder: I had been good friends with my breeder and her family for 4 years before I bought an in-vitro foal from them. I grew to have utmost respect for Jeannine's knowledge of the FPS bloodlines, her father's thorough and gentle training of the foals, and the quality of their mares. I knew that any weanling I bought from them would be a well-thought-out cross with a very solid training foundation.

2) Temperment of the horses: When I first met the Everharts, they had 5 mares. I was struck by the attitude of those horses: they acted more like dogs than equines. They were definitely different from any I had worked with before. It was a lot of little things...like the fact that they would follow your car up the driveway to the gate of the pasture. Or if they saw you hanging on the fence, they would come over to say hello. Or the way they would try to anticipate what you wanted. They were just very people-oriented horses, and it was a very endearing quality to me.
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post #10 of 73 Old 06-21-2009, 01:29 PM
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When I was little my dream horse was a gray Arabian mare, eventually I grew out of that dream but my girl Lacey is definitely a gray Arabian mare!

I guess you could say we were also kinda meant to be because Lacey had been owned by the same family her entire life. Her main owner was getting a divorce so she needed to find the perfect home for Lacey and since Lacey is older and not beginner friendly she was planning to have her be put down. My trainer told me about her and told me that I HAD to come meet this horse. We were able to take Lacey on trial and the owner came and watched me ride a few times. She decided that we were perfect together and gave Lacey to my trainer for free (I will officially own her a year from when I started working with her, basically July.)

We're not perfect for each other yet but we are a great team and eventually I think we'll be inseparable.

I didn't choose her for her breed or really anything about her, I really just chose her because she's meant to be mine. =)

Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding

Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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