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post #11 of 16 Old 11-25-2012, 11:37 PM
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This mare is quite nice, though she has longer than ideal canons, and I am not a big fan of her hind limbs. She is very straight through the hip, stifle and hock - it would be interesting to see how she moves.

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post #12 of 16 Old 11-25-2012, 11:51 PM
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Mango was my best friend. He passed so suddenly...not only on Thanksgiving break, but right before I was going to get competitive with him. He was my best friend, and I have never had a horse give me such confidence. Here was a girl who was terrified to even be around a loping horse, now jumping and galloping bareback. He was a great horse..

And I only got Rebel 3 days later. Was that planned? No, certainly not, I was hugely crushed over Mango and sank into a depression for 6 months. But, Rebel wound up being great for me. I was hurt, and he came from a hurtful place, we healed together..so, to be honest, I think it would be good to look at another horse. You won't be filling the hole, but destracting yourself from the pain instead. Indie will always mean something to you; think of it as stalls in your heart. Hers seems empty but will always be full, your just building another right next to hers for some company.

I rather like this horse, but she looks like she was just designed to run in a straight line, and I'm not confident in her holding up over jumps.
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post #13 of 16 Old 11-26-2012, 07:24 AM
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First of all, we ALL lose animals. The first one is the worst (usually). Dogs, cats and horses all have a shorter life span than we do and while the nature of your loss of Indie was not typical, it is part of what happens sometimes when you own animals regardless of how well you care for them.

It is healthy to move on.. but if you get another animal too quickly you will be spending more time comparing the first one to the second one and you likely will not be happy with the replacement. I see this all the time with dogs.. and the person is always saying, "Fido never did that" or "Fido learned XYZ so much faster" and so on.

Give yourself time. Learn about conformation. I also suggest you get a comprehensive Veterinary book for Horse Owners. The latest edition of the "Horse Owner's Veterinary Handbook" is a decent one and fairly comprehensive.

I would also suggest riding different horses (as in continue with lessons) if you can afford to. The more experience you get the more you will know what you want in a horse you buy.

I love horses but I have to say.. the only individual horse I loved was the first horse. I owned him for 20 years and was with him the day he was put down.

After that horse it was more a business venture and a concentration on training horses. More than a few came to me in poor condition both mentally and physically. Those I turned around and sent on from me to better than where they came from.. often much much better.

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post #14 of 16 Old 11-26-2012, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone,

I'm definitely going to be waiting awhile before getting another horse... I'd like to hopefully have a bit of money saved up and it'll probably be in the late spring at the very earliest if Indie leads me to the right horse.

I know I want to keep up riding and eventually get another horse, that's for certain... but that really is my biggest fear, whether I'll love the horse as much as Indie. I know that to some degree, I'll always compare horses to her. She really was one of a kind. Everybody who met her said that she was so well-behaved and such a sweetheart, and she was like that until the end. Even the vet had plenty of good things to say about how she was handling everything when I first got there.

I was looking forward to so many things with her. She was finally getting both her canter leads consistently and she was finally getting her hind end more engaged. I feel like we accomplished a lot together in such short time. I was looking forward to next year and maybe taking her to a local show for fun, or taking her to a local clinic. She was a special horse and there's no way around it, but I'm hoping one day that I'll be able to accept a new horse and be able to provide the same amount of love I provided for Indie.

I feel like horse ownership gave me something to strive for, a sense of dedication and of course, an unbreakable bond. I always wanted the best for her and I always tried to better myself to do that. I think in my eight years of riding, I have never had the privilege of working with a better horse. I can count the number of times I was frustrated with her on one hand, and those were just the first two rides while we adjusted to each other.

I'm really glad I can count on everyone here for support, because I don't feel like anyone around me really understands exactly. And I just wish that Indie would've shown signs so that we could've caught it before it ended her life, she didn't deserve it.

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post #15 of 16 Old 11-26-2012, 03:35 PM
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I lost me dream horse to a freak accident. Having other horses to love helped pull me out of it.

You should never compare horses, just like you would never compare close friends. Your relationship will be different - you will never have the same relationship as you did with Indie, but you will have ones that are just as meaningful in other ways.

If you know for sure you need to wait for spring, then dont shop now, its better to wait then to fall for a horse that is gone by spring.

And if you happen to be out this way, we have two OTTB's that will be looking for the right home
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post #16 of 16 Old 12-01-2012, 05:09 PM
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I am a few days late to this thread, but I just wanted to remind you about Second Start Thoroughbreds. Alexis is very honest about the horses she is rehoming. I have yet to hear about a negative experience with her. I know people who have gotten some great eventers, jumpers, hunters, dressage and even barrel racers through Second Start. The best is, Alexis will tell you flat out if the horse is suited for what you want to do. That to me is huge.

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