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post #31 of 41 Old 06-14-2010, 01:23 AM
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Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that he's in such bad shape. I would haul him for you if I were in your neck of the woods.
On the positive side, from your description he seems very sweet and willing when given the chance. So happy to hear that this poor dude is in your hands. Can't wait to see pics and keep up on the progress.

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post #32 of 41 Old 06-14-2010, 02:06 AM
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Cute!!!
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post #33 of 41 Old 06-14-2010, 03:56 AM
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Darn, I wish I were closer- I have a beautiful trailer.

Check and see if there is a horse rescue nearby that can trailer him for you.

I would say- if this gelding has honestly been ridden and driven, and he is acting this way- he has been mistreated in some way. I really haven't found where a horse went from well broke to near feral like that. Skittish, sure- but since he was better with you than with his owner, I would say something has happened that was very unpleasant. That, or he has an underlying health problem.

Its going to take work- but I have to say half the work will be on your horses- who are going to have to teach him to be in a herd.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #34 of 41 Old 06-14-2010, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Darn, I wish I were closer- I have a beautiful trailer.

Check and see if there is a horse rescue nearby that can trailer him for you.
I know, I really kick myself for having sold my trailer a few months back. I should have waited until I got a new one before selling the old one!

As it is, the person who is going to help me on Thursday is from the Shadarobah Horse Rescue, which is just down the road from me. I'm just hoping I can find something sooner.


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I would say- if this gelding has honestly been ridden and driven, and he is acting this way- he has been mistreated in some way. I really haven't found where a horse went from well broke to near feral like that. Skittish, sure- but since he was better with you than with his owner, I would say something has happened that was very unpleasant. That, or he has an underlying health problem.

Its going to take work- but I have to say half the work will be on your horses- who are going to have to teach him to be in a herd.
That's my thoughts too. I don't get the impression these people were the ones who might have abused him, because their other horse if friendly and walks right up to you, isn't shy at all. But they haven't helped him either. He is at least used to being around another horse, because they also have that an older arab mare. However being with a "herd" is different than being with one other horse. However I won't be turning him out on my pasture for some time at this point. I'll start of stalling him and hand walking him during his QT anyways, then turn-out during the day in my side yard, and then maybe in just my first, smallest pasture, with just one other horse that is less likely to bully him, maybe Finn or Misty. I don't want to just throw him out on my opened up big pastures when he is so scared and difficult to catch, even if I hadn't needed to keep him separate anyways.


Oh, forgot to mention, he is bigger than the impression they gave me over the phone. I'd guess him to be about 13.2 hh, he's a good bit taller than my Misty



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post #35 of 41 Old 06-14-2010, 11:32 AM
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awe I wish I could come bring my trailer and move him for you, that place sounds a lot like where I got Hunter from. I went there yesterday and there are so many skinny horses and another colt that is starting to look like Hunter did when I first took him. I wanted to take him home with me.Can't wait to hear and see pictures when you get this guy home and cleaned up.
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post #36 of 41 Old 06-14-2010, 05:12 PM
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Thursday will be here before you know it! It will give you time to get panels and gates together to form a chute to run him into the trailer if you can't lead him in. =)

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #37 of 41 Old 06-18-2010, 02:55 AM Thread Starter
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ARGH!!!!!


I hate, HATE, relying on other people. HATE it.

This is turning into an incredibly frustrating endeavor.

My friend and I spent 4 hours today sitting at a DQ in Fort Wayne waiting on a return call from the person I am supposed to borrow the trailer from. A call that never came.

I spoke to him YESTERDAY, and supposedly all was arranged for me to pick up the trailer at 4:30pm and head down to pick up the pony. All the arrangements were made. I got to Ft Wayne at 4:30 on the dot, and called the owner of the horse trailer - no answer - left message. Called a few more times while waiting around, he finally called me back at 5:50pm. He said he was in the middle of towing a car for someone, needed to drop the car off, and then go home and move a few vehicles that were blocking the trailer in, then I could come get it. Said he'd be about 15 minutes. So we wait, and wait. I continue to call him, no answer, no return call - we finally gave up at almost 9 pm, called the pony people to let them know I'd have to make other arrangements. Called a last resort (the person who put me in touch with the FIRST trailer owner who stood me up) and arranged to have ANOTHER friend of his just haul the pony FOR me - for a fee of course - tomorrow am.

Not having a trailer is the worlds biggest hassle. I didn't like my old trailer and selling it was the right choice but I'd give anything to have the **** thing back right now. I will be getting a new trailer ASAP.....that is now at the very top of my list. What a headache!


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post #38 of 41 Old 06-18-2010, 03:38 AM
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Wow, I sure don't miss the days when I didn't have a trailer.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman

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post #39 of 41 Old 06-18-2010, 12:11 PM
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LOL look on your local craigslist for a trailer you like and ask to test drive it. And oops you need to see how it handles with a horse in it.. and if you can turn around in your driveway...

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #40 of 41 Old 06-18-2010, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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HAHAHAHA I wish I had thought of that! That's great!

I ended up finding one to "rent" today for 25 bucks *lol* Just got home a short bit ago. The new guy - bless his little heart. I was sure it was going to be a battle to get him on the trailer. It wasn't though, he actually leaped right in all on his own. I had given him a little grain while getting his halter on, and he just followed the grain bucket right onto the trailer without hesitation. He trailered like a champ - he was so quiet back there I actually stopped twice to make sure he wasn't down or anything, he didn't move the whole time! The only hard part was getting him to unload - the trailer was a tiny little 2 horse straight load, and the divider was not one you can move side to side. He wanted to turn around in there and there certainly wasn't room, it took some encouragement to get him to back off. He spooked the first time I tried to lead him into the barn, but I just spoke to him and calmed him, then he walked right in.

I'll run out and take some pictures now!


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