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post #1 of 60 Old 05-22-2010, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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Look what followed me home...

Some of you may of seen this guy on a different forum, but I wanted to share him here too.

About 2 weeks ago I found an ad "3 year old haflinger gelding" and that was all it said. I went to check it out and found these:

Not exactly the 3 year old haflinger the ad said. Not even sure if haflinger or haflinger mix? The guy who had them had bought them as a favor from someone else who couldn't afford to feed them. He only had them for about 2 weeks and didn't want to keep them. Went home and thought about it....

A couple days later...

Meet Weasel! Oh wait...what a crappy name. We changed it to Rascal. Just couldn't get this little one off my mind.

Poor boy - he was not halter broke and could only be caught with the lure of sweet feed...but not for long. The first day we had him leading well and caught him fairly easily in the arena. However - he hadn't the slightest idea what hot wire was and even though I walked him around the front pasture and let him touch it so he knew it was hot - he still went through the other side! Then ran INTO another pasture and from that pasture ran into the back pasture and then out the back. 4 sets of hot wire - you would have though he would have learned. He didn't stop in the neighbors super long back field but instead cut across it, then through the woods, into another field and then over the hill where we had to really hunt to find him. Fun times. Finally did find him - with a good amount of blackberry bramble cuts on my legs and crawling with ticks.

So fast forward 2 weeks later. He is no respectful of hot wire. Easy as pie to catch - well at least for me. He still moves off from hubby, but we are working on it. And I think he is looking a bit better. Here is Rascal - pics taken yesterday.

However, I'm not seeing much if any haflinger. Maybe a mix, but I do think I"m seeing Rocky Mountain with the shape of his head, his longer back legs, and considering the common breeds in this area.

My vet was out today and gave him a once-over and his vaccines. Said he looked like a draft cross. Teeth do say he is between 1 & 2 years of age. My vet also thinks he may have been stunted, but still believes he has time to catch up and should end up being a decent size horse.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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post #2 of 60 Old 05-22-2010, 09:48 PM
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Aw, poor little guy. He certainly looks one hell of a lot better and I have not a clue on breed. Maybe a RMHxBelgian? Or one of a million other things LOL. Is he possibly going to gray out? I'm sure with some time and good feed, he will fill out to be quite the stunner.

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post #3 of 60 Old 05-22-2010, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Smrobs. I have been wondering about RMH cross - especially with the shape of his head & back legs. Not to mention how common they are around here.

No, I don't think he is going to gray. I see no indication of that around his eyes. I was able to tell my husband's draft cross was going to gray out within a few days of arriving when he was a foal, but I'm not seeing it with this guy.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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post #4 of 60 Old 05-22-2010, 10:04 PM
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so glad you got him out of that situation!

He's already looking tons better. Can't wait for more pics!

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post #5 of 60 Old 05-22-2010, 10:18 PM
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He looks great! To me, I would guess gaited crossed with halfie. He certainly doesn't have a halfie face! Total cutie-pie though! Good luck with him! If he is halfie, they can be a handful!
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post #6 of 60 Old 05-23-2010, 06:11 AM
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I can't add any input about those breeds 'cose I've never seen one, but he has a beautiful head! How tall is he?
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post #7 of 60 Old 05-23-2010, 08:55 AM
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He sure is a handsome fella.
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post #8 of 60 Old 05-23-2010, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!

The first day home he was about 12.3 hands the best I could measure him since he wasn't too sure about that measuring stick. I haven't measured him since, but I think he has already started growing.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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post #9 of 60 Old 05-23-2010, 05:01 PM
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I would guess gaited from those legs crossed with belgian or maybe halflinger, but he doesn't have the pony characteristics that I usually associate with halflingers.

Glad you got your hands on him though, I bet he is going to be a beauty!

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post #10 of 60 Old 05-23-2010, 06:39 PM
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Aww Cat, I am so glad you got the poor fellow out of the situation he was in - how miserable he looked!

Regardless of what he is, I think he is in a far better place now, and will be very thankful for what you've done for him many years to come.

I think he is adorable :) I don't know much about Halflingers or Gaited Horses, not much help - but kudo's to you for what you've done!

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