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    01-19-2011, 06:32 PM
Green Broke
Belgain Gelding

I'm considering adopting this guy from Frog Pond Draft Rescue and wanted some input on him. This will be our last horse. We will be full. We are putting on three more stalls (a large run in that can be converted to stalls if needed)to make six stalls all together. We will have Annalie, Willow, Davinci (if all works out well), Mystery, a draft and possibly Mystery's foal (if she is pregnant). We have made a rental agreement with a neighbor to let our horses graze two acres of his land during the summer months. We've been wanting to ad a draft to our herd since we moved here. So this guy may be the one.....

Here is his story:

His mother was a rehab of the evil big horse club. She is a HaflingerXBelgain cross and came with JJ by her side when she was taken in by Frog Pond. His mother was successfully rehabbed, with a lot of work and JJ was adopted out. JJ got sick so his new owners moved him to their garage to help nurse him back to health. The teenage daughter would go out and let JJ sleep in her lap. Well needless to say, JJ got bigger but thinks he's a 10 pound chihuahua. He was returned to Frog Pond because of his pushy attitude. When he gets scared he tries to jump into your lap.

JJ is about 16.2hh and is three years old. We would like to use him as a trail horse. If we cannot handle his training we are willing to send him to someone reputable. When he first came to Frog Pond he was mouth and had space issues but the director says he is doing much better.

With Ripple (adopted)

(this is him with Caper-adopted-)
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    01-19-2011, 06:40 PM
Well, I don't see the Haflinger in him at all, but I definitely see the Belgian part. He doesn't look to be an "ugly" horse by no means, but he does sound like he would need some work. And, IMHO, if you aren't really draft savvy, their training can be difficult, so I would automatically recommend finding a reputable draft horse trainer in your area to help him out with his issues.
    01-19-2011, 06:46 PM
Green Broke
We are willing to find a trainer. I have worked with a few drafts and some other 16-17 hand horses before. I know that if I can't handle it I'll be sending him to a trainer. I forgot to ad that JJ is a 3/4 Belgain 1/4 Haflinger.

My issue with adopting him was that I didn't want to be ran over by a big frightened draft horse. But I have been keeping an ear out for his progress on the rescue's facebook page and he is getting better. So I'm hoping that it was just a getting settled issue that he can learn.
    01-19-2011, 06:49 PM
Well, it sounds like you are well prepared for the situation if it ever comes up. I'm actually glad to hear that there are responsible horse owners out there that think things through before they just adopt out any ole' horse because of the sad story that the rescue has told them. I think that's how a lot of people get in over their head, but it doesn't sound like it's the case with you all. Good luck with him if you get him. He's a beautiful boy.
    01-19-2011, 06:59 PM
Green Broke
Frog Pond wouldn't do that. They aren't out to place the horses in homes that don't work out. JJ has NO adoption fee (not that that would matter). He just fits our criteria. We are looking for a younger draft that hasn't been put through the ringer. We wanted something that was tall enough to carry a 200 pound rider but not too tall to where we have to buy a 10 foot tall trailer, lol.

We also wanted something that stands well for the farrier. Oddly enough this guy does.... The only thing he doesn't have is the fact that he isn't broke to ride but that doesn't mean he can't be. We were going to pick a horse up from a Draft Auction in March but we would much rather adopt as it saves more than one life.
    01-19-2011, 07:15 PM
Green Broke

I really like the big guy! He looks like he would be fun to have. Also sounds like you are prepared to do what it takes for his training. Honestly....him being a bit overboard of a pocket pony I think that it will take a lot of work to get him past tht and let him know he is bigger than a chihuahua...There are a lot worse issues horses have and I see this as a small percent of an issue compared to a lot of horses.
    01-19-2011, 07:19 PM
Green Broke
Well I'm glad you like him Gidget because I just got an e-mail from Lisa, the lady from Frog Pond, asking me if she can bring him next weekend! Lol She'll do a property check and I have to sign a contract but boy that was fast. I just e-mailed about him this morning.
    01-19-2011, 07:24 PM
Green Broke
Wow that was fast!
You lucky day I was a belgian :) You'll have to let me know how much they eat a day :P I would figure it'd be more than a reg. Size horse.

So are you getting him for sure?
    01-19-2011, 07:28 PM
Green Broke
I don't see it as concrete yet. I told her that there are some issues we need to address with our property. She said she's willing to come out with him and look at everything. We have a few low spots in our fence that aren't a problem for our horses but might be with him. We have a big pile of wood that is sitting in our pasture that was once laying all over the pasture that we need to either burn or get out of there. We've got to finish the indoor run-in and a few other things in the barn. I'd like to replace the t-post caps that my mare has pulled off the t=posts as well.

I'll try to get this all done before she brings him out. I'm already pre-approved through the rescue so I'll have to go get the application printed out for her and sign it.
    01-19-2011, 07:37 PM
Green Broke
Well awesome.
You know at a place I had my horse at one time had golf balls EVERYWHERE because of the dang neighbors >.< we picked like 40 up. We also found wire and GLASS...this worried me so much.I would pick up so much glass and golfballs...most of it's gone now but I didn't want to risk my horse getting hurt since she is popular with the vet already :P
My horse pulled a top off a t-post too!..she did it so she could get my worked....she knows how to work it.

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