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        09-02-2010, 02:45 PM
    Green Broke

    There's no point in me asking for this mare's conformation critique because she passed away roughly 4 or 5 years ago. And please do not comment on the condition of her coat, she had Cushing's Disease. By this time she was not being shown and was in retirement.

    So what I want to know is what color is she exactly? At first I thought she was chestnut (I was 12), but as my knowledge grew, I realized she wasn't. Now I'm thinking she was brown or a variation of sorrel. This is just a matter of curiosity.

    Meg, I miss you.

    Oh yeah, and a question for the people who had heart horses. How did you know when you found your heart horse? (And do not say that it was just something you knew. I hate that answer because it doesn't explain anything).
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        09-02-2010, 03:00 PM
    I am very sorry for your loss. You must think of her often by making this post.

    But, I would call her a liver chestnut by the way she looks in the picture.

    I knew I had found my heart horse when I found Rookie. The way he acted with me when I first looked at and rode him really stole my heart. Then, I found out that my beloved cat (of 11 years) died the day after I brought him home on trial. He met me in the field and wouldn't let me pass. When I stopped and actually stopped and spoke to him (in tears of course), he walked up and put his head on my shoulder. A bunch of us also got together and went down to Grayson Highlands Park (VA) in June. The way he took care of me was unbelievable. Especially when we got lost and after dark. He may be a little hot at times, but I truly believe that he wouldn't intentionally do anything to hurt me. I just feel that we are a perfect match. We are slowly teaching each other.
        09-02-2010, 03:33 PM
    Green Broke
    I do miss her, not as much as I used to, but there are times.

    I'm still trying to figure out if she was my heart horse or if it was just a really special bond we had. Most likely the latter.
        09-02-2010, 05:37 PM
    I will agree that she looks like a liver chestnut. And I too am sorry for your loss.

    As for the question about the heart horse thing... That subject, for me, is sort of iffy. I think the answer differs for everyone.

    I think your heart horse is the horse that you just click with. They're like a really close best friend. You know their faults, strong points, and weaknesses, and yet you love them for exactly who they are. You trust eacother, and there is just something there that you can't explain. You can't see it, but you can feel it. And it's strong. Sometimes it's hard, and sometimes it's easy, but you never give up on your heart horse. Because your heart horse never gives up on you.

    That sounded extremely cliche. I should say that in "See what's cooking... At stoufers..." Voice, and see how much money I can get off of it. Bwahahahahahahahaa

    Sorry, but in all seriousness, that's what I believe. The definition varries for everyone.
        09-03-2010, 08:03 AM
    She looks liver chestnut to me.

    Sorrel and chestnut are the same color.
        09-03-2010, 09:43 AM
    Liver chestnut from me as well.
        09-03-2010, 10:39 AM
    One question. How do horses get cushing?
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        09-03-2010, 12:08 PM
    Originally Posted by GreyRay    
    One question. How do horses get cushing?
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    I feel lazy to google it up , but I think it's something genetics-based. May be wrong though. I've never heard about spreading it from horse to horse.
        09-03-2010, 01:39 PM
    I'd say liver chestnut also.

    I think if you still miss her this much she was your heart horse. In my opinion you can have more than one. I feel like I'm on number 3 right now.

    Flame was the first, she was the childhood horse. The first I learned to ride on and the first I experimented with as a teenager. Whenever I had something stupid to try involving horses I'd go to her. I swear that mare must of thought I was nuts, but she was always game to try whatever scheme I had concocted. She just passed away this month.

    Red was another, he was my teenage horse. I wasn't allowed to ride him very often as a youngster because he was very fast and loved to run. Never ran off with anyone, but my parents didn't risk it. He was another one of those horses that would go anywhere you pointed him without a thought. I used to do the Black Stallion run with him, bareback let go of the reins and hold my arms out like I was flying while we ran as fast as he could go. He was a total sweetie on the ground too used to groom my hair whenever I'd be working on another horse.

    Their sister Sin was a good girl too, but we never quite had that degree of bonding. We liked each other, but lacked the spark.

    Now I have Soda and he's my darling boy. Sure he's a **** on the trail and he can be a barn sour spooky nut, but he doesn't have a bad bone in his body. He's always walking over to see what I'm doing when I'm working in the barn. He grooms me and nuzzles me. We just have that special bond. He's mine and I'm his and we know it. There is no question.

    I don't think a heart horse is an automatic "love at first sight" thing either. Soda and I didn't have an automatic bond and either did Red and I. It was something that grew over time. Flame and I did and Lily and I have already started to bond (she's much more affectionate and trusting with me than anyone else already). It just depends on the horse and the situation.

    I'm sorry about your girl, it is hard to lose an animal you care about. But as I told my niece about Flame, she's still there you just can't see her. She's a part of you and you're a part of her and you'll see her on the other side.
        09-03-2010, 01:41 PM
    Oh, true Cushings is a benign tumor on the pituitary gland. Basically causes over production of cortisol (stress hormone) that results in the typical symptoms. Long hair that doesn't shed, weight gain, then weight loss in the end stages, depressed immune system, etc.

    Here's an article with some more info

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