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post #1 of 5 Old 09-18-2009, 02:25 AM Thread Starter
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Tomorrow's the day!

Well, tomorrow I bring Danni to be tried out by a young lady who wants a barrel horse. It's going to be rather bittersweet, because he did bring me through the loss of my other horse, but at the same time, we are opposites in attitude. He wants to run...all the time...he's not content being a pleasure horse, or dressage horse; which is what I had hoped he would turn into; he's got the movement, he just doesn't have the desire.

So, now that I have his 'bugs' worked out, I have been searching for a new home for him; I came across a young lady who has an Appendix mare, who she had wanted as a barrel horse, but the horse is to calm and 'slow' for it; plus she's tall, and hasn't handled the patterns well. So she wants to trade.

I really hope this works out, because Danni is quick on his feet, loves to jump, and can turn on a dime; I just don't have time for the gaming world, nor do I really have the desire to anymore; I mean, everyonce in a while I like to, but I prefer calm, relatively collected rides, that don't compound any of my back problems...Lol! I just don't think it's fair to keep him, and continue making him do a job he's not really happy with.

That, and, even though he is pretty well behaved with adults and teens, I still don't really trust him with children; he's just got that sort of personality, that if he can push the limit, he will, and with little kids, it doesn't take much! The kids that I work with here at the school, have little to no experience around horses, and I don't want to take the chance of him hurting one of them.

So tomorrow is going to be an odd day...happy, sad...not sure how I will really feel, because he is a good horse, he's just not the horse for me; I just hope that Danni and the young lady will click really well, and that they can enjoy each other for years to come. I also hope that the mare that I will be trying out will be a good fit for me and the kids I work with.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-18-2009, 02:38 AM
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I hear you! I have a young horse that I am still trying to figure out what to do with- every time I get ready to sell him I back down -- because with me I know that he is being cared for proper. And he has been thru so much all ready- Its tough on stuff like this- at least you have the insight to know that its not a"good fit" me I still have the guy and just cant seem to find the strength to do "whats best"

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-18-2009, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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It was hard to come to the conclusion to place him though, because he had been abandoned by his previous owners; I took him partly because I felt horrible for him and his situation. When I first worked with him I knew I may not be able to hang on to him long, just because we did clash; I mean it's not like I don't have fun riding him, because he can be a fun horse to ride, but I want something that's not so hyped up all the time, and that's just his personality...he likes to go. If this girl isn't right for him, I will take him back home with me.

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post #4 of 5 Old 09-18-2009, 03:53 PM
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I know how you feel. I had a horse I really liked - and he was my first horse. He was just a two year old and although he had had a saddle on him a few times, he didn't know anything. I worked with him for a year and he responded pretty well, but he needed more riding than I had time for (I had a baby and a toddler). Hubby bought me an older horse and I sold Snoopy to a friend - she had liked him from the moment she laid eyes on him. I knew he was going to a good home, but he was special to me since he was my first horse.

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-19-2009, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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Well things went fabulous with the young lady and Danni; they really clicked, which was evident from the moment I handed her the lead rope, and told her to get her self acquainted with him. She rode him, and he responded beautifully; and he will definitely be the barrel horse she wanted, because she was taking some barrels and they both looked like they were having a great time already.

I rode Faye (Breeding Stock Paint, not appendix QH like I originally had thought), and although she doesn't know how to carry herself in a nice level frame yet, I was able to start getting her to bend nicely into some circles in a lovely frame, so there is alot of smarts, and willingness. She hadn't been ridden in quite a few weeks too, so she was definitely 'fresh', but she was really good. She is an absolute sweetheart, just like they mentioned too. With a few weeks of decent work, I am guessing she will be coming along nicely.

So we did trade up, and I will try to get pics of the new girl ASAP...I will definitely be keeping in touch with Danni's new owners too, to see how he is doing. So who knows, you may see pics of him on here too still, just with different rider!

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