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        10-25-2010, 06:44 PM
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    Foal
    Abby or Fancy?

    So my BO has about 8 horses and a pony he's trying to give away to anyone who will pay the board on them for a year. Now, I've broken my last colt and that's not the problem, but honestly, I already have a weanling so I'm not looking for a major rodeo every time I get on.

    Out of all of them, 2 are 'rideable' and to my liking, a good size with good conformation and potential. First came Fancy, a grungy light colored mare built like a tank with good ground manners, aside from space respecting. She tends to try and headbutt to get her way when she's being saddled or bathed. Underneath it all, she's a lovely dappled palomino with a blaze and 2 socks. Her hooves aren't in the best shape, but they aren't terrible either. So, I get on her, stretch her out, and she doesn't know how to neck rein, so I have to basically pull her head to turn. She was stubborn to move, and once I got her going it was clear shed been used to doing it her way. If I tried to make her go any faster than a walk, she'd crowhop. I'm thinking the saddle wasn't a good fit, so ill be trying her with another to see how she does.she only spooked once on the trail, and that was just jumping to the side at a beer bottle in the grass. Cars and other horses didn't phase her. She hadn't been ridden since August of last year and had a colt that didn't make it in December. She's about 6 years old.

    The other is Abby, a 13 year old paint mare that foundered 6 months ago and still needs some weight back on her, but can be ridden lightly. She's taller with more leg than Fancy, but a better disposition on the ground. She's more spooky in the saddle when getting on and off, though plods through everything on the trail like a mule. She has better hooves, and as far as the BO knows, has never foaled.

    I guess my question is, which is the better horse? Abby foundering worries me, but Fancys manners are a little tiresome. I do like her body style over Abby, but I think she does need more work in all areas.
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        10-25-2010, 06:48 PM
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    Green Broke
    That's a tough choice, to me. I think I'd have to go with the better ride. You are going to have your hands full with your little one. You probably don't want more trouble with another horse.
         
        10-25-2010, 06:49 PM
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    Foal
    I think even though fancy may be more work, she'll be worth it in the end. Abby doesn't sound totally thrilling to me (no affence) just from a strangers point of view. I would go with Fancy
         
        10-25-2010, 08:10 PM
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    Weanling
    Even if Fancy is more work, she sounds more worthwhile. Since your horse is only a weanling, you'll have time to work with another horse, considering at this stage they only need to know basic manners. And by the time he's ready to break you should have a nice going broke horse to enjoy. Abby's foundering would keep me away.
         
        10-26-2010, 08:45 AM
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    Foal
    I think id rather spend the time working with Fancy, because like I said, Abby foundering worries me a lot. I can deal with crowhopping out of Fancy, but the headbutting is aggravating. Still, I think she'd make a better barrel prospect with her build, once she's put some muscle on. I guess it depends on which id rather have, a (hopefully) reliable trail horse or a young speed machine.
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