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        11-16-2011, 02:46 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I am always going to preach that a new rider shouldn't be buying a green horse. Always.
    But I'm a hypocrite, and that's exactly what I did. Milo was my first horse, and when I got him, I was told he was green broke, four years old, and picked up his feet like a pro.
    Nope nope nope. First mistake I made was trusting this advice instead of having them prove it. They delivered him to me for no additional cost from two hours away on New Years Day, and out bill of sale was drawn on a paper plate. I thought they were being nice- turned out, I'm assuming, that they wanted him gone. He was a skinny, depressed looking little guy, with grown out feet and some need for wormer. He ended up being an untouchable seven year old, made obvious by his teeth three months later when I got him comfortable enough to have his mouth handled. He was definitely far from green broke. He broke my uncle's fingers when he came out to do his feet. All in all, we were green and green, and we made a beautiful shade of black and blue.

    Now that we've gotten some help, which I give most the credit for his success to, Milo will be turning eight on January first. He is a lesson pony for children, totes me around, and will stand there calmly as a sixty year old woman does around the world on his back. His coat and weight are up to par for his TB/Paint background, and his feet are getting there- they're still a little fragile from a lack of nutrients.

    Now for a picture dump.
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        11-16-2011, 03:12 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ShinaKonga    
    I am always going to preach that a new rider shouldn't be buying a green horse. Always.
    But I'm a hypocrite, and that's exactly what I did. Milo was my first horse, and when I got him, I was told he was green broke, four years old, and picked up his feet like a pro.
    Nope nope nope. First mistake I made was trusting this advice instead of having them prove it. They delivered him to me for no additional cost from two hours away on New Years Day, and out bill of sale was drawn on a paper plate. I thought they were being nice- turned out, I'm assuming, that they wanted him gone. He was a skinny, depressed looking little guy, with grown out feet and some need for wormer. He ended up being an untouchable seven year old, made obvious by his teeth three months later when I got him comfortable enough to have his mouth handled. He was definitely far from green broke. He broke my uncle's fingers when he came out to do his feet. All in all, we were green and green, and we made a beautiful shade of black and blue.

    Now that we've gotten some help, which I give most the credit for his success to, Milo will be turning eight on January first. He is a lesson pony for children, totes me around, and will stand there calmly as a sixty year old woman does around the world on his back. His coat and weight are up to par for his TB/Paint background, and his feet are getting there- they're still a little fragile from a lack of nutrients.

    Now for a picture dump.

    He is sooo cute!
         
        11-16-2011, 03:12 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I'm loving all these stories
         
        11-16-2011, 03:20 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Hunter65    
    He is sooo cute!
    Thank you :)
         
        11-16-2011, 03:30 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Milo is adorable
    And I agree Hunter65
    I love reading all of these stories!
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        11-16-2011, 03:36 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    OP, what is with all the horse shoe type marks all over his body in the second picture??? Is it brands or did he get kicked alot
         
        11-16-2011, 03:41 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ladybugsgirl    
    OP, what is with all the horse shoe type marks all over his body in the second picture??? Is it brands or did he get kicked alot
    I think its a Halloween picture... I remember her explaining it in another thread.

    Or he's part dragon.
         
        11-16-2011, 03:44 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Aires was not what I was looking for when I went looking for a horse. Heck, I was just looking for a horse to lease, not to buy one. So when my BO showed me this butt-high, big headed, unbroke, barely handled, two-year-old stud colt, everything in me said "Ummmmmmmm...no." Everything but my heart, that is. I walked into his stall and started petting him, then he grabbed the front of my shirt in his teeth (not in a mean way) and just looked at me like "Whatcha going to do now?" I must say that I fell madly in like at that point. The BO made me an offer ($1600 for Aires, including his gelding and thirty days of training from the BO and the resident trainer, and I could do payments) and gave me twenty-four hours and a baby pic of Aires to think it over. I went home, talked about it with my friend (who boards at the same barn) and thought it over. The problem was that I had just been offered my heart horse back for free (long story attached to that one...suffice to say that I retrained him from the ground up because he was almost impossible to handle). I decided to buy Aires and it's been a long, bumpy road ever since, but he has been SO worth it.

    I've taken him from being barely handled and a biter, to having almost impeccable ground manners (I say "almost" because we have our moments...he is two, after all). The BO and trainer worked with him less than half a dozen times on the ground (I taught him to lunge before the BO even started with him, so half the battle was already won for him) and four times in the saddle, then he was handed to me to finish. I went through a period where I was afraid of him (not of him, exactly, but of riding in general), but once I got over that, we've been unstoppable. Every time I ride him I am more and more impressed with him. With him, the sky is literally the limit.

    Here's some of our pics. I don't have a lot of current ones.

    First time he ever wore a saddle. No bucking, kicking, nothing...just acted like he'd been wearing one his whole life.

    This is him a few weeks ago, right before our very first trail ride.

    Ear shot from our ride:

    And me riding him in the arena:

         
        11-16-2011, 04:08 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I dressed him up as a dragon and I was a tamer but that was before I finished the scales. Didn't get a chance to take any pictures of him all finished up.
         
        11-16-2011, 05:46 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    I don't own Persia anymore, but she was the only horse that I ever bought from a "rescue". She wasn't in "rescue" condition but she deffinately needed some work. She was overweight, scruffy, and about all she knew how to do in the roundpen was run. When I sold her she had worked her weight off and had been professionaly trained to have perfect ground manners.
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