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    04-30-2012, 09:46 PM
Feeling Rather Hopeless

It was a dream anyway to think that I might find out where my horse came from, but it's become worse now that the auction house who sold her twice tells me they don't keep records back that far. So I'm pretty much giving up on the fact that I'll ever know where my sweet Dolly came from. She's doomed to be an Amish trained nag.
I just find it so fascinating that someone in Iowa would breed such a slender, high strung and hot blooded mare. She's a dream to work with in an arena, she's always alert, curious, and needs absolutely no encouragement to get going. She can go as fast or slow as you like. On the trails is another story, she's almost too alert and I've seen her spook at the silliest things. My mom told me when she rode her last weekend poor Doll was terrified of a tree stump. I don't know why I care so much, perhaps I just find the thought of solving the mystery exciting.
I know she was bought as a yearling by an Amish gentleman at the Kalona sale barn, and then she was sold to us five years later as a six year old broke to ride, drive single and double, pull, and plow.
I'll end my rant now. She's probably just the result of an accidental backyard breeding.

Here's pics if anyone is interested. I'm pretty sure she's got some Arab in her and possibly TB. She's 15.1hh.

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    04-30-2012, 10:32 PM
What a beautiful horse and to think she ended up at auction. Stunning looks....really! I too wanted to unravel the mystery of my 8 year old mare. Perhaps because I love her so much, I just wanted to know her story. Thankfully she was/is registered so it wasn't too difficult. I found out her old names, what her favorite food was, etc. It helped me put closure on the mystery.

Enjoy her. I'm sure her past will always intrigue you as you try to imagine how it must have been for her. Human nature I guess. It's obvious she's happy with you now so be happy for that!!!!
    04-30-2012, 10:34 PM
Thanks c: I do love her so, she may be worthless to others but she's worth her weight in gold to me. I moved to New Zealand and she's in America, but I have a silly dream to save up and bring her here to live out the rest of her days with me.
    04-30-2012, 10:34 PM
She's the exact replica of my friend's horse, a national show horse [arabian x saddlebred]. What a gorgeous girl!
    04-30-2012, 10:35 PM
I wish I knew more about my horse too, and to slap those jackrabbits for making his beginning miserable.

But more importantly so I can show them how far he's come and how wonderful and amazing he is and how happy and healthy he has grown to be.

I'd also love papers so I'd have some better way of proving that he's my horse. All I have atm is a state passport and brand which can easily be invalid or reclaimed. Scares me so much..
    04-30-2012, 10:36 PM
I'm no expert but looks like good breeding to me. Where is she?
    04-30-2012, 10:38 PM
Originally Posted by Laineylou    
I moved to New Zealand and she's in America, but I have a silly dream to save up and bring her here to live out the rest of her days with me.
Uhh.. me too. That's kind of freaky.......

Did I start/join a fad or something? LOL
    04-30-2012, 10:40 PM
Maybe you two Kiwi's can split the shipping costs It's got to be miserable not being with your horses. My heart could not take that.
    04-30-2012, 10:46 PM
Lol, it is miserable. I always wondered if she was good breeding? Especially her feet, we have the farrier out regularly and for the last three years he's maybe shaped and trimmed her hooves a few times is all. They never crack, never dry out, I'm always really impressed by the way they look.

The question is why would someone breed a quality horse and then throw it on the auction block with no papers?
    04-30-2012, 10:49 PM
Oops, to the question of where she's located. I got her for a whopping $680 at the Kalona Sale Barn in Kalona, Iowa. She's now located in DeWitt, Iowa.

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