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post #1 of 22 Old 11-07-2012, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Have you found your perfect horse?

Hi guys I'm feeling a little disheartened in my search for the right horse. I have two at the moment, a 5 year old arab x and a ID x. I got the 5 year old about a year ago unbroken and untouched (so obviously a great first horse...) but now she's broken, is really very safe and is way to small for me because I feel so uncomfortable on her.
I only got the irish draught a few months ago but she has already destroyed my confidence. She was sold a nice safe, bombproof, confidence giver which is exactly what I wanted but after owning her for about a month she became a monster. She rears, bucks, occasionaly bites and is suddenly headshy. I've found out she's scared of plastic bags, dogs, geese, drain covers, whips and motorbikes. Her training terrible she walks nicely, trots beautifully and then theres no canter just a full speed out of control gallop... Yes, wonderful showjumper.
I think I've found my perfect horses in the past. The first was a nice little 5 year old who I was doing some training with but she was put down about a year ago after falling down a rabbit hole and getting caught in barbed wire.
The second was a horse I rode for a woman who was very nervous so decided to buy a £5000 eventing horse, now this horse spooked at everything and I mean EVERYTHING, we almost ran over a man with a labrodor because she saw a leaf move and thought it was safer to run into the road. She was in no way perfect she was fat, lazy, nearly impossible to catch, had bad training, used to bite a lot.. Yeah but we got on really well, when I got her going she was amazing she'd jump whatever I asked, we go galloping to the lake.. We managed to get in the lake once but quickly exited by jumping up a large bank.
But of course this was the past and I can't get those horses back.. I wish I could find Daisy again but who knows where she is.
Happy stories please?
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post #2 of 22 Old 11-07-2012, 03:27 PM
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I had my perfect horse for 21 years. I laid him to rest 5 years ago in my front pasture. He was snotty, opinionated, hated almost every other horse that lived, was a handful to ride, and was my most beloved, cherished companion for many years.

Perfect horses aren't perfectly behaved, they just happen to own your heart and soul.

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post #3 of 22 Old 11-07-2012, 04:39 PM
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well my perfect horse happens to be my first horse! he is snotty, good for nothing, hot, crazy, opinionated, cranky, amazing, wonderful, and very "fun" to ride:) But I love him to death and probably will go to college with me.
Good luck on finding that special horse!
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post #4 of 22 Old 11-07-2012, 04:55 PM
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I have been doubly blessed by having 2 'perfect' horses that are so much different from each other but perfect for the two different times in my life. They are both my 'heart' horses.

I was very lucky to have my first "perfect horse" when I was younger. My parents purchased a 3 year old unbroken quarter horse ridgeling for me when I was 11. They only paid $100.00 for him, and he had almost perfect conformation, and a sound mind. I was taking lessons, but learned a lot through trial and error. I rode hunt seat, and only wanted to jump, but everyone said that foundation type Quarter horses didnít jump. But we learned together, and he took me all the way to open jumpers in the national AHSA circuit. (We rode in working hunters just for warm up, and he was also ranked in that. LOL) All my friends spend thousands trying to get a horse that could jump half as well as my boy. Once in a while, I would throw an western saddle on him and take him in a trail class, and he did great. However, he was ALWAYS a handful and acted like a stud. He snorted and bucked on the trail, and was very pushy and difficult to control on the ground. All of which I didn't care about in the least at my age then! LOL

Now, 40 years later, I needed a calm, well behaved sweetheart to ride on the trail, and I believe I have found one.

I sort of hesitate to admit how I found my mare, except it is a lesson on how NOT to do it!! . After 40 years with no horses, I started looking for a trail horse. Even though I knew not to go by color alone, I decided I might as well look for the colors I wanted, and one would eventually come along. I was in no hurry. Yeah, right.

I started looking on craigslist and all of the horse sights for a palomino or buckskin gelding from 5 -10 years old, who was pretty much trail broke, and in my price range. My husband, who had broken and raised many young horses, was after me to get a young horse so we could train it. I wasn't convinced - the ground looks a lot harder at 59 than it did at 20. He TOTALLY wasn't interested in having a horse, and DEFINITELY not a palomino.

After perusing the ads continually for about a week without finding anything exciting, I finally found two palomino fillys for sale. They was very close to where I lived, so I decided, what the heck - I'll go look at them - what can it hurt? I certainly wasn't going to buy the first one that came along, didn't want a mare, and DEFINITELY didn't want a two year old, no matter what my husband said.

We looked at the first one, and liked her a lot. SHe was gorgeous, but didn't seem like she cared too much about being around people. SHe otherwiase was great. My huband said to go ahead and get her, but I wanted to see the second horse, who was being trailered in.

The second horse finally arrived, and she hadn't even finished backing out of the trailer and my husband said "that's Nibbles!" (His first horse when he was a boy)

Long story short - we watched the filly lunge and bought her. No vet check and didn't ride her and didn't even saddle her up. There was just something about her that both my husband and I fell for. We knew within 30 seconds that she ws 'THE ONE".

From the time we looked at her to the time she was delivered, the whole process took an hour and a half. SHe stepped out of the trailer at my daughter's house, looked around, nuzzled me and started to graze. She never acted spooky or upset and from the beginnnig would run to meet us when she saw us.

As she is only 2, I have only ridden her at a walk on short trail rides about 30 times, and she has been absolutely perfect. Doesn't spook at ANYTHING, calm and will go anywhere you point her. She ties to perfection, and when my daughter got dumped and hurt, she ponied the nervous and upset horse back to the barn and remained totally calm. SHe 's a dream and I really give the person we purchased her from credit for how he trained her.
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post #5 of 22 Old 11-07-2012, 07:51 PM
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I have had 2 perfect horses so far. My arab gelding I had from when I was age 16 until 28. He was with me thru high school, college and my first real job in my career. He also outlasted 2 long term boyfriends and a husband. He was put down at age 26 from complications of cushings disease. The mare I bought after him I did not click with....sold her after 6 months, and then due to dealing with her and a divorce, it kind of put me off horses for a while, and it was 3 years until I got back into it.

I bought Kody girl at an auction. She was younger than I wanted....4 years old, but she had a great start in life and somehow, I just knew she was to be mine. We had a couple of growing pains to work thru, but now, at age 11, we are closely bonded. I never thought I would bond with another horse the way I did with my gelding, but I feel my bond with her, is even closer. It may be because she was younger when I first got her, or maybe it is just her personality meshed with mine. She behaves so much like me that I often say she is my horse alter ego.

I truly believe that it takes a good 2-3 years to really get a close bond with a horse going, that has been my experience and what I have noticed with friends. Sometimes, the horse just is not right for you, if not, move it along. Life is too short.
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post #6 of 22 Old 11-07-2012, 07:57 PM
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I think I have.... But I don't own him.

I would say the whole first year, maybe even year and a half we hardly ever got a long. We clashed so much, when he decided he didn't want to listen, well it never ended well. I think when I got my new horse in November of last year that I took off some of the pressure and wasn't so picky about what he did. Now, everything has changed, I mean everything. There would be days that I would be so pissed at him and days where he was an absolute angel. After every single ride, I am so happy with him. The two of us as a team have learned to work together and I trust this horse with my life. I now only have a year left on my lease and I am honestly trying to cherish the time I have left with him.
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post #7 of 22 Old 11-07-2012, 08:21 PM
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Phar Lap used to crow hop, spin and rear when I first rode him. I even had people tell me to get rid of him before he kills me. Now I think he is the perfect horse. We are friends and he will do anything and go anywhere I want him to go. He is like a big puppy dog that puts his head in my chest to get petted and follows me everywhere. I couldn't imagine life without him.
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post #8 of 22 Old 11-07-2012, 08:36 PM
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I have my perfect horse. She's all of 14.1 hands and the best horse I've ever ridden. While I don't believe in fairytales or majickal bonds with horses, her and I are very in tune to each other. I take comfort in her, and she takes comfort in my presence. She was my grandmother's, and I despised her for the first few years. I thought she was ugly, slow and had no interest in riding her. Then I outgrew my Shetland when I was 12, and had to ride her if I wanted to continue running barrels. We had a rocky start, but after a few years we came to an understanding and I bought her. Now I wouldn't give her up for the world. Her conformation isn't perfect, she's very cowhocked. We've done several year end awards in the local gymkhana club, trail ridden all over, team penned, etc. She's my rock, my best friend. Sadly a year ago she got hurt and is now only pasture sound. Thankfully she's 19 and ready for her retirement. She's pretty much perfect.
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post #9 of 22 Old 11-07-2012, 09:40 PM
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He is my current horse, Link. To me he's absolutly perfect, wouldnt trade him for anything. I'm pretty much always happy to ride him, he's sweet and he's my horse he likes me and shows it. I've never really had very affectionate horses before, sweet but not like him. He's a people horse, kinda spoiled, kinda annoying but he cheers me up. And he's a good barrel horse who loves his job and has made showing fun for me again. He has his quirks and his moments but he's only 5, he will mature...someday I hope.
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post #10 of 22 Old 11-07-2012, 10:05 PM
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I never met a perfect horse myself - or a perfect dog, or a perfect human. But some of them I like anyway, and I generally manage to get along with the rest

Maybe the OP's problem is setting too high of a bar? Instead of looking for perfect, look for one you can get along with.
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