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        01-20-2013, 04:17 PM
      #2761
    Yearling
    I just bought another horse....
    There was a breeding operation gone wrong. The guy's sister had been feeding and taking care of the 30 plus horses for the last three years. Then the guy decides that he is tired of 'taking care of' all these horses, so he decides to ship them all.
    Side note: I do believe that horse slaughter has it's place. But when there are perfectly good horses why not step in an help them out... : end of side note...

    The sister talked the her brother into letting her talk to a horse rescue and seeing if they would take the horses. The brother agreed, but had to get 'meat price' for them. The rescue put up pictures and asked people to donate and buy the horses. For this operation they didn't make anyone go through the forms and normal procedures to buy/adopt a horse. It was $400 a horse straight across (that includes meat price and fuel costs for the rescue to go and pick up the horses).
    At first I didn't think I would get one, just because if I did it wouldn't be worked with for about a year, as I am going out to BC this summer (I've mentioned it before, but for those who don't know, I got an internship working with horses). I did donate some money to help out. One little 4 year old sorrel mare caught my eye but I kept telling myself that I didn't need another horse. That was rather useless cause even though we never 'need' another horse... They seem to accumulate nonetheless.
    After a couple weeks, there were three horses that hadn't been adopted yet (they hadn't picked the horses up), the little mare was one of them. I called my Mum and talked to her about it, and asked if they would have enough hay.
    Then I just decided to bite the bullet and go for it, as long as I could find a ride for her to get home. Turns out one of Dad and Mum's neighbor's will be hauling one of her TB's (she raises and races them) to a town about 45 minutes from where the rescue is, in mid March. She offered to pick my horse if I paid for the extra fuel. So I did it! I bought the horse!

    She is possibly bred for an October foal. The rescue just went and picked up the herd (minus the stallion, who the guy wasn't willing to part with... ), yesterday. They will be doing coggins and preg checking the mares on the 25th.
    I will be hopefully heading to Dad and Mum's on the 27th of May to spend a week there before I come back here and pack for going to BC. In that time I hope to halter break and do some ground training on her. Besides of doing some riding on my gelding.

    So, now that you know her story... I would introduce you to my new girl....

    Meet... RUBY!!!



    I will post more pics of her when the rescue can get some more put on FB.

    Here are couple of the stallion that she was exposed to.





    If she is in foal, here's to hoping for a bald face paint. The gal from the rescue says, "she is SOOOO sweet!! Loves scratches & attention. She is quiet & very sensible. She is a thinker & not a risk taker!"
    I can hardly wait until May to see her!
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        01-20-2013, 07:32 PM
      #2762
    nyx
    Weanling
    Countryryder.. Sounds a lot like you have a 'spoiled' horse on ur case..

    Nyx was much the same although not quiet to that extent, you will be lunging her and everything is fine then BAM she's over it. Her head turns in ears go back teeth bared and she will start rearing and striking with her hooves.. A good whip and a mentor was all I needed to put her back in line. But sounds like ur mare has gotten away with it for way too long like nyx was only just 1 and a half.

    She is well behaved with me but I can't trust her alone with any strangers unless they have got goo horse experience because she will figure out how to be all over them in seconds lol
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        01-20-2013, 07:52 PM
      #2763
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by nyx    
    Countryryder.. Sounds a lot like you have a 'spoiled' horse on ur case..

    Nyx was much the same although not quiet to that extent, you will be lunging her and everything is fine then BAM she's over it. Her head turns in ears go back teeth bared and she will start rearing and striking with her hooves.. A good whip and a mentor was all I needed to put her back in line. But sounds like ur mare has gotten away with it for way too long like nyx was only just 1 and a half.

    She is well behaved with me but I can't trust her alone with any strangers unless they have got goo horse experience because she will figure out how to be all over them in seconds lol
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    Been in contact with a couple trainers about what's going on with Juno,and they all agree that it seems that it's a badly spoiled horse issue. The seller swears she's never been aggressive like this,but I'm guessing that it's because they've never "challenged" her before,they've just allowed her to be boss and let her do what she likes. The trainer said she's probably acting out so much with me because I did challenger her leadership and she's not liking it nor wanting to submit,so I just continue what I've been doing and she should get to the point where she realizes that she's not going to win this one.. Good news is that she is doing better since I moved her away from everyone. She'll come up to me in a submissive manner,and follows me around when I'm feeding/watering her,although I still keep a very close eye on her as I don't quite trust her yet.She's been letting me catch her without pinning her ears and striking out,and leads nicely around the pen without trying to run me over or kick,although she'll still try to take little nips at my coat and gets pushy with her body when I'm free lunging her,although she gets in big time trouble for it.So,lots to do yet,but I'm glad to be seeing at least a little progress..
         
        01-20-2013, 07:58 PM
      #2764
    Yearling
    Congratulations,GallopingGuitarist!
    She looks like a sweet little thing,reminds me alot of a little QH mare I started;she was a very friendly,quiet tempered mare with lots of smarts and sense,like your girl sounds.. :)
    From what I can tell in the pics,both her and the maybe poppa look pretty decent,so if she is in foal you should get a nice baby!
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        01-20-2013, 08:04 PM
      #2765
    Yearling
    Thanks! I think the stock was all registered but the guy kept the papers (why???). The stallion is supposed to be 20+.
         
        01-21-2013, 07:19 PM
      #2766
    nyx
    Weanling
    That's good news :)
    And that mare and stallion are beauty's could only imagine how nice the foal will turn out :)

    I'm having trouble keeping a fly mask on nyx no matter what she will get it off and her little nose is getting horribly sunburnt :( only thing that will work is putting zink on her nose every morning but I can't do that untill I move out to the farm which is in 2 weeks :( any suggestions?
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        01-21-2013, 09:14 PM
      #2767
    Yearling
    Thank you Nyx! I hope you can figure something out for your mare.
         
        01-22-2013, 01:03 AM
      #2768
    Started
    Haven't posted in this thread in a while! All settled in my new home in Melbourne. House is amazing, we have so many trees in the garden - two apricot trees, one mandarin, one pink lady apple, one olive and one peach tree that produces the most AMAZING peaches I've ever tasted. As we're renting we can't really dig up the lawn and make a vege garden but I'm going to buy lots of pots and start growing a few other things:
    - tomatoes
    - parsley
    - basil
    - mint
    - chillies
    - chives
    - rosemary

    Only thing is, I'll have to remember to water them! I wish we could get chickens like our neighbours as there's a great shed we could use for their shelter at night, but the dogs would give them too much grief. My partner has a huge (and rather silly) American staffy pup and our housemate has a lovely fox terrier (he's sweet, house-trained and gives cuddles on command! ) and both would harass the chickens no end.

    Some of our neighbours down the street has been giving us grief because we're not a "normal" family and we rent our home. Ugh. We're very quiet compared to some people I've lived next door to (and with), no big parties or anything. We even make sure the motorbike isn't ridden late at night or really early in the morning, so as not to bother anyone. But it seems they have a problem with us and anyone who comes to visit us. One big bloke even came up to our side door on New Years Eve (at about 5pm I might add, when we had about 3 guests over and my partner was out getting food) and demanded that everyone got out of the house. I told him in no uncertain terms to get off our property or I'd call the police and he did, but he's harassed us from out the front since, so if he does it again I'll be applying for a restraining order. He's a big burly guy and a bit of a drunken boor, and my hackles raise every time I see him. I don't want him coming anywhere near me, my home or my family.

    But apart from that everything is great! I have my own little office almost completely set up now (just need a printer and a filing cabinet) and it's very quiet in here. However, while other couples may argue over the TV remote, we argue over the aircon remote! He's always too hot and turning the cold air on, I'm always cold and turning the heater on. But luckily he's out at work for most of the day so I can get at least a few hours in my ideal temperature (OK, I will admit I'm not normal with this, I'm happiest when it's between 29 and 35C, and anything under about 26 actually feels cold to me and has me shivering).

    Still trying to work out what to do with Brock - it's so much harder organising anything remotely which is why when I thought I had it sorted when I moved I was really happy. Ugh, so frustrating. He's not intractible, just needs someone with lots of confidence and the ability to stop a buck before it happens (and really if you stop him before he does it he won't try it again for a long long time, but if you let him get one in there's no stopping him). Apart from that (which is admittedly a big issue) he's a really nice ride and I wish I could still keep him with me To be honest, I wouldn't have any other horse.
         
        01-22-2013, 03:58 PM
      #2769
    Foal
    It's freaking cold. I hate winter :( I've given my horses the week off, though I might end up doing some light work if it gets warm enough. Brrrrrrr.
         
        01-22-2013, 04:14 PM
      #2770
    Super Moderator
    Glad to see you're doing well, Evil! My best wishes to Brock!

    Got myself a Tipperary Sportage helmet today after reading a bunch of good reviews and decided to donate my old one, with wich I suffered a nasty fall a year or so ago, for an experiment - I'm going to cut it open and look for any evidence of the impact of the fall, as it is said that you should change a helmet after every fall that hits the head. If there will be no evidence to see, I will put it on the ground and fixate it there somehow, to imitate a laying person, and ask Snickers to paw/kick at it, just to see what impact does a horses' hoof would take to a persons' head.
         

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