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        05-29-2012, 09:34 PM
    Originally Posted by LostInTheWoods02114    
    Good morning,

    Something unexpected has come up and I'm torn about what to do. Someone wanted to surrender two of their horses to the horse rescue I volunteer at, but we don't have any additional space. So the woman is going to advertise giving them away for free online instead. I am strongly considering taking one of them. But I'm in my 40s, know only the basics of horse care, and have only ridden for 3 months. So I'm stalling. Yet I really want the boy. He is a beautiful 16h tall 13-year-old chestnut Morgan/Standardbred who appears a bit underweight and the woman said she thinks he has ulcers but other than that supposedly no health issues. He has only ridden English, and I have never learned English...only Western for now. I spent an hour with him on the ground this morning and he is the sweetest love bug. As soon as my husband and I approached the paddock, he came right out to us. We walked along the fence to look at the mare, and he followed us. I lounged him, groomed him, tried some trick training I'm learning with our rescue horses, and he is just the sweetest natured boy. We would have to board him somewhere, and I am concerned about the possible ulcer issues. I don't think I am ready to own, yet I think this is too good of an opportunity to pass up. I'm going to have my trainer go look at him with me next week and set up a vet check too. Am I crazy to consider this, given my inexperience and very little riding time? I wish I could take both of them, but the mare seems like a nervous wreck. This woman can't afford them, and she seems somewhat at witts end with her life circumstances, desperate to have them off her hands. I am concerned these two beauties will end up with kill buyers since she is just going to advertise them for free to a good home.
    You sound much like me, Lost. I'm new here too, re-learning riding after years away from it, and longing for the day I have my own horse to love on every day! :) I am trying to be patient and wait for the right timing for me.... I am fortunate that I have a great instructor that will work with me in finding the right horse, but I keep telling him, there are so many horses in need around here, can't I just go rescue a few right now, lol! I am anxiously waiting to see what you do, he sounds like a great horse, and he is not too old to learn Western is he? The mare, yes that would scare me, but maybe she would settle down when she realizes that she is staying with you, especially whe she sees that she can stay with her "boy"! Welcome to the forum!
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        05-29-2012, 09:51 PM
    Chance, it's nice to meet you! I want to see pictures of your paint if you lease her....
    Lost: I do hope that it works out for you with those horses, it sounds like quite a project!
    I will be having a big horse week....
    Tomorrow my Sophie and I go back to train at Circle W arena.....
    Thursday I deliver my Blackjack to my friends barn for her friend to try him out for possible new home, Sophie is coming along and will be schooled in her arena.
    Friday we are going to Bainbridge Ohio to camp and trail ride...I will be on Patsy and of course Diamond for Bill and Bowen...
    Bill and I first went horse camping on our first wedding anniversary and haven't missed a year since....
    Then Sunday I get back and have a drill team practice...
    Don't know which mare I will bring, or may bring both.
    I love my life!!!
        05-29-2012, 09:54 PM
    Will let you know more about the saddle situation
        05-29-2012, 10:27 PM
    My husband said he is not going to pay for another month til
    There is a saddle provided.
    If no saddle is available
    I am going to look else where for a horse
        05-29-2012, 10:35 PM
    Well poo, CW... I know you were bonding w/Belle .... but it's not fair.
        05-29-2012, 10:39 PM
    I would like to ride
    So Hubby is going to talk to the owners
        05-29-2012, 11:08 PM
    CW, I know you love Belle, its not fair that they are dragging their feet on this. It worries me though that she hasn't been ridden in a year. Its a red flag that the owner hasn't ridden her for a year, maybe I'm just being oversensitive but I just don't want you to get hurt, even if they do produce a saddle. Make sure that girl rides her with you there several different times, just to be sure this horse is safe under saddle.

    Your hubby sounds so supportive, hopefully him talking to the owners will work the whole issue out for you.
        05-30-2012, 12:24 AM
    CW, I'm "With Grace", pun intended. I think Marc might be able to jolt the owners into taking some action. There's either a cash crunch for them buying a saddle for you, or they know there are problems riding Belle....I'm hoping it's just about being low on money. Regardless, it seems they could scrounge up a borrowed saddle long enough for someone to show you whether she is ridable. Keeping my fingers crossed that Marc can work this out!
        05-30-2012, 12:37 AM
    From what I hear they are low on money
        05-30-2012, 12:40 AM
    My friend is going to let me try her saddle

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