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        09-17-2008, 01:46 AM
      #11
    Showing
    The circumstances that lead to me falling on the add for my boy. I wasn't actually looking for another at that time and was only considering it as a fun idea. When I found the add and I saw his picture I just knew at that very moment I had to have him. He was quite expensive but I just had this gut feeling that I had to get him.

    As for the mare? I was looking for a breed specific. I was open to any gender as I knew it would be a hard find. When I came across her, I also just had this gut feeling that she was it. I gave the facility a call and tracked down the owners and bought her right off. I didn't see her for quite some time as she had to be weaned before being transported over halfway across the country to me.

    I haven't regretted either one of them. The 2 most amazing horses I will ever own.
         
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        09-17-2008, 09:19 PM
      #12
    Foal
    I didn't want Koda, or 'Warrior' as he was called then. He belonged to a friend of mine, she bought him at auction for her husband. The first time we met (before she even thought of selling him) he pinned his ears at me then presented me with his hindend. So he was not impressed with me. And I was not impressed with this small, no mane/tail crabby appy. So another year passed and I started talking about going to the auction and buying my first horse. My friend was going to go with me as she buys 90% of her horses from this auction. So the auction is aproaching and I'm getting kind of nervous/excited, asking all kinds of questions when one day my friend tells me that she's thinking about selling 'Warrior' because he's just spent the last 2 years in the pasture (now ex-husband never touched him) and thinks that we would be a good match. Now I'm remembering this scrub tail, crabby appy but told her that I'd come out and see him. While it was obvious that he still prefered my friend his manners toward me were 100% better.

    So I thought to myself, she's had him for 2 years so she knows his personality plus she's been 'in horses' for 30+ years so if she says we'd be a good match maybe I should listen. Add on to that I wouldn't have a clue what I was getting at auction so I asked her what she wanted for him. $900 but if I bought him $450 as she'd know where he was going and that it would be a good home. I thought $450 for a reg 6 yr old appy and I know the prevous owner. Why not? She drove him the 4 hours to where I moved and made sure he was current on all shots before delivery.

    It's been a year now that Koda and I have been together and although we've had some bumps along the way I wouldn't trade him for anything! I'm even grateful for his little scrub tail and spike mane as I'm tacked and ready to ride before everyone else (boy do I get some dirty looks!). Bath time is easier too.
         
        09-17-2008, 09:44 PM
      #13
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by dame_wolf
    I didn't want Koda, or 'Warrior' as he was called then. He belonged to a friend of mine, she bought him at auction for her husband. The first time we met (before she even thought of selling him) he pinned his ears at me then presented me with his hindend. So he was not impressed with me. And I was not impressed with this small, no mane/tail crabby appy. So another year passed and I started talking about going to the auction and buying my first horse. My friend was going to go with me as she buys 90% of her horses from this auction. So the auction is aproaching and I'm getting kind of nervous/excited, asking all kinds of questions when one day my friend tells me that she's thinking about selling 'Warrior' because he's just spent the last 2 years in the pasture (now ex-husband never touched him) and thinks that we would be a good match. Now I'm remembering this scrub tail, crabby appy but told her that I'd come out and see him. While it was obvious that he still prefered my friend his manners toward me were 100% better.

    So I thought to myself, she's had him for 2 years so she knows his personality plus she's been 'in horses' for 30+ years so if she says we'd be a good match maybe I should listen. Add on to that I wouldn't have a clue what I was getting at auction so I asked her what she wanted for him. $900 but if I bought him $450 as she'd know where he was going and that it would be a good home. I thought $450 for a reg 6 yr old appy and I know the prevous owner. Why not? She drove him the 4 hours to where I moved and made sure he was current on all shots before delivery.

    It's been a year now that Koda and I have been together and although we've had some bumps along the way I wouldn't trade him for anything! I'm even grateful for his little scrub tail and spike mane as I'm tacked and ready to ride before everyone else (boy do I get some dirty looks!). Bath time is easier too.
    And has some of the neatest coloring I have ever seen.
         
        09-17-2008, 09:50 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by My2Geldings

    And has some of the neatest coloring I have ever seen.
    Yeah, he is a hansome boy, I love the 'snowflake' on his belly. I've actually had to start telling people I'd put them on a list is I ever sold him! There's already 5 people on it, including his prevous owner! She wants him back for her daughter to ride and told me that if she'd displayed interest in riding before selling Koda that she'd not sold him. She just had to many horses for just her to ride.
         
        09-17-2008, 09:57 PM
      #15
    Showing
    That is really nice to know you have all those options if you start looking for another horse.
         
        09-17-2008, 10:39 PM
      #16
    Foal
    With Gangsta (the only horse that will never ever be resale potential) it was not love at first sight. He was almost perfect...5yo solid bay OTTB gelding, 16h, very green....but he was quiet. I decided not to rule him out and take a second look, but told the woman I didn't think he was right for me, I wanted more spunk. 2nd look, he had more energy, and I bought him. First week was about bonding on the ground, and I came to love his personality. Then I started riding him, and he was a holy terror. No breaks. Running and bolting and having fun. And that's when I knew I made the right choice. He was perfect :)
         
        09-18-2008, 02:10 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Justin bit me when I went to look at him :roll: . Then he rested his head on my shoulder and let out a big sigh...i was hooked
         
        09-19-2008, 06:37 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by My2Geldings
    That is really nice to know you have all those options if you start looking for another horse.
    No, I'll have Koda the rest of his life. Few more years and miles on him and he'll teach my nieces and nephews to ride. I will get a second horse when I finally get my own place but Koda's not going anywhere.
         
        09-19-2008, 07:57 PM
      #19
    Showing
    I just saw him, and led him down to the barn, and I was hooked.
         
        09-19-2008, 08:22 PM
      #20
    Started
    They unloaded Jubilee from the trailer, took off her flymask and I instantly fell in love. She was standing in the golden sunshine and she was soooo gorgeous! I remember sitting in the grass, holding her lead while she grazed. Her nose was brushing my knee, and I saw her soft eye and I just felt an amazing connection. Love at first sight, definitely. I've never been so attached to any horse in my life.
         

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