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    04-20-2009, 07:36 PM
I have a kinda stupid question :p

I got an offer from a guy I know. He's the gentleman that bred and raised my geldings Loki and Red Man. I personally like his horses, and recently he offered me two weanling foals...for free.

Both are fully papered Missouri Fox Trotters. It's a colt and filly, the colt is black and the filly is a minimal black and white Tobiano. Both are well bred, and I've known them both since they were little guys. The colt is more people friendly than the filly, but that's fixable with time and patience, just like Red Man x)
I know the dams, and the sire of course. All are papered, well bred horses.

He just has to many and since I've known him for a while he wondered if I would take them. He'd rather them go to a home were he knows they'd be loved over taking them to a sale. He really does love his horses, several times now they have gone without eating just so the herd got the grain and hay they needed.

But...should I? Shouldn't I? I don't board, I rent 5 acres at the end of the road for a good price and do all my own feeding and what not.
He'd be bringing them out for me....arg. But what about the feed costs? Hay? Am I ready to raise and train foals? What about vet costs? Farrier? What about stuff like halter training? Show training?

I most certainly have the time. I mold my life around my horses instead of molding theirs around mine. At the moment, I'm home-bound because of my knee, otherwise I'd be out with Loki and Red instead of posting >.<

I have always wanted to raise my own colt or filly, now would be my chance...at two O_O'

Opinions on this? Both foals are VERY healthy, well cared for, downright adorable. But theres just so many things! Bugger!
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    04-20-2009, 09:35 PM
I don't have much experenice with raising foals do what you gut says if you have the time it coukd be a great learning experenice.
why not? Go ahead? Ask someone you trust and love!
Hope I could help
    04-20-2009, 10:51 PM
If you can afford to I would do it! You can always turn a profit later on and plus all the experience you will gain.
    04-21-2009, 01:54 PM
True, true, I was considering raising and training them both, then selling one and keeping the other.

I've never, ever, raised a horse so young before. Don't they like to play a lot?

Aaiieee...I don't want to jump into the unknown without looking first like I did with Sam >-<
    04-21-2009, 02:39 PM
Originally Posted by twogeldings    

But...should I? Shouldn't I? I don't board, I rent 5 acres at the end of the road for a good price and do all my own feeding and what not.
This is what struck me. If the person that rents you the five acres decided tomorrow they were selling - where would that put your horses?
    04-21-2009, 03:34 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
This is what struck me. If the person that rents you the five acres decided tomorrow they were selling - where would that put your horses?
If they decided tomorrow that they were selling, we would be buying. The acreage I rent is nearly in town, RIGHT on the very edge of it at least.
The place is the owners childhood home, and he rents out the house. Trust me, we've talked to him a lot about selling, this guy is one stubborn mule.

There is also another guy on the outskirts who would gladly board my horses for me. He does a lot of the auctions around here and has maybe...10 or so acres? I was going to go with him originally, but took the pasture I'm renting now because I get to put up my own electric fencing.
    04-21-2009, 03:37 PM
Hmm, mls makes a good point, but if you had a back up in place, and this applies to your other horses, then it could work. Its defenately the chance of a lifetime. Unless of course you have a contract stating they have to give you an advance warning then you could find a place.
But if it were em, and I had the money and time, Id go for it for sure!
    04-21-2009, 03:38 PM
Haha, I posted too soon. It seems likke you have it worked out. Go for it! And post pics!

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