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    10-02-2012, 10:30 AM
New mare (long)

I decided to browse the local horse ads (dangerous, I know!) because I was thinking of looking for a calm, well broke horse for hubby to learn on and to help with training the young guys (ponying, etc). We have a 2 yr old and a 3 yr old. I have ridden the 3 yr old a few times in the round pen, at a walk, and the 2 yr old has just started lungeing/ serious groundwork as he was just recently gelded. My husband is fairly new to horses, but I have 30 plus years experience. Neither of the young ones will be suitable for him to ride for a long, long time and they are joined at the hip, so I haven't dared to even try and take the older one off the property. I found a 13 yr old mare, an Oldenburg, who was schooled to level 2 dressage and then went lame due to cartilage lesions on her stifles. She had surgery to remove these and is perfectly sound now, but will never have a huge track-up in trot. Her owner is a dressage rider and wanted to go higher, so she bred her and is now training her colt. Ali was then leased out for a year and used for trail rides, and after that she was tried out for therapeutic riding. But she was too large, and because of her dressage training needed constant contact on the bit so they deemed her unsuitable. The owner has 3 other horses , including her colt, so is now looking for a good home for Ali where she will be used and loved. She has agreed to giver her to me, for free, as long as she deems my place suitable. She is coming over tomorrow to see the place, and I hope she approves because she is a lovely horse and very beautifully trained! We will need to build another stall, but I have a side field with a run-in she can use for now, until they all get acquainted. At the moment she lives in a tiny electric enclosure smaller than our paddock. Here we have two huge fields (about 5 acres each) and the possibility for more. I am nervous because the fencing (all stock wire) is fairly old and rough in places, but I have fortified it all with electric along the top and will be replacing it in sections, gradually. Keeping fingers crossed!
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    10-02-2012, 10:52 AM
You can't really go wrong with a free horse;it's not like you can say it's a waste of money :)

But I will say that I am ridiculously jealous. In Australia, a free horse that isn't insane/unrideable are far and few between, let alone a dressage trained Oldenburg... But, photos? I have a soft spot for Oldenburgs.
    10-02-2012, 10:59 AM
Not only is she free, but the owner will take her back at any time if she doesn't work out or I can't keep her for any reason. Here are a couple of pics taken badly with my phone when I went to see her- will post more when/if she gets here.
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    10-02-2012, 11:07 AM
And then when you send her back, the owner can ship her over the Australia for me..

She looks gorgeous!
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    10-02-2012, 11:11 AM
Finding a much loved horse a good home is definitely more important then the money one makes on it. I can see where she would be happy to let you have her for free but will happily take her back if it doesn't work out for some reason. Peace of mind is priceless. Hope she works out for you, she is lovely.
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    10-02-2012, 11:23 AM
Yes, she obviously loves the mare very much- she had her since she was 3 and got a lovely baby out of her. As she said, she could easily sell her but then wouldn't be able to be as picky about where she goes. A good home is her top priority.
    10-04-2012, 05:35 PM
YAY! Ali's owner came over yesterday and she loved our place! She will be bringing her up on Saturday- I am SO excited!!!
    10-04-2012, 11:04 PM
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Woo-Hoo! Happy for you!
    10-06-2012, 07:37 PM
Well Ali arrived today, and has settled right in already! She is in a separate field from the boys, who kicked up a real fuss at first- bucking and snorting and running around like fools while she grazed calmly nearby! Her owner said she has never been in a big field like this in her life, and she is very happy she finally gets to live like a real horse. The field she is in is about 3-4 acres, and the other field (that the boys are in) is about 5. I will wait a week or so before I put them all together. But she looks perfectly content at the moment and she is LOVELY!
    10-06-2012, 09:40 PM
Here is a pic of her very happy in her new field!
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