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    11-05-2013, 05:49 PM
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So today I met my horse's first owner..

For the last year I've had my guy on stall board. Which he and I both hate. So I am in the process of looking around for pasture board. I text my vet a few days ago, and she gave me a guy's number in the town she lives in (30 mins from me). I called, then went to see the place today. Super sweet old school cowboy and his wife; talked forever to them and they asked about my horse. I showed them a picture and his jaw dropped.

The man has trained horses his whole life, and he said he knew my horse from the day he was born till he was sold around 3-4yo. He was sold for $3000 and I bought him 5 years ago for $1200. He said I got a steal He told me how Hunter was orphaned (dam died) and grew up in a house until he was too big to do so comfortably. He confirmed what the girl I bought him from said about him being closer to 20, although he thinks he could be even younger I really doubt that's true just given his arthritis and such, and the man is in his 60s and may have lost a few years.. But he swears up and down he's not 25 like my dentist thinks he is.

But he and his wife are going to try to find me some pictures and more information on him! They seemed super excited at the thought of Hunter going back to the place he used to live, and I really got a good feeling about the place and the people despite not knowing anyone there and it being 35 mins from home and the fact that it's really not all that "pretty" of a place.

Still, I love that I met them and that I got a good vibe from the place!
     
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    11-05-2013, 05:59 PM
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Yearling
Your story sounds too unbelievable to be true! That is so cool that you actually just ran into these people! Good for you and your horse ;)
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    11-05-2013, 06:12 PM
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Weanling
Amp23, what a great story!

Please take it from me, a boarding facility doesn't have to be pretty as long as you know your horse is being treated well and the overall situation is a win/win for both of you.

We have our own story that reminded me a bit about yours... My hubby and I took a chance and connected with the breeder of our very first horse about 6 months after we bought him. John (the breeder) was an old OK cowboy that was as pleased as could be to hear about Homer (yes, that was our horse's name and we found out that even though he was born the same year as Homer Simpson came on the air that he was named for John's very best friend as a young boy). We became pen-pals with John and that continued until after we had to put Homer down. John was kind enough to send us all sorta' pix of Homer for the 3 years he had him as well as articles about the sire/dam and stuff about John himself. John was quite a character and he bred a good horse in our 'sassy boy' Homer.
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    11-05-2013, 10:18 PM
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Currently we are at what may be considered a "5 star" barn- super nice. So it's just a bit of a change. But like I said I got a good feeling from it and he will be closer to the vet that deals with him. If it says anything about this guy, he said he once treated a bad cut on a horses leg and after the fact asked the vet to see if she could find a scar and never found it.

He sounds like he truly knows what he's doing, so I trust him 100% to take care of my horse, which is my main concern. My boarding choices were in town and worry about his care or out of town and no worries.

When it's not hunting season there are also tons of hunting clubs to ride in, as well as some nearby state parks that the boarders travel to often, so I'm looking forward to that.

I'm just so excited- what are the chances of this happening?! He will be back "home" where he was raised for a while. I'm really hoping to get some pictures from when he was younger and some information opn his sire and dam. I've always wondered about his past!
     
    11-06-2013, 02:08 PM
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So this morning I got a call back from this man. He said he contacted the man who bottle fed Hunter as a baby, and in looking at pictures, the dates on them show he is 14-16 years old. WHAT?! How is this possible? He has BAD arthritis in one hock, although the rest of his body is in great shape. What could happen to a horse to cause bad arthritis with bone spavin on the inside of the lower hock joint? I couldn't believe this.

I also found out something sad- how he got his name. There was a little girl that loved him when he was a baby, and was always asking why he looked lost and was wandering around. They would say he was "huntin for her," meaning looking for his mother. So the name Hunter stuck. I almost cried hearing this!
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    11-06-2013, 02:13 PM
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Awe what a sweet story
     
    12-18-2013, 01:59 PM
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Alright, so an update to this- we moved Hunter on Monday. He stayed in the round pen overnight where he could see and smell the other horses without being in with them. Yesterday I spent most of the day out there and was able to watch him be turned out with the others, which was uneventful at most.. He only met with one Haflinger and one donkey.. The rest ignored him lol

He seemed SO happy to be back out on pasture and out of a stall! He's finally able to be a horse again.

The new barn


Checking out the barn and horses behind him


Rode with this girl, she was on one of the BO's horses (who she woke up before hopping on) and Coffee decided she was still too tired and wanted to sleep some more... lol


First turned out and checking out the horses in the other area (multiple paddocks connect by gates, can be closed off as needed)


Coffee needed a good roll when turned back out


Looking pretty


All the horses Hunter was staring at


At one point I left him alone, lost track of him and went to check on him to find him checking out the donkey. I couldn't get to my camera in time to see them checking each other out, but here's one of just Festus!


Then Hunter made friends with a Haflinger


Then decided he wanted to hang out on his own for a little while exploring
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    12-18-2013, 02:53 PM
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Green Broke
Aww That story is too cute!
     
    12-18-2013, 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by amp23    
So this morning I got a call back from this man. He said he contacted the man who bottle fed Hunter as a baby, and in looking at pictures, the dates on them show he is 14-16 years old. WHAT?! How is this possible? He has BAD arthritis in one hock, although the rest of his body is in great shape. What could happen to a horse to cause bad arthritis with bone spavin on the inside of the lower hock joint? I couldn't believe this.

I also found out something sad- how he got his name. There was a little girl that loved him when he was a baby, and was always asking why he looked lost and was wandering around. They would say he was "huntin for her," meaning looking for his mother. So the name Hunter stuck. I almost cried hearing this!
Are they time stamps on the photo? Lots of times the dates aren't correct on those, so it's possible that they're off by a few years. Some horses start to have bad arthritis at a young age, while some will go until age 25 without any issues. I'd be more convinced if they could find a dated vet bill or something.

Still, though, that's so cool! Especially that they recognized him instantly! Looks like you and Hunter are going to have fun at your new place.
     
    12-18-2013, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by DuckDodgers    
Are they time stamps on the photo? Lots of times the dates aren't correct on those, so it's possible that they're off by a few years. Some horses start to have bad arthritis at a young age, while some will go until age 25 without any issues. I'd be more convinced if they could find a dated vet bill or something.

Still, though, that's so cool! Especially that they recognized him instantly! Looks like you and Hunter are going to have fun at your new place.
I have no idea, I plan on getting more information soon from them and they said they'd contact the man who actually bred for him (this guy had him from like 3-4 or so training him). I thought I'd heard him make a comment the other day that he was in fact 18-19 like the girl I got him from said, but I'm still looking into it. I hate how it's such a mystery though lol.

I really have wondered if the girl before me did more barrels or something on him and he got an injury from it.. I don't know. He just has BAD arthritis in one hock and the rest of him is in really great shape.
     

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