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post #1 of 26 Old 08-09-2012, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Spinoff - How old was your horse when purchased...?

And did you bond well? In light of a recent thread, I'm curious. My current three I have bought from my grandmother.

Magic - Grandmother bought as a 3 year old unbroke bred mare. I was the only one small enough yet big enough(age 6, other cousins ranged from 3 yrs to newborn) to ride her. My dad bought her for me when I was 9, I still have her. She's 19, I'm 23. She's my baby, my first pony. I will have her til the day she dies.

Annie - Grandmother traded my favorite Arab gelding for a little, chunky, witchy 7 year old mare. I was infuriated, upset, confused as to why she would give up such a perfect horse. Time went by, and I outgrew Magic, thus leaving Annie as my option if I wanted to continue running barrels. So, I appeased my grandmother. We clashed. She was spooky, grumpy, and stubborn. Our first show we had a near accident, because of a ribbon flapping in the wind. For a few years we kind of pushed through our issues, working to get better at our classes. Finally we began to form a partnership, and I decided to buy her. I made payments for two years and when she was 14 she was finally mine. We continued our barrel career, taking home many grand and reserve championships, hundreds of ribbons, a few belt buckles. Our bond grew from tolerating each other to her being y best friend. She would walk to the end of the earth and back, as long as I said it was okay. This mare is my soul mate, the love of my life. Sadly, last December she got tangled in her stall gate, tearing a tendon in her knee. It caused the top part of her knee joint to shift, and in healing calcified. She is sound for light riding only now. She is 19 also, and will live out her days with me.

Chopper- Grandmother had two ponies, neither of which ended up being what they were supposed to. So, she takes them back and trades them for a scrawny, ugly Appaloosaa colt. I broke him out as a two year old, and fell in love with his intelligence, fire, and attitude mixed with dopeyness. He's now 6, and were slowly working towards barrels and combined training on the side for fun. I love this horse as if he was my child. He behaves best for me, and works best for me.

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post #2 of 26 Old 08-09-2012, 12:59 AM
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When I was 5 I got a 15 year old Quarab ex-lesson horse.
When I was 10 I got a 10 year old POA pony.
When I was 14 I got a 4 year old paint horse.
And now I'm 21 and have a newborn foal.
And plenty of riding various other people's horses in between, plus the babies that have been born on our breeding farm.

Would I have ever gotten a foal as a first horse? Absolutely not. Working with babies always tests my patience and my ability to learn and think creatively. I still consult with my trainer/mother for tips and pointers. Working with a baby is probably even harder than working with a riding horse, simply because they have to be taught the basic of the basics with perfect timing and feel. And firmness. I love my baby girl, but I'm tougher on her than any other horse. And she is learning to respect me.

Call me crazy, but I am not a fan of this "magic horse bonding" bull-crap. Yes, there is bonding that goes on with the horse, but I refuse to treat my horses like dogs. They work in their own way, and speak in their own language. They do not deviate, they do not become "little humans".

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post #3 of 26 Old 08-09-2012, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
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I completely agree. My mare and I have a partnership, I am her leader and because of that I have 100% respect from her, which is why I say she trusts what I tell her.
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post #4 of 26 Old 08-09-2012, 01:23 AM
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I initially bought from a fellow boarder who later turned out to be the housemate from hell (another story entirely) a thought to be 4yo standie mare. Turns out she was a greenbroke 7yo but we clicked instantly. I still have now at 13 and only paddock sound due to a shoulder injury.

Second horse I bought at 6mo. Shes now a greenbroke 3.5yo welsh cob that's extremely stubborn but very sweet.

My third pony I bred myself (friesian cross) and is rising 2. She's got her mothers sweet temperament with just enough fire to be interesting.

I have had to mini geldings in between these girls both bought as 3yo. One I sold cos he was pretty feral and needed someone who could spend all day with him. The other I sold recently as a child's mount. He is currently a small 3yo dream pony.
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post #5 of 26 Old 08-09-2012, 01:28 AM
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I had three but recently gave one to a friend so now I only have two.

Pepper- I got her when she was 26 and she was almost inseparable from her previous who she had been with most of her life. She was the best horse I could have had to learn from and I completely trusted her with anything. She is now with a friend in semi retirement enjoying the good life.

Apache- We bought him when he was 10 as my first horse. Turns out he was one of the worst horses as a confidence builder. I eventually got the point of dreading the thought of riding him. We had him up for sale though he obviously never sold. I eventually got help from a trainer and my confidence with him improved immensely. I love riding him now. He always used to be grumpy and a loner but over the months he has become much more playful and friendly. We are still in the process of forming a bond but have formed a good partnership so far.

Sammy- We bought him he was 12. I got him when we were in the process of selling Apache. He was a last minute decision. A friend told us of a horse they found an ad for. When we went and looked at the horse it ended up being a horse I had been admiring on my bus trip to school for the last few weeks. We clicked immediately. We still have little things to work on but everyone describes us as two peas in a pod. My mum thinks we suit each other perfectly with our silly I dont' have a brain personalities.

My two horse Apache and Sammy are my world
along with our dogs Patch and Bear.
But I will always love you Jimmy R.I.P
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I bought my horse as a 5yo, knew him and had learned/worked with him since he was 4. Now he's a feisty 6yo. We bond well, but in the beginning, though we enjoyed each others' company, we were too green for each other, so I took some time off before leasing him as a 5yo and then buying him. For now, I wouldn't even think about buying a horse younger than 4 years, it would be too much for me, and let's just cut the black stallion thingy. :) I have those moments sometimes, but I am realistic about my skill level.

I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
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post #7 of 26 Old 08-09-2012, 07:28 AM
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My horse was an 8 year old when we became each other's. She is now a healthy 25 year old. We have a definite bond between us.
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post #8 of 26 Old 08-09-2012, 07:41 AM
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My horse was 14 when I got her. As she's my first horse she was the perfect age. She's now 15. We bonded in just a short few months and it gets stronger all the time.
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post #9 of 26 Old 08-09-2012, 07:43 AM
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Both my mares were unhandled yearlings when I got them 6+ years back.

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post #10 of 26 Old 08-09-2012, 08:41 AM
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Jasper, my first horse, we got as a yearling. I was 11. We had a mentor help us throughout his training.

Nutmegg, we picked out at 3 months. He was our 2nd horse.

Thunder, officially our 3rd horse at 2 years old.

Chilly came to us at 8 months old, malnourished, wormy, had lice and no training.

When i was 14, i got ia 14 year old POA. I bonded with him the most out of any horse. He was my heart horse. When i gave him up, it was the hardest thing i ever did. I stopped racing for 4 years and just this year, have gotten back into it. I still miss my pony.

My step aunt bred Curlies. She constantly sent me horses to work with from weanlings to starting under saddle age. So weve had lots of horses over the years. We also had a boarder here. (That rarely came out)

Now i just recently got a 5 year old mare. Im really loving her and hoping she and i bond like my old pony did. Hes hard to beat, so we'll see.

I also have a foal on the way. Due in March 2013.
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