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    08-28-2013, 12:29 PM
I think we need to plan a cyber-party for DBA!!!

I'll bring the margaritas, chips, salsa.
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    08-28-2013, 12:44 PM
Glad to hear that about our mutual friend dba, hope it goes well:) We have a friend coming in from out of town with her kids at some point this weekend. Supposed to take them to the barn to ride on Saturday but not sure what time and it's supposed to be 105! I see an early start hopefully. What time you leaving for ft worth?
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    08-28-2013, 01:54 PM
I'm all for cyber parties. I can come up with dessert Hope you have a Happy Birthday DB and the rest of your day is uneventful. Must be something in the weather. Mine decided they didn't know their assigned spots for breakfast and went nuts at feeding. Looking forward to pics. My dear dyslexic child had his mind and seat blown working on diagonals at lessons. He does so well when he doesn't think about it but when forced to he can't help but mess up as he and spatial relationships are a no go.

Happy Wednesday everyone!!!!!
    08-28-2013, 02:02 PM
Will the heat and humidity ever end???? Thank goodness for cool mornings...kids on the bus by 6:30am makes for a great time to work Lilbit and standing in the shade while she and our gelding weed eat the garden afterwards..(not really weeds but nice Bermuda grass that needs to be gone)
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    08-28-2013, 02:12 PM
A weed is ANY plant growing in an inappropriate location....... My husband thinks the rose bush next to the step is a really big weed and consciously leads the horses to it so it can be "pruned" in the hopes it will eventually be"weeded". I like to think of that thorny devil as discouragement for unwanted guests.
    08-28-2013, 02:18 PM
I need some input guys. So, a friend is going to buy the yearling we are selling. They are great people and I know she will have an awesome home, plus we will still get to see her all the time. They have owned horses before, but I would not call them "experienced" and I have already discussed the need for training when the time comes and all that jazz. Got that covered. BUT, the main thing I'm concerned about is that they have no other horses, so she will be by herself. She is very buddy sour in the pasture right now and couldn't care less about us or being handled or messed with. She is halter broke and will lead, bathe, tie, let you pick up her feet, etc... but you gotta catch her first!! She is not a playful filly and has a very laid back demeanor. She already knows the boundaries with the other horses and willingly submits to the boss gelding. (they used to be in the same paddock in TN and he was like an adoptive parent to her lol, but he will sure whop her one at feeding time!)

My feelings hurt for her to imagine her alone in a strange new place and not having the comfort of another horse. The people buying her do have goats, so it's not like she would be isolated and have no other life forms around at least. The biggest concern is proper development and not being in a herd. Being 15 months has she had enough herd time to learn how to have respect, boundaries, etc? I don't want to set them up to have a problem horse later on, but more importantly I don't want to ruin her before she even has a chance!

To give more detail and clarify - Right now she is in a pasture with a long yearling, and Pan because of weaning Pan. The other 3 grown horses are in the adjacent paddock separated only by wire fencing. Prior to this all of my horses were together here, and before that she has always been with a herd since she was born.
    08-28-2013, 02:55 PM
We each have our limitations to what we can provide. Often the ideal is illusive. At 15 months she knows her place. If they have goats she won't be lonely. Ideal no but she will develop into a the horse becomes based on her genes and their support. If they are relaxed and permissive towards her behavior she may well become demon spawn but if they are diligent and kind in their handling she will become the best horse she can be learning her place in their "herd". If you have all other bases covered and they are willing to follow your directive and handle her with respect as well as expecting/demanding respect in return then all will be well.
    08-28-2013, 04:03 PM
EMS, proud of you for being concerned with her AFTER the sale. Kudos to you for wanting to make sure she can have the very best experience possible with what the new owners can provide. It will be different and will be new, but they would have to mess up badly in order for things to go south - sounds like they have good intentions. For what it's worth, I've always had better results with training young horses (even long yearlings) when they first arrive here. They don't know anyone, they don't know the rules, and show them even the teeniest amount of kindness and they are in your pocket from then on. So there is a possibility she could respond really well and it might even work out for the better. Stay optimistic!
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    08-28-2013, 04:08 PM
So what are we eating for our Cyber Party? Are we having a main dish? Screw that - lets have lots of appetizers and junk food and pig out. There are no calories in pretend food! Altho I SWEAR the waistline on my jeans gets tighter every time I smell chocolate....

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    08-28-2013, 04:09 PM
EMSTnnWalker you just got to let go once your sell her. She is a horse and does nnot have the same emotions we humans do. Yes they should live in a herd enviroment but tell the new owners to get a donkey and she will be ok.
Might cure her buddy sour problem and she will probably become more attached to her new owners without any horses around.
If this is the one you rescued you have done more than most folks and hay prices are going up soon. Cutting your herd makes sense. Shalom
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