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post #11 of 25 Old 06-19-2012, 04:54 PM
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Okay then, my best advice.

I don't know if you tried these horses out, rode them at all? That knowledge would help as otherwise we don't know whether our advice is useful or whether you're not going to thank us for it.

It sounds suspiciously like the dealer took advantage of your kind nature to off-load two problem horses at once. Their pair-bond will make them very possessive of each other and either horse may react very badly when you try to separate them to school, or hack out, or even stable them.

Only time will tell on this front, but that is my first reaction.

On the basic stuff, if I were to receive two horses with unknown history my first action would be to get the vet out to give them their vaccinations, and do a full work-up to assess their health and fitness.

My shopping list would have head collars, lead ropes, basic first aid kit, and hay nets.

I would work out a feeding and turnout regime based on their previous home, and the advice of the vet.

I would worm them, again based on vet guidance.

And unless I had ridden them both before I got them, I would not contemplate getting on without a knowledgeable friend present to pick me up off the floor if either of them turned out to be the devil incarnate.

I would then get a saddler to come and fit saddles, and the farrier to sort out their feet.

Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.
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post #12 of 25 Old 06-19-2012, 04:55 PM
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On that note, I grew up on a farm that trains racing OTTBs, so I'm very familiar with their particular needs and what I'm in for. This is hardly a supportive forum, sheesh...
ARG! My reply got lost in a connection error grrrrrr

I wasn't trying to be unsupportive, I was just pointing out that taking a high energy and strong willed horse like a TB, add buddy sour into that and you're going to have quite a "fun" time, not a chore you would find me signing up for if I had any other option Just sharing an opinion.

Anyway, congrazts; and I hope they bring you much happiness
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post #13 of 25 Old 06-19-2012, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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No, no I appreciate the advice. I won't let my heart make a stupid decision. I'm a sucker for rescues and I'd happy to give them both a new lease on life - they were both horribly abused and no one's biting...but I also know that I'm in for a pretty difficult venture.
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post #14 of 25 Old 06-19-2012, 05:39 PM
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Some things to add: emergency fence repair / temporary fix supplies, spare halter and lead rope, salt block, mineral block, feed pans/buckets, there's so many variations of what's needed, depending on what you have, your climate and your set up. Do you have a shelter for them? What kind of fencing? A barn?
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post #15 of 25 Old 06-19-2012, 06:18 PM
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My mare ended up breaking her lead rope when I first got her. It would have been handy to have a spare. Also, I've found a lunge line to be helpful for lots of groundwork.

Congratulations on the new horses! :)
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post #16 of 25 Old 06-19-2012, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much :) I appreciate all the good advice - both suggestions of caution and good ideas of things to have on hand. I'm going to have my trainer/lesson instructor come with me to give the horses another once-over.
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post #17 of 25 Old 06-19-2012, 06:44 PM
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Rope Halter, leads, grooming kits, HOOF PICKS, feed and water buckets, pasture water- tank-trough(sp)- never ending creek with easy access, fencing, shavings or some type of bedding, hay, feed, supplements if any, barn, blankets TB's are kinda thin skinned and some don't do well without a blanket on colder nights/days, fly sheets or other fly control, first aid/vet kit, farrier and vet/secondary vet on speed dial, most knowledgeable horse friend on speed dial, feed store and shavings supplier set up,
Oh heck- I could do this all day LOL Good luck and please post pictures when they are home!
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post #18 of 25 Old 06-19-2012, 08:24 PM
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I always have a 6 or 12 foot training lead, because it can be used for everything; for a bit of "lunging" to work off excess energy, or just instead of a lead rope, because if the horse bolts unexpectedly a short lead may slide through your hands but with a long lead you have heaps to grab onto lol. Also handy if the horse is being really naughty, disrespectful and pushy while leading, because the lead will be long enough to tap them on the butt and get them moving.

I'd also recommend a separate grooming kit for each horse, otherwise I guarantee you'll lose something while taking it back and forth lol. Even if they're stalled right next to each other, mane combs and hoof picks have an amazing habit of disappearing into thin air!

First aid kit is essential, as others have said, especially wound spray. No matter how carefully you check your yard, they'll find something sharp. Horses have some sort of radar for finding sharp things!

And I definitely second the vet visit, get the vet out the very next day. Plus farrier and dentist, you want to get everything fixed/sorted straight away so you can focus on enjoying your horses!

And most importantly, smile and appreciate the fact that you are so lucky to have two beautiful horses that you're giving a second chance at life to. It won't be easy, and there'll probably be lots of tears and frustration and moments where you want to give up, but at the end of the day you've opened your heart, home and wallet to these amazing creatures and you'll create some memories you'll never forget :)
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post #19 of 25 Old 06-19-2012, 08:59 PM
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Congrats and I hope all goes well.
Is there a contract or trial period so you can make sure its a fit
That may be a good idea?
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post #20 of 25 Old 06-19-2012, 09:01 PM
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Safe stalls for them for when you are working with one and stalling the other one.

Good luck. I have seen friends do this and you seem to be determined so that will help. My old gelding and mare would scream for the one who was being worked. They didn't act up but all the screaming drove me mad.
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