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    07-09-2012, 02:01 PM
  #1
Yearling
Is there such thing as another heart horse?

So I been thinking about my heart horse a lot lately. Even just thinking about it makes me tear up, and its been over a year.

Anyways, I was wondering, if, to cheer me up, others could share the stories of their heart horses.

Also I was wondering about opinions from others. Is it possible to find another heart horse? Since I lost mine, will there ever be another one?

Just some food for discussion.

My heart horse was named Lakota. She was lost to me last year. She helped me through a very rough time, and I raised her. I lost her when she was FINALLY mature enough to be trained, and was in professional training when she died. She helped me through the darkest part of my life.

So what are your stories?
     
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    07-09-2012, 02:03 PM
  #2
Weanling
What is a heart horse. If your talking about a horse to replace your go to any site and look there are horses everywhere put in some miles and find one your looking for.
     
    07-09-2012, 02:07 PM
  #3
Foal
If my heart horse you mean "soulmate" type horse, then yes, I believe that, just like people, there are many others who can be your soulmate, you just haven't found them yet. My first soulmate horse was Nela, and, even though I still have her, I have found not one but two other equines that I feel the same way about!
     
    07-09-2012, 02:14 PM
  #4
Trained
I get the heart horse thing. I have one. Can there ever be another one? Yes, IF you allow it. I had my first heart horse as a teenager and then after that I had horses that I loved but until I got Patti, not what I call a heart horse. I have others that are better bred, better quality and maybe even better looking, but she's it for me. We just GET each other like no other horse can.

I think you can have another heart horse in a lifetime and even maybe more that 2, but it's not something that happens immediately, it develops over time. Though with Patti, I gotta say it was as close to instantaneous as it can be, I fell in love with a picture on the internet. And I've never regretted my decision to buy her sight unseen, except for a couple of mediocre pics.

Each horse has a place in my heart, but when someone says, "Who's your 'go to' or best or special horse?", I always answer Patti. No hesitation, no though needed.





These are the pics that made me fall in love.



Peppermint Patti as an adult



And with HER foal, Hillbilly Harley, by RA Hot Every Night
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    07-09-2012, 02:53 PM
  #5
Yearling
I think so. My first horse I rode a few years before he was giving to me he was a TWH gelding 15.2hh 16 years old. Strawberry roan and a bold face. We did everything together we did games and won I tought him to do them and after a month he was better then my trainers horses and faster. While having him we got my QH for my mom and after sometime of the barn owner Mistreating them(found saddle marks on them after a weekend not there, they were spooked by men after not being so) and he started to get mean and we had to give him back. We moved after flooding to a farm went back to get him I didnt see him for 2 years and found out he had passed 3 to 5 months earlier.

My QH is very close to me he has been there for me thought moving to a new place, death of my first horse, and my TB and moms horse, my puppy who had to get put down from lymes, and my fist dog after 14 years. Whos my heart horse.

Flash my paint I feel like he could be my next heart horse he's very sweet and is fun to be around and fun to ride he's very willing and loveable!
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    07-09-2012, 03:00 PM
  #6
Foal
I had a lovely older woman once tell me a story/anaology. And its stuck to me to this day. Just for background this lady owns a ton of ponies and rehab horses and has a business doing pony parties for kids and working with the handicapped in Washington State, so she knows horses and knows ponies and knows people with horses and ponies.

She said every woman she's ever known has a horse gland.

Sometimes it lies dormant for ages and then suddenly without rhyme or reason the horse gland will swell up and ooze puss and pulsate and bleed and every other thing you can think of until we go mad and go out and find a new horse. She said that gland is directly connected to a specific horse and a specific need both yours and the animals. And when that perfect storm finally comes together you have an everlasting partnership that goes on past the grave. I've met horses with lost owners that have passed on who still wait every day at their gates for their riders to return and I wonder if they ask the same thing you are asking here.

Its the gland... the horse gland... its the same one horses have for needing new people. And when your ready and the horse is ready, it will wake up and you'd better go looking!
     
    07-09-2012, 03:06 PM
  #7
Banned
I have heard people who have multiple heart horses. I have only had one - I wonder if that's because I don't allow myself to feel the same way and create the same bond. Or if I have just not met the right horse since.

I don't know, but I feel very grateful that I experienced it with my former horse.
     
    07-09-2012, 03:15 PM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
I get the heart horse thing. I have one. Can there ever be another one? Yes, IF you allow it. I had my first heart horse as a teenager and then after that I had horses that I loved but until I got Patti, not what I call a heart horse. I have others that are better bred, better quality and maybe even better looking, but she's it for me. We just GET each other like no other horse can.

I think you can have another heart horse in a lifetime and even maybe more that 2, but it's not something that happens immediately, it develops over time. Though with Patti, I gotta say it was as close to instantaneous as it can be, I fell in love with a picture on the internet. And I've never regretted my decision to buy her sight unseen, except for a couple of mediocre pics.

Each horse has a place in my heart, but when someone says, "Who's your 'go to' or best or special horse?", I always answer Patti. No hesitation, no though needed.





These are the pics that made me fall in love.



Peppermint Patti as an adult



And with HER foal, Hillbilly Harley, by RA Hot Every Night

They are both beautiful and I LOVE the foals name lol
     
    07-09-2012, 03:15 PM
  #9
Weanling
I think you can have more than one heart horse, but each horse will be your heart horse in different ways. Never two horses the same, never two relationships the same, but that doesn't mean the bonds arent as strong.

But don't go looking for another heart horse. Alli turned out to be mine, but when I first met her she was just the annoying filly that got in the way of her dams reschooling. 20 months ago, I would have laughed if someone told me she would become what she is to me now. But today I can't bear to think of life without her, it physically hurts. I wasn't looking for a heart horse, but we somehow- fate, coinsidence, karma, whatever- we found each other.

Look at me getting all romantic and philosophical O.o
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    07-09-2012, 03:23 PM
  #10
Yearling
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Reno
2008 bay Thoroughbred gelding
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Ever since I was a little girl I wanted a horse; specifically a bay Thoroughbred gelding (blame my first horse breeds book). For years all we could afford was riding lessons, and sometimes not even that. In high school I started taking on manual labor at barns in exchange for lessons. It wasn't until 2011 when my dream became so close I could almost reach out and grab it.

I looked online for Thoroughbred rescue in my area and found TPR (Thoroughbred Placement Resources), but at the time I didn't see any horse that caught my interest. When the early summer rolled around, the photo of a gorgeous bay gelding struck straight through my heart. I instantly fell in love and I would do anything to be able to adopt him.

the first photo I ever saw of him


I emailed the lovely woman who ran the rescue, asking questions about this horse, the adoption procedures, everything I could think of. Reno had been retired at two years old for being too slow to win races (though the videos I watched made me think that with a different jockey he could have done better - he was trying his heart out) and a bowed tendon. The injury wasn't horrible and healed very nicely so I wasn't worried about that at all. I said that I was interested in him, but at that time didn't have anywhere for him to stay. I left it at that and kept checking back while I began my search for places to board my potential horse.

In mid-August I checked the website and, much to my dismay, Reno had been taken off the page. I thought he had been adopted and I cried because I had been working so hard to find a way to bring him home. I began a half-hearted search just in case another horse happened to strike my fancy. I found another horse, 2009 gelding Mr Church Mouse. I wasn't "in love" with him like I had been with Reno, but his pedigree wasn't anything to laugh at - great grandson of Halo and Secretariat, both on his dam's side.

I emailed the woman directly associated with Mouse and somehow I ended up telling her how I had been interested in another horse named Reno who had been taken off the rescue site. She told me that she had personally worked with Reno and that he, in fact, hadn't been adopted. They had just taken him down because his photo was outdated. I became giddy with excitement. She put me in touch with where Reno was being kept and I emailed back in forth with this new lady.

In the Autumn I placed an ad on Craigslist stating that I was willing to work at a barn in exchange for board for my potential horse. It wasn't long before I received a reply from a young woman who took lessons at a farm 30 miles North of where I lived. She directed me to the owner of the farm and soon a deal was struck and I informed everyone of when I would be picking Reno up and hauling him home. My current riding instructor lent me one of her barn employees and trailer for the job and Reno didn't act up too much when we loaded him up.

I ended up moving into the basement apartment of the house on the farm, but after seven months I figured it would be more cost efficient to move in with my family and pay $450/month for board and not do the barn work as opposed to $925/month for the apartment and work until my back gave out. He is currently being trained for the next 3-4 months for free by the amazing farm owner. After that, I will be moving him closer to me.

I almost can't believe that I made my dream come true. I saved him, I love him with all my heart, and I know for a fact that he feels the same way about me.

Reno and his buddy Oberon (Toga Race)
     

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