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    04-26-2013, 07:45 PM
We're being given a horse, maybe even two!

So, a couple of days ago a family friend of ours called us and said that they were going to have to give away their 15 year old gelding, and since we had said we'd be interested in him if they ever wanted to get rid of him, we'd have first dibs! He comes free, and with all his tack, too. The reason they have to get rid of him is because the owner of the pasture he was kept in wants to put cattle in, and told them they'd have to move him. Problem with that is they have nowhere to move him TO.

The man and his family don't have a clue about horses though. While we were considering the offer today I called him with some questions that my mom said our BO will want to know. I found out that the horse has had no vaccinations or de-worming, and hasn't been trimmed since LAST SUMMER... And even then it was by the guy's teenaged daughter, who doesn't know what she's doing.

This info made us want to take the horse even more... No wonder that horse is "stubborn to ride" now! When they very first got him he was ridden around bridleless, so that tells me he probably knows his stuff, but has been subject to some, um, confusion.

So, even though we haven't seen the horse before we are going to take him, at least temporarily. We are going to meet at the vet on Monday morning! I'm pretty excited.

As for the other horse, it's just a big maybe. This one is a nice 10 year old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding. The owners just want to give it away because it walks to slow. They only wanted to zip around! My BO learned about through our farrier today. She is going to tell the owners that we might be interested, and to get more details on him.

If we do get both, which is a little doubtful, I'm going to pick which one is my favorite/the best, and maybe donate the other one to NHR, the therapeutic riding center my mom and I volunteer at. If we had our own land I'd keep both!

Anyway, I'm excited! Pictures will be in order as soon as I can get them!
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    04-26-2013, 09:11 PM
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I'd be wary, being trimmed I correctly and then left for several months not trimmed can cause some serious issues. Not vaccinating isn't a big shock I know many that if the horse doesn't leave the property they don't worry about it as much as a shower or big trail rider would. However he will need them if being moved. Just don't get too excited as it might end up they really messed him up feet wise and his teeth will likely need attention also if they hardly did feet and never gave shots.

Just some food for thought :) good luck though.
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    04-26-2013, 09:28 PM
Meeting at the vet is a very good idea. At least you will have a good idea what you are dealing with health and soundness wise.
Good luck...it sounds like this gelding needs a rescue, that's for sure.
And slow poke TWH? That's interesting.
Keep us posted on both horses.
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    04-27-2013, 08:31 AM
Good for you, HCT! I'm super happy for you!
Subbing - can't wait for pics
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    04-27-2013, 12:42 PM
A walking horse that walks too slow? Sign me up, sounds like husband horse material!
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    04-27-2013, 05:13 PM
Wow I wanna know what happens too!! Hopefully the 15 y/o will be fine with a little TLC. :) People who have horses who don't know anything make me mad. It isn't fair to the horse at all. I'm not sure why people think it is easy to take care of a horse....dumb dumb people. I'm really happy that these two have a rescue home with you, at least for a little while! Keep us updated!!!!
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    04-27-2013, 05:28 PM
Have the barn's farrier take a look. Depending on the terrain his hooves may not be real bad. Today I was looking at hoof trimmings from two weeks ago and it's amazing how the snow has rounded the hoof edges. The trimmer didn't to it, I was watching.
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    04-28-2013, 01:40 AM
I'll definitely keep you all posted! I'm looking forward to Monday. I'm a little afraid of what I'll see... but still excited.

BarrelRacingArabian~ Yes, I am wary, BUT all that is one of the reasons we are taking him. He needs to be taken from his current owners. The family is a great family and the dad (appliance repairman) has fixed our appliances for free since we met them in 1999 back when I was 2 years old! They just don't have a clue about horses, which he readily admitted. My BO was saying "Yes, yes! Take him and get the poor thing out of there."

I haven't seen the horse before, either. We're just taking him "as is"!

Our farrier is going to take a look at his feet, too. The soonest time I think is in two weeks, but, the horse came this far without a trim, so hopefully it will be "fine" for two weeks longer. He is a great farrier. My horse had hooves that were literally falling apart at one time, and now they are perfect. He's the best one my BO has ever known.

I'm having to look for a job RIGHT NOW because of all this. Lol I was going to wait until August. Gotta support my horse habit, you know...
    04-28-2013, 02:04 AM
Good luck
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    04-28-2013, 02:51 AM
SO soooo exciting!!
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