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        08-23-2013, 12:41 PM
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    Yearling
    Awww, y'all are making me teary-eyed
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        08-23-2013, 01:06 PM
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    I've heard of it described as one creature in two bodies. The two I have now are pretty special, and pickles may be THAT horse, I don't know yet. I do know that Sparky was, and he was with me for such a short time.

    I loved his mother, who was pregnant when my BO bought her. I told my BO I had to have the foal, I knew even then. He was born early, in a thunderstorm, and the second I saw him I had to have him.

    I was the only person to handle him, the first to touch him. He was a perfect handful, and my dream horse. He was my shoulder to cry on during a tough year, and the only thing I looked forward to at the end of a stressful day.

    As a yearling he had a freak accident and broke his hip. There was nothing we could do, and it refused to heal. The last day he nickered when he saw me and came hobbling up, happy to see me, And then I let him go, peacefully to where there is no more pain.

    I still miss him. He was just short of 2 years old.
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        08-24-2013, 05:27 PM
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    Foal
    Woww, thank you all so much
         
        08-24-2013, 05:48 PM
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    Weanling
    To me the horse of a lifetime (so far), is one I only knew a few short months and was never mine. I used to ride at a ranch, and I would exercise others horses for them when they themselves couldn't.
    One day, there was this horse named only "Black", owned by someone else, but I rode him for them. Man, was he something else. FAST, but still controlled(ish), good go all day and LOVED to just lope circles. It was like riding a sports car, or the sky, or something I don't even know. He also had issues, he had marks from where a halter had grown into his face, and he was so headshy it took many, many tries to get his bridle on. But I adored him, I worked with him, teaching him confidence, how to control himself under saddle, and we bonded. He was impossible to catch in a paddock, but I could catch him.
    I loved him like my own (actually, even more than my own...)
    Then, one day, his owners took him off the ranch, I had an evening to say goodbye, so we rushed to the ranch, and I rode him, hugged him, and for the first time, right before I said goodbye, he put his head in my chest and just stayed there.
    He was gone a long time, I thought I would never see him again and I really mourned, not knowing if he was being abused like his past, or what or where he was.
    One day out of the blue, we got a call from the ranch owner; "blacks back". I cried I was so happy, I couldnt wait to see him, ride him, see if he remembered me. When I first saw him again, he did remember me and I was overjoyed. His owners were selling him, and my family and I were figuring out how to buy him.
    As we were, the ranch owners daughter decided she wanted him, though she had never ridden or interacted with him like I had. Everyone knew how much I loved him, it was a well known fact I adored and would buy him. She bought him however, renamed him, and basically, ran him into the ground. He became high headed, crazy under saddle, and not the horse I once knew. I barely even recognized him. We left the ranch a few years later, but I still miss him, and wonder what we could have become if I could have had him.
         
        08-26-2013, 07:16 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    My gelding, Buck, is a dream horse. I can plop my friends on him for rides and trust that he'll take care of them, even if he is a bit annoyed that they don't know how to ride him perfectly. When I'm riding him I don't even have to think about the mechanics of riding, we just go knowing that we will take care of each other. He looks to me to see my reaction to a scary thing when nervous. I can ride him for 10 miles or three circles around the pasture and he is the same horse. He likes being around people and getting attention. Just a wonderful horse to have! He was my first horse and I will have him until he dies.
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