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        12-26-2012, 07:52 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    If I wouldn't have named Daisy, well... Daisy, I would have named her Whisper. I love it. It is a beautiful name for a mare... congrats on your decision, I am sure it will turn out wonderfully :)
         
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        12-27-2012, 10:55 AM
      #22
    Foal
    When I went into looking for a horse (I looked for a while but it took a while for me to really find my dream horse), I kind of just had no expectations. I was like, "I'll see who I get along with.." Maybe you should use horse search engines, like dreamhorse.com, and look at ads in local tack shops and whatnot and see if you can at least get out there and look at a couple other horses. I personally suggest not limiting yourself by breed, because although the TB is a beautiful breed and it is what you've been set on, you might find yourself really falling in love with another horse. I used to ride kinda hunter jumperish and just english lessons, and I found myself falling in love with a beautiful green quarter horse mare and we got really into dressage (now she's out, hopefully temporarily, because of osteoarthritis, but we'll see, that's another story). Listen to your heart on this one, and pray about it, because if you really love this arab (he or she really is beautiful), then maybe you should reconsider? Do what makes you the happiest. If I would have waited and not purchased my horse, my life would be entirely different and I would have missed out on some of the most amazing opportunities of my entire life. May God bless you on your horsey journey :) Everything happens for a reason
         
        12-27-2012, 11:05 AM
      #23
    Foal
    When I went into looking for a horse (I looked for a while but it took a while for me to really find my dream horse), I kind of just had no expectations. I was like, "I'll see who I get along with.." Maybe you should use horse search engines, like dreamhorse.com, and look at ads in local tack shops and whatnot and see if you can at least get out there and look at a couple other horses. I personally suggest not limiting yourself by breed, because although the TB is a beautiful breed and it is what you've been set on, you might find yourself really falling in love with another horse. I used to ride kinda hunter jumperish and just english lessons, and I found myself falling in love with a beautiful green quarter horse mare and we got really into dressage (now she's out, hopefully temporarily, because of osteoarthritis, but we'll see, that's another story). Listen to your heart on this one, and pray about it, because if you really love this arab (he or she really is beautiful), then maybe you should reconsider? Do what makes you the happiest. If I would have waited and not purchased my horse, my life would be entirely different and I would have missed out on some of the most amazing opportunities of my entire life. May God bless you on your horsey journey :) Everything happens for a reason
         
        12-27-2012, 11:51 AM
      #24
    Green Broke
    Happy to hear that you have decided to buy that nice Arabian mare. I really like the name Whisper, much better than what she's being called now. Hope you will keep us posted on your journey with her.
         
        12-31-2012, 12:22 AM
      #25
    Weanling
    I decided I was being silly with her name. It is so obvious what it should be! From here on out, I'm calling her Dreamer! :)
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        01-02-2013, 01:28 AM
      #26
    Trained
    Dreams are for the future, I believe this mare picked you as her dream owner, you have an obligation. I have two "obligations" in my pasture now, but in the future I will be retiring in Arizona & riding in the Scotsdale show on my Khemosabi bred gelding, while you are jumping on the A circuit with your TB. And I hope we will still be on this forum posting pics of our escapades!
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        01-02-2013, 01:34 AM
      #27
    Weanling
    That was beautifully put. Perhaps she did pick me. She seems to know that I've "rescued" her from being a pasture girl her whole life. While she may pretend she hates working now and then,I think she really does like it. I belive that dreams can push us forward. Someday you can be in Scotsdale! I hope you will not let go of that dream!
         
        01-02-2013, 02:15 AM
      #28
    Yearling
    I have gone into the market looking for my dream horse two times, and after owning 4 horses, I still don't have him.
    The first time, I was 8. My paint mare was poisoned and put down. I wanted another paint mare, and was very adamant- I was not ready to move on from my Penny, I was in shock still. My mom eventually dragged me out to look at a horse- a bay quarab gelding, only 6 1/2 years old. The first time I rode him was in a gymkhana. My mom trailered him out, tacked him up, threw me on at the gate and that was it. The second that gate closed he went from a dead stop to a full gallop, I had the entire crowd cheering for me, yelling "HOLD ON!!!" and "GO LITTLE GIRL GO!!!!"
    He ran up around the poles, and since I never turned him, back down the other side. He stopped, walked through the gate, and stood still while I jumped off and screamed that I was never getting on him again.
    He passed away this April, and he was the best horse I've ever had. In the 8 years I had him, he was my rock. I cannot explain how much he meant to me. I'll never have a horse like him again, he was my 'heart horse.'
    A while before he passed he developed a calcified knee, and was retired to the trails only, and I still wanted to compete. At 14 I was back on the market for a horse. I had always wanted to jump and do english, and therefore was looking for a horse to do that- I had my eye on a big dappled grey trakhener gelding, 5 years old, who was pretty much exactly what I wanted.
    A little bit later I, on a whim, clicked on an ad for a 2 year old arabian colt, pretty, but not what I wanted. He was close by though, so we went to see him. We bought him that same day. He is intelligent, sensitive, and all-around a fantastic little horse that I love dearly. Again, though, not what I wanted, not what I had in mind as my 'dream horse.'
    A couple years after getting him, my neighbor offered me a black and white grade paint which he had bought for his wife in an attempt to get her interested in horses and save their marriage. None of that happened after he threw her off and cracked her skull, so he ended up sitting for a couple of years. I rode him a couple of times and took him home. Still not a horse that fit my ideal, not my 'dream horse.' He's intelligent, willing, hilarious and sweet. I really love him.
    If I had waited and passed up all of these horses, I may have ended up with my 'dream horse,' who knows. But I didn't and I do not regret EVER having these fantastic horses who have made and still make my life worth living. The point is, you have to compromise with horses, just like with people. Sometimes you don't get what you thought you wanted, and you're still happy. Don't put off something in hopes of something better falling into your lap- if it's there already, if it makes you happy already, falling slightly short of your ideal isn't too bad. You can always get another horse in the future, you never know what might happen. It's not always 'love at first sight'. Sometimes, it grows over time. It took me years to grow to love Sombre, and now he's the most important thing from my childhood.

    -EDIT- I didn't read more than the first page, sorry! Congratulations on your new horse, I hope she brings you lots of happiness in the future! :)
         
        01-02-2013, 06:48 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    No, don't feel bad for not reading the whole thing. I do that all the time, haha. To many posts deter me from reading. I'm actually really happy that you posted. You seem to understand exactly what I mean. That dream horse I have in my head may or may not be real. I did love Dreamer when I first saw her, but never really considered buying her until recently. Your story about your horse taking off out of the gate was great! I love horse stories! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it is only solidifying the fact that I think I should buy Dreamer!
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