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post #21 of 48 Old 05-05-2013, 12:52 AM
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something as little as teaching him to bridle is a big accomplishment and makes you feel good!

I stood for 1 hr plus, to find the method of bridling miover liked, and it was worth it once I found it

You may find when he gets use to you, that he may be alot easier to handle, tb's require time and patients, esp if they have been used by many ppl who have done different things, like bridling he may of been hit in teeth, or someones bridled him to fast and he has now learnt to associate it with pain even if it doesnt hurt him

Time and patients and you can have your heart horse!
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post #22 of 48 Old 05-05-2013, 10:26 AM
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I very much liked this guy when I saw him in the conformation section. Nice, well built type of guy. If you feel confident in being able to fix his little quirks, I'd say go for it. I do agree that it sounds like he has ulcers though. Three of our five current TBs have dealt with ulcers at some point in their lives and all had the same type of symptoms as Casino. Moody about being touched in certain areas, losing weight, teeth grinding or cribbing, etc.
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post #23 of 48 Old 05-05-2013, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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What different methods did you try, TBlover? That's such a long time haha. I know it was totally worth it in the end. I was always a proud mom when my draft cross would learn something new and take it in stride :) even small things that casino learns I'm proud of and get excited about.

I was hoping by a month he'd be a little better with me. He has his moments. Like in the stall he'll rest his head on me either on my shoulder or pressed against my torso. One time he actually gave me a kiss. I'd never had a horse kiss my face like that haha. His lips opened a little and closed really gently on my cheek. Made me laugh.

And thanks,endiku! Not trying to toot my own horn but I agree that he's a more nicely built TB compared to what I've seen, especially since he was bred for racing. I'm hoping this all works out but trying not to get my hopes up too high. Just taking it a day at a time. He'll be visiting my barn this week so I'm crossing my fingers that it goes well. I'll definitely mention ulcers to the vet when she comes out for the vet check. If he has them then I would probably ask for a deduction on the price. Is it costly to treat the ulcers and is it best to not ride the horse if he actually does have them?
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Haha meant TBForever, not TBLover
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What different methods did you try, TBlover? That's such a long time haha. I know it was totally worth it in the end. I was always a proud mom when my draft cross would learn something new and take it in stride :) even small things that casino learns I'm proud of and get excited about.

I was hoping by a month he'd be a little better with me. He has his moments. Like in the stall he'll rest his head on me either on my shoulder or pressed against my torso. One time he actually gave me a kiss. I'd never had a horse kiss my face like that haha. His lips opened a little and closed really gently on my cheek. Made me laugh.

And thanks,endiku! Not trying to toot my own horn but I agree that he's a more nicely built TB compared to what I've seen, especially since he was bred for racing. I'm hoping this all works out but trying not to get my hopes up too high. Just taking it a day at a time. He'll be visiting my barn this week so I'm crossing my fingers that it goes well. I'll definitely mention ulcers to the vet when she comes out for the vet check. If he has them then I would probably ask for a deduction on the price. Is it costly to treat the ulcers and is it best to not ride the horse if he actually does have them?
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Well when I first started bridling I learnt pony club way, which was holding bridle in middle of his face,, and putting my finger in side of his mouth to get him to open,
A aggister who works with racehorses said they generally don't like fast movments across there face,


It was long time, usually id get the poops and get frustrated that I just let him go lol, so this time I thought right im adamant ur going to put bridle on.
I suceeded and thought musta been a fluke, but next day I tried same method that worked day before and he happily axcepted it again
Had no problems since
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I'm glad you're working closely with your trainer to make this decision, and I especially like that your trainer wants to see how he goes off premises. The price does seem a little high to me given the number of things that need work, but I suspect you've formed an attachment to him, so the extra money might be worth it to you. Best of luck in your decision!
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post #27 of 48 Old 05-05-2013, 11:08 PM
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I doubt that you will get a nicer horse for $1,000.
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post #28 of 48 Old 05-06-2013, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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So the consensus is to go for it if he's sound since his minor issues can be fixed?
Well, I'll keep everyone updated. He might get the vet check next week or so. Cross your fingers :)
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post #29 of 48 Old 05-06-2013, 03:24 PM
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It just depends on his individual body chemistry and how bad the ulcers are whether or not they'll be expensive to treat. A lot of people use SmartPaks to heal ulcers, which can be pretty expensive, but there are other options. We personally used one smartpak then transitioned to a more naturalistic option of providing constant access to alfalfa hay (buffers their stomachs) and feeding aloe vera and slippery elm bark to coat their stomach as it tries to heal itself.
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post #30 of 48 Old 05-06-2013, 05:07 PM
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Sounds like you are moving forward towards maybe buying Casino. I liked his video-thought you two looked good together. Keep us posted on his vet check & what his future might be. Good luck to you.
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