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        06-09-2009, 11:40 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Your first horse!

    What was your first horse's name, gender, breed, age, etc. when you bought him/her? How are they doing now? Do you board them or keep them at home? What was he/she like when you first saw him/her? Give details please! I'd love to hear what you have to say
         
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        06-09-2009, 11:49 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    I'm still a horse noob, so I'm still on my first.

    Name: Lola Mae
    Sex: Mare
    Breed: Unregistered fjord
    Age: Ten years
    Boarded: Yes

    When I first saw her, she tried to bite my hand and step on my feet. Love at first sight. I don't blame her; she was a slaughter horse rescue.

    She is currently fat and happy in a field being overfed treats by other boarders. I really have to get to working off that extra weight... she's starting to waddle.
         
        06-09-2009, 11:52 PM
      #3
    Foal
    First horse was an apendix bred bay Quarter horse named Cowboy. I got him when he was almost 2 and did all the training myself. Was a great horse. I sold him to a lady who loved him until his tragic death a few years later. He accidentally got shot by a hunter.
         
        06-10-2009, 12:11 AM
      #4
    Showing
    My first "horse" was actually a mini-burro that I got when I was 2 and rode until I was 4. His name is Olen and he stands about 34 inches tall. He is retired now just enjoying life in the pasture here.

    My first "horse" horse was a buckskin QH by a son of Mr. Perfection. He stood about 16hh tall and weighed about 1250 lbs. I started riding him when I was 4 after I graduated from Olen. I rode him until I was about 8 when I moved up to Flash. Old Buck resided here in the pasture until we were forced to put him down due to severe arthritis in his front legs. He was 27. RIP Old man. :,,) No one ever believed that he could be a kid horse because he was a true renegade when he was young and hurt several people really bad. Fortunately, Dad saved him off a killer truck when he was 4 and he found his true calling. For kids, he would do anything but for an adult, he was horrible to ride; obnoxious, pig headed, and cocky. LOL. Funny that he would be the perfect match for a 4 year old blond girl. I used to literally crawl up his side to get on and he would just stand like a statue. I need to find some pix of him somewhere.
         
        06-10-2009, 06:26 AM
      #5
    Yearling
    My first horse was sunday or sunny as we called her - I had her for 19 years untill she sadly ' went to new pastures ' last year at the age of 25.
         
        06-10-2009, 06:36 AM
      #6
    Started
    My first horse was an emaciated, 15hh QH/paint mutt that got stuck with the name Painter because no one could think of a name, hehe. He had pretty much no training, he could back REALLY well, jig up and down, or race around with his headstraight up in the air pratically falling down. I had to teach him how to stop and walk. He was dangerous in the stall and would literally run you down to get in his, or anyone's stall. But he seemed really sweet when I was riding

    But.... then he got some weight and well, it got interesting. TO make a long story shorter, I went through bucking "spooks" to try and dump me, taking off, spins and more. He has incredible talent as a jumper, but mentally can't handle it and TAKES OFF for fences.

    Now, he is the most terrific ride on the flat ever. He bends, he's soft, I love it. He used to need regular chasing, lunging, and 4-5 rides a week before I'd get on, back when we were trying to jump him. Now, he gets ridden twice a week by my parents or me. The other day I got on bareback after he had five days off! He is just a perfect match for me. Who cares he totally destroyed my confidence at one point? Now, I can't get enough of his lightness, his respponsiveness, his bend, sigh.... Now I want to go ride Painter!
         
        06-10-2009, 07:57 AM
      #7
    Started
    My first horse was a 14.1 hand chestnut MFT/Morganish mix gelding named John. He was around 13-14 years old when I bought him. He was a wonderful first horse, kind of nervous, a little quirky, but trustworthy, predictable, and reliable. Sadly, we suddenly lost John in March of this year. I was at college (I had been home the previous weekend, riding, everything normal) and my dad called and said that John was coughing, really weird. They had the vet out, and she tried to get a tube down his throat to see if there was something making him choke. The vet couldn't get the tube down, and later diagnosed a tumor in his esophagus that had gotten large enough to affect his ability to swallow food. The vet was awesome, she came out to the farm three more times in the next two days as poor John appeared to recover and then go back downhill, she never charged. He died a couple of days later, ironically 5 years to the day since I had bought him. RIP Johnny Boy
         
        06-10-2009, 09:29 AM
      #8
    Foal
    Well my first and probaly last is my Canadain stallion Figaro. He just turned thirteen last month.

    When I first was looking for a horse was 16. I was conflicted due to my back and hip problems. I looked into many gaited breeds but they were small but mighty. But I wanted something bigger. That and the prices at the time were out of my league.

    Most of all I wanted to persue classical dressage and trick train but I wanted to be able to do anything endurance etc.. Well after must research I decided on a canadian. They reminded me so much of an old type morgan I used to ride.
    So I got in touch with a broker and he gave me a list of horses. But when Figaro poped up so me thing screamed at me to get him.
    From just a picture I bought him.

    Our first meeting we clicked he responded to me. But it just felt right. I have ridden and worked with many horses but this was diffrent.

    But mind you he was quite the handful. He never tired to hrut me but we did have our moments. To not over exageratre he was a bit fo teh black stallion/spirit. He is a one person horse and has the intelligance os sprit. Which at time was intimadating especailly when he is 1400lb.
    He was five years old and you could barly lead him from point a to b. He was not mean but he would try to intimadate you. Many people told me to put him down, but more experianced people loved him. I guess they say the diamond in the rough.

    Either way he has bloomed into a fantastic horse many people have grown to love and admire. We play constantly like alec witht the black on the beach. He was never taught we just did it. He is smooth as a cadilac. HE has actually improved my hip and back and he would go through fire for me. He also loves classical and does tricks that we worked on together adn have done endurnace and will be going to do some demostartions this year. Also a movie wrangler liked him and came out to see him and loved him. So you may see him in some up and coming movies or commercails.

    Either way that is the story of Figaro. My pride and joy
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        06-10-2009, 10:27 AM
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    Yearling
    My first horse was named Bo Seifus...he was a blue roan. Not sure what breed he was but looking back I think he was some sort of Welsh/ Quarter horse cross. Although he had a mane that stuck straight up like a Fjords? He was 8 or so when we got him and I rode him for several years. When I outgrew him we sold him to a little boy who loved him to pieces. We fell out of touch with the buyer but that was 15 or so years ago so sadly I bet he is no longer with us.
         
        06-10-2009, 10:39 AM
      #10
    Super Moderator
    Pistol, he was a three year old unregistered quarter horse gelding. About 250 lbs underweight, he had a hole in the side of his face that was oozing puss. His entire half of his face was swelled. He had a bloody ***** scab on his withers from an ill-fitting western saddle.

    He came with a ratty halter and a $2 lead rope. I paid $500 for him (it took me a month and a half to pay him off). I hadn't worked out where I was going to keep him yet so a friend of mine let him stay at their house for a couple weeks until I worked out a deal to board him for $50 per month in a neighbors field.

    I ended up showing him in the hunt circuit and riding him on a western drill team in parades and performances, I even tried my hand at dressage with him. He was fearless and determined. And full of fire!!!!

    I will have to go home and scan some pix of him in from over the years. He is 25 this year, most of his teeth are gone but he is still full of fire and just as ornery as ever... these pics are not great but... The one where he is on grass is from when he was about 18ish. The one in the mud is within the last few months.... I'll find some youngin' pix....
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