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post #1 of 40 Old 07-18-2014, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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Was your first horse everything you ever hoped and dreamed for?

I feel like I have been hearing a lot of "he/she wasn't really what I was looking for but we had a magical connection" type stories lately and I've always wondered how that worked out for them.

My mare (first horse) is. Basically I was looking for a QH but arab would be a nice second choice. I always liked shorter horses so 14.2-15hh would be great thank you, and I wanted something that would be a smig-bit of a project -- something that I could finish but I wasn't interested in eating dirt.
Oh and I am a sucker for grey mares
What I got was an about-to-turn-eight 14.2 hand grey quarab mare who had oodles of pro training, but never finished and her previous owner let it slide. She was everything short of a magical unicorn a little above my nickel and dime budget and a LONG wait but oh-so-worth it.

So was your first horse (or any horse you purchased) what you were looking for?
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post #2 of 40 Old 07-18-2014, 12:41 AM
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My old gelding (basically a free lease) was the exact opposite of what I thought I wanted. 14.2hh (on a good day), arab/NSH cross, a bit of a nutjob, not a beginner's horse at all. The only thing he had going for him was that he was bay, and under all that craziness was a sweetheart of a horse. He taught me almost everything I know and I was heart-broken when he was suddenly (without warning) sent back to his owners.

My current gelding...well, no, he wasn't what I was looking for. I didn't know what I was looking for, but it definitely wasn't a virtually unhandled 2yo stud colt who was 15hh and had a freakishly large head. Three years later, I have a well-mannered, 16.3hh beautiful black and white gelding who is my heart horse. I couldn't imagine life without him.

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post #3 of 40 Old 07-18-2014, 12:49 AM
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Was your first horse everything you ever hoped and dreamed for?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!

Um....no. Heck, after 6 years together, neither one of us is what the other would have hoped and dreamed for! We're what we've got, and it may work out for the best, but I was light-years away from getting what I hoped and dreamed for. Short of turning 180 degrees and firing, I couldn't have missed my target by a bigger margin. And yes, the blame lies with me.

She didn't get a choice, but I would have been way down on her list of good owners, too!

"There goes Earl!"
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post #4 of 40 Old 07-18-2014, 01:04 AM
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yes he was the best trail horse any body has ever seen

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post #5 of 40 Old 07-18-2014, 01:57 AM
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I wanted a quarter horse preferably flaxen chestnut, and I wanted it stocky. I ended up with a brown arabian mare who needed some tlc and training. I love her to bits and she has taught me alot though. I WILL get m stocky QH for my next horse though XD!!!
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post #6 of 40 Old 07-18-2014, 06:34 AM
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My first horse was a $32,000 Appendix Quarter Horse gelding. He was everything I always dreamed of having.
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post #7 of 40 Old 07-18-2014, 06:51 AM
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My first horse was an $800 QH with a bowed tendon, aversion to tieing and loading, and a really nasty spook. I will always be looking for another with the same heart and will. :) He was exactly what I wanted, in that I wanted something with four hooves, a head, and a tail.
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post #8 of 40 Old 07-18-2014, 07:17 AM
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My first horse was an old campaigner of an STB gelding with a bowed tendon. Got him for a dollar.

Not exactly Walter Farley (Black Stallion books) material. But, he put me on the path to horse rehab which eased me into a career with human rehab.

Couldn't have been too bad. My next several horses were the same. Aged STBs with some sort of physical issue.
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post #9 of 40 Old 07-18-2014, 07:54 AM
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No way. But I wasn't really looking because my budget was way too low for what I wanted. I only bought my horse because I knew the owners were practically giving him away after the rider got scared of him and I was never going to find a PSG horse for less. He spooks. He bucks. For some riders he would be dangerous, but his bad stuff is very manageable. He's older than I would ideally want. His trot leaves a lot to be desired. But I love him and I got incredibly lucky to find such a great teacher.

However, when he retires I will be getting a very different sort of horse :)
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post #10 of 40 Old 07-18-2014, 07:54 AM
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I leased my first horse for a year before I bought her. She was everything I wanted - a quiet, sweet, confidence builder. Unfortunately, finances prevented me from owning her for too long, and I sold her back to her prior owner (a very good friend of mine to this day).

My new mare is also my dream horse. She's fast, smart, and challenges me every time we work together. She's the opposite of what I thought I wanted, and I love her more than anything. Together we are doing things (like trail riding alone) that I never thought I could do.
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