Hey guys, my name is Nicole...I just joined the forum because it looks like a great place to learn and to meet new people. I am not one of those people who grew up totally "horse crazy". Actually, I couldn't have cared less about them until I hit about 17. That was the first time I started to work around large animals and fell in love with them.
I got a job on a ranch with horses, cows, sheep, goats, etc and really developed a passion for them. I love horses(although I still like cows more), and own 3 of them. I am NOT a very confident rider and have only been riding for about 6 months. I much more perfer ground & trick training. At the ranch I worked at I was assigned a 10hh mixed breed pony to work with and train, and I spent 3 years teaching him tricks and then performing to the campers and guests that came every day. That pony was the only one I ever bonded with!
Luckly I married a horse crazy man with a horse of his own, who owns a 1200 acre ranch in Kansas(I am from NY). We now beef farm and used our horses for moving stock, and just sheer enjoyment.
My husbands horse is a 8yr old Appy, with a spunky personality. His name is Chief. The only thing bad about him is his gait transitions are HORRIBLE. The only thing is can be related to is popping the clutch in a standard car, the whole jerk forward then even out kinda deal. We have had him 2 years.
My two horses are like night and day. I have a 23yr old QH. He's a flea-bitten grey but has pretty bad cancer. It's kinda a waiting game with it. He is also blind in one eye. He is a very high-strung horse and panics if he is left alone because of being REALLY herd bound. I have been around him and worked with him for 4 years, but I didn't buy him until a month ago. His name is Gone & Dunn It...aka, Dunn.
My second horse is an 8yr old off the track TB. He's my baby boy. I have had him since Feb. He was almost 200lbs underweight when I got him, and he still needs to gain another 100lbs. He just went to the vet recently because he came back from the trainers with some stifle problems so now he is on a couple different vitamin supplements as well as being ridden at least an hour a day up and down hills. Lots of extra work but he is SO worth it! His name is Outcast Yankee Blue...aka Yankee
I really look forward to meeting all of you and getting to know you! Thanks!
Here are my boys: