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        01-29-2014, 12:46 AM
      #11
    Foal
    Thanks guys!

    He has been evaluted, but not entirely thoroughly -- mainly just to tell that he is trained well under saddle and has no serious issues that we know of. He's been in quarantine for 2 or 3 months so the lady who owns the barn where he is staying has been working with him.

    I will definitely be back if I have more questions! For now my plan is to look up some good groundwork exercises to do in a few weeks. I'll do that for a while and of course come as often as I can to take care of him, and then wait to ride until we are bonded and we trust each other.

    Maybe you're right about not being a draft... He really is not very tall -- I'm 5'4" so I make him look tall in that picture but he isn't -- I know for sure he is around 15 hh. He's just got big legs! In my pictures, to me he either looks scrawny or huge lol.
         
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        01-29-2014, 12:59 AM
      #12
    Started
    I would say a stock breed like a paint (solid) or quarter horse. Maybe domestic bred mustang. (He reminds me of BFs mustang). I also see walker in him. He looks a bit like a walker qh cross I knew.
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        01-29-2014, 07:04 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    There is nothing like the feeling of finally getting your first horse!

    Enjoy the journey!
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        01-29-2014, 01:10 PM
      #14
    Foal
    He looks a lot like the pony we rescued from the East. We guessed he may have some cob in him. He is very similar looking but only 14 h. Draft types usually have a thicker, shorter neck.
         
        01-29-2014, 02:25 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    15 hands is 5ft. At 15.3 (5ft3in) measured at the withers the top of your head level would be an inch above his wither. He looks to be shorter. He's a sweet looking boy and you look good together. Don't see darft at all. Qh most likely and perhaps walker mixed in from the way he stands.
         
        01-29-2014, 04:49 PM
      #16
    Foal
    He will look different with no winter fuz and with more weight.
    Congrats on your horse! Have fun and remember you're always teaching him, even if you don't think you are.
         
        01-29-2014, 06:15 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Oh, congrats!! So exciting!! You guys look adorable together.

    I would add a spray bottle of apple cider vinegar to the tack box. It's great for hoof care, keeping away the thrush. Also if you can get him to drink some in his water, it's great for keeping flies away from his blood in the summer. :)

    I also have in my box:

    Small sponge for cleaning eyes and nose
    Bag of treats
    Ponytail elastics for mane
    Wire brush for hooves (better than the brush on hoof pick)
    Thrush powder
    Tiny brush for face (don't know what it's called)
    Leg protectors, front and back
         
        01-29-2014, 10:20 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Thanks guys!! I will definitely have to recheck his height lol.

    I've been looking up all kinds of groundwork exercises to do in the beginning and lunging seems to be popular. I've tied to lunge a horse only once and it did not go very well. Is this something I really need to have someone else show me? (Someone was with me the first time - I wasn't alone!)

    I've been wanting to go out and see him this week but we've had a bunch of snow and any of the "country" roads are in bad shape.
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        01-30-2014, 12:24 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Save your $$$ for a good one on one with a trainer- then you will know what you really need and what you don't. My time spent with my trailer is worth more than any piece of tack I have! And make sure you have someone properly fit the saddle if you don't have one. Nothing worse than a badly fitting saddle.
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        01-30-2014, 02:20 AM
      #20
    Foal
    Congratulations!! Very happy and excited for you.
    Everyone gave really great suggestions. I'd just like to add this, don't be surprised if after you've had him for about a month or two he suddenly seems like an entirely different horse. That's about how long it takes for the previous training/experience to wear off and you find out just who your horse really is. It's not a bad thing at all, just that a lot of people are surprised and confused by it and can't figure out what happened to their well trained, docile, puppy dog horse. I'm not suggesting anything negative, just that it takes about a month or two for a horse to really relax and adjust to the new situation so don't be shocked if he suddenly seems to change or appears to have been possessed in the middle of the night. Your boy will still be in there, you'll just be seeing another side of him for the first time.
    Good luck, I think you guys are going to have a wonderful time together!
         

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