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    01-30-2014, 09:10 AM
Definitely recheck the height! And age. I have 3 Camelot horses I'm working with now. My 15.2 stocky paint? 14.1. On a good day! He is also the only one with serious abuse issues. The other two, we're double checking age because Camelot tends to put almost all of them at 10- ideal selling age. One, we've determined is about 6, the other still needs a vet check, but I'm guessing more like 12 or 13. Good luck and congrats! I'm loving every second with the guys I'm retraining!
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    01-30-2014, 11:16 AM
Green Broke
Congratulations!! He is really cute.

Do you have a side picture that includes his rear? Those legs look Morgan to me. Maybe a Morgan cross?

    01-30-2014, 01:31 PM
Congratulations on the new boy, he's lovely!
    01-31-2014, 01:55 AM
ground work for your new guy

Regarding the lounging; l got my first horse a couple of years ago. I did not know anything about ground work. I rode when I was a kid, but did not learn much about handling one. I have since learned to use a rope halter and 12' to 15' lead rope.

When I first tried lounging , it did not go well either. I just concentrated on learning to put pressure on the halter , for a desired direction ,and releasing the pressure the second the horse gave ,then praised. Worked on getting the horse to flex it's head left and right , with e mediate release , and praise. Bending down from the poll, and just walking forward in my chosen direction. After the horse got used to me leading it, and praising it ,and moving it's hindquarters one way or on command, with the rope or the tapping of a crop, it settled in and would move forward on the lounge.
Before that, it just would turn and face me when I tried to lounge. It really just did not trust me yet , or understand what I was asking. It took a couple weeks to build some trust . After a month or so, the lounging, reining and response to the bit , while riding ,was so much better. Keep at it , and remember, be safe , and enjoy the process. :-)
    01-31-2014, 02:53 AM
Originally Posted by mcfarawayland    
Hey guys!

Wow, I feel like it has been forever since I was last on here. I have exciting newsss.... We're getting our first horse this Sunday!! I volunteer with a rescue group and I got my mom into it. We pulled this one horse from the Camelot auctions in PA and my mom is in love with him. He is the sweetest thing ever... Perfect first horse. If anything, we need to work on his confidence because he constantly has to be right next to you and gets bullied a bit by other horses.

His name right now is Sundance, but we're possibly thinking Kennedy... Let me know if you have suggestions!! He is part draft horse, but is really not that big! He is 15.6 hands I think and 10 years old. He is a little bit stocky and that's where the "draft" part comes in I suppose.

So, we are boarding at a barn with four other horses. The rescue group has approved them already and we've been out there.

My questions are, what supplies would you recommend? Is there anything that you forgot when you first got a horse? We currently have:
-hoof pick
-curry comb
-hard brush
-soft brush
-mane/tail comb
-water bucket
-light blanket (he is SUPER furry)
-flat halter
-rope halter
I may be forgetting something but I think that's it for now. The barn has food buckets, hay, bedding, salt blocks, and water provided. We just wanted to install a water bucket in the stall.

Also -- I ride English (since last May... not too experienced yet!), but my mom (who has little experience) wants to do Western. From what we know, Sundance definitely can do Western and I will try out English.... I know he neck reins so I would like to try that (I've done it a few times before) with the rope halter. But then I have an English saddle -- assuming it fits, it is okay to use this, right? I'm thinking that as long as we are pretty consistent with what we ask of him, the tack shouldn't really matter. I am not a fan of hackamores and as I do NOT have soft hands (working on that!). Should I get an English bridle with a mild bit? Or is this really all just preference?

I'm also a little worried about introducing him with the other horses but from what I read it is best to keep them apart, but still able to see each other until they don't react. Is that correct?

Sorry for all the questions... It's just all happening SO fast all the sudden and I'm getting nervous! Oh, he is up to date on his Coggins and vaccines, and has been checked out by a vet. The farrier is scheduled to come 2/6.

Here are some pics :)
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*Also -- I will wait a bit to ride him until he is settled, but how will I know how much work is enough in the beginning until he gets back up to riding regularly?

I personally like Sundance, Sunny for short maybe. He is bright and happy looking lol.

He doesn't look part draft to me. (FYI 15.6 hands doesn't exist :) each hand is 4 inches.)

I like to have scissors... you will always need them when you don't have them!
Maybe thrush treatment
Basic first aid kit (I assume the barn will have more stuff if need be)
If you are going to blanket him I would have a light/med/heavy and maybe turnout sheet depending on the climate (in Virginia you could probably skip the heavy) If you want one for just in case I would probably pick a medium, but again, depends on the climate.
You may want a fly sheet but I would wait until summer and see how much the flies bother him. I would get a fly mask.
Fly spray!

Tack of course! Extra equipment if wanted (a lot of boarding places provide stuff, say for lunging)

A lot of boarding places provide food? Not sure of what you meant by that. Are you rough boarding?

I personally don't use rope halters but at least one good halter. Pref a breakaway, and lead.

Most stuff will come as you need it :)

He will be fine with different tack, he may not be used to it but no biggy. The big thing is if he is used to bit pressure. Some western horses are not. I would get a snaffle assuming he goes well in it and use that for both. You can even use the same bridle, no reason not to if he's not showing. It's good that he knows to neckrein. If you are worried about your hands just do that instead until you get more comfortable. Not sure what you mean by preference.

I like to think any decent barn would know how to introduce them. I would keep them separate, they can meet each other over the fence line. With four I would just stick him out but if you want to be super safe you can put him in with a buddy and get him used to them one by one.

Wait until he's settled to ride and keep it slow until you feel he's completely comfortable. Baring anything healthwise most horses are ok to go into regular work with no prepping, assuming your regular work is light. Start out every now and then then several times a week then whenever you want. As far as getting him into shape that's different. I would start off lots of walking and work off of that, do you have a trainer to help you? You could probably start a separate thread for advice there when you're ready. As a beginner you won't be working him hard for a while I assume so I wouldn't stress to much about that.

Everything will be fine, it's great that you're so excited, but remember for the other people it's just another horse, it's fun but they are used to it and will know how to handle stuff!

He's super cute, btw :)

EDIT- I agree with sponges, and maybe a sweat scraper too! I think he looks all QH, more TB type but I don't think he's actually a TB very QH and my guess is he could easily be a purebred.
    02-03-2014, 11:24 PM
Update on the new horse???
    02-04-2014, 11:27 PM
Hey guys!

Crazeepony - luckily we found that one of the boarders good friends does private, one-hour lessons there at the barn for $20! Can't beat that.

GreenBackJack - thanks for the tip! He seems to have boundary issues lol - he always swings his head like millimeters over mine and is right on top of me when I'm leading him, not in a dominant way he just loves to be right up with you. That's the only thing I could see getting worse but we are working on it and I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

EquineObsessed - okay! Thank you. I'm pretty sure when the vet came out he/she agreed that 10 was around his age.

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    02-04-2014, 11:42 PM
Hey guys!

Crazeepony - luckily we found that one of the boarders good friends does private, one-hour lessons there at the barn for $20! Can't beat that.

GreenBackJack - thanks for the tip! He seems to have boundary issues lol - he always swings his head like millimeters over mine and is right on top of me when I'm leading him, not in a dominant way he just loves to be right up with you. That's the only thing I could see getting worse but we are working on it and I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

EquineObsessed - okay! Thank you. I'm pretty sure when the vet came out he/she agreed that 10 was around his age.

Greentree - not yet, but we will get one especially to see how much better he looks when we get more weight on him and now that he's on good feed!

Thebuddler - okay thank you!! The barn owner is super nice so I will ask her to help me figure out what I'm doing until I get the hang of it.

Yogiwick - thanks! The barn offers one type of feed that they buy and it was a good one so we will start switching over soon (slowly!). Thanks for your advice! Introducing has gone well so far, I'll talk about that in a minute. I plan on using the lady that will do lessons at the barn at least for a little while until I know what I'm doing.

Okay! So it's been 3 days that we've had him now... Still doesn't quite feel real lol. Sunday went well - they had a hard time getting him on the trailer but he came off no problem. He was just soaked in sweat, poor guy. We spent most of the day just getting him cooled and dry. Everyone there said his legs are huge and they see part draft - maybe I'll have to take a better picture. They all love him :) we put him out that night with the lowest member of the herd, Sky. When we sent them out, Sundance (who we are calling Max now) kept wandering and exploring and Sky stood by us and just kept licking my hand! So it was totally uneventful and they're on a reversed turnout schedule, weather permitting, with each other. I think within the next few days we'll put out Dozer, #2 bottom man, and then get the others all out by the end of the week. I started leading him today and he definitely needs some work! He is always really in my space and I'm trying to get him over but when I swing the end of the rope or circle him he doesn't care. I'll just keep going and see if it improves with time. He also is obsessed with eating grass when we're outside... He doesn't want to walk most of the time because he's eating. So we're working on that too. There seems to always be someone at the barn, which is nice. The only issue we had was that at night when he is in with Sky, and keeps kicking his door. But the lady that fostered him said he just wants to be outside and will stop then so we'll have to wait until he is introduced to everyone. Then he'll have more buddies inside, too, and hopefully he'll stop.

Well, that's about all I have to report for now! Thanks so much for all of your help. I'll keep you updated!
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    02-05-2014, 12:37 AM
Sounds like you are on your way! Got some good people and resources to work with.
Enjoy the process.
    02-05-2014, 08:59 PM
That is good to have people around that will help you. Most horse people will advise you as you go. Don't be afraid to ask. Leading him is a good way to let him get him to know you. Give him 2 weeks to settle before trying to ride him, lunging, walking, grooming is good for now.

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