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post #21 of 26 Old 10-10-2013, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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I purchased Gilbert over a month ago while Vegas was still at the trainers. He's an 18-year-old 16.2H sorrel quarter horse gelding that had been used as a hunter/jumper for 10 years. The last 3 years he was used mostly for trail riding. He is a pleasure to ride and I'm learning a lot with him. I ride a lot with a friend who is also a riding instructor and trainer. My riding has improved a lot.

For feeding, they each get 6 lbs of Nutrena smart choice, 3 in the morning, 3 in evening and 1 scoop of horseshoers secret in the evening along with their Smart choice. They also get free choice hay.

They're both shod right now. We had shoes put on them for trail riding. We plan on taking them to Stinkin Jim's for a 23 mile trail ride next month.
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post #22 of 26 Old 10-16-2013, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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• Horses: 3 is super fast. Ordered a new saddle for Gilbert this weekend, received it today. I love it. Unfortunately I can't try it out because it has been raining for 2 days.

Vegas and Gilbert has settled in great and seems to know their feeding schedule. They get fed Nutrena Smart choice at 6:30am before I go to work, and 5:30pm along with their supplements. Gilbert patiently waits for his food, but Vegas can be a little pushy with the SO.

When Vegas was at the trainers and she knew we were coming out for a lesson, she always had him waiting in a stall. Now I know why. He's a little hard to catch. He turns his but to you and walk away then turn and look at you. This weekend I got fed up and used some of the advice I had read on here with him. I said ok, You want just walk away, buddy, it's time for your azz to run. After about 5 minutes, I stopped and told him that the only place he could rest was near me, so "Come here". He probably didn't understand a word I said, but knows when I point at the ground in front of me, it means come here. He hesitated, so I pointed and said GO. I made him run for a few more minutes then stopped and stood in 1 spot just looking at him. This time he came to me licking and chewing. I haltered him then led him to the SO. He groomed him then lunged him for a few minutes. After that we took both horses for a walk.

I'm on here reading a lot absorbing all the information I can. Ya never know when you may have to try using some of it.
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post #23 of 26 Old 10-16-2013, 11:21 PM
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Aww, what a beauty!! Congratulations, and enjoy :)

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post #24 of 26 Old 10-17-2013, 07:00 PM
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Congrats on finding your new best friend! It seams like your doing everything pretty well. I would like to see a photo of him untacked and with his feet all squared, so that I can look at his weight and conformation 'Health'.
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post #25 of 26 Old 10-17-2013, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by LyraFreedom View Post
Congrats on finding your new best friend! It seams like your doing everything pretty well. I would like to see a photo of him untacked and with his feet all squared, so that I can look at his weight and conformation 'Health'.
I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow after his grooming. I haven't ridden Gilbert but once since I brought him home because he got a leg injury from another horse the day I brought him home. The vet gave him penicillin and tetanus shots plus gave me some meds to put on his wound. He said it was ok for me to ride him, but I'm very cautious. I still lunge him every day when it's not too wet, but I just don't want to put too much weight too soon on his leg. It's healing up great and I plan to ride him for about 30 minutes this weekend. If that don't seem to bother him at all, I'll start back riding him daily. He'll be 19 on 3/28.

Vegas is 8, will be 9 in a few months and thinks he's Gilbert's boss. Most of the time Gilbert let's him get away with it. He nips at him sometimes but it mostly seems playful. He never leave bite marks on him. They run around the pasture a lot and seem to enjoy each others company. Gilbert don't mind leaving Vegas in the paddock alone, but he stomps near the gate if we take Vegas out and leave him in.

They both seem a little overweight to me and need to be worked to build more muscle. We hardly ever, ever get any snow here so I hope they don't plan on being pasture puffs during the winter.

They're fun to watch and work with and I'm loving every minute of having these 2 geldings.
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post #26 of 26 Old 10-17-2013, 08:22 PM
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It is always such a joy to read about people who purchase their first horse...then like potato chips, you can't have just one and get another! Love that your taking lessons, you have a trainer who sounds like they have their head on straight and give good advice.

Have fun, enjoy your horses, be safe, and learn all you can. I have been riding for quite a while but still ask questions, still want to learn everything I can and it is finally all coming together for me. Happy trails!
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