Bragging Rights! Show us what you got!
Ok we all know we love talking about our horses and their talents. Its part of the fun of showing and owning.
I bought a thoroughbred stud colt sadly named Sexy Man ( I call him Sir ). He was the UGLIEST 6 month old and far from what anyone would call their dream horse. I spotted him in a herd of 30 horses and he met my gaze and held it.I was told not to get attatched because they were positive he wouldn't make it ( just because he was born and thrown out into a pasture with 30 other horses and never thought about again.) I knew there was something special about him so durring his boughts of sickness and injuries when the owners didn't do anything about it I knew I had to buy him. So I did. :) He was just a year when I moved him to my barn. At that time we had a few horses up far sale and the people came from indiana with a friend who worked on the race track. His job was to find horses buy and train them and race them for his boss. He had heard from my mom that the mare his friends were looking at was running with a thoroughbred stud colt.
The guy actually offered me $10,000 up front for my colt. I said no :)
4 months later I took him to his first show. He was the favorite of the judges. He took 5th place in his first class and 6th in his second. He was the youngest horse on the grounds and EVERYONE made a point of coming up and seeing him to ask questions and all that. Even the judge commented on him.
He took the show in stride and was calmer than most of the horses that had been doing it for years. He stood around patiently listened to everything really he acted like he had been doing it for 20 years and hes only a year old.
Needless to say he is my baby and the most mellow stud colt I have ever met. :)
The two pictures are of him
one is before I moved him just after we cleared up a nasty case of pnemonia when he was 8 months old
The second is of him from October 22 durring his first show after 6 months under my care :)
I saw the first picture and I was like "That is one uuuuuuuuuugly horse" I saw the second one and wsa lik e" WOW purrrteey!"!
Like I said
dream horse does NOT come to mind
He was so sick and wormy when I found him
Brag away everyone! Lets see your stories :)
Well I haven't exactly been offered $10,000 for my gal, but our story runs along the same basic lines.
I started working with her when she was about seven months old. She was scrawny, appeared to have terrible conformation, was matted, had a halter growing into her nose, and wouldn't let anyone touch her. She bit, kicked, lunged at people, and reared. She was brought to the farm in the trunk of an SUV and left in a corral to just sit, with no company, because she was a 'monster' horse.
Everyone constantly told me that I was wasting my time (it took two years to get her to completely trust me and behave like a normal horse) and that she was just an ugly, sour, ill-tempered horse. I kept working with her though, and these days (she's three years and seven months old now) I have people stop me to tell me what a pretty little horse she is, and there have been numerous offers to buy her as either breeding stock or a show horse. If you ask me she's probably the prettiest little pony at the farm; but I'm just a bit biased ;D
16-18 months? One of her ugliest stages. Ewe neck, flat back, hay belly, terrible attitude, huge head.
this week: (with the beginnings of winter fuzzies!)
AWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! she is absolutely adorable :D
Casey! She is an Arabian crossed with a paint, 12 years old, almost 13, 14.2 hands. The first picture is when I got her, wow, look at that dull coat, and the 3 middle pictures are of her this summer, and the last one is her with her winter coat. Compare the winter coat in the first picture to her current one. :shock: The last one is a bad picture, but she actually is really shiny and has dapples- with her winter coat!! Every single person seen her says how sweet of a girl she is, how cute her markings are, and how kind she is and how kind of an eye she has. She just has the kindest sweetest look ever when you say hi to her in the pasture or when I am grooming her. She bends her head around and... She just gives you this.. Look. Its the 'hi there, how are you, and the are you really doing fine? I really care about you, I will do anything for your attention and love, and oh give me a kiss on my nose' look. :lol: You can kinda see it in the fourth picture, but you can't really see her eye in it.
OK this was Hunter when his old owner got him from auction, she took him cus no one was bidding on him. He was about 8 moths old although the auction said he was a year old (I only found out his real age recently).
Then at 15 months I adopted him - he needed hernia surgery and to be gelded. Some of my my friends were like um nice horse... He was 3 in April and is thriving now and everyone is amazed at how he turned out. I knew I saw something there.
15 months (when I adopted him)
3 and a half (August 2011)
Awww :) He had the " ugly phase " phase like Sexy Man did. Another ugly duckling story. :)
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