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post #1 of 12 Old 06-05-2012, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Nugget and Rylen....met my ponies!

(duh lol MEET my ponies!....I can't edit the title )

Ok, so I'm new here...but enough about me, and onto the important things in life...ponies! ( well, they're horses )

A little background info, I'll keep it as short as possible, promise.

Nugget, is my 12 year old Morgan/QH who I bought last April. I had only ridden "rented ponies" mostly at that point. Nugget (originally named Viking....yuk) came to me after 2+ years of barely being ridden and 3 different owners. He was jumpy, spooked at everything, and a forgetful of how to be a riding horse. At this point you may wonder "well what is a green rider doing buying this horse?". The answer is simple, he had a good heart and under all of the other stuff you can see he would be a great horse ( and I had an awesome friend for all the backup I would need ).

Nugget is now super calm and spooks at almost nothing. Just this past Sunday we were riding alone and came across 3 large aggressive dogs off leash. They surrounded him and were snapping at his feet and he never once tried to rear or bolt. The owners finally got control ( trust me, they were in no rush, I felt like hurting someone ) and we calmly left the area.

I can ride him bareback with a halter, take him in the lake (when I first got him neither of which would have been possible) and do almost anything I want to him and he'll just stand still like a good boy.

This is Nugget when I got him in April. On top of the gross fuzz, his toes were at least an 1+ inches too long. He wasn't paid much attention at his last home, they even admitted it.




This is Nugget in December (yes he's a little chunky, apparently he turns out to be quite the easy keep....we've worked a lot of it off since spring came). He's not fuzzy and wirey and the ferrier says his feet are looking great now. I will be getting new pics, just waiting to give him a bath!

The best guess I have is that he's a sooty Palomino....but if anyone knows better please let me know! He turns the color of a Loonie in the summer, losing the dapples but keeping the grey mane and tail.

"I'm sexy and I know it...."






And now Nugget's buddy!
Rylen is my 2.5 year old registered Tennessee Walker.....which I picked up for $200...gelded and all. The people I bought him from were in over their heads, 8 horses on 10 acres, no time for them and only one broke horse in the group. He's been a pasture pet for 2 years, his hooves were loooong ( heels were waaaay too long ), had no manners and didn't even know how to lead/lunge/tie.....anything! It took 45 mins to get him on the trailer with plenty of rearing and protest, you couldn't pick up his feet, didn't understand pressure.....the list goes on and on. He just started getting equine developer when he came to me, having only had hay with very minimal oats at the last place. Because they had 8 horses on 10 acres, they fed hay all year, and it was quite yukky brown hay too. He was pretty ribby when I first got him, unfortunately I don't have pics though.

I brought him home at the end of September, he now walks into the trailer on his own ( without me in there ) and stands to be tied, I can pick his feet without having him haltered or tied, he lunges, disengages, has had pads and cinches on, and best of all.....knows his manners! ( for the most part, a work in progress ). He's at training with a Walker trainer right now for June and July.







Best of buddies!
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-05-2012, 11:50 PM
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very nice pictures of your horses

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post #3 of 12 Old 06-06-2012, 12:39 AM
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I just love Nugget, he's so handsome!!
I agree that he looks like a sooty palomino to me!
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Very handsome boys! I love nuggets coloring and all the chrome on Rylen (love the name by the way) is to die for :-D
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Thanks everyone :)

Nugget was nameless for 3 days, I tried running a bunch of names by him. Then it hit me, he's gold, hence Nugget, and more fitting when he was being a scaredy cat.....Chicken Nugget.

Rylen was originally Prize, registered name is Legendary Shining Surprise I believe, as he was a surprise late October baby. I didn't think it suited him, he was No Name a.k.a. Superstore ( where they sell No Name products lol ) for 3 weeks. I was flipping between Raiden and Riley.....and one day got mixed up and went "Rylen!....oooo wait....I like that".

He is quite fancy with all his chrome, and his unique blaze to boot. He too is looking much better now that he's shed out that scruff. I will get pictures when I go down to the trainer's in a few weeks.
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check out his dapples! nice!!
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They are both really beautiful. I especially like Nugget. Do you know when he was gelded? He has the "stallion jowls" which I think are super handsome on beefy horses.

They are lucky to have you.
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-06-2012, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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I love his winter coat, but wait until you see his summer coat, it's stunning if I do say so myself!

Not sure about the gelding, the person I bought him from was a fool, she didn't know anything about him. She even showed up 1/2 hour late and wouldn't ride him to show us. She made her 5 month pregnant friend ( who she had bought him from a few months previous ) take him for the first ride. The friend didn't know much about him either.

Lol noob talk here.....but what are stallion jowls? ( goes to google... )

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Stallions will have cheeks that stick out further then a geldings. It's the increased testosterone that causes it. Makes their face bigger, and handsomer in my opinion.
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Ah cool, I didn't know that. Thanks for the info!
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