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post #11 of 15 Old 06-25-2013, 04:50 PM
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I was in my early teens when my parents went on the search for my first horse. My parents weren't horse people but the rest of my family was (uncle was a world champion team roper and another uncle won the world champion in halter). My dad brought a horse to our house for me to try out. I fell in love that night, she perfect, I knew she was the one. I went to catch her the next day and I could not get with in 20 feet to her. She was blowing, snorting, white eyed and running all over our pasture. It became obvious she had been drugged the day before. I was heartbroken. It took 4 grown men to catch him and get him back to the owner. My uncle then took over the horse search. He brought me a 7 year old paint, I had always been told paints were crazy and could not be trusted, but I got on him and gave him a shot. He was wonderful, he was the sweetest horse I had ever seen. From that day on I rode him bareback every day, it took too much time to put the saddle on
Unfortunately we moved to the city 4 years later so my uncle took him and he ended up with a young boy until he passed away at the age of 23.
I am now looking for horses for my boys and I want one just like him!!

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post #12 of 15 Old 06-29-2013, 01:40 PM
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an update on my first horse story - i found the phone number of the place i last kept Boo. called, left a voicemail. i'm going to get the closure i so desperately need, 12 years later. i feel so relieved, and the weight on my shoulders is replaced with the anticipation of finding out what i need to know.
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post #13 of 15 Old 06-29-2013, 03:17 PM
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LOL, depends on how you define "horse"

My first "horse" was a 34" tall mini-burro. We have some friends who run a large feedlot and this little 2 year old jack (intact, not gelded, not broke..even to lead) just showed up on one of the incoming cattle trucks LOL. Friends didn't have any use for him and didn't want to keep him so they gave him to my Dad for free. Well, he and my brother broke him to cart first, then about a year later (when he and I were both 3 years old), I started riding him. He was frustrating and a bit obnoxious and he gave me my very first taste of getting bucked off, but I rode that little butt everywhere, even working cattle. Olen is still with us, retired out in the pasture now at 29 years old. However, occasionally my 4 year old neice will come over and spend some time with him as he is also her first "horsey" LOL.

About a year later, my brother got a new horse so I got to move up to his old one. So, Buck became my first honest to goodness real horse. He was quite the outlaw in his younger years (he was bred and belonged to the same folks that gave us the donkey). He had hurt a couple of cowboys pretty dang bad and his owner was in the process of loading him onto a truck with a load of cattle headed to the killer. My Dad happened to be there that day and managed to talk Craig into giving the horse to him. Well, after several years that consisted of a lot of training and some really big fights, Dad got him really broke. Buck just sort of lucked into his lot in life as a kid horse when my Brother climbed on him one day while he was tied to the fence as my Dad was roping.

From that day forward, if there was a kid or begginer that needed a horse to ride, Buck was the first stop because he could be 100% trusted with anyone and anything. I don't know if it was his outlaw nature or his life experience that made him this way, but he was literally not scared of anything. I had a kid throw a pack of black cat firecrackers under his feet and old Buck never even flinched as they went off. I loved that old boy and I still miss him even though he's been gone about 10 years.

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post #14 of 15 Old 06-29-2013, 06:46 PM
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These are such amazing stories, I just got my first horse the other day.
~Shes 13, and im 16. She came in yesterday.
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post #15 of 15 Old 06-29-2013, 07:05 PM
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I actually just got my first horse 6 months ago. He's a 12 year old paint that I "rescued". Actually, I paid a lot more than what he was worth (training and condition wise) because I instantly clicked with him and things just felt right. He spent the first 12 years of his life in a tiny run out with 3 other horses and never really received any attention or got treats, he didn't even know how to eat a carrot or apple and thought mints tasted funny. When I got him it took a longgggg time for his personality to shine through. He just kind of moped around and didn't really show much emotion for the first 2 months. I could feel every bone in his body.

He was listed as "green broke" which he was not...he only had a few rides on him. We went through a lot of struggles but we are finally making progress. He's been under saddle a little over 2 months now and is learning soooooo fast. He is my project horse, and the first horse that I am fully training on my own. I've taught ground work ect on a filly at my old barn but never anything past that point since I got into a fight with the owners and left and obviously didn't get to finish training. I've ridden very green horses, but never started one from the ground up so this is a lot of fun for me. I just ride for pleasure and plan on doing a lot of trails with him in the future. I couldn't ask for a better horse.

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