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post #1 of 6 Old 06-23-2013, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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New horses.. Horses being plural. :)

We got not one, but two new horses yesterday! (With more information it will not seem nearly as hoarderish. ) They are a team, trained to drive together to pull wagons, carts, etc. Their names are Chester and Abby, both half siblings and Haflinger/QH crosses. I posted here rather than in the driving forum to talk up my new ponies with everyone. When we get settled in I might switch over, but for now..

As far as desensitization goes, they are not up to par with my horses; with mine I do nearly EVERYTHING around them, so they are used to all sorts of things. But as far as driving goes, they are wonderful. It is such a relief to finally have something that will drive and has experience. We have some experience, but my father, greener than I, wanted a team and that is what we got. We drove them today, and everything the seller told us was true. With harnessing Chester he is funny about his ears, and Abby takes a while before she settles in nice. Chester is a steady eddy, and Abby is a bit of a heifer for the first fifteen minutes and then turns into just a cow. They aren't your dead head team of draft horses that won't notice anything even if it drove up their bum (certainly not all are like that), but horses are certainly a different ball game. They are 13, well trained, and with time I have no doubt they will only improve. But they're still HORSES, they are going to notice things. They are SUPPOSED to notice things; not spook, but just SEE the world.

They got a good workout today, and settled in for a nice long drive. With the humidity so high, we got a good sweat going, Chester especially got sweating. After a drive all over god's creation, we unharnessed them, and sprayed them off with a hose. (Leading through the yard was interesting, and the hose was a new experience, but I got them used to it. Not love, just acceptance. With more hot days ahead, they will learn to love it.) Of course they have to roll when they got back, but they rolled in the only grass in their paddock, so at least the stayed 'somewhat' clean.

Now lets hope all goes well when we bring five other horses back from pasture. I have a feeling my gelding might be a little ****ed that other horses got here before them. They are in two separate fences, so it won't be a huge fiasco, but lots of pinned ears and kissy-faces over the fence, I'm sure. They are reluctant to get near the automatic water, but I'm thinking when the other horses take drinks from it they will learn in a breeze what it's about. They are smart horses, and I splashed around in the water a bit and Chester knows the water is there. He licks his lips and just stares at it. A little bit of thirst going will teach them, I'm sure, but if they don't start drinking I might entice them with a bucket closer to the water. (I obviously want them to learn, but not die.)

And of course, this thread is useless without pictures. BTW; they are hooked up to a logging arch, which is our only thing with a team pole in it. We just pretended it was a forecart.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-23-2013, 06:37 PM
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very cool! they are nice looking horses.
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Ooooh you got lucky by getting a pair that already knew each other! My first horse were full siblings who'd been together for most of their lives... for the first few months they kind of took care of each other.

And hey, at least this way if your other horses are... rude (as they usually are to the newbies) they'll have each other! And they're sooo pretty! Good luck!
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I'm sooooo confused .. there are no curls! *wink*

They look lovely!
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very cool! they are nice looking horses.
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Ooooh you got lucky by getting a pair that already knew each other! My first horse were full siblings who'd been together for most of their lives... for the first few months they kind of took care of each other.

And hey, at least this way if your other horses are... rude (as they usually are to the newbies) they'll have each other! And they're sooo pretty! Good luck!
They certainly get along well. I've never seen horses that are so attached to each other. They'll walk around in pasture side-by-side constantly. My gelding wasn't pleased about the new horses, and even less with a fence separating them. But it's not like just one horse is excluded, as they both had each other. Thanks for the comment. :)

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I'm sooooo confused .. there are no curls! *wink*

They look lovely!
That was our main problem before - we were a bit biased and wanted to find a Curly mare that was trained/could be trained, but finally just went out there and got something already trained, at it has made things easier on us. I would have loved to have a Curly team, and we still may pair ours up in the future, but for now trained horses are better for our health. But don't worry, their will always be some curl around.

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Moving the horses over went well. I had to do it by myself, about a mile walk both ways, and had to take two trips. First I took three of our mares, Sadie, Scarlet and Tenakee, and walked them over. It was relatively uneventful. Scarlet whinnied about halfway through the walk, but didn't actually see the new horses. They spooked at a pile of fencing supplies, (post pounder, wire, posts, etc.) and the horses didn't even notice each other until well after I had let them go. Of course there was running around, snorting, hollaring, and farting for about five minutes. After that the three mares started eating and Chester and Abby just stood and watched them.

Next I went over and got the last two, Gypsy and Moe, who I saved because they are the 'troublemakers'. Moe is the dominant, herd 'stallion', and Gypsy is sort of an omega in our herd, but a fiesty old mare. By the time I got back over by them, they were sweated up from running around. Gypsy came right up, very unordinary for her. But Moe took a bit before running over. They walked good on over, a bit of whinnying, and were calling to the rest of their herd. We got passed by a group of motorcycles and a van that drove past at 10mph. I'd almost rather have them go 80 than 10, because the longer it takes the more I have to fuss with the horses. We got in the yard, and once again, we spooked at the pile of junk and didn't notice the new horses.

Moe, being himself, pranced and snorted and charged, Sadie and Scarlet taking turns following him. It was a whole show, and Moe will still charge up to the fence if they are standing near it. Abby gets ****ED, and she will squeal and pin her ears and try and kick through the fence. If anyone knew what Moe is like, they would know why I always cheer on the sassy little mares who try to beat him up. He's not entirely sensible, though, because he'll get wailed on plenty and it will make him none the wiser. I'm sure this behavior will die down eventually. Everyone respects the fence, so this has been without incident.

Today I tried putting Gypsy out by the other two, and all she did was trot and run around, so I figure she's better off by everyone else. She is their size, so I thought maybe it would work, but she would run away when Chester just came up politely to check her out. Everyone is back in their own pastures, and I'm currently hiding in the air conditioning from the humidity. The other horses usually do fine out there, too, but my poor old Curly mare, Tenakee, get's a bit sweaty at times like this.

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