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post #1 of 19 Old 11-15-2009, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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What do you want your last horse to be like?

At some point, we will all have a last horse. The question is, what do you want him/her to be like? Right now I own a young, flashy, 16.3 WB and he is a very good match for me for where I am now, but I certainly would not want him when I'm, say, age 60. So here is what I want my last horse to be like:

Breed: not very important, maybe an Appendix (bred for english riding rather than western)
Height: 15.3 (I'm 5'8 and a half, screw proportions, I want something I can mount and groom when I'm old)
Gender: gelding or nice mare
Age: 12
Color: Darker bay, like my first horse
Disposition: very calm, gentle, and willing. Respects me and is experienced, bombproof.
Ability: Dressage level 2 but can go further if I want to, dressage show experience, trail riding experience, can be lunged, can be ridden in a bareback pad and has impeccable ground manners (very important).
Maintenance: More of an easy keeper, barefoot. Doesn't have health issues and stands well for farriers, baths etc.

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post #2 of 19 Old 11-15-2009, 10:05 PM
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Stealing your form.

Breed: Tennessee Walking Horse
Height: 15 or so. Hopefully I won't grow too much for that size. I'm only five foot four.
Gender: Gelding
Age: Over 10, or a very broke youngster.
Color: Doesn't matter. But, I'd like a black and Spotted Saddle Horse.
Disposition: Push button, easy horse that will be as slow as I am.
Ability: To go through a trail, because that is all I will be doing when I grow older.

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post #3 of 19 Old 11-15-2009, 10:10 PM
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Breed: TWH, SSH, or MFT
Height: 14.3-15.2---I'm only 5'3"
Gender: gelding or nice mare
Age: 10
Color: don't care
Disposition: very calm, gentle, and willing. it has to have a good go and whoa. Wants to please even if he's not totally sure at first.
Ability: trail riding experience, good manners, good for adults and children, naturally gaited (makes them smoother with less work)
Maintenance: Easy keeper, good for farrier (goes with ground manners), no ongoing health issues.
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post #4 of 19 Old 11-16-2009, 12:07 PM
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Pretty similar to most of yours. :)

Breed: Stocky qh, spanish arabian, smaller draft or draft x, mustang...I don't think I'll be particular, at this point I'll just be looking for a good, solid horse, sound mentally and physically.
Height: 14.3 - 15.3 hh, I would like to be able to mount and dismount with ease on the trail (I am 5'7''), but I do like a little height.
Gender: Gelding or mare.
Age: 9 - 11 when starting out, or even a nice younger horse, but nothing lower than 7.
Color: Don't care.
Disposition: Gentle, intelligent and willing to please; has to be comfortable on trails, in a group or alone. I would not mind a little bit of "spark" to their personality...dull, slow horses that just mope around like basset hounds have never really been appealing. When I say "spark" I do not mean flighty, just alert, bright; pays attention to their surroundings. A little spook is fine. Ground manners will have to be excellent.
Ability: I'll only be trail-riding, so s/he will have to be able to do that no prob. :)
Maintenance: Easy keeper a must, with exceptional feet, stays healthy, confo doesn't have to be perfect but nothing with any foreseeable structural problems.
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post #5 of 19 Old 11-16-2009, 12:18 PM
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i want a hannov/thoroughbred Mare...or maybe a super well behaved stallion....that i bred and trained for dressage, and i want to do grand prix(i have a LONG ways to go!) but i think i can get there.

If there are no horses in heaven... im not going.
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post #6 of 19 Old 11-16-2009, 01:25 PM
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Also snitching your list, roro! :p

Hopefully my last horse is a long way off, but...

Breed: Welsh cob or cobby pony, perhaps crossed with a QH.
Height: Sturdy 13.3 up to slightly finer 14.3 (I'm only 5 foot 2, its a good thing I'm a sucker for borderline ponies )
Gender: gelding or laid-back mare
Age: 10-15
Color: Any, but I do like bays
Disposition: Sweet, but not pushy, willing, and a pleasure to ride and handle
Ability: Very sane and handy on trails, educated in the arena. Some dressage experience.
Maintenance: Easy keeper, solid feet and good joints. No major health concerns.

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post #7 of 19 Old 11-16-2009, 05:57 PM
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Dead broke and smooth.
I probably won't care about much else when I'm 60. I'll probably just want to go out and enjoy my horsey.

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post #8 of 19 Old 11-18-2009, 07:22 PM
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Maybe I'm being optimistic, but I don't want my last horse when I'm sixty, maybe my second to last horse .

Of course, I'm still working at getting my first horse and I'm more than halfway to sixty .

When I get old enough to worry about dying before my horse, I'd like a horse someone else in my family loves enough to make their horse after I'm gone. Or one well enough trained to find a good home somewhere else.
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post #9 of 19 Old 11-19-2009, 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Jessabel View Post
Dead broke and smooth.
I probably won't care about much else when I'm 60. I'll probably just want to go out and enjoy my horsey.

really? 60? i was thinking more like 90.
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post #10 of 19 Old 11-19-2009, 03:43 PM
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AlmostThere- I am 38 and am trying for my farm/horses as well. I did own one a few years back, but she had a leg problem and is now a companion horse at a wonderful farm about 3 hours south of me. I miss her. I had to start all over...moved away, had some job issues, but now I'm back, remarried to a man who loves horses as much as me, and we're tryin'. I believe it's NEVER too late!
And I hope my second to last horse comes when I'm 75!!
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