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post #11 of 43 Old 06-07-2013, 01:03 PM
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I'm not suggesting everyone do it but 4 out of 5 of my horses were bought from auctions - Looby did come from a dealer but he'd just got her from an auction. In the UK we have warranted auctions with a vetting service and horses can make a lot of money in them
My old mare Flo was bought as a 3 year old from the stupid people who bred her, turned her into an out of control 15.2 Labrador and then wanted her shot, our mutual vet asked me to give her a chance.
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post #12 of 43 Old 06-07-2013, 01:04 PM
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My granddad found my first horse after nearly a year of searching.

Nearly a year because I wanted a horse that looked like Trigger, so finding the color AND the temperament suitable for a 12 yr old was no easy task in our very rural county.

As it were, he found Goldie across the border in the next state. The following year, she had a foal and that was a huge surprise to everyone; especially the Seller, who immediately thought they should get paid for the foal or wanted him back as soon as he could be weaned

My granddad was nobody's fool and nobody to back down when he was right, so that little con job got the slams put to it pretty quick. Never mess with a farmer when you see the purple starting to creep up their neck, headed for the face

I raised/trained that little Arab/Saddlebred and we were buds for 29 years until the cancer got him. I was 42 at that time and so devastated I didn't couldn't look at another horse much less ride one.

Finally a trail riding bud I had grown up and gone to school with found me the Tennessee Walker in my avatar, when he was coming 3 years. Duke was 16 in the avatar; he will be 26 in October and has metabolic issues.

He's here for the duration

My Arab was a rescue 20+ years ago.

My other two Walkers? I was "just looking" with no intent of buying. I didn't even have the horse trailer with me, either time

A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.

I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #13 of 43 Old 06-07-2013, 01:29 PM
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29 years, 26 years, 20+ years?! walkinthewalk, what's your secret to keeping your fellow companions alive and well for so long?
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post #14 of 43 Old 06-07-2013, 06:56 PM
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I started training for a facility in return for board and really fell in live with my mare because of her drive. I ended up selling my horse and moving, and 2 years later I got a random text from the facility asking me if I wanted her. She couldn't sell her because of her spit and she wasnt suitable for a lesson horse. She's doing great now (trails are her kryptonite though) and I love her to pieces.
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post #15 of 43 Old 06-07-2013, 07:26 PM
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I was spending plenty of money going out on beach rides with a trail riding outfit down here to get my horse fix as I really wasn't looking to get into western showing or rodeo (pretty much all the lesson barns around do) and figured I may as well lease a horse instead. Well, turns out, nobody leases horses down here either.

So, I started looking. Looked at a good few horses, but didn't want to get one from a dealer or auction and the ones individual people were selling were either ancient or only half-trained. I went back to the beach riding outfit and asked after some of their 'extras' they were looking to sell. Rode a good dozen of them and narrowed it down to three nice geldings. One young/green, one disinterested, and one very sensitive. The green one was very social and friendly and per the owner, just really needed to get his own person to ride him regular and get him settled down, but he was too spooky with different people on him all the time to work out well as a string horse. I liked the gelding, he seemed to have a lot of try and he's been with me for nearly two years. Turned out to be a very honest horse who loves to work- couldn't ask for better.
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post #16 of 43 Old 06-07-2013, 07:32 PM
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I had my horse before he was a weanling. I was working for a breeding ranch, showing & working with their stallion, my mare was bred to him and had a loud colored filly. Both foals were born roughly the same time, Indy was a solid colt, the owners had buyers for colored fillies, I knew Indy was a better quality horse with better breeding on his dam's side than my filly, so I offered a trade, but they had to pay for his gelding when he was old enough. They agreed and we traded at weaning, the filly went off to one of their buyers and I had him ever since, 13 years now. A few years ago, the ranch stopped breeding and gelded their stallion, but didn't really use him much, so I bought him, I thought might as well have father & son.
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post #17 of 43 Old 06-07-2013, 08:33 PM
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I had found Indie on atlantic rider classifieds... and actually skipped over her ad many times before even e-mailing the seller. I got a reply saying someone was looking at buying her, but when they didn't, my dad and I drove down and the rest is history. In all honesty, we probably paid a bit more than what would've been fair for a horse with such little work done... but as I would soon discover, she was priceless.

Forever loved, never forgotten; my beautiful Indie. <3 Hoofprints on my heart.
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post #18 of 43 Old 06-07-2013, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by nickers103 View Post
29 years, 26 years, 20+ years?! walkinthewalk, what's your secret to keeping your fellow companions alive and well for so long?
In The Old Days, I took horse longevity for granted. My granddad's Welsh/Morgan mare easily foaled her last foal at 27 and made it to 33.

She may have lived longer but she was honked off at the deer in her pasture. She chased it over the fence and went right over the fence after it

Sadly, onto the road in front of a passing car that couldn't stop in time as it was well after dark. At least it was instant and the drive was a neighbor The neighbor said Babe cleared that fence like a 3 yr old; we all agreed it was probably Her Time and she never suffered.

My Arab is now 27 and fairly healthy but deals with gastric ulcers and is really sensitive to fly and tick bites.

The coming 26 TWH has arthritis and metabolic issues. Good health seems to take more work in today's world.

I am now fully retired and I spend the bulk of my time fussing with them. Pretty much like granddad did in his retirement, now that I'm thinking about it

A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.

I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #19 of 43 Old 06-07-2013, 08:41 PM
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My QH, Star (Ms Northern Star) became my first horse a little over 2 yrs ago - she was owned by a teenage gal who was going away to college , and the family couldn't afford her any longer. Little did they know I had already met Star @ the stable where she was boarded, and they were thrilled about that! I became the owner of my Morgan, Laney, (Sugarlane Madonna) last August when her owner realised she couldn't afford her 5 Morgans any longer after her husband died (sailing accident), and literally begged me to take her, as she's a gentle horse, and I'm a gentle horse-person... I love these two mares like my own children, and they are a tremendous joy! :)
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post #20 of 43 Old 06-07-2013, 08:58 PM
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Dallas: I was looking for my first horses and found his ad online at DreamHorse.com. The barn he was being boarded at was only 20min from me, so I decided to go see him with my mom, and my trainer at the time. He was such a sweet guy, did everything I asked him to, didn't bat an eye at a single jump. I was nervous about saying yes to a horse because I'd only seen one other horse so far but my mom was convinced he was the horse for us. She turned out to be right. We put a deposit down on him, had a vet check done, and brought him home a week later. Dallas unfortunately has had to go through a lot of crap, but he's pulled though all the challenges and is still the willing guy I first bought.

Shaymus: I was looking for a second horse and my trainer at the time was looking for a new school horse. She had him on trial, and he wasn't what she wanted, but I really liked him. We had a vet check done on him and bought him for $300. Best $300 I've ever spent. ;) He's very sweet and gentle but ia more sensitive to the aids then my trainer wanted for her beginner riders. The women I bought him from got him from an auction so no one has any idea about his life before that.

<3 Dallas, Dakota, and Shaymus <3
RIP Shaymus 8/16/13
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