Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Tri-State (IA, WI, IL) area
Ruby - We bought her from an auction house for $400. While picking her up after the auction, we met the sellers, who my dad happened to know. XD They own a local boarding/training/lesson facility. My best guess is that Ruby was a lesson horse, because she's just so calm and well trained.
2-Pak - My parents bought him as a 2-year-old for $500 from my uncle for my birthday one year. When my uncle was teaching me how to train horses, he introduced me to newborn 2-Pak and let me work with him and his mom (who I was riding in horse shows and parades at the time.).
Magic/Tanner - About a year ago, my mom's family reunion was at a campground/QH-breeding farm in Decorah (Hutchinson Farm), and while we were up there, I was planning to go to check out a few horses I'd found online in the area, since I was looking around for another trail horse. I also checked out all the horses for sale at the Hutchinson Farm -- most of them were <3 years old and/or in training, besides being >$1000 (out of my budget). All the ones I'd intended to look at were either already sold or I just changed my mind. The last night we stayed there, we invited the owners down to the campground to have a cook out with us, and two of my friends who were there with me overheard the wife and daughter talking about some horses they were going to drive up to the Canadian slaughter houses the next day. One of those friends, who is against horse slaughter, insisted I go to look at them, and I did, just to get her off my back. When I got there, Tanner and Magic were in a little run-in thing on the barn, with their hooves in horrible condition and Tanner looking a little on the skinny side, but otherwise in good condition. The dad explained that his daughter rode them in barrels and other speed shows, they'd been used to work cattle, and he carried on about their papers and pedigree and such. Then he let me and my friends lead them around, pick up their feet, etc. They had absolutely divine ground manners, as far as I could tell. He went on to say that since his daughter had gone to college, they hadn't been ridden in five years, so he wasn't sure how they would be under saddle, but they were respectful when she was riding them. I decided that I wanted Magic (the younger one), since I didn't think we had pasture for two more, but my anti-slaughter friend convinced my parents that we couldn't "play god" and pick only one, and we had to buy both of them... and so somehow I ended up with two horses. They were $300/each... "slaughter price" is what the owner told us. We also had a nearly impossible time hauling them home... two trailers (my 3-horse slant and my uncle's 4-horse stock) loaded down with seven or eight horses (I can't remember if my uncle brought 2 or 3 horses) -- one of which was 2-Pak, who takes up enough space for two horses, and then Magic, who is pretty wide-ly built. XD
It wasn't pretty, suffice to say.
Bandit/Dante - both colts out of Ruby and a pony stud that we had when I was young. (That pony stud, Shilo, is one we got at the same auction house as Ruby for $25 -- the last owner told us that he was selling him because he didn't think the pony would survive the winter.)
When I was a little kid, we had two horses that we acquired through some interseting means. Frosty, an old grey mare, was originally my grandpa's. My dad bought a pool table at some farm auction, and my mom disapproved of it (it took up too much room), so my dad gave it to his dad, and got Frosty in exchange.
Shilo (the first! I liked that name. XD) came with a truck my dad bought. He went to some guy's house to pick up the truck, and Shilo was tied to the bumper; the owner wouldn't let dad buy the truck unless he took the horse with it.