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post #1 of 6 Old 05-19-2010, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb ~ Saying Goodbye....Way Too Many Times!

It really sucks to have a horse that you really care about being taken away from you, right from under your nose. I have had a fair deal so far with this...when someone offers the chance for me to ride their horse I gladly take it. Then for some reason they have to move to another barn and then the horse is gone, no matter how hard I have worked with the horse or how close I have become with the horse...

At this previous barn I was at, there were a whole lot of problems between the chairman of the barn and the horse owners, and that is why alot of them packed up their stuff and left with their horses. I never understood what all the fuss was about...I still don't. But anyway...I never regret getting involved with those horses, because it gives you more experience in handling different horses instead of just one.

Who of you have had this experience or are having it now? If yes, then feel welcome to add some pictures or stories of these horses. Here are mine:

Melody: My one riding instructor asked me to train her for little kiddies for lessons (she was very tiny, I don't know how many hands though), and as I got her to trot nicely in a circle, she was sold to another barn.

Storm: After Melody was sold, that same riding instructor asked me to exercise Storm. He was VERY naughty and stupid, but a fun ride, and then she had a fight with the chairman and moved her horses.

Dakota: One of my friends was having trouble exercising her horse Dakota, so I offered to ride him everyday after I rode Stoeka. But then she found another cheaper barn and moved him there.

King: This woman who owned King was an ex-student of the instructor that left. She was very scared of riding King (he was a flighty thoroughbred) and asked me to try and ride him everyday to calm him down abit. Just when I got him going nicely she decided to move him to the same place the instructor was.

Argentine King: A while later, another woman asked me to ride her old boy, Argie. He was a real lazy boy, BIG boy, LOL. He had arthritis, but he needed some gentle work because he was quite fat. But then she also had a fight with the chairman and left suddenly.

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-19-2010, 01:19 PM
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I do understand how you feel. As a trainer, I have horses come in that are unbroke and sometimes unhandled. It is nearly impossible not to form some kind of bond with them and when I have one that has gone from scared and spooky to confident and comfortable, then the owners come to take them home and there is a feeling of loss. But try to think about it this way, for every horse that you work with and bond to, there are 3 more waiting for someone to establish that bond with.
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-19-2010, 03:23 PM
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"I could have missed the pain, but I'd have had to miss the dance."
It's hard to say goodbye. I used to work at a trail riding establishment, and i knew, rode and loved all 40 of the guy's horses. He never liked to sell a good horse, so I thought I was pretty safe in never having to say goodbye to any of them. Then he bought a new place 4 hours away and I lost all of them at once!! Never really got over that blow. But I remember them with a smile..
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-19-2010, 03:33 PM
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I went to visit the new place a few times, got to see my old faves again. The last time I went the guy told me "You can't ride Prince today."
Prince was a 16 hand leopard appaloussa I would often ride. He had terrible conformation, lol. Straight legs, straight back, round belly, knobby knees, big ugly head. I loved him so much!!!!! Lol I could not ride his canter without laughing out loud. Remember Pepe les Peux, the cartoon skunk, how he would bounce along? That was Prince. Hilarious.
Anyway, a few days before I got there Prince was out on trail and had a freak accident. He stepped on a fallen branch or tree which snapped, and the branch flew back and severed the large artery in his hind leg. He stood still while the rider dismounted, then started running back toward the barn (a few miles away). He never made it , bled to death on the way home.
That's my story about one I have lost.
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I have unfortunately had to go through this a good bit in the last few years. I work at a training/breeding farm. I have been the one to do all of the groundwork on all of the youngsters that are born/come in for training. Two years ago a mare in foal came in to give birth. The owners bought her and were told she wasn't in foal. Good people, but didn't know a thing about horses. When she kept getting fatter they kept cutting back her feed, so even though she had a huge pregnant belly you could see every rib. When they found out they brought her to us. She was only there a few weeks when she foaled and gave up in the middle of labor, the foal had to be pulled. It was a perfect, GORGEOUS little black filly, but tiny. She was named Mariah. She thrived and mama got well, and didn't stay tiny for long. Once she was old enough I started teaching her manners and would have given a few toes to own her. Unfortunately I couldn't afford her and the BO sold her and she was taken off of the property before I ever got to say good bye.
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Skipsfirstspike, OMG! That is terrible! I'm so sorry for you...

Smrobs, that is very true what you say at the end.

I'm glad the mare and foal made it, Jacksmama, but it sucks that she went without saying goodbye... When Melody went, I only found out she was sold when I went the next day to work with her and found her gone...

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