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post #1 of 293 Old 12-18-2018, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Squishy

I should have made a journal for my first horse Rodeo on here! I did make a progress journal but wasnt on here, so I am making one for Squishy so I dont regret not making one on here again!

We moved from WV to MT a few weeks ago and began looking for a horse for my daughter as her horse had to be left behind in WV (extremely long story). I found a rescue 5hrs away from me and put an application in. They called all of my references and within 24hrs I was approved! Most of their current horses were 8+ and only halter broke, wasnt sure I was up for that so I asked if they had anything younger, I was sent photos of Squishy....he is approximately 6mo old and is a Pryor Mt Mustang Welsh Pony cross. My daughter saw photos of him and instantly fell in love.

My first horse Rodeo is now 8yrs old, I bought him at 8mo so am fairly confident in being able to get Squishy to where I want him to be over the years!

More about Squishy....a herd of horses was surrendered by an elderly couple that could no longer care for their horses. Squishy, his mother and father we're kept together, Squishy was about 2wk old when the rescue got them. Squishy's father was gelded and adopted out, his mother is currently still at the rescue as she has severe arthritis in her knees and her feet were in such horrid condition, its appearing the effects are life-long. Squishy is estimated to reach 14-14.2hh.

We pick up Squishy on Monday morning, Christmas Eve....will update everyone as we go! So very excited in (hopefully) making Squishy into a great children's mount in the future and if he's not cut out for a children's mount, I'd like to see if he has the potential as a cart pony of some sort, possibilities are endless really and Im incredibly excited to be working with a foal again and going thru the training process over the next several years!! Photos of course will be posted along the way! Here are some pics of Squishy, his mother Majesty, and his father Chrome!
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post #2 of 293 Old 12-18-2018, 01:11 PM
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OMG that fuzzy little yak doesn't look anything like the little guy on the trailer (poor momma and her feet ). I guess he's ready for your Montana winters! Sire is very solid and handsome, and hope the mare is on the way to recovery with the rescue group.

Training a foal seems so intimidating to me, I really admire those of you who can take a blank slate and bring a baby along to a responsible citizen. Thanks for inviting us along, and hope your daughter has a magical Christmas with her new friend
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post #3 of 293 Old 12-18-2018, 01:12 PM
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Wow, with gorgeous parents like that no wonder he's such a good looking fella! So glad you brought him home, and can't wait to follow y'alls journey with him

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post #4 of 293 Old 12-18-2018, 01:28 PM
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Oh my gosh, what a fluffy cutiepie!!!!!! And his name is just adorable. :)
Beautiful parents too. Thank you for making this journal, looking forward to your journey with him. A foal, how exciting!

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post #5 of 293 Old 12-18-2018, 02:30 PM
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post #6 of 293 Old 12-19-2018, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all! Im pretty excited! My husband keeps joking around that when I get there to pick him up Monday morning Ill find out that he is actually 6yrs old and full grown! lol....Im just hoping he gets to be at least 14hh so I can hop on him and play around a bit once he's of age of course. Time will tell, and once I get him, Ill def try the fetlock to middle of the knee measurement again and it was fairly accurate with my gelding.

Not too much new, I removed the center divider on my trailer today so he'll have more room and have the entire trailer, and we temporarily built in one stall on our run in for him when he arrives. Plans are to have 3 stalls when its all said and done. But. we are not in a rush as they have open access to the run in so not a huge deal, but def wanted something for Mr. Squishy for when he arrives.

Found another photo of him before he was weaned as well....they ended up having another mare that had a foal and due to the condition of her hooves, had to be euthanized so Squishy went to stay with the orphaned foal and thats where he currently is. From the sounds of it, he has the same amount of training Rodeo did when I bought him 8yrs ago, Squishy is halter trained, can lead, pick up feet, and stand to have his feet trimmed. So def have my work cut out for me! Not to mention he is still a colt, so will have to get him gelded as soon as he can be, getting excited!
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I wish he would stay that color!! He is so precious!! The kids will LOVE him!

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post #8 of 293 Old 12-22-2018, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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I wish he would stay that color!! He is so precious!! The kids will LOVE him!
They are beyond excited! I wish I has left the whole thing a surprise to them, as it would have been amazing to have seen their faces when we come back Monday morning with the little ******, but I couldnt keep my mouth shut :( Oh well, theyll be ecstatic regardless!

Squishy had his brand inspection done yesterday, from my understanding its pretty much like a health certificate but you have to have one to cross county lines! His father, who was adopted out was. returned to the rescue last night, apparently the woman that rescued him attempted an at home gelding that didnt go well, they are working on assessing the physiological damages and physical injuries as we speak. Poor guy! Had some weight loss and unhealthy coat from what they could see last night.

Hoping that Mr. Squishy calms Rodeo down a bit as well, although Rodeo has been alone in the past, leaving his main home that he's been at for 5/8years of his life, and his best buddy Ace, that was with him close to 2yrs has taken its toll. He hasnt loss an ounce of weight lol but I can def tell he's lonely which is completely understandable, the neighbors horses have helped quite a bit across the fence line but I know he'd love some actual companionship in the same pasture. So looking forward to that of course!

Back to Squishy, sorry, I get slightly side tracked lol. I'm hoping I have time to get some kind of Christmasy decoration to put on Squishy, and of course there will be photos! Probably too many but it'll be fun to look back! Im really excited to see how Squishy will mature, obviously now knowing who his parents are, and knowing what they look like helps but theres always a chance that his father isnt his father, ect, ect. I think it would be hilarious if he turned out to be some 16hh draft horse of some sorts, hopefully not as he is for my daughter but either way, really looking forward to it!
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The rescue should have known better than to send a newly gelded horse to a home with a gelding.....I hope he has no serious injuries...I would LOVE to be able to add him to my team!!

I cannot wait for pictures of him dressed up!
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post #10 of 293 Old 12-22-2018, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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The rescue should have known better than to send a newly gelded horse to a home with a gelding.....I hope he has no serious injuries...I would LOVE to be able to add him to my team!!

I cannot wait for pictures of him dressed up!
Sorry, didnt explain well....they sent off a 4yr old stud (Squishy's father) to a home, supposedly she was a TIP Mustang trainer, and had excellent references, of course they have a contract stating all studs must be gelded within 90days of adoption, apparently this was the first, and now the last, stud they will adopt out. Supposedly the woman that adopted him tried an "at home gelding" and it didnt go well. All the details I know, of course there are always 2 sides to the story
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