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post #21 of 62 Old 01-07-2018, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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I put his halter on when I want to 'try to' train him lol I am 6'2"-3" on a sunny day I hope this baby is not too tiny to ride once the time comes up.
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post #22 of 62 Old 01-07-2018, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Regarding the shed:
Shed is being used by me as a little workstation at the moment but soon I will be building a bigger one to move my stuff into and turn this one into a stall for Eleven. This was also the best excuse I was able to find to get the permission from the 'big boss', you know whom lol, to build a bigger shed for myself. This shed has concrete floor, no insulation on the walls (%90 windproof), metal roof (water tight), and cathedral roof (about 6feet on the sides and 9ish feet at the center), measures about 8x15. It has a normal door which Eleven can go thru but not very comfortably so I would like to enlarge it a little bit, at least. It even has 2 windows so he can look out lol. roof extends on one side so there is about 4x15 of space with roof but no walls like a patio with dirt ground where I can keep more horse related accessories or place the water tank etc.

I am going to purchase a live stock tank in one of these days and place it there so it does not stay under the sun and get extremely hot in the summer . It gets over 100F for about 40days in a row sometimes. They also told me to put some fish into it to keep the water clean. They will eat the 'leftovers' which will get into water from Elevens mouth, they said.
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post #23 of 62 Old 01-07-2018, 01:40 PM
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Great, glad to hear things are going so well.
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post #24 of 62 Old 01-07-2018, 05:29 PM
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The angle of the picture isn't good, but it concerns me that you may be a bit big for him. Certainly wouldn't ride until his weight is really good. And I cannot recommend enough finding someone who has riding experience and knowledge to work with you.
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post #25 of 62 Old 01-07-2018, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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The angle of the picture isn't good, but it concerns me that you may be a bit big for him. Certainly wouldn't ride until his weight is really good. And I cannot recommend enough finding someone who has riding experience and knowledge to work with you.

The neighbors who has been riding him are a lot shorter than me but a lot wider also lol So weight wise, hopefully, I will be ok. I weight about 200pounds. What I am worried about is to look funny on a tiny horse :) but you are right, I am not even planing on riding at least until summer. Hopefully he will be chunkier until then :)

I forgot to mention, one of the neighbor is willing to help me as much as I need about anything. He is retired and all he does is to take care of his horses. He has 3 of them. He is also the owner of one of the horses which showed up on that snowy day where everything has begun. All of his horses are females so he is Elevens favorite person alive lol

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post #26 of 62 Old 01-07-2018, 08:34 PM
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I forgot to mention, one of the neighbor is willing to help me as much as I need about anything. He is retired and all he does is to take care of his horses. He has 3 of them. He is also the owner of one of the horses which showed up on that snowy day where everything has begun. All of his horses are females so he is Elevens favorite person alive lol
what a lucky break for you! :). I'm sure your retired horse neighbor will be a great asset to you

I also thought you might be too tall for Eleven but that might change a little after he has filled out next summer.

I wanted to mention it is great you have a cement floor so mud won't be an issue for Eleven.

Folks with cement floors put mats on them, then shavings on top of the mats. Mats are pretty much a must on top of cement to help keep a horses legs from stocking up.

Stocking up is when fluid pools in the tissue of a horse's lower legs (edema) during periods of inactivity. Standing directly on cement can aggravate that:)

Keeping him directly off the cement is especially important because you don't know his work/career and possible injury history:)

He sure is pretty. Just don't let him get too heavy because you then run the risk of him developing metabolic issues. Not too thin --- not too fat, lollol. It's ok if you can see one or two ribs.

One of my horses is seriously insulin resistant (Type II Diabetes in humans), and the vet holds my feet to the fire to keep three ribs showing on this horse all year long. It isn't easy for me because my grandfather raised me to keep chunky horses, lol. My horse is in remission, so I work hard at keeping his weight where the vet wants it.

Also, to repeat myself and others, PLEASE get a legal document of ownership on this horse, for yourself. Nobody wants to see the horse returned to where it came from, nor do we want to see your heart broke:)

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 #27 of 62 Old 01-07-2018, 08:57 PM
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I'm enjoying keeping up with Eleven's and your story! He definitely was lucky ending up with people who care about him even with limited experience! :)

Tons of good information so far from others, you've found a great resource. In regard to being too tall, that's really not such a big deal, as long as you can balance well. Of course, Eleven will need to put on some weight/muscle before you think about doing that, but it is very common for tall men to ride smaller horses in western events, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. You may get some funny looks but the main thing is being happy riding your horse. :)
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post #28 of 62 Old 01-07-2018, 09:05 PM
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Really enjoying reading your story!

A thought: is there somewhere in your area where you could take some riding lessons, using their horses? Then you could get a head start on learning before you start with Eleven. If you start lessons now, you'll be a lot more confident and competent when the time comes to start riding him! You could also pick up some pointers from your instructor on saddle fit, etc., and have someone you could ask a lot of questions! Most riding instructors are great resources for general horse care, and most horse professionals I've met are happy to give advice. (Sometimes almost TOO happy! )
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post #29 of 62 Old 01-07-2018, 09:32 PM
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I can't remember either one's name, but at one time on the Olympic team, the tallest rider on the team rode the smallest horse. It LOOKED hilarious, but those two could absolutely jump!!
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post #30 of 62 Old 01-11-2018, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Tiny update; When I was carrying the hay bale to its new location on my shoulder last night, Hand full of hay got stuck on my shirts shoulder/back...when I bent down to cut the wires of the bale, Eleven bit the back part of my shoulder. He was "probably" just trying to get the hay from my shirt but as a reaction I just turned around and slapped him around his ears. I was basically just turning around to look at my side quickly and my arm was wide open so it wasnt an intentional slap. I yelled at him and walked away towards my car to get back to work on it. He followed me everywhere for the rest of the night and seemed sorry because he didnt even touch the hay bale, just stayed next to me and stared at me like a creep :) once I finished my work I took him back to the bale and he started to eat like there is no tomorrow.

It was a cool experience and I feel like we both learned a lot from it!
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