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post #1 of 30 Old 09-21-2017, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Finally found a horse!

We spent all summer looking for a horse that was kid-safe and had jumping experience. We found a couple, but one had medical problems & the other sold before we made our offer.

We'd always talked about getting two horses eventually, so a few weeks ago, we decided to get two right away, and have one be kid-safe and the other be a jumper. It's a lot easier to find horses that are either one or the other.

We finally found a good, kid-safe gelding about 80 minutes from home, and are going to pick him up on Saturday morning. Yippee! He's 14.3hh, dapple gray, about 15 years old. He spent all summer at a kids Bible camp, so he's good with kids. He was very well behaved when we rode him. The vet said he had flat feet, but nothing else was wrong. A good farrier & occasional shoeing (if we need to ride him on rocky ground) should take care of that.

The seller has only owned him a few months (he bought him from the camp), and was never told the horse's name, so we've got a blank slate there. My daughter's trying to come up with a good one. Until then, I'm calling him Frostbite, because he lost the tips of both ears to frostbite as a youngster. His ears are now rounded instead of pointy. He's not sensitive, and the vet said that's not a problem.

A good friend is loaning us his F350 & 3-horse gooseneck trailer to go pick him up.

So now we've got to scramble to do all those things that we couldn't do before buying our first horse. This gelding is overdue for all the professional services, so we need to get those scheduled. We need to buy hay for the winter, which means I need to get on the stick with finishing the flooring in the barn so we have a place to put the hay.

We're still looking for a second horse with jumping experience that my daughter can use for competitions. We also need to get her signed up with jumping lessons, which are surprisingly hard to find around Lincoln, Nebraska. I hope we find one either (A) soon enough that we can readily buy twice as much hay, or (B) next spring, so it can graze in the pasture.

Anyway, I'm sure you all will be hearing from me a lot more in the coming months.
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post #2 of 30 Old 09-21-2017, 12:28 PM
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Good choice. That's a nice solid looking horse. The color isn't bad either!
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post #3 of 30 Old 09-21-2017, 12:31 PM
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Oh, and he looks more like flea bitten grey. I've always liked those. You can get a real shine on them.
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post #4 of 30 Old 09-21-2017, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Good choice. That's a nice solid looking horse. The color isn't bad either!
That's always been my daughter's favorite horse color, although it wasn't a major factor when choosing a horse. I'm glad at least one of our horses ended up gray for her!

I always thought "flea-bitten" was a condition, not a color. Am I mistaken?

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post #5 of 30 Old 09-21-2017, 01:08 PM
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That's always been my daughter's favorite horse color, although it wasn't a major factor when choosing a horse. I'm glad at least one of our horses ended up gray for her!

I always thought "flea-bitten" was a condition, not a color. Am I mistaken?
It's a color phase of greying.
The little dots of red or black make it fleabitten. When soaking wet, you can see any patterns the horse had more solidly and while dry, the dots of color will only be where the horse had color before starting to grey out.

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post #6 of 30 Old 09-21-2017, 01:08 PM
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Yes, fleabitten gray is a color. I believe it's got slightly different genetics than "normal" grey horses, but someone correct me if I'm wrong.

He looks nice, congrats.

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post #7 of 30 Old 09-21-2017, 02:12 PM
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Woo hoo! Congrats on the new buddy. He looks like quite a gentleman. Also looks like you've got quite a happy girl. YAY!

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post #8 of 30 Old 09-21-2017, 02:27 PM
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Sweet....

What a nice looking horse.

It is that time of year where horse will be sold cheaper because owners don't want to feed over the winter that that they won't ride because it is cold outside...
Buying opportunity...

Plan on purchasing more hay not less....solid bales will keep for 2 years easily in a clean ventilated barn...fact!!
Normally, the more you purchase the better the buying cost is per bale...buy by the ton not bale it is cheaper and you pay for weight not volume as bales change weight and size often but a ton is a ton!!

So many members here are from different areas of the country and world...someone might know of someone in the general vicinity you live that can help you out...
When in doubt, let it be known a county and state for better leads on services of all kinds...

Enjoy that new horse...he is a looker and the rider is darn happy sitting astride too.
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post #9 of 30 Old 09-21-2017, 02:31 PM
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I highly recommend Sybil Greene for Lincoln NE (Wynmore Farm), absolutely wonderful teacher and trainer. She's smart, funny, and keeps it fun for her clients. We join her at the shows sometimes as her childhood best friend (who also flies out regularly to give clinics for Sybil's riders) is a trainer at my barn.

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post #10 of 30 Old 09-21-2017, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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I highly recommend Sybil Greene for Lincoln NE (Wynmore Farm), absolutely wonderful teacher and trainer. She's smart, funny, and keeps it fun for her clients.
Another local trainer recommended Sybil, too. I can't get her to answer her email or phone, though. As best I can tell, she's the more expensive of only two jumping trainers in the Lincoln area.

There's lots of dressage trainers that don't jump.

We'll keep trying.

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