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post #1 of 31 Old 11-27-2015, 06:31 AM Thread Starter
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Talking He's finally here! First horse.

My god this horse was so worth the wait. I haven't had a proper night's rest in days because all I want to do is be out at the farm and my mind wont turn off. I actually never wanted to board, but am choosing to for a while because I want to remain working under my trainer and continue to take my lessons with my own horse. Also, I want to replace the fencing at my property and get a barn up before I will even consider moving him (starting the barn build this winter, will make separate thread; going for a 36x36 3 stall pole barn).

Anyway, some back story. My boyfriend's mother as I mentioned in a previous post, bred and showed Arabians for many years (now retired). She and I completely clicked on not only horses, but our particular taste in Arabians (crabbet and domestic bred in particular). When I told my boyfriend I was ready to take the plunge both financially and mentally into horse ownership (especially while I'm lucky to be working under a good trainer), he mentioned it to his mother. Back in September she told me to politely stop looking for horses, she had the right guy for me.

Long story short, Berry (registered name Berry Flamable: Berry Flamable Arabian) was her horse. She purchased his mother while she was in foal by Hucklebey Berry and had him from his birth, up until 2013 when she ran into some health issues (which she's thankfully overcome). Fast forward to 2014, she had donated him to an acquaintance's farm where he was used as a riding horse for children and was assigned to one little girl in particular who cared for him (basically a lease) and took him to 4H shows. Apparently they were a sweet team, but her parents bought her a horse of her own and the poor boy basically turned into a pasture pet while the owner of the farm held him for whenever his grand kids would visit. Honestly he was too nice of a horse to just be used for occasional light riding by inexperienced young children... and he was one of many horses and wasn't really getting the individual care he deserved.

She felt we'd make a better match and asked if she could have him back. I anxiously waited, and luckily the guy agreed! I didn't want to get my hopes up until the transport was booked and he was on my trainer's soil... but two months later he made his journey from Northern KY, to eastern TN and is officially mine!

Words cannot describe how forever grateful I am to her. I have wanted a horse since I knew what a horse was. As a child I was always drawn to Arabians in particular though don't get me wrong, I do like other breeds as well (though I've ridden Arabians in the past, I've mostly lessoned with quarter horses/paints). Once I started taking horsemanship and riding lessons and got settled in my career the only thing stopping me from buying a horse was the dreaded siphoning through liar sellers and horses that had potentially seemed well mannered but you'd never know until really spending time with them.

Truthfully, the only real concern I have about this horse, is if the two of us don't click and the fact that he is 16 years old and I would like to have several sound/good riding years as well as companion years with him. I am a first time horse owner so having an older horse was par for the course, and he's so full of life it's hard to believe he's a 1999 model! He's never *knock on wood* had any real injury (other than a scrape inside his eye lid which left no long term damage), or sicknesses. I'd like to just do trail riding and low level (non-competition) dressage. I'm going to have my vet (who comes highly recommended, I've not used him yet) to come look him over and see if his teeth need floating, check for worms, etc. and just get him in their system.

I am so excited to continue my lessons with him! I've REALLY been enjoying my groundwork lessons almost as much, if not more than my riding lessons. We'll be doing some groundwork with him, then riding in the round pen since he may need some brushing up since he hasn't been ridden too, too much lately.

I've been going to the barn every day to spend some bonding time with him, but since he arrived the day before Thanksgiving, it's been hard to spend ample time there, but I am hoping today (Friday) I can spend several hours with him, and get a good grooming session since he needs it. He stood quite politely for me while I did some quick grooming yesterday with a lot of noise and commotion going on both outside and inside the barn (4 wheelers, noisy children, other horses and riders, etc), so here's to hoping now that he's a little more settled in, he'll be more comfortable. :)

OH, and before I forget, pictures from yesterday! Forgive the crud image qualities, I'll have to get better pictures tomorrow :) Maybe after a groom.

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post #2 of 31 Old 11-27-2015, 06:51 AM
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Congratulations! I hope he works out well for you and proves to be a wonderful first horse. Such a pretty boy too. :)
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post #3 of 31 Old 11-27-2015, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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Congratulations! I hope he works out well for you and proves to be a wonderful first horse. Such a pretty boy too. :)
Thanks so much! So far he's been so absolutely sweet. He trailered very well which made me happy because I am in the process of finding a trailer and plan to do a lot of trail riding with him. He's been nervous because of course everything is still new to him. I visited with him yesterday but let him stay in the pasture to relax. Today I think I may try to catch him (first day he was SUPER easy to catch... we'll see if he gives me trouble today or shies from the halter).
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post #4 of 31 Old 11-27-2015, 08:20 AM
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Werecat, you and I have nearly identical stories....I'll be building a barn and replacing fencing this winter. I've waited 5 months for my new girl who arrived the day before Thanksgiving. I'm spending every waking moment at the barn getting to know her. SO FUN! Congratulations on your new boy. Enjoy!
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post #5 of 31 Old 11-27-2015, 08:46 AM
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Congratulations on becoming the new human for what sounds to be a terrific Arab !!

Even though I have ridden Tennessee Walkers since the mid-1980's, I have had Arabx's and Arabs since I was 13.

PLEASE do not be discouraged with the bonding issue.

For one thing, IMHO, people make waaaay too big of a deal out of that. It happens when it happens, every horse is different.

Second, Arabs are loyalists, they establish their human early and don't easily let go of that person. Your horse is 16, while he many never completely let go of who ever his person is, he will eventually form his own bond with you, in his own way. He is going to have to know you aren't sending him off, if he doesn't meet your ideals, in terms of forming a relationship.

This past May I laid my 29 yr old Crabbett Arab to rest. He was seven when I rescued him, as a starving horse poster child with an injured vertebra.

It was a couple years before his very kind and child-oriented self decided it was ok to let me be his human, if his real one didn't come for him.

I let Streeter come to me, in his own good time, always letting him know that I was his forever home, no matter where we lived.

His injuries were such that I couldn't ride him for the kind of trail riding I did. He became an excellent lesson horse for small children and the 22 yr BFF of the Tennessee Walker in my avatar. I laid them to rest six months apart, the Arab seeming to give up, after Duke went.

Arabs are very sensitive and very loyal. Treat him fairly, let him know you are his permanent home, and be patient. He will come around eventually but it will be when he is ready, not when you wish

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 #6 of 31 Old 11-27-2015, 09:00 AM
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walkinpark, I agree on the bonding thing. I don't know about that exact situations m you are talking about, but I agree that though bonding is great, people do make a big deal out of it.
I've had Pistol (my first horse) over a year now and we still haven't completely... clicked. The first months I had him, I think he liked me. But he sort of forgot about me when we got Dixie and Maverick. But whatever floats his boat. I love him, and regardless of whether he loves me back I won't give up on him, because he's like a child to me. I didn't have any problem bonding with Maverick, and I think me and Dixie clicked because I was one of the only people who believed in the sweetness behind that hard outer core. And I believe Pistol has a soft spot somewhere in him, too... I found it once, but he put up more walls to hide it, so to speak. That's okay. I'll keep searching for it until I find it.

Have a blessed day!

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post #7 of 31 Old 11-27-2015, 09:06 AM
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So exciting! He's lovely. I wish you all the best.
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post #8 of 31 Old 11-27-2015, 09:12 AM
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Whoops, accidentally put "Walkinpark" and not "Walkinthewalk." Sorry! *blush*
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Have a blessed day!
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post #9 of 31 Old 11-27-2015, 09:51 AM
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I love arabs, theyre so sweet and gentle.
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post #10 of 31 Old 11-27-2015, 10:07 AM
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He is SO pretty!

I have to agree with previous posters....it is like getting married and thinking your husband is a knight in shining armor....a horse is really just a horse, and all the bonding is in our minds, very little is in theirs(figuratively and literally).

So love him and do well by him, and he will be a wonderful addition to your life.

16 years is not old!
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