Looking for information please - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 12 Old 02-27-2018, 01:48 PM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: OK
Posts: 13,711
• Horses: 9
Originally Posted by ducky1234 View Post
This sort of baffles me. I can't think of something the horse does that I label "I can live with". Maybe I'm misinterpreting (I usually do), but "I can live with it" sounds kind of sucky. And I really don't want to live with that. I prefer a horse that if he's capable (age, health, conformation), he does what he's asked (almost every time) and at the same time, the performance looks like something the horse wants to be doing it.

And the connection you build with the horse shoots up a level when the horse realizes, that your standards are now what the horse needs to meet. Meeting your standards are what the horse "can live with". And he'll be happy to live with them.
The old school horse I mention as being worth his weight in gold, in my previous post, is one with issues you 'can live with'. He may have arthritis, there are supplements and injections to help with that, it's a 'livable' item. He may be cranky because he's tired of kids or brand new beginners hanging on his face, he'll get happier with only one owner (most of the time), it's a 'livable' item. He may not be your favorite color. He may be a little hard mouthed, this you can usually fix with time and gentle handling. None of these are deal breakers. A horse that bites, bucks, rears, kicks, has a MAJOR conformation fault that will be affected by what you want to do with him, these are all deal breaker items for me. I would walk away from any horse with these habits, especially if the horse is older and it's become ingrained. Those would be 'non-livable' items.

There's no such thing as the perfect horse, any more than there is a perfect human. We all have some kind of 'issue' for lack of a better word. We're too short, too fat, too thin, too tall, too .....something, but there's somebody out there that will love us anyway. Same with horses. My favorite color in the world is Chestnut with a lot of white. I have exactly 3 chestnut horses. The rest are bay, bay tobiano, buckskin, palomino, cremello, .... you get the drift. And 1 of those 3 chestnuts may not grow up to be something I want to keep. I bred her, I love her, she's beautiful but she's a bit hotter than I want to deal with right now. I don't know if she'll ever turn into the horse I want, but I'll give her time and training and we'll see. Right now, all her 'faults' are 'livable' items. When she's 4 or 5, if she hasn't become a LOT more level headed, I'll sell her.

Dreamcatcher Arabians is offline  
post #12 of 12 Old 02-27-2018, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Texas
Posts: 80
• Horses: 0
That you all for some very insightful replies! I feel very enlightened.
Cordillera Cowboy likes this.

finding happy
findinghappy is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking for information on this horse myheartscaptivator Horse Breeds 4 04-08-2011 09:25 AM
Looking for advice/suggestions/information for my haflinger. momoncoffee Horse Breeds 15 05-01-2010 01:21 AM
Looking for information on Martha Josey saddle! Rogers Horse Tack and Equipment 0 01-28-2010 03:07 PM
Looking for information on a Pinto Willow16 Horse Talk 2 08-18-2009 05:04 PM
Abbey Jones from NC, looking for contact information ksb9308 Horse Talk 1 12-13-2008 04:26 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome