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post #1 of 34 Old 05-26-2016, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Newbie Saying Hello From Oklahoma

Hello everyone! Just joined this channel and just started to look around a bit. As the title suggests I'm in Oklahoma, been here all my life. I've recently inherited 40 acres of land that's belonged to my family for the past 130 years. The land is beautiful, but in a bit of rough shape so it needs a little work. The house that was on it recently burned down and before that we had two really bad tornadoes rip though it. It's currently being used as cattle grazing land. I have a renter on it who raises Angus. Little by little I'm trying to do small improvements without getting in my renter's way or causing him problems with his cattle. We plan to move out there in a bout five years or so. When we do I am wanting to adopt or buy a horse. So I have five years to learn about horses. And that's what has brought me here. I'm trying to be a responsible adult and learn about the animal I hope to take on, before I do it. So sorry, can't show you any photos of my horses, I don't own any - yet.

I am here on this forum, hoping to learn as much as I can in the meanwhile. I've been watching a lot of videos on YouTube to answer some of my questions, but I realize not everything is going to be posted on YouTube. And some things, well, I just need to get in there and "Get R Done!"

I'm kind of looking for someone who lives close to me who might let me come out and visit every now and then on my husband's days off work, and let me learn a few things hands-on. I'm not wanting to learn anything complex. Just someone who might let me get in there with a curry comb, do a little grooming. Someone who might teach me the basics. I'm willing to help them bail hay, muck stalls, ect, do a little hard work in exchange. I'm out of shape after a recent leg injury that kept me walking for a year and my fat *** needs it! Hehe..

I'm not wanting to adopt/buy a colt. Considering my age, I think that would not only be unfair to the horse, but just out-right dumb of me. Getting an animal I know that will out live me just seems out-right stupid. I'm looking for a horse I can do some ground work with, one I can get on and ride around my property, ride to the neighbors couple miles down the road, and maybe get a good gallop on once and awhile. So a nice older horse should be fine for me, from what I have learned so far. I'm a little drawn to the wild mustangs they give up here for adoption in Oklahoma. Just not sure if an older Mustang would be the right horse for me or not. I've herd the paint horses can be mild temperament compared to a hot blood thoroughbred? Might be an option. Open to suggestions. Mostly, healthy older horse is what I aiming at. Don't have to be "sparkly." My son is age six at the moment, he's wanting a "brown" horse. Hahaha!! Told him, "We'll have to see about that."
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post #2 of 34 Old 05-26-2016, 07:26 PM
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Welcome! I'm in OK too. Where abouts are you?

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post #3 of 34 Old 05-26-2016, 07:32 PM
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I suggest you try to find a stable near you which gives lessons, which is also open to you grooming and doing other stable chores there. There is really a lot to learn about caring for a horse, handling a horse, and riding a horse. Videos really are not enough. You might also look into a lease horse.

As far as buying, the very best thing for a newbie is to have a trusted *experienced* person go with them to look at horses to buy. The breed is not important. What you want is a mature, steady-minded, obedient, sound animal with no bad habits. If you read much at all in the New To Horses section, you'll find a truly surprising number of first-timers who didn't do that, and are sorry.
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post #4 of 34 Old 05-26-2016, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Most people have never herd of the town I'm from. Tulsa / Broken Arrow area? My new home and barn where I plan on keeping my horses will be in Bixby.

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post #5 of 34 Old 05-26-2016, 07:43 PM
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Hello and welcome

We have folks in OK so, hopefully someone lives near you and will come in:)

If you lived in Middle Tennessee, I'd be asking for your phone number . My retired self could use some responsible & quality horse help:)

Congratulations on your 40 acres, but sympathies for the manner in which you acquired it.

Hopefully the cattle guy won't over graze the land. Some beef ranchers and farmers have a tendency to do that.

Two tornadoes ---- ick. I hope they aren't becoming common in your area.

There are a lot of long time horse owners on here, with every kind of experience.

I'm a lifelong trail rider and have been paying for my own horses for 57 years. I am on the tail end of horse ownership having recently laid my two elders to rest below the barn. I still have two in their early 20's, one is ridable one is not.

Welcome again and there is no such thing as a dumb question - that's how we all learn:)
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post #6 of 34 Old 05-26-2016, 07:50 PM
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Hello and welcome! I agree that taking lessons at a nearby stable would really help. You could also form a rapport w/ them and they would most likely help you find a horse when that time comes.
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post #7 of 34 Old 05-26-2016, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Oh believe me, I've tried. I've called every place within a 45 minute drive of me, every time I got the answering machine and every time, no one has called me back. I'd drive further, if it was worth my while. Each time I left an "I will bust my bum to hadies and back for a little hands-on." And, nada on my phone.

Considering I know I'm probably going to have to drive quite a bit to get there, my time is limited. Husband gets only two days off a week, and those days off change on a weakly basis. I never know when I'm gonna have him around to help out with our two sons so I can get away for a bit. But on the days that I can, I can be gone all day, he don't mind. He'd rather I be at home, us doing family time, but if it's something like this, something he knows means a lot to me, I can stay gone from sun-up to sun-down on his days off, he won't care. So yeah, that's kind of the time restraint I'm boxed into.

Now if they were my horses, wouldn't have that problem. I give my boys a few things to do, keep them within eye - shot, and they're well enough behaved I could ride my horses, work with them, not have to worry about what my kids are up to. And knowing my boys they'd be hanging over the fence watching me most the time anyway. And during school days I could spend all day out there. Home alone all day when they're in school. Day care is not an option. I had these children because I wanted to raise them. Not let someone else do it for me. Never had a sitter, don't quite recon I know what those are either! Hehehe.. Oh wait, they're called "Grandma" right? They fly in from out of state once a year, take off with the kids god knows where, spoils them rotten and brings them back? That's a sitter? Hahaha..

I'm still drawn to the wild mustangs. I'm 5'6" by the way and 200 lbs. Lost 20 pounds, now that I can walk again and hoping to get back down to 150. So wanting a larger horse. I see these people out there that are like 6'6" tall and over 300 pounds on this little pony and I feel so bad for the pony! If I did that I would feel like I was breaking the poor things back! Give me a horse big enough I don't feel like I'm gonna kill it please! Hehehe..
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post #8 of 34 Old 05-26-2016, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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I live in tornado alley. There are tornadoes here all the time during tornado season. Mostly spring and fall. That F-5 zoomed right by us. Another reason for me to be on here. I could use a bit of stable planning advise. That stable is going to have to be able to withstand soft-ball sized hale and F-5 twisters. I'm not sure what the rest of you "Okies" do during weather like this, but when you're hearing reports of hale that size, I'm guessing you stall your horses.



Oh, that reminds me, another odd question. Has anyone ever herd of a feed exchange for horses? I see reports all the time of people giving up horses because they've fallen on hard times and now can't afford to feed their horses. But sometimes, these people, they say they would keep the horse and continue to provide excellent care for it, if only they could afford to feed it. Meanwhile, my dad can't give away his hay, he's got so much of it. So wondering if there's a way for the people to have, to get what they got to the have-nots. If any of you have ever herd of something like that set up?

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post #9 of 34 Old 05-26-2016, 11:26 PM
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I too far to offer you to come work with our horses, but I do have friends in Bixby who may be able to help you learn about horses. I need to contact them to see if they are agreeable since they have a busy schedule between being grandparents and showing horses----so much for their "retirement"!
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post #10 of 34 Old 05-26-2016, 11:40 PM
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1. I don't have any experience with a feed exchange.

2. After the 2014 tornado went tnru Moore, OK I think this lady had this concrete above ground structure built for her horses and herself.

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I also read about an underground horse shelter when I saw this one. There was a picture of the underground shelter.

If I had the money to build it, the underground would be my preference but, the horses would have to be trained to move quickly down a ramp into a hole in the ground, lol

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