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post #1 of 18 Old 03-11-2015, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Probably in way over my head... (Advice/Rant)

Well, I am new to this forum, new to riding, and a new horse owner, quite the trifecta!

I consider myself a highly motivated newbie about everything horse related. I worked at a barn for a short period of time between high school and college for riding lessons. I learned the basics from a wonderful BO. The reason I picked it up so late in life (or what it seems like compared to most horse lovers) Is because I was partially afraid of them just due to size and that they can hurt you (just like anything if your not careful or know what your doing). My time there showed me how much work it is to have a horse, but also eliminated my fear, and sparked a passion for horses.

That short time was a great experience, and I went away to college and got into a career that doesn't allow me to be home all the time so I gradually fell away from furthering my riding.

Well fast forward almost 5 years and my long term boyfriend has always loved horses and wanted one of his own. I always said no when he asked because I (unfortunately) know that he is the kind of person that will have good intentions, but at the end of the day I question whether he would put in the necessary work to own a horse, or if it would just land on me. I knew also that the financial burden of the horse would fall on me, since he makes very little money as an enlisted marine.

Well this last time I was home (I'm home 2 months at a time, gone 2 months) I in some state of insanity let him get his/"our" own horse.

The horse was neglected and mistreated and needed a good home. I am an absolute sucker for anyone or anything in need and my heart ached for this horse. His name is Rowdy and he is a 13 year old gelding throughbred. We took ownership of him from a friend of his who owed my boyfriend a substantial amount of money. He knew we could take much better care of him and give him the love he deserved. The pictures from his coggins were sad, and before I said yes we went out to meet him and I absolutely fell in love. He is the kindest boy, and well mannered (for the most part). You can tell that he was trained well originally, and it was so heartbreaking to know someone treated him so badly.

Anyway we said yes and Rowdy became ours. I knew that I was in wayyyyyy over my head, but my boyfriend was confident in his training ability, riding ability, and knowledge level that it would be fine. (He has been riding for years.) I followed his lead and dived in head first to owning my first horse.

Now, let me tell you, WOW am I a bit overwhelmed at the amount that I don't know (thank god for forums, I have already learned so much here!). I know that I will be able to take more riding lessons and ride him comfortably when I can know the correct cues to give him to not confuse him. But, I know absolutely nothing about training or how to get him to break certain bad habits (pinning his ears when he eats, stealing food from the Filly in his pasture, random nipping for no reason), nor do I know how to "work him out" considering I've never even worked a horse out before. I know the basics of grooming, and with the help of the vet have been able to get him on a good steady diet. I am taking an online class from Dr. Kellon on Equine Nutrition and Deworming so I can learn more about how to keep him healthy. I still have lots to learn about, I know! My boyfriend takes care of Rowdy while I am at work, but for the two months I am home I pretty much spend everyday with him.

I guess and HELPFUL advice would be appreciated. I am in no way interested in being told that I shouldn't have gotten a horse if I wasn't ready. I have already made the commitment, and I am not going to sell him or give him away unless I feel like we are failing him (I will probably die before that happens). My boyfriend feels totally capable of caring for him, I just want to feel that way as well. I know I have a huge heart and I would sleep on the ground if it meant Rowdy had a roof over his head at night.

I attached a few pictures. The first was from his coggins from the previous owner, the others are newer. Sorry for the duplicates, my phone won't let me delete them for some reason.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can shed some positivity and helpful knowledge and experience my way!
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post #2 of 18 Old 03-11-2015, 09:37 PM
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I would never tell you you shouldn't have gotten the horse. It sounds like you are well capable of caring for him and will do just fine. attitude is the most important, and you've got a good one.

I am just wondering about him being blanketed. in the last couple of photos, you are comfortable in what looks like a cotton long sleeved shirt. your horse has a lot more "clothes" on than that, so add on a nylon sheet, and he may be too hot. most people overblanket more often than underblanket. especially if he is shedding, it might be uber itchy under that blankey.
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post #3 of 18 Old 03-11-2015, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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I am just wondering about him being blanketed. in the last couple of photos, you are comfortable in what looks like a cotton long sleeved shirt. your horse has a lot more "clothes" on than that, so add on a nylon sheet, and he may be too hot. most people overblanket more often than underblanket. especially if he is shedding, it might be uber itchy under that blankey.
That lime green one is just a cooler, the teal/brown one is his blanket (1200D i think?) and it was in the 20's or so then. All the blanket options are a bit overwhelming, I tried to only leave the thicker blanket on when it was going to be freezing out. The lime green one he doesn't wear usually. How hot is too hot? If he is warm to the touch in the chest and not sweating is that appropriate?
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well, isn't a cooler worn after hard exercize, to help wick off sweat and keep horse from losing heat too rapidly due to wind?

I am one of those that don't blanket at all. but, I dont' ride hard, so no need to clip winter hair, so no need to blanket. once your horse is back up to a normal body weight, and has enough hay to eat, and a way to retreat from the wind, then unless it's really cold, he should not need a blanket at all. but, I realize this depends on the horse. some thoroughbreds in Florida just don't grow much of a fur coat.


if you are comfortable dressed as you are, then he should not need a blanket. To me, blanketing them above about 45F is going to make them too hot.

so subjective, is blanketing.
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Thank you, that helps a lot. That photo was from the day we went to see him before we bought him, he has only worn the blanket since, but I can definitely see him getting too hot with it on if the temp rises. Does wearing a blanket hurt the growth of the coat in the winter?
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i think so, becuase they need the exposure to light, at varying daylengths, to create the phenomena of growing out a robust coat. I think where I live is less extreme in temp shifts, though more extreme in length of day shifts. maybe that's why our horses are like yaks!

some days when it was like 16F, and wind blowing, I worried about them, but the next day, I'd come out and they'd have snow on their backs. if it hasn't melted, you gotta figure there's some pretty good insulation there!

they can more efficiently warm themselves than they can cool themselves, if overblanketed. just having a constant source of hay during cold weather will do a lot to keep them warm. and being able to move around.

is he shedding yet?
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He's shedding a bit, but not a lot, we had a few cold weeks, but its been getting up into the 60's so i'm assuming he will start shedding a lot more soon?
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Is the horse as thin now as he is in the first two pictures? If so, it's not time to be thinking about riding. It's time to be thinking about buying some groceries.

Has he been vetted, wormed, teeth looked at, feet trimmed?

Oh, wow, I just saw you are taking Dr. Kellon's nutrition class! Well you're going to be an expert in buying horse groceries in no time!! :) Good for you!

You mentioned him pinning his ears when you bring the food out. I wouldn't read too much into that. My horse is also pushy around food. One thing I do is simply turn my back to the horse (with the food I'm carrying in front of me) so he has no access to it until I put it in the feeder. You might also carry a whip in your hand just in case he ever snakes his head at you. You might ask him to take a step back, then when he does, you reward him by getting out from in front of the feed and giving him access to it.

Keep reading. Keep spending time with the horse. Lots of time. Watch all those videos people put out. You'll see a lot of crap, but other ideas will be good, and you'll be able to put them in place.

Best of luck.
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He's a little thin, but not horribly. Good for you for wanting to give this beautiful boy a nice life.

Sometimes, when a horse has been underfed for a length of time they can get food aggressive. It took a long time for my mare to get over this… a little over a year. One thing that will speed his "recovery" from food aggression is to give him free access to grass hay, maybe in a hanging net. It will give him constant access to food to satisfy his mental hunger and I'm sure you're feeding him appropriately 2 or even 3 times a day for nutrition.

I agree with others. If he has a good coat, maybe he doesn't need the blanket? I have a 32 year old gelding. The only time I blanket him is if its raining and the wind is blowing. He can handle one or the other, but not both.

Lucky for you good weather is on the way for a good healthy weight gain.

I'd like to see progress pics!
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The first picture was December, the second was a few weeks ago, his hips have filled in more and his ribs aren't showing as badly, but he is still pretty skinny. Gradually trying to put weight on as we go. I've ridden him once, but only for a short period of time since he hasn't been ridden in a while and tires easily. My boyfriend works him in the round pen and I'd like to learn how to do that too. I hope as we work him easy and he gets more weight on he will be able to let me ride him for longer without getting tired. I will absolutely post progress pics as we go!

He has had his teeth checked, farrier is coming out soon to remove his shoes, he's been dewormed, and I'm unsure of his vaccination record due to poor record keeping from the previous owner who said "up to date" so I'm just waiting until the next vet visit to revaccinate As neccessary.
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