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post #1 of 14 Old 08-22-2018, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Story of my life

This seems to be the story of my life atm:
Cool there are shorter horse breeds out there? I'm gonna try horse riding then. Yay this is fun, I want a horse. Oh Icelandic horses are kind of pricey, well crap. What about haflingers, they are fairly common right? Oh, they are not common in the PNW and can be as pricey as Icelandics, ok. Oh look how pretty gypsy horses are, aren't they the poor man's horse in the UK? Wait they are how much here? Holy crap, I guess not. Ok well, why don't I save for an Icelandic. In the mean time I'll get a used trailer to prepare. Alright, everyone says to not get a straight load trailer but to get a slant, and they are.... twice as much. Ok I give up, I'll go watch Heartland on Netflix and eat icecream, that will make feel better. Wait Ty and Amy broke up again!? Are you kidding me!
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-22-2018, 05:42 PM
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I feel your pain. I love short, stocky, powerhouse horses that are easy to get on, can tote my fat butt without issue, can be used for driving and light draft work and don't need 47 different feeds and supplements to keep weight on. I have always loved Fjords, Haffies, and Gypsies, draft crosses, etc. So does everyone else, apparently. The good ones cost a fortune. I am seriously considering leasing a draft mare, putting her in foal to a stallion I like and breeding my own.... or if I had the money, I'd go to the UK, buy a half-dozen Gypsies, keep my favorite and sell the rest to recoup costs. I can't afford the $5k - $10k it costs to buy even a baby. There are some really stocky, nice FoxTrotters out there, so that's also a consideration. I like the powerhouse wide short QH's, but most of those now are so light on bone, I'd be worrying about their legs all the time. *sigh*


I've never seen Heartland. Maybe I should.... but I do have a penchant for chocolate, ice cream, and Mexican food, so does that count?
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post #3 of 14 Old 08-22-2018, 06:04 PM
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There are plenty of short horses within the tall breeds, so don't discount ANY of the U.S. Breeds.

While my two remaining Tennessee Walkers are 15.3H & 16.1H, my first and most beloved Tennessee Walker was only 14.3H -- considered a pony by TWHBEA.

Also look at Morgan's, Arabs, Quarter Horses, Quarter Ponies, POA's (Pony of the Americas), Paints and Appaloosas.

PLEASE do not eliminate cross breeds from your list. The cross breeds would be the biggest bang for the buck and most likely the healthiest.

This was my 14.3H Tennessee Walker. He was with me 24 of his 27 years and is laid to rest on this farm. He was the strong and fair alpha leader of those bigger horses. He never made a mistake; never bucked, kicked, bit or otherwise acted stupid. He was born with enough "horse sense" for ten horses and at least 50 people that I know:)

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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There are plenty of short horses within the tall breeds, so don't discount ANY of the U.S. Breeds.

While my two remaining Tennessee Walkers are 15.3H & 16.1H, my first and most beloved Tennessee Walker was only 14.3H -- considered a pony by TWHBEA.

Also look at Morgan's, Arabs, Quarter Horses, Quarter Ponies, POA's (Pony of the Americas), Paints and Appaloosas.

PLEASE do not eliminate cross breeds from your list. The cross breeds would be the biggest bang for the buck and most likely the healthiest.

This was my 14.3H Tennessee Walker. He was with me 24 of his 27 years and is laid to rest on this farm. He was the strong and fair alpha leader of those bigger horses. He never made a mistake; never bucked, kicked, bit or otherwise acted stupid. He was born with enough "horse sense" for ten horses and at least 50 people that I know:)

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I wouldn't mind a cross breed. Sometimes I'll search for horses online by height, but then the challenge is figuring out which ones are ok for an adult to ride and which are really a pony.
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post #5 of 14 Old 08-22-2018, 06:25 PM
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Ok I give up, I'll go watch Heartland on Netflix and eat icecream, that will make feel better. Wait Ty and Amy broke up again!? Are you kidding me!
Ha, ha - I can't stay away from that train wreck...Season 9 on Netflix now. By now we have an MBA (top of her class) who can't explain the concept of slope to her daughter (supply and demand curve, anyone?); we have old Jack stuffing his hand up to his wrist under the halter of a horse he met for the first time; halters, halters everywhere - in the pasture, in the stall; I'm about to fast-forward whenever Lou has lines because that character is so neurotic that I can't believe the actress hasn't quit yet...

But I'm watching it, so I can gripe about it.
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post #6 of 14 Old 08-22-2018, 07:00 PM
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As getting on a horse gets harder and harder without a mounting block or something conveniently handy to stand on I started looking at welsh cobs and Connemara's in the 14 hand to 14.2 height region and couldn't believe how much more a nice one would cost me in the US
No I don't need another horsey mouth to feed, it was just a thought.


I haven't succumbed to Heartland - yet - but the new Poldark series will be arriving here soon I hope.
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-22-2018, 07:56 PM
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Look at Okan Morganís in Washington. Gorgeous, tough, versatile, SHORT horses!
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-22-2018, 10:00 PM
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Don't leave out Paso Finos! They rarely top 14.2 and many are 13 hands. They regularly carry grown men easily. Paso Fino fans say they can easily carry more weight than horses that trot because they never have all 4 feet off the ground at once. They eat very little, are feisty, fun, and yet gentle. And if you live (as I do) where they are common, they cost around $1000 for a gentle calm trail Paso.
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Don't leave out a Morgan either. Hondo is an even 14H.

Thanks all for reminding me why I don't have a television set:)
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post #10 of 14 Old 08-23-2018, 11:23 AM
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Put the ice cream down and back away slowly lol!
Go see these horses in person. You can't tell much from an online ad beyond what the seller is claiming. Buying a horse is frustrating and time consuming. But, the only way to find your horse (yes, it's out there) is to make the drive and see the horse. You'll learn more about what you want and don't want which ultimately makes your search easier.

Online is fine for leads, but you've got to put your hands on the horse and talk to the owner. Who knows? Several times after talking to a seller, it turns out they had what I was looking for, but hadn't advertised yet.

Since you have height requirements, stick to them but stay open to the breed. Look at small grade horses, POAs, Welsh, Quarter Pony, Paso Fino, etc.
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