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Old 02-14-2020, 06:52 PM
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Any horse owners here? We have a mini donkey and have been discussing getting a horse. Currently eyeing a well trained 10 year old hafliger/quarter horse 13.3 hh gelding cross.
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Old 02-14-2020, 07:32 PM
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Re: horse owners?

I grew up next to a horse breeder, had 4 of my own, and got a degree in equestrian, managed a stable, and worked in equine therapy for the disabled. Lord have mercy it was a long time ago, so much is forgotten. What do you want to know? Besides i miss horses a bunch! Lol
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Old 02-14-2020, 07:37 PM
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Once, long ago! Unless you can ride the horse today and will ride it regularly, they are total expense, tons of work and busy repairing /replacing what they eat /takedown. Our's required three times a year care of its shoes (barrow turner), plus vet care. Regarding the Vet, ask to see its Vet's Medical Folder and assure that it is up to date!!!

If you ride them and enjoy the year around grooming, they're great.

FYI: They seem to produce more poo than the food you give them. Best way to keep up with the poo is a bobcat!
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Old 02-14-2020, 07:50 PM
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Re: horse owners?

Well I ,
We had ours on ten acres, built our own lean-to shelter, grew our own corn, bought our own deworming and vaccines ( don't know if you still can) kept ours barefoot for the most part, unless we planned riding on roads or hard surfaces, so we did our own minor foot work ourselves, had a farrier when needed, floated the teeth on our own. They got hay, out corn, sweetfeed, in winter, extra feed if doing hard trail riding during warmer weather otherwise just a little hay and the pasture. We did have to take the tractor and dusc the feilds to spread the manure, or remove some. We didn't have distruction, maybe because we didn't keep them stalled.

Appaloosa were our easy keepers, my Arabian more work, had delicate thin skin, more sensitive to bugs, needed more support in winter. Appaloosa ( not mixed with a ton of quarter horse) and mustang really are the most hardy. Some breeds are more tendar fiited and thinner skinned.

My neighbors bred American Saddlebred and they are my favorite to ride and temperament, but not the inbred hyped up show horses! They were prone to more hoof issues and lameness than my Apps.

My Apps had more endurance by 10◊, somewhat onery , can and did kill some stray dogs ( but fine with ours) healthy sturdy, easier keepers. I think they might appeal to your lifestyle choices. My mare Outlaw was a white leopard, never sick a day in her life hooves of iron, if you are a jerk shed knock you off ,if you were a babe she would walk like a kitten, try to keep you on her back and if the kid fell off she be careful to stop and not step on them. Regular people she stepped on any time you were standing by her and not paying attention. She was a heck of a horse!

PS. Fat rummped quarter horses, never met or rode one I liked. The old school type like the roping ones not so bad, I got to ride and old-school type crossed with thoroughbred in a show once, who was pure magic! At the end of the show they hav a balloon race, you have balloon taped to you back, and you have a dart to pop everyone else's balloon. It's dark by then so they have the lights on, an obstacle course and a hundred people on horseback malee! The owner let me ride him in that. We flew! We read each other's minds, we are like silk flowing through lumbering oxen! It came down to me and a cowboy. We put on such a show, the crowd was wild! Then he let me win, I was so mad! But I was 16, the crowd was on my side, my mom said he had to let me win, or be eaten alive!
Thank you for stirring up old memories and letting me share ( if you read this far bless you!)
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Old 02-14-2020, 09:30 PM
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What a wonderful memory!


This is the pony in question. Input would be appreciated greatly! My cousins had horses growing up, and I took lessons at a local stable, and we have had Butters(mini donkey) for around a year. Buuuut that is about the limit of my horse experience. And hubbs just has experience with Butters and rent-a-horse's at boy scout camps and such.





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Old 02-14-2020, 09:32 PM
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Re: horse owners?

I have a quarter horse (zippo pine bar, zips chocolate chip, two eyed jack lineage). He was bred to be the next western champion but sucked at it so much. He was a very nice $50k hunter/jumper in the end but hasnít done any work for many many years now. Hunter people were very unhappy this brick, tank like horse was beating their floaty throughbeds & Warmbloods back when we showed lol

Honestly little horses arenít my thing. If they arenít at least 16 hands are they really a horse??

Make sure they arenít drugging the horse before you ride. We stayed 3 days in Tennessee and dropped by randomly to see how Chip was to make sure he wasnít being drugged up before we saw him. A girl at the barn had this happen just recently to her. She bought the horse for 10k and it was the sweetest thing during the visit but once she got it home it was not a fully trained horse. She eventually returned her without a refund....10k plus board & such right down the drain. Xrays of the legs/feet wouldnít be a bad idea either. Do stuff with him and try to see if he spooks easily. If you are looking for a trail riding horse you want to be able to go dancing along with a tarp as a cape and leap on his back with it flapping in the breeze while clapping cooking pots with dogs barking/twining around the feet without even a twitch...maybe just a side eye wondering what youíve been drinking that day lol

I recently transferred my horse onto a low starch/sugar foraging type diet to see how it improved his feet. Iím already seeing way different growth & he only ate a lb of grain a day at most before I switched him plus his 20lbs of hay a day of course. Iíve went through almost 20 years of various farriers who are crap. Iíd recommend you educate yourself on hoof anatomy & nutrition and what to look for on your own instead of relying on farriers & vets. They donít know nearly as much or donít have the time to give a flying ***k (just the money matters) as you want them to....just my own opinion after years of dealing with useless farriers & vets. And we had some of the Ďbestí too, so yeah.

This is my favorite basic hoof anatomy book. I read it all the way through in 3 days haha. Lots of useful info on feet. I got the hardback so I could flip through and use my iPad to play with hoof pictures while reading the book.
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Old 02-14-2020, 09:42 PM
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But horses can be dangerous. I've been bitten a bunch, kicked, stomped on, had a hirsecrear up and flip over on me, I was barebacked that probably saved me, had a horse drop and roll over me, been bucked off, fallen off on my own too.

My last horse was a hot headed Arab, who had been abused , hated men. Hated a saddle. He was a stunning silver. The horse trader heard of me, and that I rode barebacked. I had him a few months, tried different saddles, hevwas so tense and flighty it was hard to ride barebacked on him. I was out in the pasture working him at 6 am, at 6 pm my dad finally came looking for me. When he found me I was still on the horse but I was having a siezure. My dad watched the horse walk so careful, but he had never been near him before. He really hated men, as in attack on sight. But my horse did let my dad come and get him and lead him the half mile back home. I was paralyzed on one side, not making sense, and kept seizing. Rushed off to the hospital brain damaged, expected to live. I was not expected to recover brain function past that of a young child, I couldn't read or write and had amnesia. No one knows what happened, it is believed he either tossed his head and hit me, or threw me and I got back on before my brain swelled. I did recover , but I'm sure I lost a lot of smarts.. My mom forced me to sell him and my other horse, even though he was clearly taking care of me in that condition.
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I agree I don't like them that little. I watched the video, and I would pass. I can't out my finger on it, short neck, maybe off on left front. Watched again, think he stumble a couple of times, yes the ground is rough, and still looks off on left front. And terrible confirmation. But does look willing and friendly. But my free advice is nope.
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Yikes that’s crazy! I got lucky from my one blackout fall. I got drilled into the ground and can’t remember the event or getting back on the horse. I remember the last jump and then sitting on a trunk of a car. Literally can’t remember the fall, people coming to get me off the ground, waking up, getting back on the horse, then getting back off. It’s just one big blank in my mind. Besides that I’ve had a horse stomp on me after falling off, one rolling while I was on, thrown into a jump, kicked in the chest & the butt, stomped on the foot, conked on the head by their head & a few others I’m sure I don’t remember. They are definitely a dangerous animal to have even when you are being careful.
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I agree I don't like them that little. I watched the video, and I would pass. I can't out my finger on it, short neck, maybe off on left front.
Yes. Heís moving a little weird/short like. And his feet seem small for how solidly he is built. Probably the quarter horse breeding coming through. And his front right seems too upright to me like he might have a slight club foot but could be the picture.

The palomino mare seems like the Best Buy after a real quick look at their site. She looks fairly well put together and bigger feet plus not too heavily built. They arenít letting her run lines in her video though so itís hard to really tell how sheís moving at all.
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