My Horse Forum
So, like most horse people, I'm always just creeping around the ads at horses available in the area. Having the horses at home makes this a very dangerous situation for someone with no will power.
I saw an ad for a companion mare and she just happened to be close, I had time to kill, so what the heck, right? Worth a look.
I head over there on Tuesday. This poor mare has not seen a farrier in... I have absolutely no idea how long. She has this sadness in her eyes. I leave to go home and I just can't leave her. I bicker back and forth in my head and end up taking her home a few hours later.
I have very little history on her, but she is around 18-20 (will have the vet confirm when he comes out to check her over) and has been passed around a lot.
I also found out yesterday that she is deaf. She does have the cutest lopsided ear! (One of the reasons she tugged so hard at my poor heart strings were those huge, floppy ears.)
She is very sweet, and she tries so very hard to trust us....
It's been a long time since there has been a thread to show off the TBs on here.
Feel free to share lots of pictures and information about your TBs, both OTTBs and non raced ones.
Here are my horses, as well as my mom's and sister's. They are pretty much all related. Other than my filly, they all came from the same breeder (the ranch where I work at now). Lucky and Victory have the same dam. Victory, Winsome, and Dancer have the same sire. Miracle is out of a half sister to those three (she is by the same stallion as well). Petals and Miracle have the same sire. Petals is out of a full sister to Dakota Wrangler. Dakota Wrangler is out of a full sister to Lucky. Reine is out of Victory. Dusty Rose is out of Petals (we suspect she is by the same stallion as Reine). We really do have certain lines of horses that we like!
Lucky Krews, 2000, 16.2 hh, off track gelding. He is now an Eventer, and does all-round. I've been using him as a pony horse to exercise and train the racehorses...
What is the purpose of backing an 18 month or 20 month old horse?
We hear the defence that well race horses do it, they prepare them for futurities at this age...well two wrongs don't make a right, and if you are not involved in these industries, then WHY?
There is good evidence that horses bones don't mature until a lot later. http://www.hoofrehab.com/ArticlesPDF/Timing and Rate of skeletal maturation in Horses.pdf so why risk compromising a youngster right at the start, why not wait?
I know that there are those who do it, but my question is why? what makes you ignore the evidence and start them?
By your horsey or pony......
I haven't gotten dumped in years, so I suppose I was due.
I took my gelding Samson out for a trail ride with his girlfriend, who is a big Belgian x, and her new barn mate who is an OTTB. Samson started out really slow, to the point that I thought he maybe wasn't feeling well (hehe I guess I was wrong ). Then we went off in a trot on a nice clear trail, and little Samson couldn't move his stout legs any faster, and his friends were already out of sight. So, he put all the extension he had into his trot, and finally rounded the bend and caught up when his friends stopped to wait for him.
Then we made it to the huge field that is in this state park. Once before, Samson *almost* dumped me in this field, but it was because there were a bunch of school busses in a parking lot to the right of it (there's normally no cars in that lot, but there must've been a field trip to the park), and he was just excited I think. I stayed on but was very...
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