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Yes, THAT Rio.
For those who don't know, Rio's previous owner was a regular here, so it's sad to see that he appears to have ended up in a rescue.
I came across a CL ad today that was using RD's old avatar (Rio).
At first I thought this must be a scam (and it might). But I contacted the rescue and they claim it's real. They have videos of him on their Facebook.
Oregon Animal Rescue | Facebook
The rescue said that Rio (possibly going by the name Rosco now) and his companion (a bay mare) were purchased from a feedlot. The woman who purchased them found them to be too much to handle, so she dropped them off at the rescue. They appear to be in decent condition.
As for the photo, I'm guessing that whoever sold him to the feedlot provided the photo (or maybe this was a horse trader who simply purchased Rio), and then they...
You hear it preached to beginners all the time: breed and color do not matter when picking out a first horse. A horse that has the experience, patience, and disposition suited to teaching new riders is what's important in those early stages of learning.
But as we get more advanced in our riding, many of us split off and begin to specialize in different disciplines and breeds. Some of us own many breeds throughout our lifetime, and some of us settle down with just one.
I've solely been riding Saddlebreds for quite a few months now and love, love, LOVE the 'bouncy' rhythm of their gaits, particularly in the walk and jog. They are built and bred to have so much natural vertical motion that you always feel like you are on top of a show horse who loves to dance, even if they are only going out on the trail as slow as a turtle. I love how absolutely bold, point-and-shoot they are and how you see the whole world over their neck and between their ears.
I don't like flashy horses. I never have. The colours that everyone else like do nothing for me. I don't like pinto patterns, appaloosa spots, palomino, buckskin, or gray.
I have a gorgeous palomino. (She's a dark palomino but it's her mind and body that attract me... not the wrapping paper) I'd rather her be sorrel. My other two are sorrel and bay.
Facebook is full of sale ads for coloured horses. And 80% of them are not put together well at all... yet people are asking outrageous prices. They get them too... and it makes me shake my head.
I'll buy a good horse no matter the colour. ( Evidenced by me owning a palomino ) but I just don't understand how people overlook serious conformation problems and just see the colour.
I know this will never change. But it's my rant for the day.
Horses can use symbols to talk to us
By Virginia MorellSep. 21, 2016 , 5:30 PM
There will never be a horse like Mr. Ed, the talking equine TV star. But scientists have discovered that the animals can learn to use another human tool for communicating: pointing to symbols. They join a short list of other species, including some primates, dolphins, and pigeons, with this talent. Scientists taught 23 riding horses of various breeds to look at a display board with three icons, representing wearing or not wearing a blanket. Horses could choose between a “no change” symbol or symbols for “blanket on” or “blanket off.” Previously, their owners made this decision for them. Horses are adept at learning and following signals people give them, and it took these equines an average of 10 days to learn to approach and touch the...
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