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This is just something I've noticed recently. I see some people getting bent out of shape over a horse or herd's care and I think we forget a couple of things.
Sometimes the member is NOT the owner.
Sometimes the member is a minor, and can't make vet choices or feed choices or even tack choices.
Maybe that member was literally raised in a different way of thinking that we were.
Maybe the member lives in a region where whatever offends is normal.
We were 'new' to the forum once too. If they get run off, we can't help them, or the horse.
The amount of cumulative experience/knowledge here is overwhelming. One thing at a time.
I guess I am jaded or naive but the internet is still real people to me. I always think of how I would feel? I get hurt for them. We are all here because of ONE THING. We enjoy...
I am an atheist, and I thought this was funny and summed up my feelings nicely. I personally love respectful religious discussions/debates, and I love such threads on HGS. But I nearly always want to say all of these things in those threads....so here it is, I'll probably refer back to it, haha.
This is just for a laugh, really, but it does ring true. Hopefully any discussion will stay respectful
Please stop hedging when you mention our lack of belief. Atheists are atheists. We're not "self-described," nor do we "claim" to be atheists. You don't want us to start saying things like, "This is my friend, Julie. She calls herself a Christian," do you? Then man up, brace yourself, and use the a-word all by itself. Practice in front of the mirror if you need to. You'll know you have the proper calm, factual tone when the glass doesn't shatter.
Please stop capitalizing the word "atheist." Unless it comes at the beginning of the sentence, you're just wasting ink. We know you're...
A few weeks back I witnessed an older gent put on a ridiculous display of what he called halter breaking.
He had a beautiful 4 year old Palomino Paint horse tied to a hefty rail road tie which had been dug deep in the ground. The poor horse, wide eyed and at the end of his lead was putting up quite a fight to get shuck of the fella, who had a 3 foot steel pipe in his hand with which he was striking, with as much force as he could muster, the horse’s lead in an attempt to get him to come ahead.
Within a few short minutes it was obvious to me the gent had had too much to drink and was in no way going to accomplish anything in the pen with the horse asides from getting smashed up and/or hurting the horse.
I’m a blunt fella, and called the ‘gent’ off with; well we’ll just say I called him off the horse.
I bought the horse and the young horse in the pen next to him for meat prices, not because I needed them as such but because they deserved a better hand in life.
I brought the two...
I thought it might be interesting to look at the Crazy Barn Owner from their perspective.
Boarder tied horse to stall grills instead of tie ring ( rules state clearly to only tie to tie rings). Horse pulls back pulling the stall grill out, panics injures itself needs stiches. Cost me $500+ to repair grill and the added bonus is I get to treat horse wounds 2X's a day and give antibiotic.
Boarder tied horse to arena rail and let horse dig pit in the arena subfloor and tear up the barrier material after paying $20,000 to have the arena floor done....again clearly stated in the rules.
Boarder tied horse to water hydrant, horse pulled back and pulling out hydrant and 4 feet of water line. Water fountain flooded barn and a $600 water bill and a $700 plumbing bill. While not tying to the water hydrant is not specifically stated in the rules..it does state not to tie to any thing but a tie ring.
5 AM feeding boarders horse did not drink enough or poop. Call all boarders...
Yeah, well he is a very sneaky boy. If you remember him, you may recall that I took him to the vet to get his ears checked out and the vet thought that he was a gelding. My vet was wrong and we found this in our pasture yesterday afternoon. Meet Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Cloud! She was born, most likely, Sunday morningish and a family friend that was driviving by the pasture saw her and called to let us know. What a sweet suprise!
This is a pretty nice mare, very stout if somewhat short. Her dam was a cutting bred QH and her sire was our junior app stallion. She is non-characteristic but the jack is spotted.
Look at that cute little dish face! She is going to have a short and wide head with a tiny little nose.
Some of her nannies. The bay roan mare with the tiny star, hte one right in the middle, is a serious foal thief. We have had to confine her in past years because she will steal a foal from a less protective mare. This mule momma is keeping her in line though!
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....
Some of you might have seen her pics in the 2016 foal thread, but I just picked her up today and am on my way home with her right now.
This is Heart (named after the band and because it's always been my dream to own a black splash filly!). She AQHA/APHA "Fun and Flirty", pleasure bred black splash white 1 filly (going to test but 99.9% sure she's homozygous splash). She's being a saint for traveling and is such a sweet doll.
Ok, I never win anything, no scratch off tickets, no lotteries, no raffles, no auctions, nothing... browsing Facebook today and come across the Trey Hunt auction, I don't know him, but people have donated some really nice breeding and other items for bid to benefit him.
I come across a High Brow Cat breeding auction, bid is 14,000, pass.... Come across his clone, Copy Cat, who I had a thread on earlier, also a breeding for auction. Highest bid so far is 1500, I thought there's no way it'll go that low, so I bid 1600....AND WIN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now I gotta figure out what the heck I'm going to do!! Of course it'll be Chloe I'll breed to him, but I don't know if I can do embryo transfer again, lol, that was rather expensive and I don't have that set aside exclusively for breeding like I did last time. I guess I better save up!!
Also, I kinda gotta tell my husband....
This is the "secret" Ive been keeping. My "New Mare #1". My "heart" horse. "Chamois" has come home and I am over the moon happy to finally share the news now ...
I cannot thank Jill enough for making all of this possible and for looking after Chamois so very very well while she was in her care
She is in foal to Jill's stallion Grande Leviticus for a late January 2012 foal and that foal will go to one of Jill's clients that has purchased him/her in utero so we'll make sure to look after that foal SO well for its new owner!
And now the fun begins for me to try and figure out a match for both Chamois and her full sister - Nightlight - for the 2012 re-breeds
Bliss MF I love - he is the stallion that Nightlight is in foal to for 2012. He is a definate possibility for both mares in 2012
Balou du Rouet Ive always loved (Bliss MF's sire) and he is also very much in the running as well:
Providence is another stallion that I like a lot:
And I love Sir Oldenburg as well:...
I found this picture and thought to myself "oh my God... this embodies how I feel today! I HAVE to share it with HGS!!"
So Here's how it goes. Find a picture of how you feel today and post it with little to no explanation and let the laughs begin
Sorry for the size.. I don't know how to make it smaller.
I decided to buy a weanling instead of breeding my mare next year. I get to go pick up my new filly this afternoon! She's a black AQHA and she's half sister to my mare, Diamond. I bought Diamond last May as a 3 year old and she has turned out to be an awesome horse!
I'm pretty excited to be buying this filly so i thought I'd share some pics
As a foal:
As a weanling:
And her half sister:
My boyfriend and I went to the notorious Kolona, Ia monthly sale. We got a number "just in case..." and walked around looking at all the pretty horses. My horses companion left and I thought MAYBE if we see something special... Ideally a pony, I'd snatch it up if it went for a decent price. Well, I only saw 2 non loose pen ponies. They went for $350 and $525!!! I'm like, holy! Riding horses all went for good prices.
Got bored of that and tried to go look at the loose pen horses. I had my baby with me though and shes teething and refused to let anyone else hold her, so I couldnt get in with the horses and ponies to get a better look or see if their even tame, couldnt tell a thing. And of course in the pony pen was about 20 ponies, and definitely two little studs who kept fighting and attacking all the others The big horse studs were separated from the other loose pen horses, Not sure why pony studs werent???
So we go sit and watch ponies go through.. Most went for $50-$125. I...
I've been lurking for the past while mainly due to a new job and many changes at the barn! I am excited to introduce my new stud colt, Joey, to the forum! Joey is a 17 month old purebred Cleveland Bay and I'm so grateful to get to own such a nice guy. Joey will be moved to Alaska this April and I can't wait for the day he steps off the trailer! I flew down to Oregon to meet him in person and make sure he was "the one", I was not disappointed. His temperament is extraordinary and his trainer has really kept him on the right path to be a nice socialized stallion. I have plans on sending Joey back to the Lower 48 for training/showing once he has mentally and physically matured more. I am also in the process of reserving filly options from a wonderful breeder. My plan of having only one CB has failed miserably!
Anyways, here are photos of the lovely guy! A bit of a chub for a youngster, but at least he is an easy keeper!
He was a yearling in this photo....
I have had a few messages about if I am a photographer. Yes I am!
My biggest seller is black background portraits right now.
So I though I would share a few from recent sessions.
This is my most loved on my page right now. Im quite smitten with it still <3
See if any of you recognize this one
Once upon a time, a member started a thread which changed and grew to astronomical lengths....
But now it is time to move on and maybe start again. With some new friends perhaps?
Anyway, a bunch of us found that it's nice to have one place to share our sometimes horse-related sometimes-not adventures during the day. It easier than keeping up on lots of little threads. Feel free to pull up a chair and join the conversation.
And by rouge, I mean I've set a summer goal to go to a USDF/AQHA dressage show!
I've shown stock horse events most of my life (all 27 years ) and I'm just kinda burned out. I want to try things and have fun. After all hobbies are suppose to be fun!
So I took my first official dressage lesson today. I say official because my mom has taken dressage lesson 2-3x a month for awhile and I normally ride in the arena with her during them, but they aren't focused on me. Needless to say, I'm pooped! I found some leg muscles and my horse found some ab muscles we didn't know we had.
We have some schooling shows on the schedule and a real show in August. We're tried tonight, but super pumped for this summer's adventure!
Here's a picture of my tired pony because he's cute
As many of you know...Jasper grew up on these boards we have gone through the good times and the bad times together....and just like in life.....it is the challenges in life and how we handle them that is the true test of greatness.
As many already know....Jasper suffered from colic (gas colic) a little over a month ago....he was hospitalized and had colic surgery (entrapment) he did not have any bowel cut...the large intestine had to be pushed back over the ligament that supports the spleen......had they known it was that kind of entrapment they would have just sedated him and rolled him on his back to get it to flip back over.....but oh well.....they found out after he was already cut open. Anyway he has had some setbacks like being allergic to the antibiotics....but he is almost fully healed and vet says he should have no problems this breeding season......in fact she is breeding one of her mares to him....she fell in love with the boy and his calm temperment, now that is...
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