#73864 Posted on 2016-10-30 06:08:52
My family and I own five horses at the moment. Our farm is called Precious Dreams Farm, website is still a work in progress and not published yet.
Anyways we focus on western trail riding, natural horsemanship, tackless, and various English. We no longer do showing though I plan to do so in the future. My mom showed Arabian horses for many years, and even got Reserve Champion at an Arabian Saddleseat competition with over 20 competitors. But, she stopped actively riding when her gelding Darq Justise aka DJ passed of a terrible sickness. Despite our best efforts to save him. He was a jet black Arabian x Saddlebred gelding, and died at only 6 years old. He was truly her soulmate, and she had severe depression after his death.
It took awhile for her to ride again, even though we kept up our horse rescue and rehabilitation. We stopped doing that in 2005 I believe, but still kept many horses for ourselves. We also bred Miniature Horses for five years, and still have our main stallion. The others have either passed or we ended up selling as we needed to downsize.
My grandmother still breeds Miniature Horses, and for awhile kept some of our broodmares when we needed to downsize.
Now we are more of a private farm, but do let people come over to see the horses, and have a barn Halloween party (plus bonfire and hay ride) each year.
Our current horses are...
Youngest to oldest
Hidden Timbers Shawnee War Chief aka Shawn a 2015 Dark Bay Tovero Miniature Horse Yearling/Colt. Main focus will be tricks, in hand jumping, in hand trail, breeding, and driving. He's rambunctious, sweet, fearless, and super curious. We've owned him for a year now.
Mike's Major Mack 'Mack' a 2003 Flaxen Chestnut Pangare Haflinger Gelding. Main focus is tackless, bitless, and trail riding. He's lazy, slow, and a goofy horse. We consider him the family horse as everyone rides him. But, I'd consider him mainly my dad's horse as that's who he rides on trails and such. One issue with Mack is his bumpy, bouncy trot. It feels like your on a trampoline filled with rocks. But, he has nice conformation and is gorgeous. We've owned him since 2005.
Second Chance aka Chance a est. 15 yr old very Light Fleabitten Grey Miniature Horse Gelding. Main focus is tricks, and used to do in hand jumping as well. But, in 2014 he acquired heaves so he no longer does the jumping as it's too much stress on his body and breathing. Chance is shy around new people, but once he gets to know you is super sweet. He's my favorite to work with as he learns tricks very quickly, and has fun doing them. He actually seems to get jealous when I'm working with a different horse lol. We've nicknamed him the Circus Horse, as he does lots of tricks you'd normally see in a circus or even Arabian Nights. He's my baby, and I adore him.
Rosie Girl aka Rosie a est. 20 yr old Strawberry Roan Sabino Paso Fino Mare. Main focus is trail riding. Rosie is a sweetheart, and the most amazing trail horse out there. She's curious yet pretty fearless. I ride her when we go on trails, and always enjoy a good ride on her. She's smooth and goes at a good speed. Rosie prefers to be in the middle or the leader. She hates being in the back. I just love her.
Hitt's Samurai Sidekick aka Sidekick a 22-23 yr old Dark Bay Miniature Horse Stallion. Main focus in hand jumping and tricks. Sidekick is the sweetest, most gentle stallion I've ever met. He enjoys jumping, and trotting around with me beside him. He's sired three foals, and they turned out beautiful. To say Sidekick is fearless would be an absolute understatement, he couldn't care less what you're doing. We let small little kids get on him for pictures, and he just stands there like a perfect gentleman. We've owned him since 1996, and he was one of our first horses.
I'll edit with pictures later as I'm just lazy.
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#73876 Posted on 2016-10-30 07:25:26
Okie. I'll tell you a really long story now.
The first horse I ever really got to know and ride for a long time was a flaxen chestnut Quarter Pony (really just a short Quarter Horse) mare named Sugar. She was a barrel racing/general Western lesson horse. I only barrel raced her at a show once, since she was old (29 when I met her, around 30 at the time of the show). But she performed great for inexperienced me, and I loved it. Around 2 years ago, she was given back to her old home (before my trainer bought her) due to getting really worn down. She was about 32. I think she's passed away now, probably due to old age, but I'm not certain. I was really upset when she left my barn.
Then I started riding a 7-year-old, very tall (at least to me), cremello QH mare named Nilla who liked rolling (one time she rolled in ants!) and cribbing. I didn't barrel race her much, even at the barn, due to her being the the first "non-beginner" horse I'd ridden, plus her having a very bumpy canter. Her trot was really smooth though. She was also a really good jumper, and would have been a great hunter-jumper horse I think. Since she had ulcers bad, she was sold to a vet because the vet could care for her so that she could still be a riding horse. As far as I know, the vet still owns her.
Then, for a little while I rode a dark chestnut/brown Florida Cracker Horse mare (who I think is actually a Quarab because her face is dished and she's taller than standard Cracker Horses). Her name is Sophia. I never showed her because she's really bumpy, but I did barrel race her some at the barn. She was also the second horse I ever fell off of! She went one way and I went the other. She was around 17 then. Now she's around 20, but her age isn't entirely certain. Her hips are now bad, so she can't run or jump like she could while I rode her. She's now only used for beginner lessons.
During the tail end of my time riding Sophia, I also started riding a 23-year-old bay roan sabino TWH gelding named Rocky. He is really smooth and pretty. I barrel raced him at some low-scale shows, and rode him at the barn for a year or so. He was the first horse I fell off of, after a pole bending run at a show. He stopped quickly and I flew off. I also jumped him a bit, but not high and not in shows (heck, I jumped him Western...).
During this time, I also rode many different horses at least once, including occasionally a short, petite, 24-year-old (now 26 or 27) bay roan/varnish roan blanket-ish Appaloosa mare named Missy. I also sometimes rode an 8-year-old (now 9 I think) Percheron cross mare named Total Eclipse "Clipso". She's really thick and muscular! She's suppose to be black, but she gets pretty faded in the summer. I rode her general Western, but one time I rode her English for just a lap. It was the first (and only) time I'd ridden English! She's now used (and owned) by my friend as a jumping horse, but not in shows yet.
In August 2014 (I believe), when Rocky was 24, he bowed his right hind tendon doing something. I couldn't barrel race him anymore. So he moved to a little barn near me that didn't do lessons or anything- it was just a lone barn on a property with no other horses. Perfect for a retired horse. I took care of him. Christmas of that year, he became my horse! He's now 26, turning 27 in February 2017, and I've had him for 2 or 3 years now (I can't remember r.i.p.). I use him for Western trail now, but not often.
Since Rocky was retired, I started riding a lesson pony at my riding barn called Pepper. Pepper was a 7-year-old light palomino Halflinger cross (they thought Halfy x Paso Fino, but I think Halfy x QH) gelding with lots of attitude. He could untie the hardest of knots, find the most hidden food, and roll in the biggest puddle out there (even if it was way out of sight)! Just like Nilla, he loved rolling. A lot. But I loved his mischievous personality, and I barrel raced him at shows for about 2 years. I also jumped him some, like Rocky (also not high, not in shows, nor with English tack).
Earlier this year, when he was 9, my trainer decided to sell him because he really hated being a lesson horse. A lady who was down here for the winter and rode him English loved him, and so my trainer sold him to her. She lives in Canada, and she took him with her. I'll probably never see him again.
After that, I worked with a 2-year-old mini donkey gelding named Donkey Kong for a while, doing horse obstacles in-hand and such. Though, sort of recently, I kinda stopped doing that, since it was the only reason I was going all the way to my barn 3-4 times a week. I still visit him, though, and I love him very much. He's dark gray dun and super cute.
Sometime in 2016, my other friend's horse passed away, and we took in her mini donkey named Jack. He's 27-34 years old (don't know his exact age), a light grayish brown dun color, and a stallion. He had a bad foot problem (seedy toe and an abscess in the same foot!), his eyes sometimes tear really bad even with a fly mask, and he's grumpy most of the time, but he's pretty cute. He lives with Rocky.
And that's basically the story of my life! XD
EDIT: Recently, Donkey Kong, the little donkey I mentioned, was given to a lady who regularly rides at the barn. I don't really know why he was, but regardless, I was pretty upset. Even though, if I asked her, I'm sure she'd let me go visit him, it's not the same. He was the last reason I went to the riding barn regularly. The barn that I grew up at. There's no more horses there that I actually want to ride, and very few that are used for my level anyway. So I don't go there much anymore.
So, yeah. I still have Jack and Rocky, but that's it.
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