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#73854 Posted on 2016-10-30 03:50:51

Hellloooooooooo. Me again.

I'm interested to know if anyone here on EV is really into horses. Who rides? Do you compete? Do you ride for fun? What level? Or do you know nothing about horses? I want to know about your horses at home. Tell me everything. EVERYTHING!


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#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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#85975 Posted on 2017-01-07 08:51:26

*Waves hand*

I ride, but sadly don't own any. I've only been riding for 5-6 years? Something like that. I've been to every barn within 45 minutes of my house and dislike all of them. So, I have settled for riding at the barn I dislike the least. I dabble in a few riding styles, do not compete, and never stick with one horse more than 6 months, honestly. I want to eventually get my own horse, which will be a non-belgian draft. I rode drafts when I first started riding and I miss it VERY much. Although I do enjoy meeting new horses and riding different ones.

Horse photos? Why not (:
Mason---Mason---Jayy---Jayy---Jayy and Riley (Riley is alittle over 18 hands BTW)---Riley---Stormy---Mac---Mac

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#87421 Posted on 2017-01-13 18:51:34

I've sadly never owned a horse before, though I've always loved them since I was little. I've only ridden horses twice one was my uncle's (deceased) stallion Duke, he was a buckskin (I'm no good at breeds so I'm not going to try and guess) and then I rode a horse over at the Builtmore house in Tennessee while on vacation named champ, he was a pretty white and brown paint. I hope to later on maybe own my own horses and learn how to ride more in depth as I only know the basics


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#98835 Posted on 2017-03-26 17:26:41

Hi. I own 2 American Quarter Horses. Kitty, my 29 year old red roan quarter horse is retired and Tilly, my 14 year old quarter horse I currently show English and Western pleasure with.


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#99212 Posted on 2017-03-31 18:14:28

I'll tell you my ENTIRE LIFE! (You did say everything so here goes...)







I was born at 12:04 P.M. I don't remember anything for a long time so next scene...

I had a fourth birthday party with my friends at my grandparent's house. Everything else is pretty much a blur until My 8th birthday which was spent in the Philippines.

My 10th birthday: Pretty much just hyperness

I don't remember anything else at the moment, i'm tired and going to bed now and when i'm tired i'm weird and can't remember things, even birthdays. (And No, i'm not 10 i just can't remember my other parties so) Goodnight!


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#99216 Posted on 2017-03-31 19:11:18

I have five, and own 2 of the five c:

The first one here is Lucy, she's a 17yo red Appendix QH mare who is (unfortunately) permanently lame :c I got her in July of 2014 and only got to ride maybe 3 months total since owning her, but nevertheless she's an amazing mare.

Lucy

Then this is my newer boy, Ton. He's a 9yo seal bay overo Paint/QH gelding that I plan on using to show and trail ride of course. We've already started drill team together and he is amazing, and we learned that he loves to play soccer too lol. I got him last November so I haven't had him for very long, but so far he's a great horse!

Ton

Andddd the ones below are on my farm that we care for but technically aren't mine.

Ronald
17yo Purebred Peruvian gelding - broken but not ridden often.

Jewel
10ish yo Peruvian x Kentucky Mountain cross mare - broken but not ridden often.

Patch
37yo (yes, that old) QH? gelding - broken and ridden more often than the two above!

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#99217 Posted on 2017-03-31 19:27:57

I've been riding since I was little, but go more serious about actually wanting to ride when I was seven. I started riding at Girl Scout summer camps where I rode a Halflinger gelding named Fritz for the longest time. When I was ten or eleven I got my first horse who was a Seal Bay Paint Mare named Dixie. We had her for about a year but was unable to ride her due to the fact that she had issues with bucking or bolting. We gave her to a close friend who now has her fully trained.

About a year after getting rid of Dixie, the owner of the barn allowed me to ride a Bay Paso Fino gelding named Max though the owner of the horse sold him a few months later. A few months later an elderly lady was giving away her horse, a Chestnut Paso Fino mare that we called Gigi. The owner of the barn was also downsizing the herd at the time and told me I could have one of the horses, a Gray Paso Fino Mare named Mojita but we called her Mo for short. I competed with them in Obstacle Challenges for three years before we moved and I just rode them for pleasure until we had to sell them for reasons I will not explain.

Before we had to sell Mojita and Gigi, we were given a Palomino Quarter Horse Colt that I halter trained and did all his basics. His name was Remington. Luckily, none of them were separated and they were all sold to the same person who lives somewhere close by.

Currently, I am taking lessons for Hunter Jumper and Dressage and ride an Appendix mare named Jazz. I also own my own horses; Loco, a Black Paint Arabian cross, and Ladybug, a Chestnut Miniature Horse. I have also ridden all of my riding instructor's horses and am thinking of taking lessons in Driving so that I can show my Miniature Horse when my nephew isn't in a show with her.


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#99226 Posted on 2017-03-31 23:04:19

i've been riding since i was very little, although i didn't get my first horse until i was 17. i've done a LOT of trail riding, some western riding, hunt seat, dressage, and i've dabbled in saddleseat. i've owned a quarter horse, several Arabs, two OTTBs, a paint, and a quarab. after jumping around from discipline to discipline and from breed to breed i kind of found my way to Icelandic horses and i've never been happier!

i currently own on OTTB named Kieran, a mini named Floki (he was a rescue) and an Icelandic horse named Fidelius.

(i could go on and on with my whole story, but it's getting late!)


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