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So as most of you know, i am obsessedwith horses. I currently just lost an American Quarter from old age. He was a rescue, around 25-30 yrs.
I am currently helping care for a German Warmblood Hanoverian (25yrs). I ride mostly western, and love going out on trail and just being with horses.

My other pets are listed in my signature:-D

So, anybody want to share anything about the sport, riding, horses, their horses, etc?

POST AWAY LOL!:-D
 

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We have 3 geldings. 2 quarter horses and 1 paint. Had them for well going on 11 yrs this Christmas. We lived in Montana for 10 yrs and just recently relocated and brought the boys with us. And we now live in a horse community and have the horses right behind our house! We ride western pleasure :)
 

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We have 3 geldings. 2 quarter horses and 1 paint. Had them for well going on 11 yrs this Christmas. We lived in Montana for 10 yrs and just recently relocated and brought the boys with us. And we now live in a horse community and have the horses right behind our house! We ride western pleasure :)
Thats fantastic! i wish i lived near the hoses, but western pleasure is always fun! Your horses sound beautiful!
 

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Horses are apparently in my blood.

My great-grandfather (my mother's father's father) was the caretaker for his cavalry units' horses in WWI. There is an old photograph floating around, though I have yet to see it, of him with said horses.

Then, on my mom's side of the family yet again, (this time on my mother's mother's side) they had a farm, which is still in operation today, where they once raised Belgian draft horses to be their "tractors" and plow the fields and stuff (they were very poor immigrants from Belgium and couldn't afford a real tractor so they had those big horses).

Onto my my mother, who grew up riding a horse of her own, a horse named Blue Boy. He wasn't any particular breed, essentially just mutt of a horse, but he was a good horse, although a very nervous one, and they learned how to ride together. Mom often rode bareback as there was only one saddle to be shared by her and her three sisters and their horses. Besides, the horses never really liked wearing the saddle she says. They would run in the other direction when the saddle came out.

There were three horses to be shared among Mom and her four sisters, mainly because the forth sister was born a little later than the first three, and money was kind of tight. One of them was an actual quarter horse, a bay named Sugar, who was ironically anything but sweet. She would balk and buck and bite all the time and try to get the rider off her back. She wasn't really wild, just a little resentful and untrained I believe. I think she was named that because she liked sugar cubes.

Me? I used to want to ride horses, and even did several times, but I am deathly afraid of falling in general so being in the saddle, off the ground like that, it makes me nervous. That and a horse is a lot of animal to handle IMO. I apparently didn't inherit the family horsemanship gene.
 

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I am a lifelong professed horse addict. Unfortunately I am not in the financial position to care for one right now.. I sold my two when I was in college. I so dearly miss riding! I live in the heart of foxhunting country in Maryland, where taking lessons just to ride is anything but cheap! *sigh* The only consolation is my equine best friend is doing wonderfully with her owner, who is taking her to college for an equestrian program this fall! I mostly rode english; huntseat equitation and some low level dressage. Doodle's (my mare :p) new owner trained her in barrel racing, and did really well on the 4-h circuit! Which was really awesome, because in the middle of western Colorado a 17hh Thoroughbred is not often seen barrel racing among a sea of QB's and Paints!
 

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I pretend to own a 7yr old Tennessee Walker gelding :-D Geronimo, Gerry for short. He is technically owned by my Mother's friend, but I'm the only one who rides him and such! He is amazing :shock: He is "Champagne" colored, AKA light beige/almost white.

I ride Western, and just for pleasure ;-) Though I am hoping to take English lessons just for fun soon! :-D
 

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Horses are apparently in my blood.

My great-grandfather (my mother's father's father) was the caretaker for his cavalry units' horses in WWI. There is an old photograph floating around, though I have yet to see it, of him with said horses.

Then, on my mom's side of the family yet again, (this time on my mother's mother's side) they had a farm, which is still in operation today, where they once raised Belgian draft horses to be their "tractors" and plow the fields and stuff (they were very poor immigrants from Belgium and couldn't afford a real tractor so they had those big horses).

Onto my my mother, who grew up riding a horse of her own, a horse named Blue Boy. He wasn't any particular breed, essentially just mutt of a horse, but he was a good horse, although a very nervous one, and they learned how to ride together. Mom often rode bareback as there was only one saddle to be shared by her and her three sisters and their horses. Besides, the horses never really liked wearing the saddle she says. They would run in the other direction when the saddle came out.

There were three horses to be shared among Mom and her four sisters, mainly because the forth sister was born a little later than the first three, and money was kind of tight. One of them was an actual quarter horse, a bay named Sugar, who was ironically anything but sweet. She would balk and buck and bite all the time and try to get the rider off her back. She wasn't really wild, just a little resentful and untrained I believe. I think she was named that because she liked sugar cubes.

Me? I used to want to ride horses, and even did several times, but I am deathly afraid of falling in general so being in the saddle, off the ground like that, it makes me nervous. That and a horse is a lot of animal to handle IMO. I apparently didn't inherit the family horsemanship gene.
WOW.. and you didn't get the gene..huh? XD
 

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I am a lifelong professed horse addict. Unfortunately I am not in the financial position to care for one right now.. I sold my two when I was in college. I so dearly miss riding! I live in the heart of foxhunting country in Maryland, where taking lessons just to ride is anything but cheap! *sigh* The only consolation is my equine best friend is doing wonderfully with her owner, who is taking her to college for an equestrian program this fall! I mostly rode english; huntseat equitation and some low level dressage. Doodle's (my mare :p) new owner trained her in barrel racing, and did really well on the 4-h circuit! Which was really awesome, because in the middle of western Colorado a 17hh Thoroughbred is not often seen barrel racing among a sea of QB's and Paints!
Wow.. yep horseback riding and horses and aren't anywhere near cheap lol
 

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I pretend to own a 7yr old Tennessee Walker gelding :-D Geronimo, Gerry for short. He is technically owned by my Mother's friend, but I'm the only one who rides him and such! He is amazing :shock: He is "Champagne" colored, AKA light beige/almost white.

I ride Western, and just for pleasure ;-) Though I am hoping to take English lessons just for fun soon! :-D
I do exactly the same. I ride these, now one, horse and take care of them more than anybody else really, so i consider them mine lol XD

I haven't taken English, but hope to soon!
 

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I pretend to own a 7yr old Tennessee Walker gelding :-D Geronimo, Gerry for short. He is technically owned by my Mother's friend, but I'm the only one who rides him and such! He is amazing :shock: He is "Champagne" colored, AKA light beige/almost white.

I ride Western, and just for pleasure ;-) Though I am hoping to take English lessons just for fun soon! :-D
I loooove Champagne colored Tennessee Walkers! I feel like it's the perfect color for such a majestic mover.
 

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Nope, Rainbowfish, I didn't. Don't get me wrong, I very much respect the horse and love to see them run and whatnot, but I am just not a horseman, er woman.
 

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I loooove Champagne colored Tennessee Walkers! I feel like it's the perfect color for such a majestic mover.
Well put Sapphoira!!

I might start helping a lady lease/care for/and ride a thoroughbred (i know they are a handful XD). He/she (we don't know yet which gender) is 18-19 hands and 9 yrs old. So excited!
 

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Nope, Rainbowfish, I didn't. Don't get me wrong, I very much respect the horse and love to see them run and whatnot, but I am just not a horseman, er woman.
You might be lucky. Having horses as the love of your life has a lot of drawbacks.... I will never stop thinking they are the single greatest thing on the planet but some years ago I took a bad spill and messed up my back suuper bad, and the resulting concussion from it gave me HORRIBLE motion sickness, even still years later! Occasionally I think "man, if only I had taken a charm to something nice and safe and cheap like embroidery, then I wouldn't have this searing pain in my back!" But then I remember that indescribable feeling of cantering under the sun, and the tantalizing aroma of fly spray, horse sweat, and leather.. and I don't regret a minute of it :)
 

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Well put Sapphoira!!

I might start helping a lady lease/care for/and ride a thoroughbred (i know they are a handful XD). He/she (we don't know yet which gender) is 18-19 hands and 9 yrs old. So excited!

Thoroughbreds CAN be a handful, but honestly like any animal you train it really depends on teaching them manners, and giving them the proper amount of exercise. Sometimes they are bit more silly than some other breeds... flighty doesn't even begin to describe it imo! But I've had several TB's, and one of them was the most down to earth horse. My first horse was an off the track TB, 18hh and 19 years old. He was a MONSTER. I loved him dearly, but so many years of mistreatment or just not GOOD treatment he was pigheaded, spooky, and HOT. I had to lunge him an hour before I could even get on him, and I can't tell you the number of times I got dragged through the mud when he spooked at something like a suspicious haybale or rogue weed in the arena!
 

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Thoroughbreds CAN be a handful, but honestly like any animal you train it really depends on teaching them manners, and giving them the proper amount of exercise. Sometimes they are bit more silly than some other breeds... flighty doesn't even begin to describe it imo! But I've had several TB's, and one of them was the most down to earth horse. My first horse was an off the track TB, 18hh and 19 years old. He was a MONSTER. I loved him dearly, but so many years of mistreatment or just not GOOD treatment he was pigheaded, spooky, and HOT. I had to lunge him an hour before I could even get on him, and I can't tell you the number of times I got dragged through the mud when he spooked at something like a suspicious haybale or rogue weed in the arena!
I am sorry to hear about your fall, but like most horse-riders/lovers you realized it was worth every minute :)

I know i just can't wait to see what his/her coloring is, markings, personality-everything! I will post a let you guys know when he/she arrives(i believe its a rescue)!

Lunging an hour before EVERY ride? Wow..
 

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I am sorry to hear about your fall, but like most horse-riders/lovers you realized it was worth every minute :)

I know i just can't wait to see what his/her coloring is, markings, personality-everything! I will post a let you guys know when he/she arrives(i believe its a rescue)!

Lunging an hour before EVERY ride? Wow..

Lol yea it was a bit excessive! But if he wasn't pooped before you got on him, you had to hang on for dear life. He got better eventually, with extensive exercise and retraining, but sometimes at that age it's hard to reverse behaviors that they've developed long ago! Had he been younger, I think he would have been a great candidate for endurance races. He had hours of GO in him!

I am excited for you with this rescue horse! I wouldn't be able to concentrate for days in your shoes!
 

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Lol yea it was a bit excessive! But if he wasn't pooped before you got on him, you had to hang on for dear life. He got better eventually, with extensive exercise and retraining, but sometimes at that age it's hard to reverse behaviors that they've developed long ago! Had he been younger, I think he would have been a great candidate for endurance races. He had hours of GO in him!

I am excited for you with this rescue horse! I wouldn't be able to concentrate for days in your shoes!
wow, a high matinence guy you got there! :-D He sounds lovely though

I can't wait either!

Endurance..Sheesh.. You must have had one of those "infinite gas" horses lol

We have one of those at our stables..his name is Jeff and he is a Morgan :)
 

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Lol, haven't been watching the post, but we have a guy like that ^_^ terrible for jumping, he barely changes his stride over them! He an go FOREVER too lol. I seem to be the only one that gets him because I like to go fast too. I can control him better than most peopel at the barn, and if I ride a horse other than him and go over a jump, I go into two-point at the wrong time because I go when HE would take off. LOVE that guy <3 He loves another barn worker more though. If she shows up at all during my lesson, it's trashed, I lost him for the day lmao.
 

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Lol, haven't been watching the post, but we have a guy like that ^_^ terrible for jumping, he barely changes his stride over them! He an go FOREVER too lol. I seem to be the only one that gets him because I like to go fast too. I can control him better than most peopel at the barn, and if I ride a horse other than him and go over a jump, I go into two-point at the wrong time because I go when HE would take off. LOVE that guy <3 He loves another barn worker more though. If she shows up at all during my lesson, it's trashed, I lost him for the day lmao.
Hehe I love a fast, hot horse which is why I prefer TB's! I had to borrow this old fat paint for a show once, he was sooo slow and he did NOT want to go faster than a meandering walk! Boy was I glad when my own horse was back in commission!
 
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