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allena
Allena  (Level: 255.3 - Posts: 1390)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 9:14 AM

PET HORSE WP - THE ACTUAL HORSES (AND CATS)

Crimson is a 17 hand, perfect confirmation, thoroughbred. He raced until he blew out his knee, age 5, and was sent to the killing pen where I rescued him. He is a leader, loves to meet new horses and has been fun to watch while he plays in the orchard. He can drink from a glass of wine without spillage or breakage.

Royal (track name, Fortunate Royal) won over $200,000, is the smartest horse, comes when called, tells the others when it is time to be fed and knows how to mesmerize grandchildren for more carrots. He loves to playfully scare deer.

Rusty is a red roan mustang. This friendly horse has the best feet our ferrier has ever seen. NO shoes required. He can carry a 350 pound rider for an hour and a half or a 180 pound rider, all day. He is tough.

Secret had dressage training after being rescued. He won less than $10,000 so was assigned to the killing pen. He is the favorite horse to ride for the grand children as he is bullet proof in the woods. His gates are super smooth.

Blue Boy was a Tennessee Walker, the full brother to Merry Go Boy, a 7 time world champion. Blue boy lived to be 34 years old.

Silver, a ladies horse, was a Tennessee Walker as well. Anyone could ride him. He could train a novice and did, many times. Silver was like Royal, very smart and always took care of his rider. He lived to be 33 years old.

Tony and Teddy are Canadian cross breeds (half Belgian and half thoroughbred) not the original Andalusian and Percheron. These two warm bloods are so well matched that when they come back to the barn, they walk side by side. This team can pull a surrey with 12 adults.

Smudge is a look a like daughter of Somemore. Both are cats. Both are feral, have taught their off spring to hunt mice and moles and neither can ever get enough of the food scraps we leave for them ... hence the name "somemore". No one pets these two but we do make a lot of eye contact.

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.1 - Posts: 7560)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 9:20 AM

Wow- what a family! Amazing to me that Silver and Blue Boy lived so long.

Thanks for sharing.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 9:23 AM

Jim, only you would have a horse who can drink out of a wine glass.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 9:30 AM

Secret - bullet proof in the woods. My kids follow the teachings of many, but especially Clinton Anderson - and I've watched them train theirs from a few months old to not be skittish (not always successfully, though).

I've decided that all teachers should be allowed to use all of Anderson's horse-training techniques on students. It'd be a happier, healthier world.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 2:21 PM

Hey Jim. I had a blue roan mustang - Sadie. The ferrier said the same thing about her feet. Our newest addition, an abandoned mustang off the range, named Kevin. From the big fat guy on The Office.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 3:36 PM

Tough puzzle, Jim.

Finished in top 10 with great effort.

Fine effort on your part. Thank you for the challenge.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4185)
Mon, 21st Dec '09 7:22 PM

I just love horses but don't know much about them, so I found your descriptions really interesting. They're lucky to have you, Jim! Thanks for telling us about them and the cats.

-- Geri

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Tue, 22nd Dec '09 8:10 AM

Yes....I agree they are very lucky to have been rescued by you JIm.
With all your knowledge of, and love for horses.
Did the horse win the $200,000 before or after you got him/her????

Re: the "Bullet-proof horse...."
One day I was riding through the woods and decided to light a cigarette....
The horse reared just then - a rabbit ran across our path.
Slid hard and found myself sitting on the ground with a cigarette in one
hand and a lighter in the other....and a very sore tail bone!!!!

Another time...he bit me when I tried to take him for a run....I didn't
know a new young filly had just arrived in the barn that morning!!!!

I still loved him though - he was a real "goer" Small , maybe 14 hands
but could outrun any of the other horses - for longer and faster.

allena
Allena  (Level: 255.3 - Posts: 1390)
Tue, 22nd Dec '09 11:11 AM

Rowlanda ... I am thinking Sea Biscuit.

Fortunate Royal (my very smart horse) won and raced until he was seven. He, also was rescued, by a loving lady who sold him to me. I got him with a large knee but no lameness. After just 6 months in the pasture, his knee was normal. X-rays had shown no bone damage, just ligaments. He is fine now ... we do not jump him but he can run like the wind. He is also the fastest with me on board. If I am riding Crimson, then Crimson is the fastest. Sort of a thing with my kids to keep up my ego. I do clean most of the tack and feed the horses. The kids just saddle up and ride. Lucky, so far.

Thank you very much for the nice comments. Horsing around is something one can do all of one's life. It keeps the kids off the street (until they get a boy friend) and it provides great exercise. One hour in the saddle is equal to an eight hour walk. You will agree, after your first ride. Your body will still be remembering it three days later. However, all women who ride have great derrieres. Goes with the exercise.

We ride to places no jeep or four wheeler has ever been. We see animals that do not fear us and we, of course, have seen views that make you appreciate mother nature. Come ride with us some day. We are in Bedford, PA on weekends. If the flag is flying, we are riding.

Lodi ... Mustangs are an under appreciated breed. They are truly healthy. You are lucky also. Great keepers.






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