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I might buy a horse (or two)
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Donna from Mo    Posted 11-30-2003 at 01:43:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wish me luck: my daughter and I are planning to look at a couple of Foxtrotter geldings today. I've had horses before, sold the last one a couple of years ago. He was "spirited" (spoiled) and everyone was afraid to ride him but me. If you put a child on his back, intending to just lead him around, he threw a fit. These two are supposedly very gentle, and quite people-oriented. They're ten years old, which I consider a good age. I've promised my husband I will buy nothing without his seeing them first, so no money will change hands today. Here's hoping I find a horse that everyone can enjoy. And yes, if they both seem perfect, I'll likely end up with two horses.

Jim in michigan    Posted 12-01-2003 at 07:19:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
its a shame you arent closer to Michigan,, we have a equine rescue here that "gives" away horses, they charge a minimal fee for adoption. They have had some beautiful animals there....Jim

cowgirlj    Posted 11-30-2003 at 07:10:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Donna
I recently bought an 11 year old MO Fox Trotter mare. She is a gentle giant. She stands at 16hh. I love her. She gaits like a dream. Do you know if these two you are looking at gait naturally?

Donna    Posted 11-30-2003 at 12:17:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm back from seeing them. Yes, they both have a wonderful gait. They are registered; one is 10, one is 11. They had not been ridden in three years, but handled great. They seriously need a hoof-trimming, and are way too fat. I think I may buy the smaller of the two, after my husband looks at them and I get his approval. $1,000 for either one. One is 16 hands, one is 14.5. The only reason I'm more interested in the smaller of the two is that I have bad knees, and a shorter horse is easier for me to get on. Both of them stood like statues when being mounted.

cowgirlj    Posted 12-01-2003 at 06:00:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Donna, they sound great. Is there any chance you could get some pictures of them? We would also be interested in the bigger boy if he is still available after your hubby checks them out. He sounds like a great match for my big mare, and hubby needs a horse of his own. We have been looking around for a couple of months, but bigger horses here in CO seem hard to find in that price range. It would be nice to be able to trail ride together again.
Send me a private email if you'd like, just click on my name.

Michael    Posted 11-30-2003 at 17:33:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you don't buy the 16 hand horse couold you e-mail me some information about it. I need a bigger horse and the price seems right in my range. Thanks Michael

Donna    Posted 12-01-2003 at 00:42:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I surely will as soon in a week or two; I want my husband to see these horses before I write either one off. They aren't being advertised, so there should be no danger of their being sold to someone else right away. Are you in Missouri?

Lazy Al    Posted 11-30-2003 at 05:42:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well Donna I like horses . Have four of them .
If nothing else it is fun just to watch them in the field . I don't get to ride much because I have no one to ride with . My wife is afraid of horses. She wants a fence between her and a horse . Raise two from colts and I just broke the three year old, she is great. Plan on breaking the one that will be three this this spring . next summer . Horses are herd animals and most don't like being alone . So two is better or get a goat . Horses and goats get along good together.
I personally would rather have ten horses than one goat .

Randy    Posted 11-30-2003 at 04:06:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
My ex has 2. Had to board them when we first met. Cost me $1000 a month. Moved to CA and hauled them there, moved to Kansas and hauled them there. Moved back home to CT and hauled them here. Bought her a house with 4 acres in upstate NY so she can have them there. At least all it costs now is food. And the little barn I had to have built. But, I would do it all over again for her. She really likes those hay burners. I've only ridden a few times and didn't really like it.
Good lick with your choice.

Michele    Posted 11-30-2003 at 11:25:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What a great ex-husband you are!

Donna    Posted 11-30-2003 at 04:35:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
My husband could live life quite happily without a horse. I think he rode my last horse once, in the couple years I owned him, for about 10 minutes. I've had horses around here enough to realize the expense they can be, what with farriers, and the feed bill. We have 43 acres and raise some of our hay... enough for our 4 cows, but not enough for an added horse. The present owner of these nags swears that they stay in a pasture with cattle, and that they don't chase cows: that would be a big benefit, right there, because I think every horse I ever owned chased cows!

Les    Posted 11-30-2003 at 04:40:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm with Cliff. I think the last time I rode a horse was 1961. Has anything changed?

Donna    Posted 11-30-2003 at 04:46:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nope, nothing has changed: according to Cliff, ten minutes of horse-back riding will still make you feel like you've taken a beating. He'll stick to tractors, I believe.

Les...LOL!    Posted 11-30-2003 at 08:27:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Amen to that. Tractors are ever so much better. You can ignore them for months and they don't care and neither does the SPCA or PETA. And they only eat when you're using them. They live a lot longer, too.

deadcarp    Posted 11-30-2003 at 09:13:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
yup, to me horses are just hayburners. ya don't get eggs or milk or meat from them so unless you ride one to work, they're strictly decorative. they need attention and fuel every day whether you have the flu or not. vets cost more than mechanics. they rarely stay where you parked them and their starting, shifting and steering are unreliable at best. if you like them more power to ya, you can have my share for free & keep them handy in case the last tractor breaks down. but if wimmen were horses i'd be a bachelor :)

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