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Megaguns91
05-18-2010, 01:23 PM
Anyone got 'em?
What kind?
Love them?
How long have you been riding? What's your favorite breed? Color?

My friend has a cute appaloosa horse that I ride for him to keep in shape. I've been riding on and off since I was 11. Most of my friends are rodeo junkies with a few dressage riders here and there. My last boyfriend was a cowboy :o

My favorite kind of horse would be quarter horses. (Although I do have a secret passion for friesians. :D )

FlaGator
05-18-2010, 01:31 PM
If wishes were horses then dreamers would ride.

M21
05-18-2010, 01:45 PM
Too much to keep up with anymore but my wife and I both grew up with them....and the labor they require. We have the pasture and let our neighbors graze theirs on our grass. I grew up with jug headed BLM working cow ponies in Oregon. My wife is MUCH more refined and went to college in West Texas on a rodeo scholarship.

Didn't your folks tell you to stay away from Cowboys? :D

My favorite horses? Wild and free Kigers. ;)

http://www.kbrhorse.net/wclo/blmor01.html

Gingersnap
05-18-2010, 01:46 PM
I grew up on an AQHA ranch. I was involved in equestrian activities in 4H, cross country racing, barrel racing, etc.

Although I keep selling them off, I'm still involved in breeding/showing Colorado Rangers and I currently have one at my niece's boarding/training facility. I ride pretty much every week.

I've owned or had the use of many quarter horses and quarter/appy crosses. I like Rangers because they have specific connection to the history of Colorado and they are great for cross country (not fast but extremely sure-footed).

Right now, I prefer to ride gaited mules for pleasure instead of horses. When I finally get over the Rangers, I'll get into gaited mules instead. They are much, much better on mountain trails than horses are and they are nowhere near as stupid as the average horse. :D

Speedy
05-18-2010, 01:46 PM
Haven't had a horse for years. When I was in high school I had a very docile bay mare that was a mix of Arabian and Quarterhorse. I used to do day work hearding and cutting. Because of her pedigree you would expect that Molly was a very fast horse but she wasn't. She was actually a step slower than the regular, run of the mill ranch horses she worked around. She was mercury quick and agile as a cat though. She also had a smooth gait and was a joy just to ride.

The last horse I owned was actually my ex-wife's. He was a thoroughbred that we bought cheap because he had lung problems. He had a decent pedigree but his lung problems were genetic as his sire and siblings had suffered from them. Not being able to race mile long distances and too big a genetic risk to breed he was gelded and sold cheap. He was a gorgeous piece of horse flesh. Big, solid black except for one white sock. And he was explosively fast, being able to reach top speed in two jumps. If you were not ready when he hit the jets, your feet would come right out of the stirrups. My ex-wife rode him in barrel races.

M21
05-18-2010, 02:09 PM
I grew up on an AQHA ranch. I was involved in equestrian activities in 4H, cross country racing, barrel racing, etc.

Although I keep selling them off, I'm still involved in breeding/showing Colorado Rangers and I currently have one at my niece's boarding/training facility. I ride pretty much every week.

I've owned or had the use of many quarter horses and quarter/appy crosses. I like Rangers because they have specific connection to the history of Colorado and they are great for cross country (not fast but extremely sure-footed).

Right now, I prefer to ride gaited mules for pleasure instead of horses. When I finally get over the Rangers, I'll get into gaited mules instead. They are much, much better on mountain trails than horses are and they are nowhere near as stupid as the average horse. :D

Wow.This is an interesting aspect I didn't know about you. I agree on the mules. We have wild (not so much) :D donkeys that show up at our place on occasion. Left over from the mining days. They're funny always bumming apples.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQME_p63mSM

Gingersnap
05-18-2010, 02:38 PM
I've seen those donkeys many times! People who have a chance to be out here in June should remember to go up there during the Donkey Derby - it's a lot of fun. :D

noonwitch
05-18-2010, 02:53 PM
My family used to take vacations at a ranch in Ontario, and we would ride horses twice a day, along with helping to care for them. The ranch had mostly arabians, and one Palamino. I always rode the arabians, and the last year we went, I got to help train the 4 year olds (they were gentle by nature, but still not trained well enough for little kids to ride them yet).

I rode quarterhorses at the Young Life camp in Colorado, and I don't think I've ridden a horse since then.

In all cases except the last year at the ranch, I rode extremely gentle and well-trained horses, the kind who are trained for tourists to ride. I loved the one I rode the last year at the ranch in Canada-his name was Joxer, he was a gelding who was 90% arabian, and he still had a lot of spirit in him. He and his friend would stay behind the riding group, so that they could run and catch up. He was brown, with a white spot between his eyes and a black mane.

I think Appaloosas are beautiful, but I've never ridden one.

Constitutionally Speaking
05-18-2010, 08:00 PM
Anyone got 'em?
What kind?
Love them?
How long have you been riding? What's your favorite breed? Color?

My friend has a cute appaloosa horse that I ride for him to keep in shape. I've been riding on and off since I was 11. Most of my friends are rodeo junkies with a few dressage riders here and there. My last boyfriend was a cowboy :o

My favorite kind of horse would be quarter horses. (Although I do have a secret passion for friesians. :D )


Grew up with them, Arabians and Quarter horses. I like the fine features of the Arabians, (and one of my favorite books as a child was "The Black Stallion") which featured an Arabian. I have always admired the Lipizzaner stallions also.

Gingersnap
05-18-2010, 09:02 PM
Just to add: I have a Breyer model horse collection that was valued at around $7,000 in 2003. :D

MountainMan
05-18-2010, 10:03 PM
Thats what I forgot! Thanks Megaguns91.... Elmer's Wood glue!:D

ralph wiggum
05-18-2010, 11:28 PM
I enjoy betting on horses. :D

Gingersnap
05-18-2010, 11:49 PM
I enjoy betting on horses. :D

I've had a flutter myself from time to time. ;)

Megaguns91
05-19-2010, 01:00 PM
Thats what I forgot! Thanks Megaguns91.... Elmer's Wood glue!:D

LOL. Would you like a side of ALPO with that? :D

JB
05-19-2010, 05:47 PM
I saw one on TV once.

Megaguns91
05-19-2010, 06:10 PM
I saw one on TV once.

Did it make you feel wild and free? :confused:

JB
05-19-2010, 06:23 PM
Did it make you feel wild and free? :confused:I'm lifelong city folk. I didn't know what to make of it. ;)

malloc
05-19-2010, 06:43 PM
I used to have horses when I was kid.

In high school, besides being a chem and math nerd, I was also a history nerd. As a matter of fact, I was Civil War re-enactor. At age 16 I rode with Terry's Texas Rangers (8th Texas Cavalry) for show. I know, I was nerd, but somehow I was a popular nerd with hot girlfriends. I don't understand it either.

Anyway, my dad lived in New Mexico at the time, and I lived with my grandparents in Arizona (better schools). The Tularosa Basin in New Mexico is pretty close to Los Alamos and the White Sands Missile Range. When the Federal Government took over this land in the '40's a lot of farmers and ranchers just took their check and let their livestock go. This has led to a wild horse population in this area that cannot survive on available food and water sources. So once a decade or so the feds round up the horses and auction them off. My dad bought two of them, and we broke and trained them over a summer. So I was able to ride in the 8th Texas Cavalry on a horse with a U.S. Government brand during re-enactments. At the time it was way cool.

We've since sold the horses, along with the McClellan Saddle, the Sharps Carbine, and the Patterson and Colt U.S. Navy revolvers. I still have my Colt Dragoon somewhere around here though. :D I do however miss the days where me and my friends at age 16 and 17 could saddle up our ponies, and say, "Bye mom & dad, see you next Thursday!", and just ride off into the Sonoran for a week or so.

MrsSmith
05-19-2010, 07:34 PM
Just to add: I have a Breyer model horse collection that was valued at around $7,000 in 2003.

I think my kid is trying to build up a collection like that... while I am still here to give them to her for every occasion. :(

I had Shetlands as a kid, then moved up to a gorgeous paint, and eventually to a Thoroughbred. He was the best of them all...calm enough that I could sit on him and open and close the mailbox or the metal corral gate...he'd even help push the gate shut. He was so much fun. :D

We are now city dwellers, so had no horses for years and years...but my Breyer-collection kid has a horse now. He is boarded at the non-profit horse therapy place where my kid volunteers. The last owners thought he was a Quarter horse, but he isn't at all built like one. He isn't really like any breed we knew...the owner of the place thinks he's probably at least 1/2 Spanish Mustang because of his Roman nose and the build of his shoulders. We have discovered that no pre-made saddle really fits him.

When we first met him, he was a very tense and nervous horse...had obviously not been handled very well, if not outright abused. The owner of the non-profit does Parelli, and gives my kid lessons whenever we can afford them. I have been very impressed by the change in that horse. Of course, the fact that he loves my kid helps, but he's gone from running in panic at the sight of a halter to coming toward my kid when she carries one in the pasture. The transformation has been amazing to watch. :):)