Idle Curiosity - How Many Horses?

Horse management, health, feeding and grooming.

How many horses?

More than 4?
26
41%
4?
11
17%
Less than 4?
27
42%
 
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Postby ArrowHBrand » Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:32 pm

We have 9 which includes a Shetland pony my wife is starting for our twin nieces.
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Postby msscamp » Thu Jun 07, 2007 10:13 pm

I wouldn't take a Shetland Pony as a gift - had two of the cantankerous little suckers growing up, and I've never met a more temperamental, downright mean, uncooperative breed of horse in my life. I wish you the best of luck with yours - I suspect you're going to need it!
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Postby DrumRunner728 » Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:30 am

ArrowHBrand wrote:We have 9 which includes a Shetland pony my wife is starting for our twin nieces.


What did your wife's nieces ever do to her? ;-)

My theory on Shetlands is that they come into the world madder than be nice because they're short and they never get over it.
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Postby sjr725 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:00 am

9 good ranch horses, my snaffle bit gelding, a pair of paint draft cross geldings (ride and drive), 3 pack mules - so right this minute, I believe that makes .......way too many!
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Postby Kelly » Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:31 pm

I had 6 here until a couple weeks ago. Now I am down to 4 , for the moment anyway...
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Postby msscamp » Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:39 pm

sjr725 wrote:I believe that makes .......way too many!


:lol: :lol: :lol: I hope you've got a lot of pasture - not that it will do much good in this darned drought. :roll: I sure don't envy you the hay bill in winter! :shock:
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Postby sjr725 » Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:17 am

msscamp - we've had quite a bit of rain up here and the pasture is looking good - I can irrigate if I need to - My husb always argues about the hay in the winter - but we raise our own so it's not too bad. I keep telling him, we raise it - I don't have to buy it; he says every bale they eat is one less he can't sell! We've got cattle so we don't sell much hay anyway!
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Postby msscamp » Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:36 pm

sjr725 wrote:msscamp - we've had quite a bit of rain up here and the pasture is looking good - I can irrigate if I need to - My husb always argues about the hay in the winter - but we raise our own so it's not too bad. I keep telling him, we raise it - I don't have to buy it; he says every bale they eat is one less he can't sell! We've got cattle so we don't sell much hay anyway!


Good deal - that always helps! :D In that case, have fun and enjoy them! :)
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Postby buckwheat_87 » Wed Jun 20, 2007 11:19 pm

4 = 1 seven year old gelding green broke

1 thirtyfour year old gelding never broke

1 eleven year old mare Ranch horse

1 two month old filly beutiful lineback dun
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Postby ArrowHBrand » Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:08 am

Shetland ponies...all of the rumors are true. She is a hard headed little brat! It doesn't help that she wasn't ever really weaned and now she is three! When she came her she had all sorts of bad manners as you could imagine, biting being the worst. The owners never trimmed her feet because they said, "at home she just wears them down." That was a bunch of bull, they never trimmed her feet because she didn't like them picked up. We took care of that and the biting problem. My wife is doing a good job with her. The pony was a gift to our nieces and I certainly would have politely refused. My sister in law said when her daughters out grow "Spirit" that we could buy her from them. I DON'T THINK SO! We'll get our son a real pony, like the retired 13.2 hand QH pony we have now. Something he won't outgrow in a couple of years and that has a little bit of cognitive ability.
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Postby sjr725 » Fri Jun 22, 2007 8:24 am

I'll 2nd the Shetland pony stories - I still have scars on my leg from my pony rubbing me off against the barbed wire fence! When our boy was little he had one of my dad's old ranch horses - biscuit - he was about a 20 yr old grade quarter gelding - been everywhere, done everything kinda guy. My son started riding him by himself when he was about 3 and he would just follow along, as the kid got better the horse would do more - he rode him until he was about 6 and then graduated to a slightly younger model and so on and by the time he was ready for high school rodeo, we were able to buy him a real nice 5 yr old calf horse that he took all through college, and now his 3 yr old daughter is riding him!
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Postby DrumRunner728 » Fri Jun 22, 2007 10:29 am

Okay, here's my FAVORITE Shetland Pony story. It was published in the local paper a few years ago. I laughed until I cried, literally. This man KNOWS what he's talking about! :P

SO YOU THINK YOU WANT TO PONY UP, HUH?
Mark Hinson, DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER

The other day, as I sat outside a restaurant along scenic, 60-lane Capital Circle Northeast in Tallahassee, I noticed a pony ride that'd been set up in a lonely, dusty, strip-mall parking lot across the highway. The ponies looked sullen and cranky.
"I hate ponies," my friend Austin said. "The only people who like ponies never had one."I'd never considered this, but he was absolutely correct.
Austin grew up next door to a now-defunct pony farm in patriotic, slightly psychotic Jackson County. As a child, he cleaned stalls to earn money to waste on video games.
Occasionally, he and some neighborhood kids would chase down ponies and ride them bareback without aid of bridles.
"We'd grab hold of their manes and ride them until they threw us off," Austin said. "It was fun, but the hard part was catching the mean little (expletive that rhymes with plastered). It took a group effort, like Neanderthals hunting a mammoth. You had to tag team them. There was an art to it."
One day, during a guerrilla-raid pony ride, the pygmy equines exacted revenge.
"There was this kid, Fuzzy, who grew up to be a convicted arsonist," Austin said as he eyeballed the pony ride.
"Fuzzy made the tactical error of getting in between two of the ponies we were holding. One of the ponies spotted Fuzzy out of the corner of his eye and kicked him hard. Then the other pony kicked him right back. They just kept kickin' him back and forth. It was like pony badminton. I watched for as long as I could, and then I had to turn away."
After hearing Austin's tale of the unfortunate future arsonist, I suddenly remembered that I once had a Shetland pony. It was a Christmas gift. Nonreturnable.
Despite my faulty, NutraSweet-soaked memory, I can still remember the names of all the dogs, snakes, turtles, tarantulas, cats, skinks and frogs that I've owned since I was in kindergarten, but I cannot recall that rump-biting pony's name. I've blocked it out. It's a horse with no name. Let's just refer to him as Evil Blowfish Beast, or EBB.
EBB was smart and mean, a bad combo. Assuming you could trick the pony with snacks and cram the bridle bit in his mouth without losing fingertips, when you were fastening the saddle on his back, EBB would extend his belly like a puffer fish.
Later, during the ride, he would suck in his tummy, thus causing the saddle to become loose and slide. He would pick up the trot as the saddle slowly began rotating from the top of the horse to the transmission. Saddle horns should come equipped with eject buttons.
Attempted decapitation was EBB's other speciality. The newly built shed that EBB called home had sharp, low-slung, tin edges. EBB's favorite bedtime story was "The Headless Horseman." The-mad-dash-to-the-shed-of-death move was especially terrifying when EBB was trotted out for rides during birthday parties.
"Everyone has been to that birthday party where a pony runs off with some yowling, terrified reveler," Austin said. "The poor kid is always traumatized. Then his mom has to come pick him up early from the party."
As we sat in the restaurant staring at the ponies, we watched as a young family challenged death, leap-frogging across the eight lanes of traffic, trying to get to the pony ride. After a few near-misses by speeding semis, the family arrived, panting and shaken, and paid for the pony ride.
"Now is when the dangerous part begins," Austin said.


Copyright (c) 2000 Tallahassee Democrat
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Postby sjr725 » Fri Jun 22, 2007 10:38 am

Ya gotta love it!
It's so true - the scar on my leg hurts just reading it!!
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Postby giddyupgo » Sun Oct 07, 2007 6:04 pm

I have 4 horses lol
3 QH and 1 paint mare.
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Postby smart_slider » Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:01 pm

10 Registered QH, and one half QH mare.= 11 horses :D
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