I've got 4! My fancy retired A/O hunter that took me from the Children Hunters to the Lg Jrs to the A/Os and some Eq thrown in for fun. I've had him 17 years, he's now retired and will never leave.
My ISH that is only 11 but with a bad stifle injury that ended his very promising jumper career right after his first grand prix (he was 6th in it too!). I was devasted, and was told by 3 vets he could be a dressage horse, but no longer jump. Well, I don't do dressage, so he's now another pasture ornament, and loffing it!
My 2 CANTER boys, they both are amazing, have been through heck and back, and I will never part with them, they deserve that much. I'm at my limit, so no new horses for me for a long time, but that's cool with me, I loff my boys!
I hope that I will never ever have to sell mine that I have right now. I will do ANYTHING to keep him. Also if my first show mare ever retires/needs a home, I would love to take her. And the same thing with my second show horse. If his owner ever decides to sell him I want him IMMEDIATELY!!!
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I've had my first horse Daryl for 15 years now. I've sold several horses in that time, but hopefully he will be with me for life. Several years ago, someone called him "your appendage"...I have to admit, it fits! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif
I definitely have 2 "forever" horses. Tracey, my oldest daughter's pony, has proven herself to be a terrific, safe kid's mount (and wins her share of ribbons to boot) AND has had 2 very nice foals for me. She's extremely easy to have around and has become a part of the family. She's earned her keep and we love her dearly. My filly, Lily, got her "forever" status because her dam, Belle, was my mare, and although I hadn't had her long, had gotten very attached to her when I lost her only a month after weaning Lily. I decided then and there that I would never sell Lily. Completely emotional decision, but so far I'm not sorry and have become very attached to her. Our others, Grace, Spencer and Lucy a/k/a Cocopuff (don't ask http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...s/winkgrin.gif) could very well achieve that status but only time will tell. If I had lots of $$$ and pasture, I'd have more forever horses...I hate selling.
There's Garant, a Hanoverian we've had since he was 16. His barn name is Grumpy...but only for the scary faces. Imported at some point, then my mother bought him (not from the person who imported him) and got her USDF Bronze and some Silver medal scores on him. He's now 29 and retired--extremely fiesty. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif Frequently runs us over when being led inside.
Then there's Faby, my Oldenburg, who is 28, looks 12, and is totally perfectly completely sound. He was imported at 8, shown to GP, and given to us to have a happy semi-retirement home. He is amazing. Still does absolutely everything, I Pony Clubbed him up to my C2 (used a different horse for jumping that high), took him to some dressage shows, everything. He's remarkable. He still looks awesome, even at his age.
We also had a pony that we kind of adopted who lived to be about 35...colicked while I was out of town and we had to euthanize him. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif He was known as the yak--very small, and very very furry, and very friendly. Slightly senile. He used to get wads of Dengi stuck under his upper lip like chewing tobacco. He ate that because he couldn't chew hay--he'd chew it and spit it out and at first we thought there were dead rats in his stall. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif
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My arab will have a home with me forever. I always said that he could go lame tomorrow and I'd have him until the day he dies. He's just such a special guy. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif Love him. I'd choose him over any horse on earth anyday.
Yes, my Vannie will be with me for the rest of her life. I bought her off of a circus pony ring. I taught her to drive and she has raised too beautiful fillies for me. She is as trustworthy as any horse or pony I know and has been as solid as a rock in the most scarry situations.
Her two daughters, Breeze and Pixie will more then likely be with me the rest of there lives also.
I do. My 15 hand, western bred QH/paint with legs like a post and teeny feet. He's nothing fancy but he taught be everything I know, has enough personality for 10 horses, and never once set a foot wrong. I learned how to jump on this guy and the barn where he was was running him into the ground as a lesson horse. He was miserable. So I bought him. He would do anything for me and I feel the same way. If I could only afford one horse, I'd sell my show horse and keep him. He's mine for good.
I have three. One is a 39 year old pony that I got went I was 12 she will stay as long as I can keep her happy. I hope that I will be forever but I know that she could go tomorrow http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/no.gif. Then there is the one that was my mom's. Went she died I told him as long as he was here I would take care of him. He know what I ment and gave me a hug went I told him. He is like a brother to me and he is the last horse my mom road. The other one is the horse my dad gave my as a two year old I have goten him to the point he will jump 5 foot and hunt so as long as I am here he is here and I do not think there are many that could ride him. He has a mind of his own http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_razz.gif
Handy, 29 years old this year, a blazingly fast QH with a reputation for running into fences in pursuit of cattle, knocking over barrels and poles when he's DONE, bucking, running off with folks.... my husband says he'll never leave b/c this was his first horse... I contend no one would take him! Little bugger is SOUND though!
MT, 25 years old (I think), Handy's sidekick and opposite in every way--not the fastest in terms of raw speed, but a stalwart and consistent performer, outran the world champ one year 4 out of 7 times on poles, multiple state championships, gave kiddie w/t/c/crossrail lessons for a while and now completely retired.
I have one:
Copper, my 14 yo TB stallion (registered as Lose That). Bought him off the track when he was five, he has competed in dressage, eventing, jumpers, hunters, pleasure, trail, ran barrels and poles one time for kicks, and has produced about twenty lovely foals in the last few years. Turned down a WHOLE lotta money for him once. Retired from serious competition due to traumatic-injury-induced arthritic changes, he now gives five or six lessons a week ranging from w/t to Second Level dressage and 3'6" jumping. If he ever becomes unrideable I'll just turn him out with our grumpy ol' broodmare (he's great with foals).
My new mare Livi could still be bought at the present time but she's working on being number 4!
I sure hope so! That's actually the dispute we're having now! My first horse, Killian has sadly had to 'semi-retire'. He taught me everything I know and we've gone through SO much together! He was the first horse I ever showed on.
He had an old injury. I wasn't very sure of his history unfortunately, and what was called a 'blemish' turned out to be an old injury that caught up with him. My vet said he can still be ridden and can do a little jumping (thank god, because he loves it, and gets mad when he doesn't!)
Now I got a new horse, b/c i need to keep going, and hopefully can do some pleasures with him this spring and summer and fall. Currently he's a chubby boy and is a little hitchy, so we keep tossing around the idea of giving him to someone as a trail horse. But I'm so worried b/c he can be 'misunderstood' and I had SUCH a hard time getting him to bond with me, and...oh...sorry...i'm rambeling. I just love him SO much!!! So we're going to see how it goes. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_frown.gif
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Squall is my 1987 tb mare that I've now had the pleasure of owning for eleven years. I've had her since my senior year of high school, she got to come to college with me (IA) and then make the trip back to MD afterwards. I remember when I was a college senior without a job, I'd give her a hug and tell her that I didn't know what we were going to do, but that she'd always be with me. We've been through thick and thin together. Squall even fractured her radius in 1999 and made a complete recovery. She's also blessed me with her wonderful son, Remington. Squall headshot
My other forever horse is Tiny. She is the most tallented, athletic, and intelligent mare I've ever worked with. That said, she also has a quirky sense of humor and likes to keep you on your toes when you're riding her. She's the first horse that I did all of her under saddle training and she has turned out to be awesome. I don't really think my training had anything to do with that...I just think she's a natural. She loves attention and adores being brushed. As my horse, she doesn't get to live up to her full potential, but I think she's happy http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif Tiny
Dear little Remington is also trying to charm his way into a forever home. He still has to prove himself worthy, but he's off to a good start. Remington
Commanche Trail is a horse which my mother bred and sold (for a tidy price) as a yearling to a wealthy race horse owner. He won $400,000 for that man and became a graded stakes winner. Then, as he got older and lost a step, he slid down the ranks until I found him running at Mountaineer Park for a $4000 claiming tag. I immediately claimed him and brought him home. At the time he was only 9 and sound, but with arthritis that had shortened his stride.
"CT" has no jumping talent and hated learning his leads, so he went to my mother's farm as a trail horse. He is very happy there (and this Graded States Winner is now taking handicapped people for rides and doing a great job). He also took Mr. LaurieB for a trail ride and was a perfect gentleman the entire time... http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif
Whenever my mom sells her farm (she is getting on --84 -- and is close to paring down on the farm, CT will return here for full retirement. That is what I promosed him when I claimed him off the track 5 years ago. He has a lifelong home with me, whenever it is time for him to come back.
The other is Warren. Poor Warren. 10 years old and retired. He has been for 18 months. His breeder said that she would take him back and give him a home for the rest of his life, but I just cannot make that phone call. I enjoy him and just seeing his face leaning over his stall door makes me happy. Knowing that there is a gorgeous 300 acre farm waiting for him when he is ready to go "home" may mean that he does not live out his life on my farm. His birth farm is only 10 minutes away, and I could visit him..... But it would not be the same if Warren was not here.
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