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Ever fallen in love with a horse not your own?

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  • Ever fallen in love with a horse not your own?

    Update (see post 30)

    I am right now! And it doesn't make sense to me... Curious if anyone else has had similar irrational thoughts?!

    A friend has a horse who she doesn't get to ride much anymore due to anxiety and other time commitments. My trainer works him most of the time. I've never been on him but I LOVE watching him go and I handle him on the ground.

    The other day he nickered at me from his pasture when I got out of my car and it hit me that I am really attached to this horse. I've never even been on him but he is the sweetest, most beautiful horse. Would love to ride him and would probably buy him in a heart beat if he were for sale.

    Anyway, I have two horses and ride a few others (all really nice horses at various levels) a couple times a week. Why do I end up so focused on a horse that I don't own or ride? Anyone else had this same issue? Tell me I'm normal- Would be fun to hear about your experiences!
    Last edited by xrmn002; Apr. 6, 2012, 06:37 PM. Reason: Update - Post 30

  • #2
    The pony that got me into Welsh Cobs was that way for me. I worked him for an outside client for a college class and fell in love with him. I'm able to separate emotion from work, but there was some small piece of me on the other side of the wall that I built up that hoped we'd end up together. He has these huge floating gaits, the most trusting personality, and has all the charm of the Welsh Cob breed. We were a quirky, happy team together, and he was a dream to work with. We would have ended up together, as the client was considering selling him to me, but in the end neither I nor the client would end up with him due to a health issue. He's in a place that I can visit him, but he's not my forever horse. It hurts, but it's for the best. I know exactly what you mean by irrational...I'd take him in a heartbeat if I had the money to care for him, but I don't.
    www.cobjockey.com - Eventing the Welsh Cob

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    • #3
      Irrational? Nope.

      Horses aren't books, or cars, or other *things*, they're living beings and we respond to them as such -- as they do to us. It's only natural that we feel for them according to their personalities and interactions with us. And it sounds like you have a real connection with this horse, if he's nickering to you from the pasture as soon as you show up.

      Maybe you should approach the owner or your trainer and let them know you're interested in this horse, either if the owner wants to sell, or perhaps as a partial lease.
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      • #4
        Sort of like falling in love with someone else's boy friend. I try to walk away. Its only heart ache. I can admire from afar, but I don't wanna fall in love with someone else's horse.
        Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.

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        • #5
          Yes and it is hard when someone elses horse developes a relationship with you.
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          • #6
            Yes, and luckily he became my horse about 6 months later.

            Is there any chance of this friend wanting to sell him and you being able to buy him? If not, I'd say take AnotherRound's suggestion...

            I saw my horse for the first time at a horse trial and my trainer was riding him. I thought he was the most beautiful horse I had ever seen. I had just started riding again, and heard tidbits about him being crazy/difficult/unhappy/hard to deal with. When I started looking for a horse I didn't mention him or suggest looking at him because I wasn't sure he was for sale, and given all I'd heard we would be a horrid match. His owner (who knew she was a mismatch with him, and was therefore riding another horse at the trainer's barn while she kept him at her house) was watching me in a lesson, and at that point knew my general price range and what I was looking for - and suggested I try him. My trainer smiled, thought about it, and lit up - and said "I think you'd be a GREAT match!" Turned out we were. But I was intentionally having nothing to do with him thinking we weren't, even though it was totally love at first sight - once I actually rode him, I would have been absolutely devastated had I not been able to end up with him. (The love at first sight was mutual, too - he apparently used to be awful on the ground, trying to bite and kick, but from the first was a cuddler with me.)
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            • #7
              Here's my story (and maybe there will be a happy ending one day!):
              I live here in Germany. I'm riding with a Grand Prix rider that is a friend of a friend and I'm leasing an older Intermediare horse (he's a good boy). I tell my friend/trainer that I want to buy a nice, normal horse one day (my horse in the States is not your average amateur horse... and while I can ride that kind of horse I'm kind of tired of it and want a quiet, normal horse ). So, one night we are watching a bunch of people riding in the indoor and there is her young horse (by her Grand Prix stallion out of an Intermediare level mare) being ridden by a young girl. We comment that he is just too cute and she says how he's always been very positive about life and very happy. Then she says "You need a horse like him!" and I ask "Why not.... him??". This horse, Ronaldinho, is best friends with my lease horse and they go to the paddock together and live in stalls beside each other so I'd already been kissing his nose and giving him cookies before this. So then the love affair begins! I've since ridden him once and while it was rather uneventful and slightly boring because there were too many people in the indoor to do anything- I'm quite certain he has the personality and breeding to be what I want in a horse. My friend is confident that he should be a Grand Prix horse one day as well. So... now I need some money! Anyone want to loan me some???????? I'm already daydreaming about all the wonderful clothes I will buy him and the saddle I will buy him (he's really wide so my saddle is a no-go)... and what colors would look best on him....

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              • #8
                Yes. I have.
                And it typically doesn't end well unless you can afford to buy him outright.
                Either keep some reserve between him and you or seek a way to have some control over his destiny.
                Voice of experience: mine ended spectaculary badly.

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                • #9
                  A couple of times.
                  Once with a gorgeous Rheinlander mare, when I lived in Germany. I was in no way qualified to ride her and never did but she was my soulmate horse until I left.
                  Then here, fell in love with a trained to GP gelding who was semi-retired to a farm close to me. I ended up being able to ride him whenever I wanted; his owner never plans to sell him and so he is now totally retired at the same farm.
                  Neither one of mine were bad endings. Both horses were well taken care of by their owners and stable owners and I see no reason to discourage such a thing, myself. Just loving a horse doesn't mean you have to own it; if it is in a bad situation, then that is a different matter.

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                  • #10
                    yeap love this little foal black and beautiful with plenty of spirit
                    6yrs later
                    shes mine haha now shes 18 and we still love each other and have plenty of fun

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                    • #11
                      He was a welsh cob stallion belonging to a nearby stud, so I took my welsh cob mare to him and have his son now, and I'm luckily equally besotted with him

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                      • #12
                        Have definitely been there. When I was a working student I was really fond of all (well, most) of the horses I worked with, but one came in for sale that was really it for me. I spent tons of time with him and he would come over to the fence and graze by me while I hung out; there was definitely a mutual attachment. I was SO sad when I moved home and had to leave him - but ended up being given him a few days later, so it all worked out!

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                        • #13
                          Yep! His name is Totilas...I believe you know him as well.

                          Other than him, yes their was a grand prix dressage horse called Häagen Dazs that was ridden by David Lackey at the time. He was boarded at the same barn I was and I fell head over hills for him. I found out years later that he had been sold to South America. I was 13 years old at the time.....long long time ago
                          I wonder if he is still alive, anyone know him?
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                          • #14
                            You know the scene in Hannah and Her Sisters, when Diane Wiest and Carrie Fisher meet the architect at a party they are catering, and they have this awkward cab ride home, jockeying to be the one who goes home with him?

                            That's how my friend and I used to horse shop. I would send her a link to a DreamHorse ad I was considering, then she'd get interested in the horse, and we'd go back and forth trying not to get into fights over them. It was very high school!

                            Right now, my horse has quite a few admirers. There is a trainer who loves him and wants to have him in her barn, but I can't afford to keep him with her. His current trainer also loves him but can't afford to buy him. And I have this perfect Romeo but am having some health problems that prevent me from riding.

                            It's like a Victorian novel.
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                            • #15
                              Its fine to fall in love with a horse that belongs to another, as long as you keep it in perspective.You don't want to become a horse stalker! Eventually the attraction becomes less intense and you meet other horses you adore, if you are exposed. Horses are like that- generous spirits that will attach to people they like and are familiar, so they are total enablers.

                              But you have many choices: wait for the attraction to pass, walk away, talk to the present owner about a lease or rehome, or outright offer a fair price and buy him. I've done that. But I also learned that part of the joy in loving horses is... loving horses! Lots of them. I certainly don't want the responsibility of taking care of lots of them so window shopping is just fine.

                              Just like if some handsome sexy young man gives me a one of *those* smiles these days, I sigh inwardly and enjoy the fact that I can experience such nice feelings, without thinking too much about the fact that I would never act on those attraction feelings...or that the guy might actually be thinking I look like his mother or grandma and the smile was totally innocent.

                              Have fun with good feelings and find a way to make the situation work for you.
                              "The Threat of Internet Ignorance: ... we are witnessing the rise of an age of equestrian disinformation, one where a trusting public can graze on nonsense packaged to look like fact."-LRG-AF

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                              • #16
                                Yep. Jaime brought Jaeger to me to ride so she could sell him.

                                I rode him through as planned, but no sale'd him, even though she got what she wanted.

                                I paid the RNM commission and gave her what she wanted.

                                He was a son of Jazzin Around, and a gorgeous bay with three gorgeous gaits and a 'point and shoot' jump. And manners. Oh boy. He was run through a fence by a neighbors dog-got stitched in his nose. It was time for the stitches to come out, I walked up to him and pulled them-no halter. I gave birth to my son the next day. THAT's how trustworthy and easy going he was.

                                I sold him after a bad wreck that wasn't his fault (a roll of wire was left in the grass, and it 'chased' him-I came off, head injury, not good) and my family convinced me he was too dangerous. He wasn't, he just had some ghosts in the closet that involved ropes and feet.

                                I regret it every blessed day. Anyone ever runs across a big bay gelding with scar on his nose, and a tat registered to a 1996 gelding name Jagged Edge-let me know. :-(
                                I am not allowed to look at breeding stock.
                                Or babies. Or CANTER, et al.

                                ESPECIALLY not CANTER, et al.

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                                • #17
                                  As a trainer, all the time.

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                                  • #18
                                    Yes..

                                    the minute I saw Fuego under the lights at the WEG and he bent down to rub his nose before going in.

                                    Now, my DH says that I may "never, ever buy another gray horse".

                                    I think even he'd make and exception for him.

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                                    • #19
                                      I have a few times. Usually a stallion, but the one time I did manage to bring home one she never left

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                                      • #20
                                        Currently am riding a friends horse while hes a way for the holidays. Have fallen in love-and I think its mutual. He nickers for me and comes to the gate when he hears my car. He also gets a bit wierd when I go get my own horse out. He has so much personality I've even considered making an offer. We also really fit well together under saddle-he can be quirky and I love that.
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