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Is anyone else madly in love with their horse?

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  • Is anyone else madly in love with their horse?

    I got my horse three years ago. I am head over heels in love with her. She is beautiful, smart, sensitive, athletic, comical, sweet, and all around wonderful. I intend to keep her forever. Anyone else feel that way about your horse?

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    Yes, even though I promised I wouldn't get too attached especially with my luck with horses! But I am totally in love with Tara, she is such a good girl. Every time I go up I spend more time brushing and playing with her in the arena instead of doing actual riding. I love my horse!

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      About one of my horses YES. I've had him for 5 years, we've grown up together and I will have him until the day he dies. He is my absolute love. I once had a dream that we had to put him down, and I woke up actually bawling from it. It was so awful.
      Last edited by MySuperExAlter; Jun. 10, 2012, 10:52 PM. Reason: to add picture

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      • #4
        Yep I am madly in love with my TB mare(chestnut at that...hehe). I have owned her since she was a year old. She is 16 this year. We have done tons of stuff together and I would be hard pressed to replace her. She is pretty, and a good mover. She jumps, trail rides the best and does whatever I ask of her. In her resume is show hunter, Combined Test, judged trail /obstacle rides,hunter paces, foxhunting, parades, camping, barrel racing, pole bending,and team penning. What's not to love?

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        • #5
          Yes, I was. It would be an understatement to say that I was madly in love with my beautiful boy that I lost back in March of this year. He was my absolute dream come true, my rock when life went haywire, my other half. My soulmate in horse form. I miss him still, every day.

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            Originally posted by Losgelassenheit View Post
            Yes, I was. It would be an understatement to say that I was madly in love with my beautiful boy that I lost back in March of this year. He was my absolute dream come true, my rock when life went haywire, my other half. My soulmate in horse form. I miss him still, every day.

            http://i39.tinypic.com/vpeuzt.jpg
            So very sorry for your loss. Grief is the price we pay for love. Enjoy your memories of your wonderful boy.

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              Originally posted by Simbalism View Post
              Yep I am madly in love with my TB mare(chestnut at that...hehe). I have owned her since she was a year old. She is 16 this year. We have done tons of stuff together and I would be hard pressed to replace her. She is pretty, and a good mover. She jumps, trail rides the best and does whatever I ask of her. In her resume is show hunter, Combined Test, judged trail /obstacle rides,hunter paces, foxhunting, parades, camping, barrel racing, pole bending,and team penning. What's not to love?
              My girl is also a chestnut TB mare! We are working on jumping and hope to start eventing next year. We do lots of trail riding and horse camping. She had been on a buffalo round up and team penning a few times. Competes in trail classes and we just joined a drill team. Will also be doing our first parade in December! I just love my girl.

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                Originally posted by Losgelassenheit View Post
                Yes, I was. It would be an understatement to say that I was madly in love with my beautiful boy that I lost back in March of this year. He was my absolute dream come true, my rock when life went haywire, my other half. My soulmate in horse form. I miss him still, every day.

                http://i39.tinypic.com/vpeuzt.jpg
                Sorry for your loss, beautiful horse.

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                  Oh yeah My girl was a polo pony, fox hunter, camp lesson horse, drill team, and a barrel/poles horse before I got her. She was a dangerous mess thanks to the teen then the gamer who had her before me... Put her back together physically and mentally and have done parades, trails, dressage, some polo, hunter/jumper and cross country with her since. She has saved my life multiple times, and has come back from what we thought was career ending lameness. We had such a good ride today it made me tear up, even more so when the aloof best came to snuggle after I put her back in her pen. I am totally smitten with this mare

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                  • #10
                    Yes I am madly in love with my horse. I got him just over 2 years ago when he was a very green 6 yr old just starting to show 3ft. Within a year and a half we competes in both of our very first 4' jumper competitions. He is a super sweet, kind, gentle horse who silently nickers everytime I get to the barn. We have learned so much from each other and he is seriously great, not just to ride and jump but to hug and love on!
                    Though he is rehabbing from an injury right now and he currently tries to buck me off at the start of each ride (getting back in shape + still not allowed to do enough exercise to burn off energy = a frisky little pony!) I still love him and will be devastated if he is not able to return to the big jumpers and I have to sell him! Hoping for a great recovery! Though I love him with all my heart my goal with horses is to compete at the highest level I can and we can't afford fun low level horses and have a high level horse.

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                    • #11
                      me me me me me!! I love my OTTB to death... I bought him last October from the kill pen. Bought him off a picture with my credit card (stupid, right?) He is the sweetest, most loveable, handsome, good moving, thinking, feeling, horse I have ever had. It's been a rocky year with troubles getting him fat and quiet...but now after a barn change and grain change, i have an awesome project horse. He is 7, raced until he was 4 (2008) and has an old bowed tendon, which apparently then did surgery on. He's amazing. Every day, i say to DH, "did i ever tell you how much i love my horse?"

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                      • #12
                        Me! I've had horses for over 30 years, and although you love them all, it is a rare gift when you find the "one". Mine will be with me forever...he is such a sweet, old soul and I am blessed to have him.
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                        • #13
                          YES!!!!! I'm currently lucky enough to have 5 keepers, each special in their own way.

                          Two homebreds (the last foals out of one of our ranch mares) - Silver and Koolaid. Both have been incredible horses over the years who have taught me so much. They were there for me when things were really tough at times in my personal life and were at times the only reason I kept going.

                          Losgelassenheit I'm sorry for your loss. I can sympathize - I lost one of my best horses - Cody - last year. He truly was an amazing horse and I miss him every day. He had been previously abused but turned out to be one of my most dependable horses; we had a lot of fun together.

                          This guy I bought off the track. When he came into our barn on the track (I groomed him) he hated men and wasn't fond of people in general (he'd likely been abused). I spent countless hours sharing my blueberry muffins with him and tending to him when he blew his front tendons in training and later bruised his heels in a race (the latter kept him stall-bound for 2 weeks ). A few years later I tracked him down again and bought him. He's the biggest softie I've ever had and he really cares about his people.


                          This is my main jumper at the moment
                          . I was told I was crazy to buy him off the track and though he's probably been one of the most challenging horses I have ever had the pleasure of working with (and sometimes he's just plain annoying), he's an incredible athlete and has come to be a great partner. He's a very silly character.

                          Lastly is my mare!
                          I think I might be in love with her the most at the moment (*knock on wood* but I think she might be 'the one'), as she's my other jumper (prospect) and has been an absolute delight. First time I ever met her she bit me - very bold and confident. She's a wonderful horse though with a ton of spunk and a really really good brain; I'm really enjoying starting her and am really looking forward to the partnership and bond we're creating

                          My horses are very much a part of me, I don't know what I would do without them. I'm very lucky to have an SO who really understands and who isn't threatened by my love for my horses
                          Last edited by naturalequus; Nov. 15, 2011, 09:28 AM.
                          ....horses should be trained in such a way that they not only love their riders, but look forward to the time they are with them.
                          ~ Xenophon, 350 B.C.

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                          • #14
                            I am....what can I say? He's always glad to see me, takes great care of me, is dependable and tall and quiet. Great butt, great legs, kind eye. A solid citizen who never disappoints me. Smells good too. What's not to love about THIS guy?
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                            • #15
                              Absolutely. I've had my gelding for over five years and we grew up together. When I was having issues with school, an eating disorder, and was at my lowest point, he was the only one that was constantly there for me. I really owe my life to my horse.

                              I also am madly in love with my miniature horse. Even though I've only had her a few months, she is just the sweetest animal. She came to me with very little handling, a huge attitude, and in need of weight and some cleaning up. In a very short time she went from running away from me in the field, to neighing and trotting up everytime she sees me. She loves to cuddle and puts up with all the pink and animal print halters and blankets I put on her

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                              • #16
                                Yes! I am madly in love with all my horses. I should probably market one, as who in their right mind needs 4 horses, but selling horses is not my forte. Collecting horses -- now there I am a Viking!

                                I am actually a little under-horsed. I have a 6-stall barn, yet only 4 horses. Something is wrong with this picture -- I make sure to keep the extra stalls filled with stuff so as not to have "room" for any more.

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                                • #17
                                  horsechick, my gelding has the same markings as yours...nothing like a bay with chrome and a sweet face!
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                                  • #18
                                    yup Love my mare and will have her until the day she dies. I have been riding her/owned her for 12 of my 15 years riding and I wouldn't trade anything for her.... not that anyone would take her if I tried to give her to them seeing as she has terrible manners when I am not there. She can't wear a halter anymore, but I still take her out to graze just by a hand on her neck, anyone else does and she sprints down the road looking back at them such to say ha ha your-not-mom! I love her to death
                                    Who say's your best friend has to be human?

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                                    • #19
                                      I had many horses growing up (that is what you get when you are born to a mother who loved buying and selling horses). I have loved many of the horses that I've had, some I thought were "the one". None of them have held a candle to the mare I have now. I can not say enough good things about this freaking horse. She is so sweet, so honest, well behaved (most of the time, we are going through those unpredictable baby years!) and I think she genuinely likes me, too. And it is hard to believe coming from a 4 year old but I have never felt a horse take care of me like this mare does. She will spook, feel me shift the other way and come right back underneath me, it is truly incredible!

                                      I love this mare to bits. I normally buy and sell every year or so. I got this one as a 2 year old and I think she is going to be with me for a long time. She happened to fall in my lap when I really didn't need a horse, but the person selling her asked me to come look at her (which of course I instantly fell in love) and gave me a deal I couldn't pass up. Driving out of their farm with her on the trailer I look at her papers, we have the same birthday. May be lame and sappy, but its just one of those "maybe it's fate!" type things.

                                      Reagan and I at the overlook where I got engaged in September

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by myalter1 View Post
                                        Every day, i say to DH, "did i ever tell you how much i love my horse?"

                                        LOL Me too!!! I bought my OTTB out of his breeder's backyard. He had been injury-plagued on the track, and when he was finally sound, he was a big disappointment, so he was sold on craigslist.

                                        Lucky me! He is the best horse I have ever owned, in so many ways. He is easy, kind, beautiful, and dead quiet. Did I mention that he was beautiful? And game for anything.

                                        (I just need to point out the proliferation of OTTB's in this thread.)
                                        2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

                                        A helmet saved my life.

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