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I'm officially crazy.... Update - We Rode!!!

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    Bluey - I'm feeling like erring on the side of caution is a good thing too. As it happens my vet's office manager called to get an update on how he's doing this afternoon so I let her know about the puffiness. Vet is going to call me back when she has a chance and she'll be back out next week once he's finished his antibiotic course so he'll get a check out then if not sooner.

    NKD - He has a star and a light, off center snip. In what area was he leased out?


    • If you have his tail tag number will hermiston provide you with consignor info? Have you looked through the FB page with all the hermiston horses to see if there's any additional info there? It's "horses currently at auction pnw"


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        He came from the kill buyer but the number they gave him on auction horses was 1098 - that may have been his hermiston # but not sure. He also had a neck tag on that said h68 on one side, h69 on the other. I think that came from the kill buyer's place. The woman who lists the horses said he ran through hermiston loose without any accompanying info. I will say he has impeccable ground manners... He stays right at your shoulder when being led and follows your every move BUT doesn't seem to have any special showmanship skills... I played with that a bit thinking he may have belonged to a 4-H'er or something at some point. Even as he's feeling better and getting perkier he's a very quiet and thoughtful horse... He hasn't spooked once, he stops and studies scary things instead. Obviously I haven't done anything under saddle yet while he's recovering from the respiratory infection but I can tell he's definitely had some kind of training based on his ground behavior.


        • The loose horses at Hermiston had no other info with them and the auction will not have either as they were all intended to go one way. Enjoy him, he sounds like a good soul.
          "We, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit." JFK


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            Thought I'd add a little Jango update... He's doing fantastic! I’ve been taking him on lots of walks and he continues to be the best behaved horse I think I’ve ever owned. I am positive he has some training on him – he actually grabbed the bit before I could even ask him to open his mouth when I played with bridling him. Clearly he's had one on before!

            His respiratory infection is all cleared up as of about two weeks ago and quarantine ended earlier this week… He was SO excited to see other horses! It made my heart very happy He met my guys over the fence on Tuesday and then got to go out with them for a little while yesterday evening. Everything went pretty well – there was a little squealing and my youngster was quite excited about the whole thing so he did a few galloping laps. My young horse is VERY protective of my old guy so the interaction was mostly between he and Jango. Youngster kept himself between my old guy and Jango at all times. That was actually incredibly sweet - I knew those two had a strong bond but I didn’t realize how much youngster really looks out for my old man. I’ve managed to collect such a wonderful gang of boys! Jango did have to go back to a private paddock last night as he started trying to herd the old guy... Gonna have to keep it to supervised turnout for awhile

            In any case, here are some pictures. Note how much weight Jango has gained and how much brighter his coat is already! So glad he finally decided that beet pulp and rice bran are tasty treats... Now that the ribs are gone I think we can start thinking about testing him under saddle soon






            And here is a little video… Mainly of my youngster being a goober and my old guy following suit (seriously, that’s some good galloping for a 31 year old!), but there are some clips of Jango too. He’s a little foot sore when he hits little rocks. Going to chat with my farrier about that when he comes out in a coupe of weeks. I think he may need fronts once we get him going under saddle – unfortunately he’s got super flat feet just like my old man.



            • Wow. What a difference. OP, what a wonderfully, kind thing you have done for this horse. He is only going to blossom under your care and he will repay that kindness over many years to come. Thank you for making my heart smile


              • your video is set to private..

                but he sure looks good...they all do!


                • He is looking great! Sounds like one cool dude.

                  Your video is set to private so can't see it.

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                  • Wow, he looks fantastic! Can't wait to hear how your first rides with him go, please keep updating! Have you gotten back the DNA test yet?


                    • Wow. If you ever decide to part with him, let me know. I keep toying with the idea of a second (non-reiner) horse to have something to play with cows and trail ride. JD is not cowy at all, and trails with sliders are not my favorite.


                      • Original Poster

                        Thanks y'all! I have fixed the video (I think) Urban - I'll let you know. I'm looking forward to playing with cows too... Judging by his horse herding skills last night I think he might have some skillz


                        • Hmmm. I managed to see the video. Handsome boys!
                          I will still smell your sweetly scented maple self...



                          • He looks fabulous! Very handsome. You have a nice looking little herd.
                            Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert


                            • Everyone looks great! Thanks to OP!


                              • RD late to this thread. I opened the picture and saw my last horse

                                this is not him, no he has a great home. But he was 100% QH with true cowpony breeding back to Hancock

                                He was the best ever,sweet personable and worked hard to please. Impeccable ground manners, Got a little eager to get into the trailer to go for rides. How can you not love that. Just starting Tempe changes and Canter Pir. when I left riding and he is now a a Trainers being a schoolmaster. He had canter half pass down in a snap.

                                I wish you every good thing with your friend.
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                                  Originally posted by hoopoe View Post
                                  RD late to this thread. I opened the picture and saw my last horse

                                  this is not him, no he has a great home. But he was 100% QH with true cowpony breeding back to Hancock

                                  He was the best ever,sweet personable and worked hard to please. Impeccable ground manners, Got a little eager to get into the trailer to go for rides. How can you not love that. Just starting Tempe changes and Canter Pir. when I left riding and he is now a a Trainers being a schoolmaster. He had canter half pass down in a snap.

                                  I wish you every good thing with your friend.
                                  You know... I saw a little fancy prancing in there yesterday and my trainer's first FEI horse was also a cow pony QH... So it's not out of the realm of possibility

                                  My old guy in those photos is some kind of old school QH. I've owned him for 23 years and grew up with him. He has done absolutely everything from barrel racing to eventing and he's the toughest, most honest, best horse I've ever owned. I always said someday when I was older and not so focused on dressage I'd search out a carbon copy of him. As you can see from the pictures, it turns out one found me... And a lot sooner than I had planned! Even though I haven't ridden him yet, Jango already makes me feel like a kid again. I have a feeling there will be a lot of bareback galloping, river swimming, log jumping fun for the two of us for many years into the future


                                  • He sure has filled in, looks fabulous and oh so calm standing there.

                                    He has such a pretty trot, you did say he moved very well.

                                    I expect you are right, many years of enjoying each other seems to be in the books for all of you.


                                    • He looks great! I can just imagine him and all his sensibility standing there thinking that your other two are nuts.
                                      Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


                                      • My first impression was QH, then I saw the withers and modified to Appendix. He looks great. So wonderful to hear your delight in "saving" a horse. Indeed, he is probably a gem likely wasn't sound for daily hard work.

                                        As to the feet...I like Clean Trax soaking. Antibiotics can throw off the bodies natural balance.


                                        • He looks wonderful. I'm so glad you saved him.

                                          Don't give up on the feet too fast. I recently bought (rescued, really) an appendix type guy who had very long toes, underrun heels, thin soles, and flat feet. He also had a pretty substantial toe flare on one front hoof. (I did take x-rays before buying to make sure he didn't have major problems.). After 3 1/2 months with a very good farrier he now has nice feet with good angles and he is starting to develop some concavity in his soles. He doesn't seem tender footed at all, so I'm betting his sole thickness is just fine now that his feet are being taken care of properly.

                                          You've done a wonderful thing here.