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Re: [RC] How do I find a good horse personality/breed fit - Carrie Kitley

I have read all the posts on this thread so far, with great enjoyment.  I have no idea what it truly is that seals the bond between horse and human, but I know for me, it was alot of hard work, not giving up and doing a few LD's together.
I got my Arab mare 3 years ago and we were NOT on the same page at all in the beginning.  It was heartbreaking for me.  I almost sold her 3 times after hittin' the sky more than I like.  Something in me wouldn't part with her though and once we learned enough about each other to try an endurance ride, it all came together.  Now, I can't imagine my life w/o her.  I LOVE this horse.  I've had others that were easier to ride and keep, but it just wasn't the same.  She has taught me an amazing amount and made me a better rider.  She also brought me to the sport endurance and I became addicted to it.
She is still a weirdo sometimes and will still occasionally pull a "sit n spin" but I haven't come off in awhile and we seem to understand each other.  I KNOW her so well and she knows me, so we're stuck.  And I'm so thankful I never found a buyer for her.  Thought makes me want to cry now.  lol  Anyone have a hankie?
Thanks, everyone, for sharing your sweet stories. 

~Carrie  <\_~
              // \\
"The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears." 
~ Old Arabian Proverb


--- On Thu, 10/9/08, Kathy Mayeda <klmayeda@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
From: Kathy Mayeda <klmayeda@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RC] How do I find a good horse personality/breed fit
To: "Adamsch" <adamsch@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "ridecamp posts" <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2008, 1:27 PM

There are two sides to this issue:
  • If you buy an already broke horse, it could be good, or you could be inheriting the horses "baggage."
  • If you buy a younger horse, you may create your own "baggage."
I've experienced both to a pretty small degree.  I'm not sure what is better though.
Yes, bottom line, I think it boils down to how well you and the horse clicks regardless of age.
On Thu, Oct 9, 2008 at 12:14 PM, Adamsch <adamsch@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Wow!  Thanks for all your suggestions privately and on the group.  My next question which occurred to me because of  what many of you have said is, Does it "matter" if I buy a young weaningly and raise him or buy a 3-4 year old that is started and going well, in how likely we will be to bond.  On one hand, you can bond as the baby grows, and yet for me, I can really "see" a personality when they are under saddle.  I guess my preference would be to actually be able to ride the horse and see how he acts, responds to stimuli, me, etc. etc.

thanks, faith


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Re: [RC] How do I find a good horse personality/breed fit, Kathy Mayeda