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Katie Nelson

on 2 September 2014

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"Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart."
- Author Unknown
Q:What breed of horse would I get?
If I were to buy a horse, I'd ideally go for an American Quarter Horse for the following reasons: First, they tend to be pretty versatile. Quarter horses can do anything from galloping through barrels and bulldogging to flowing reining moves and delicate western pleasure pivots. Also, most are quite durable, tending to have stronger bones then some lighter breeds. And finally, they are bred to have a laid back temperament, which will make them less likely to spook of freak out. However, for me, a suitable companion is less about breed or looks, and more about how healthy the horse is and what sort of temperament he has.
"It is the most difficult horses that have the most to give to you."
- Lendon Gray
Q: What type of horse would I get?
As I said, buying a horse is more about the temperament then the breed. Certain things like age, gender, and level of training may be a factor in their temperament.
First, age: I ideally would like a younger horse, because they are less likely to have bad habits than older horses. Think of them as a clean slate, they haven't had any good experiences that would make them broke, but they haven't had any bad experiences to make them pushy or nervous. Also, it would be less likely that we'd have to deal with problems like arthritis, Cushing's disease, or cataracts.
Next, gender: All of my favorite horses over the years have always been mares. It's not that boy horses are bad, it's just that stallions are super hard to handle and geldings have always seemed kind of dull. I have had many great experiences with mares. I loved Nina, Poco, and Pippi's fiery independence, Lucy and Nikki's determination and wisdom, Candy and Miss American Pie's mischievousness, and Pepper's overall gentleness and sweetness.
Finally, level of training: I would get a green horse that is saddle broke. This means that the horse would be trained to have a rider on it's back, but it doesn't know much more than stop, go, and turn.

"The wind of Heaven is that which blows between the ears of the horse."
-Arabian Proverb
"Ask me to show you poetry in motion, and I will show you the horse."
Q: What sort of tack and equipment would I need?
I'd need:
a saddle - I would probably get an all around or trail saddle.
a saddle pad - I would get a pad similar to to the one Mary got Josie, which is a Reinsman pad. They are good for a horse's back and help reduce sweating.
a cinch - I would get the rubber kind, not the rope as those can cause rubs. Length would depend on how fat my horse is.
Horse first aid kit - antibiotic ointment (Corona),
Optional items:
Blanket - Depends on if the horse has a thick enough winter coat.
Fly sheet and/or fly mask - Depends on how bad a horse is bothered by bugs.
Sunscreen - Depends on how much pink skin the horse has.
Bell boots or splint boots - Depends on how active my horse is and her stride.

Q: What would I do for boarding?
"Home is where the horse lives."
I would if at all possible keep my horse in Pasture board, as it is a lot healthier for them, not to mention cheaper. Horse who live in stalls are more likely to develop respiratory conditions, such as heaves. Also, horses in the wild generally spend 60 - 70 percent of their time grazing, which is just not possible for a stalled horse, which can lead to boredom and bad habits such as cribbing or stall weaving. Pasture board is 255 dollars per month compared to 320 dollars.
"He knows when you are happy. He knows when you are sad. And he always knows when you have carrots."
Q: What would I feed my horse?
: I would try to keep my horse eating just grass and hay as much as possible, as that is a lot easier on their digestive system that a diet with more grain. If my horse needed grain to keep weight on, Woodloch would be able to sell it to me. Also, I would probably like to get some sort of supplement for my horse, which is sort of like human gummy vitamins. To determine what type of supplement my horse needed, I'd have to consult the vet and farrier.
"Whoever said a horse was dumb, was dumb."
-Will Rogers
Q: What sort of vet and farrier care would my horse need?
For farrier care, my horse would need to see a farrier once every 6 - 8 weeks. Woodloch has a farrier that comes out weekly and I can just sign up for it on the whiteboard. I would try to keep my horse barefoot, but some horses do need the extra support of shoes. Price would vary depending on how much work was needed.
For vet care, unless they had some urgent problem, would be taken care of during the spring and fall vet visits. Around the time of the visit, Woodloch will post a sign up sheet. Deworming is done by Woodloch and would cost 12 - 15 dollars 4 times a year. Spring vet is the most expensive, at 100 dollars. If a horse needs her teeth floated, which usually needs to be done 1 -2 times a year, (but can vary depending on their age and their individual teeth) will cost 100 dollars.
Thanks for watching!
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