MrCoffee

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  1. Last Summer

    From the album Horses in my life

    I poked around some on my computer, and noticed something flattering. Well, a friend borrowed this photo from my Facebook, after meeting my horse. I figured I'd share it here. This friend absolutely adores Holly's personality, and wants to spend some more time with her, along with a desire to help me with some of her boarding costs. Here's hoping it works out well.
  2. HollyShines

    From the album Horses in my life

    Here is a more current photo of Holly, who is now my adopted horse. We had a long, and difficult winter and a drought last Summer, which presented a real challenge keeping everybody fed. With advice from one of the forum members here, I was able to fix her diet to better fit her nutritional needs, which resulted in great improvements to her weight, energy, and overall health. Holly is now current on her shots and worming.
  3. Holly2

    From the album Horses in my life

    A closer look at Holly's face, and fur. Notice the crooked blaze. She is a very affectionate little pony.

    © MrCoffee of HorseCity.com

  4. Holly1

    From the album Horses in my life

    This is Holly, a quarter horse I started working with last May. The stable owner considers Holly to be my pet legally, and I also cover the costs of the farrier and work for her pasture boarding, feed, and worming. She has a cosmetic flaw in the form of a lump on her right leg, which is from an old injury from a barbed wire fence. I believe this happened a few months after she was born in Montana.

    © MrCoffee of HorseCity.com

  5. Of course, she's a Thoroughbred mare. TB's bond surprisingly well with their humans. They are bred for speed, but also a sound mind and willingness to please their owner. Don't let your friends try to sway you differently. If the two of you trust each other, then you're in good shape. MC
  6. NaughtyNeigh2: I lost a beloved pet last year, close to Christmas. It was one of the worst things I had ever experienced. It was so bad, in fact, that I told some friends that I hope I never out live another pet, whether it be a cat, dog, or horse. I guess I have to be careful what I wish for. As RUN N RATE said on their post: It's the pain that never goes away, you just get scar tissue over it. I send my condolences.
  7. Yup, indeed. Very dangerous to the wallet. Empty pockets, I say!
  8. It would be nice if he could be extradited back to the United States, so he can be made to suffer like his horse. I would suggest housing him with inmates who love horses. MC
  9. Ozland: Thanks for the encouragement! MC
  10. At the stable where I'm at, they have a warm blood foal who has been extremely shy since birth. The object of gaining a horse's trust, is to approach slowly, and to NOT look the horse directly in the eye at first. Over time, you just want to lightly touch, or brush up to the side of your horse while looking away and making the horse think you're doing something else besides looking at her. The foal in question will now let me approach her as she is lying down, in her mother's stall. She will also allow me to pet her up close by my side, and I can give her a nice back rub which she also enjoys. The mother receives plenty of affection from me too. She will often call out for me when I'm in the area. Your horse must see you as a friend, a resource, a mentor, and protector before you can gain her trust. This will take some time. Offer some treats, and approach her very slowly with a kind and friendly demeanor. Put the halter and lead rope away for a while, until she starts allowing you in her space. It is OK to feed her treats from your hand, if this helps in getting her to approach you. When she starts to allow you in her space, spend plenty of time petting and giving her affection, with lots of praise. Do this just as you would with a dog or cat. Also, you may just want to hang out with her in the pasture, so she can spend some time getting to know you better. I wish you the best. MC
  11. I have limited riding experience over a two-year period. Just recently, I learned of a stable that had a quarter horse mare, raised on a large ranch in Montana with very little human contact. She is just over 3 years of age, this past May. The lady who owns the stable told me that the horse had been ridden twice by her, and once by her business partner. What I confronted, was a very shy horse who would run and sometimes kick out when ever I got too close to her. And finally, what caused me to question my decision to to take this responsibility in the first place, was my being informed that the stable owner got thrown off of her once, when she spooked. None the less, she warmed up to me over time, and I was able to gain her trust. However, getting the halter on her at first was a challenge, being that she was so nervous and tensed up. And I smashed my thumb on at least two occasions getting her to pick up her feet so I could clean them. The stable owner was never able to spend enough time with the horse to accomplish this feat. Then, there was the occasional fight that she would get herself into when a new member was introduced to the herd, and she often had to depend on me to get her patched up. I worked with her for several weeks, helping her get over her fear of us humans, and gaining her trust so I could properly care for her. Then, I finally got the saddle on her with some help, then mounted up with the lady and business partner in the arena. We started slowly, giving this horse lots of praise, affection, and treats. Although she hasn't yet learned to trot, she has proven to be a rock-steady riding partner and companion. Well, at least for me anyway. Now, she looks my direction when I approach, and invites me into her space when she is grazing. And, at times, she will nicker and approach me to the side and stop, so I can pet her and we can enjoy each others company. I have had this horse follow me across the field, without having to hand her treats. And finally, the stable owner, business partner, and other boarders are able to have some close contact with her. I anticipate having the stable's new trainer take a few rides on her, so she can evaluate the mare's progress, and the effectiveness of the training I have given so far. I would agree with some of the others here: Age and experience are not so much of an issue if it's the right horse. I have dealt with a 32 year old horse who is senile and slightly demented, which I would not recommend a beginner to handle. But I also know of a 6 year old paint mare, who is more than happy to accept a 5 year old rider while doing a great job of caring for that child on her back (I only wish the paint mare would stop thinking she was my horse, and stay out of my pocket, but I love that big, snugly spotted teddy bear just the same anyway). Don't worry yourself to pieces over your decision on the OTTB, MissInfiniti. Thoroughbreds often have a puppy dog-like mentality with a great deal of affection and willingness to please. You'll see that soon enough. If I can do it with my limited experience and a somewhat wild and green-broke quarter horse mare, then I am reasonably confident in your abilities with your new Thoroughbred friend and riding companion. MC
  12. Any horse who will come to me, snuggle, and just be my best buddy, is worth having. You cannot put a price on something as meaningful as that. Riding is secondary; just a nice option to have when it's available. Just tell your friends that your sanity is important to you, and that your horse helps you keep it when you get to groom him and pet him. And if they don't understand, well, that's just too bad for them I guess. MrCoffee
  13. I am going to weigh in on the bonding issue. You most definitely want your horse to bond with the stable workers! This is absolutely for the safety of your horse, and for the staff. Positive human contact helps the horse feel more relaxed, and less stressed in his environment. A relaxed horse is a safe horse, and is also a healthier horse. Your horse may be cribbing out of boredom, so you may even want to find someone who wants to help keep him groomed, and take him for walks. Much like us, horses can become depressed from lack of work and activities that hold their interest. Horses do not like being alone. They prefer to be with other horses they get along with, and even humans. It's just their nature. On the issue with mats: I have to agree with waiting to install the mats if there's an inch of mud. I would think it may be a good idea to ask about putting down some pine pellets or similar product, to help take in some of the moisture, and then putting new substrate over the mats when they are installed. MrCoffee
  14. We had neighbors with a Ford 4000 back in the day, and it was definitely a nice tractor. Very classy, and today it would look modern if it is well taken care of. Don't be afraid to buy something that was made back in the 1960's and 1970's, as they were made to last for many generations, perhaps hundreds of years. I can't say the same for anything that was made after 1980, or for for stuff that's made outside of the United States. But if you were looking for something new, I would suggest looking at one of Caterpillar's construction offerings, made in Cedar Rapids Iowa. MrCoffee
  15. Here's some more information on her: http://www.sgtreckless.com/Reckless/About_Reckless.html . Yes, she was a true MARINE. MrCoffee