Katie Schuur

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  1. Ebay Or Local Consignment?

    You can also try listing it on Craigslist. It's free to list it so you won't have any seller fees, and you won't have to worry about shipping (although you can offer to ship for more money).
  2. Not Sure What To Think..

    Personally, I would try another vet for a second opinion, and I would also see about getting a second opinion from a very talented farrier. I think the vet and farrier combo is tried and true and the way to go. JMHO - good luck and keep us updated :)
  3. Offering Free Training And Marketing

    UGH!! Why can't you live near me!!!!! LOL! If you want to avoid certain types of people, then once they contact you ask them a bunch of questions such as "What type of trainer are you looking for?" and so on. You have to understand that you have the right to turn people down, even if they are the only person who called you. Remember - this situation has to be beneficial to BOTH parties involved, and personally I always look out for #1. You shouldn't have any shortage of people willing to contact you, so take on the one or two projects that you feel will benefit you the most. Since you are not asking for any money, it is okay to be picky and somewhat selfish in this situation. JMHO.
  4. Oh How Wonderful......

    Yesterday morning when I went outside to feed the horses I noticed Tuff wasn't walking as fast as the others, and worse yet he seemed to be favoring one of his front legs. I immediately put him in a stall and checked him over. No swelling that I could see, no obvious injuries, no rock or foreign debris in his hoof. I am baffled. He is weight bearing and ambulatory, he just favors the front left leg. I rubbed his leg down with mineral ice, and told myself to give it a day to see if it gets any better. Standing alone with Tuff in the barn - I had a tube of bute paste in my hand but quickly put it away deciding that it would be a bad idea to mask any symptoms and when symptoms are masked because a horse is on pain meds he could make his injury worse. I figured I'd wait this one out a little bit, in the hopes that his limp would get better over night. So now it's today, and he is still limping. Ambulatory, weight-bearing - but limping a bit. I put a call in to my farrier so he could come check him over to see if there are any hoof abscesses, cracks, founder, thrush or anything that he could see that would be causing this. He should be arriving soon, so I will be sure to update you on his findings. If he can't find any obvious reasoning for the limp I'll take things from there. Please keep us in your thoughts again!
  5. I Just Chewed Out The Kid

    As the mother of a 15 year old boy - I COMPLETELY understand!! Kids these age are the most forgetful people in the world. If I only had a dime for every time Paul has told me "I FORGOT" I would have that new horse trailer I've been wanting.
  6. Oh How Wonderful......

    Well, funny thing is that I had to run off to the feedstore to buy some hay so Tuff has been out to pasture for the past couple of hours. It sure would be much more convenient to leave him out there, lol! I put some DMSO on his swelling, so hopefully that'll help him out a bit.
  7. Oh How Wonderful......

    Megs - bubble wrap would be an incredible idea! But I'm beginning to think he might find a way to hurt himself with it, LOL! The farrier just left, and he noticed a small, very minimal amount of swelling that I didn't notice. It is just right above his cannon bone. He thinks Tuff was just playing around a bit too hard, stepped in a hole perhaps or just twisted his ankle somehow. He doesn't think it's anything too serious, and he doesn't think there's any real internal injury/ligament or bone damage. Nothing that a little R&R won't fix in his opinion. So I'll just keep an eye on him, and rub some liniment on it while keeping him in the stall for the next couple of days. If there's no improvement by then I'll have to call the vet out.
  8. New Horse Owners

    Here are some sample test questions for the horse-ownership application that should be given to all potential horse owners: 1) What do you consider to be safe horse fencing? ___________________________. If your answer has the word "barb" or "barbed" anywhere in it please cease filling out application. 2) What is a vet? ______________________________ If you describe a vet as a person who has once served in the military please cease filling out application. 3) What is a coggins? ______________________________ If you believe "Coggins" is a style of dancing where people wear tap shoes and frilly dresses at the fair please cease filling out application. 4) What does it mean if a horse is considered "Green"? _________________________ If you believe this is a rare coat color or coat pattern, or if you believe it simply means the horse feels sick please cease filling out application. 5) What are a pair of hobbles? _____________________________ If you believe hobbles were the main characters in "Lord Of The Rings" please cease filling out application. 6) What does it mean if someone tells you their horse has a nice rack? _______________________________ If your answer includes anything that has to do with the anatomy of a female please cease filling out application. 7) What is a "Stud"? _________________________ If your answer includes anything to do with hanging pictures on the wall please cease filling out application.
  9. Closing This Chapter...

    A couple of days ago I decided that I feel Tuff is big and healthy enough to start running with the big boys, Sky and Cowboy. Since Sky is the largest of the two and the most dominant of the two - I decided to take Cowboy (low man on totem pole) and put him in Tuff's little baby pasture so I could watch how they interact without having the fenceline in the way. I was ready at a moment's notice to intervene if necessary. Tuff started rearing up on Cowboy, trying to put his hooves on Cowboy's back. I then saw Cowboy latch onto Tuff's withers kind of holding him in place for a short while. If it got out of hand I was going to jump in, but I viewed this as Cowboy giving him a "correction" and putting him in his place somewhat. Then they decided to run around the pasture. Cowboy would bite at Tuf's rear and they'd take off running. I felt this was Cowboy's way of showing him who's boss. Sky in the meantime was going NUTS on the other side of the fence bucking, rearing, running, snorting, etc... He wanted to be with them SO BAD!! Everything calmed down and they began grazing. I left them in there for a few hours, and then separated them for the night leaving Tuff in his baby pasture as always. Yesterday I put Cowboy back in Tuff's pasture and they didn't have any remarkable episodes. Again, Sky never left the fenceline. When Tuff approached Sky at the fence, Sky nuzzled him and nipped at him a bit as always. So yesterday afternoon I decided to put them all together in the big pasture. I was somewhat reluctant, but I knew it would have to be done at some point. Sky IMMEDIATELY became fiercely protective of Tuff. Every time Cowboy even thought of coming near Tuff, Sky would run him off. Sky was constantly circling Tuff, moving him to areas of the pasture he wanted him to be in, and always positioned himself between Tuff and Cowboy. At one point Tuff decided to take off running towards the back of the pasture and I saw Sky bolt forward and cut him off - circling him and nipping at his rear asking him to go the opposition direction - away from the neighbor's horses who were prancing at their fenceline. I knew then and there with the way Sky was treating Tuff that Tuff would be just fine, and I just had a strong overwhelming feeling that the reason Sky was acting the way he was yesterday was because he wanted to be in Tuff's pasture with him to protect him from Cowboy. I simply had no idea that my super-large 5 year old gelding thought of Tuff in this way. So I took down the fencing for the baby pasture, called it a day and went inside. I just feel that I've kind of "closed a chapter" as far as Tuff's concerned. It will be so much fun now to watch him grow and thrive in a larger herd setting for the next couple of years. That's all I want from him for now - just grow up more - healthy and happy :-) Here's a picture from this morning: And here's a super-short video of Tuff and his "Uncle Sky": Tuff and Sky
  10. Closing This Chapter...

    Thank you everyone! I know it may seem like such a little thing to some - but for me and Tuff it feels like a HUGE goal/milestone has been met :) As far as the question from Trails4me regarding whether the previous owner sees Tuff - No they don't, and I honestly believe that they couldn't care less about him. I always had the feeling from them that they harbored horrible feelings towards Tuff because their "favorite" mare died trying to protect him, and they did mention that he was an unplanned pregnancy - therefore even more disposable once he became orphaned. Forget their obvious lack of proper herd management, and forget the coyote attack - it's obviously Tuff's fault their beloved mare died. It's amazing how someone else's trash is another one's treasure. As far as Tuff's future is concerned, he will be a registered Pinto gelding who will be my #1 riding mount after he's trained by the best trainer I can find in this area. He'll then go on to compete in pinto association shows - ultimately beating every horse owned by his previous owners in almost every event. (Well, the first part of this paragraph is true, but I can certainly dream about beating his previous owner's horses, LOL!) But realistically I don't care if we never win a single thing at a show. Just allowing him time to be a young growing healthy horse who loves life, in preparation to take him to a trainer is my next goal/milestone that I have set for myself :)
  11. Some New Pics Of Hat

    She's sooo pretty!! She looks a lot larger than I expected her to be for some reason, LOL! Give her a kiss for me!
  12. Please Cross Your Fingers For Us!

    Hibiscus, Goldie was awesome and wonderful for giving Romy to stay with Tuff. We had planned on keeping Romy FOREVER and we always had her best interest at heart. A good friend of mine who was relatively new to horses has a young autistic daughter, and she purchased a young colt for the young daughter to raise-up. Not a good idea for her to have done and I wish she consulted with me prior to doing that, but anyways needless to say the young colt started acting up and became a bit too much to handle. His actions became very, very dangerous the older he became - even kicking a person in the stomach simply for brushing him. They became scared of him, and they began to fear for their young daughter's safety. Their young 8 year old daughter could no longer be trusted to handle the horse that was purchased for her without the fear of her being injured. When my friend told me about her predicament, she said she just wished that she could have had a smaller equine friend that would not grow to be very large and one that preferably already has ground manners. So, trying to be a good friend - I traded Romy who is the cutest little pony cross for the untrained, rather unmanageable large yearling colt "Cowboy". The way I saw it, I was giving the young girl a small pony that already had ground manners and I was taking away a horse that could have possibly hurt her or even worse. I know these people very, very well I knew that I could always continue to see Romy and ensure her well-being. As it currently stands, ever since the trade I have seen Romy a minimum of twice a week. Cowboy on the other hand now is recieving the training he needs, and he has been making great progress here with us. He and Tuff have become excellent friends and have become quite bonded. I would have never traded Romy if it weren't for the fact that I KNEW the people she was going to, and I felt that I was helping to protect their young daughter. I kind of stepped in and intervened, with a solution that I thought would benefit everyone involved. They love her very, very much and Romy is the center of little Ashley's world :-) Romy has many, many people who love her and we are all looking out for her best interest, and no matter what - she's still my precious little girl!
  13. Where is it exactly?
  14. And His Color Is... Uh...

    I vote for Bay also :) How old is he right now?
  15. Could Use Some Good Thoughts...

    My goodness - talk about one blow right after the next... I'm so sorry for your friend, but I have to tell you how much it must have meant to her to have you there for support. Sending hugs and prayers your way. God bless Skip, and I'm praying for Gabe to have a quick recovery.
  16. Dumbest Things Ever Been Told Or Seen By Other "horse People".

    I have many of these types of stories to tell, but I'll choose my favorite one. The day I met my husband!! I'll tell you right now that my husband never has been and never will be interested in horses - and knows NOTHING when it comes to horses. Don't get me wrong - he'll do anything for the horses we have to provide for them, but as he says "They're ALL yours!". I was at a local rodeo when I first met him. He was dressed the part with a cowboy hat, wranglers, boots, etc. I was standing over by the arena fence with my friend Leah. So he comes over with one of his friends to strike up a conversation with us. Being a horse lover - I immediately brought the subject up and asked him if he owned any horses. His response: "Oh yes - I own a few horses." I told him that's great! I then told him about the horses that I currently owned. I don't quite remember how this came about - but I began talking about how my horses were due for their coggins. I asked him if his horses had their coggins, and his response is one I'll never, ever forget.... He said "Oh yes! MY horses get everything they need, and they all get their coggins every day at noon!" Yep.... Right then and there I knew this man didn't have a CLUE as to what he was talking about - let alone own any horses, LOL! And I would have never dreamed that I'd have married him almost 3 years later, and he'd become the father of my two children. Needless to say that after this many years of being married to me - he knows what a coggins is now.
  17. Tack Store Name Ideas

    EquiDream Tack Shack sounds just fine to me [smiley Wavey] However, "The Hitchin' Post" and "Yays & Neighs" are pretty cute too. Just stay away from names like "The Pink Pony", "Buck-wild" or "The Carousel Horse" or anything like that - sounds too much like a Strip club
  18. Oh poor girl..... I have no words.... [Angel]
  19. Old Horse Im Rehabing

    I'm so glad you have him back :) He should really blossom in your care. Sending good vibes your way for him to put the weight back on in no time. [Huggy]
  20. This is EXACTLY what I want also.... I don't care if the horse is caked in mud - I can imagine the horse clean. But if you've lunged him, ridden him/her or worked with the horse in ANY way prior to my arrival it's game-over, I'm done.
  21. Years Of Professional Experience Can't Be Replaced

    NOTHING can educate you as much as real life - first hand experience. Even the best trainers and equine professionals will tell you that they don't know everything there is to know about horses, and I have yet to meet anyone who ever will no matter how long they've been around horses. But here's something I've learned that is tried and true: You learn something new almost every day when it comes to horses, and if you were going to live to be 250 years old you'd still continue to learn. Strictly for the fact that each horse is an individual and has individualized needs whether it pertains to feeding, training, health issues, etc. Plainly put: Nobody will EVER know everything there is to know, but people who have had first-hand experience dealing with an issue similar to what you are currently going through are worth their weight in gold for the sound advice they can give. RUN from the people who say they know it all - because they obviously don't have enough experience to know that this is simply not possible (A realization that only comes with TRUE experience).
  22. Omg I Bought A New Horse

    Congratulations on your new horse! She's lucky to have you :) I can't wait to see pictures, I know you've got to be elated!
  23. Had A 'photoshoot' With Quincy Yesterday

    He's so pretty! I absolutely love the 4th pic in your second posting - it really shows off his top-line :) Love him!!
  24. Goodbye Blizzard... *update*

    I am so, so sorry this happened. Your mother was trying to do what she felt was right by you, but unfortunately she never consulted with you about it regarding your feelings on the matter. *Ugh* I am so sorry! I personally believe your mother knows more about this than she's letting on. Am I to believe that a person simply showed up out of the blue with a trailer in tow and asked for the horse? She had to have placed an ad somehow and arranged a time for these people with no names to come get the horse. How convenient that you happened to be having your baby at that particular time as well. If the people with no names called your mother in response to her ad, she should still at least have their phone number on the caller ID either at home or on her cell phone if she has one, provided she didn't delete it. If they responded through craigslist or something of the sort where they needed to email her, chances are that incoming email from them is still lingering in her computer somewhere as well. So.... let's just say that if she was my mother - I'd become nosier than Sherlock Holmes. Flat-out ask her how she came in contact with these people in the first place. But listen - I also wanted to point out that Netposse has a section of their website set aside specifically for prior owners searching for horses they once owned. I would definitely post an ad under that category. Here are a few other suggestions for you: Craigslist for starters, and It also wouldn't hurt to put signs up at all of your local and surrounding feed stores (they have to buy the horse food, don't they?). I wouldn't stop there - I'd also notify every farrier that you know of. Particularly since they would need to have this horse's feet looked after every 6-8 weeks and with the coffin bone being the way you said it is, it's just a matter of time before the new owners would need to have this looked at. Also, if your horse was not up to date on shots and coggins - any responsible horse owner would have their new horse seen by a vet as soon as possible for these things. ESPECIALLY if they were planning on transporting this horse beyond state lines, or if they decide to auction him for some quick cash. Getting the health certificate and coggins would have to be their next immediate step. I would contact all local equine vets to see if they have seen this horse recently for this situation, and if not I'd ask them to please let you know if they happen to in the future. I also noticed in your previous post that you knew the exact day your horse was born. Was he registered? If so keep in contact with his registry. They may be able to tell you if the new owners transferred ownership papers, leaving a paper trail for you to follow. Scan all of the "for sale" ads in every possible place you can, whether it be online or in the newspaper. For all you know, the new owners may have had every intention of simply turning around and selling the horse outright to someone else. While doing online searches, remember that they may not be in your area and don't discount the possibility that your horse instantly became years younger - I wouldn't bet on older... Furthermore - I would get copies of auction catalogs for every possible upcoming auction in your surrounding area. A lot of these can be found online. If you can't attend the auctions, call the auction house the day of the sale and ask an employee if there's any horse there that meets his description. You also may want to call every local and surrounding boarding stable in your area to ask them if they have any new horse being boarded there that meets your horse's description. You never know until you know for sure :) Prepare yourself for what will happen when you find the "new owners". Be prepared to explain your side of the story, as well as hand over some cash. Even though they were given the horse for free, they still paid to feed and care for the animal while in their care and it wouldn't be unreasonable for them to want to recoup nearly every penny they put into him while he was in their care. Again, I am very, very sorry! I couldn't imagine what you are going through right now. Try to think as positively as you can and don't let any of those "worst case scenarios" enter your mind. Never give up, and you'll have your boy back in no time :) I'll send some prayers your way. In the meantime - please keep us updated on your search. [Huggy]
  25. I Love My Horse

    Tiffany your horse is beautiful :) Is your horse a gelding or a mare and how long have you had him/her?