Katie Schuur

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  1. Horse Buyers Beware

    Thank you for the heads-up! What awful people there are out there..... So buyer's beware!!! NOW SELLERS: NEVER accept checks!! I've never been able to understand how someone can watch their horse being loaded up onto a trailer with only a check in hand that you have no idea is good or not. Cash or money order only.. No exceptions. If the buyer MUST pay with a check, you should INSIST the horse stays with you until the check clears.
  2. It Is "sell" Not "sale"

    Along with sell/sale I also have another pet peave. I can't stand it when I see a horse advertised as being in-FOLD. [bang Head] Oh and BTW - anyone else finding themselves being overly cautious as far as their grammar goes responding to this post??
  3. Rollin_after_a_bath

    Thank you! Right now he's about 7-8 months old :)
  4. Rollin_after_a_bath

    Thank you all so much! I just can't wait for him to grow up. Perhaps I'm a little too impatient for it, LOL! I have been supplementing his feed with Grow Colt and a little bit of Calf Manna, but I really am wanting him to go ahead and sprout upwards. I thought he'd be taller than he is by now, and it seems to me that I've hardly seen any growth at all - but perhaps that's because I am with him every day. I hope that's the case anyways. Please tell me this horse will get some height on him!!! LOL! During everything he had endured (orphaned neglected and starved, hurt lower leg by running through fence, abscess, etc.) he managed to develop some laminitis in the front leg that had the upper leg abscess on it as a side-effect a few months ago. At first the symptoms were masked because he was favoring that leg anyways from the abscess. However I am happy to report that he isn't lame, and the farrier that has been trimming him every 4 weeks said that the next trim will get rid of it ALL. You can see the slight elevation in his hoof where the laminitis had occurred, and after months of good trims from a "natural" farrier he will show absolutely NO signs that it had even happened after this next trim. My farrier told me that Tuff has been shedding his frog once a month and has very healthy feet which is great to hear! I also deworm him on the same day that the farrier comes out - it's easier to remember that way, LOL! So the only pressing issue with him now is that danged umbilical hernia. You wouldn't know it was there because it is no longer protruding - but I know it's there. I can still stick a couple of fingers into the opening. I have been palpating it every day as well. It seems to be more "slim" than before so I am hoping it has begun to close up finally. I hope. But all-in-all each and every time I see him running around his pasture bucking, jumping and playing I have a small smile on my face as I remember the desperation in the prayers I prayed for him in the past, and the thankful prayers I pray for him now. I feel rewarded watching him simply being a horse, and for now the plan is to allow him to do just that....... and hopefully grow more... ;) I just want him to concentrate on growing up now, without the vets, the casts, the wound dressings, the medications and the shots. I have some good news though! I have been in contact with the Pinto Association (PTHA) and they are going to register him!! I am so thrilled! He has to be gelded of course - but he is going to qualify for registration on his color pattern alone. So after he's gelded this next Fall I am going to turn in the application. But in the meantime - I'm not letting go of the dream I have of simply running him across the pasture bareback in about 23 months and counting provided my feet don't drag the ground from him being too short. :)
  5. Rollin_after_a_bath

    Thank you so much! From day one I've poured my heart and soul into this little guy. He certainly had me praying for his survival time and time again. I'll never forget the sleepless nights, while I was literally out in the barn draped over him crying like a baby. Everyone here on Horsecity has been a HUGE support for me through those trying times with him, and to me that is simply unreplaceable. Everyone here picked me up, brushed me off and helped give me the strength that I needed. I love you guys!!! Well, I figured it wouldn't quite be an "Update" without some before pictures for visual comparison. I'll never, ever forget the first time I laid eyes on this innocent orphan who ran into hard times - nearly on the brink of death. I can't believe he survived the trailer ride over to my house. He really has lived up to his name. Here's the baby I fell in love with, the moment he arrived at my house: It's amazing what love can do! Each and every one of you are a blessing :)
  6. Rollin_after_a_bath

    And FINALLY the other horses finally calmed down, and so did he: Re-captured after he chilled out, he recieved some loving before his halter was taken off and he was placed back into his own little pasture again:
  7. Rollin_after_a_bath

    Hello everyone! We just returned from taking some pictures and let me tell you he was BRAAAATTTTYYYYY!!! LOL! I'll walk you step-by-step through our picture taking process, LOL! At first we fed him and put his halter on while he was eating. When he was finished eating, I had my son attach the lead rope and lead him over to the "grooming tree". Well, he didn't want any part of being led properly as you can see here: Paul let him get some of his extra energy out, and then settled him down until we finally got him settled down and leadinig NORMALLY! Here he is being a "good boy": We got him groomed-up and allowed him to take some time to "Play". The other horses were running in the adjacent pasture because something got their attention (Most likely brought on by the neighboring horses stirring up trouble) and Tuff wanted SO BADLY to be with the big boys. Here he is wishing he could be with them: After realizing he isn't going to join the "big boy" herd, he had his own little spastic melt-down: MORE COMING!
  8. Rollin_after_a_bath

    OH my goodness what a surprise!! LOL! You have all touched my heart with this post :) What a caring group of people we have here on horsecity! As of right now Tuff is healthy, happy and doing great. He's furry right now with his winter coat, and looks funny because half of it is shedding out and the rest of it is still hanging on, LOL! He's shorter than I'd like for him to be at 7-8 months old - approximately 12 hands at last measurement - so I'm estimating he'll be about 14 - 14.2 when his growing is all said and done. The old cowboy tried and true way of measuring his cannon bone says that he'll mature to 15 hands, but I just don't see it with his slow growth. Do horses go through "Terrible two's" just like human babies? If so he's right in the middle of it. We are working on ground manners DAILY because he has developed the habit of wanting to "Play" with me when I enter his pasture. I'd walk up to him, scratch his jaw, say hello and the SECOND I turn to walk away he rears up at me. I have immediately corrected him for this behavior (Usually by shouting "NO!" and smacking him on the neck) since it's just the right height for a smack. It has been a week or two since he tried this, but he has moved on to other annoyances. He is now approaching me from behind - biting me - and tearing off running again as if to say "TAG! You're IT!!". He's just being umm.... a uh.... BRATTY BABY!! So in light of these new ideas of his - we have begun our lunging lessons/groundwork lessons/respect lessons. At first he hated the lungeline, but now he has the hang of it. Due to his age and the fact that he is still growing - I limit these sessions to about 10 minutes every other day or so. I think it's sinking in that I am not just a play-toy, and that I'm a Momma that loves him, but a Momma that will be respected! LOL! I just found this post a few minutes ago, and currently it is pitch-black outside. Tomorrow I will take some pictures of him and I'll be sure to post them :) I am really thankful that as of right now I have no immediate equine emergencies (Knock on wood). Sky has not had a recurrence of the Uveitis case that flared up a couple months ago, and we are hoping that will be the only time in a LONG time that we will have to worry the way we did over his eyesight. Thank you all for being such a great group of people, and a wonderful support-group!
  9. What Is The Protical For Selling A Horse?

    I wouldn't set a time limit. It's a large investment and a huge commitment they'd be getting themselves into. Just let them take as much time as they need :)
  10. Re-horsed...

    A long time ago, I took in a horse that was rehomed to me for the exact same reason as you. I was fostering this horse, and the horse was supposedly broke although nobody I knew had ridden her. In fact, nobody could tell me when the last time was that the horse was ridden! I called a trainer that I knew, and asked him if he wouldn't mind stopping by, tacking her up and taking her for a "What the heck kind of training do you have" ride. He charged a small flat fee for this, which I was MORE than happy to pay. I was able to watch SOMEONE ELSE risk life and limb. Once I saw him riding the mare around as nicely as could be, it certainly calmed my nerves and settled any fears that I had about riding her. It was the best money spent - for a little peace of mind. Perhaps there's someone you can call to come out and do a short ride?
  11. What Is The Protical For Selling A Horse?

    I wouldn't lunge the horse before the buyer arrives - only because if the horse is tired, breathing heavy and sweaty (or if the buyer actually SEES you lunging the horse) he will feel you have something to hide. I have been out to look at a couple of horses before where the seller was in the process of lunging them and it was an immediate red flag for me. Is your horse easily caught in the pasture? If so, just explain to the potential buyer that you haven't had time to groom him, and the two of you can walk out together to get him. This way - you'll show the potential buyer how easily caught the horse is, and anyone can look past dirt. The buyer will be looking at the OVERALL condition of the horse - not just whether it's dirty or not. Dirt can be washed off - poor conformation or health cannot. However if your horse is NOT easily caught, I certainly would suggest getting there early to capture the horse and groom him up. Nothing can turn off a buyer more than having a hard time catching the horse they came to look at. Be upfront about ALL of the horse's issues, but try to highlight the good aspects as well :) Be as honest as possible, and let the buyer take the conversation in the direction he wants it to go. Simply answer all of the buyer's questions as honestly as you can and let the conversation take it's own course. Be prepared to ride your horse. The buyer will want to see YOU ride the horse before they do. So make sure you bring all of your grooming equipment and tack with you. The buyer will be asking you questions as you are grooming and tacking up your horse - all the while watching how your horse's ground manners appear to be. Is your horse standing tied really nicely without fidgeting? Point it out. Is your horse allowing you to easily pick up all of his feet? Point it out. Is your horse standing perfectly still while being cinched up? Point it out. Is your horse standing still for you to mount? Point it out. Ride the horse and EXPLAIN to the buyer which cues you are using, what kind of bit you are using, and how your particular horse prefers to be ridden/how he was trained. Make sure you point out to the buyer what your horse's "buttons" are, and at this point you should mention if your horse has any sensitive or touchy cues that would bring on bad behavior - that way when the potential buyer rides the horse they will know what NOT to do and wouldn't be taken off guard with any surprising undesirable behavior. That is - if your horse has any riding vices that you know of. After you have retrieved your horse from the pasture, groomed him, ridden him and answered as many questions as honestly as you can - turn the horse over to the buyer for some good ol' fashioned one-on-one time for riding or anything else they feel inclined to do with your horse. Please remember that this is the BUYER's time with the horse...... There have been many times in the past where I was riding a horse I was interested in purchasing and it felt more like I was getting a riding lesson with the instructor in the middle of the arena (seller) shouting commands at me. I don't like this... A buyer wants to have some sort of alone time with your animal - no matter how minimal that time may be - to do whatever they would like to do with the horse. The buyer is trying to feel out the horse on their own terms, and quietly decide if this is a match they're comfortable with. Sorry for the essay! I hope this has been helpful. Just treat the whole situation as if you are having a friend come with you for a ride while they watch you get your horse, groom him, tack him up, ride him, etc. Relax... Enjoy your conversation, and most importantly for the well-being of your horse, the potential buyer, and YOURSELF be as honest and forthcoming as you can be. Good luck and let us know how it turns out!
  12. What Is She Doing?

    In the second video I thought I saw her over-extend her back leg and hit her front leg, but after replaying it multiple times I think it may have just been the angle. But one thing I did notice in all three videos, is that she "appears" to not enjoy that particular bit too much - especially in the first video. When you began to slow her down towards the end of the first video she was kind of throwing her head in an up and down motion, trying to relieve bit pressure or discomfort - all the while with her mouth open. In the very beginning of the second video she appeared to be preoccupied with her bit and I thought I saw her mouth open as well a couple times here and there while moving her head back and forth in the third video as well. Even in the still picture of the second video's link you can see her mouth open. If she's preoccupied with any discomfort at all it could affect her concentration - therefore affecting her gait. I just wonder if there's a discomfort issue somewhere whether it be with the bit, headstall, saddle, etc. or even more particularly with her teeth. Now mind you she's only doing this on occasion and it's pretty subtle if you're not looking for it - but to me she just seems preoccupied with it. Just my 2 cents ;) She's absolutely beautiful btw :) I LOVE her color. Where are you in Oklahoma? If you're close enough I may have to "borrow" her for a very, very, very long time, LOL!
  13. New Orphan!

    Oh No!! I'm so, so sorry Andi.
  14. Driving Class Gone Horribly Wrong

    So, uh..... Who won?? Just kidding - I truly think this whole thing is sad and scary. If I were a spectator I would have been very tempted to jump into that ring and do SOMETHING to help. Perhaps I've been to one-too-many rodeos, but where's a "Pick-up" man when you need one, LOL! I'm glad there were no serious injuries though - this could have turned out much, much worse than it did and I can only hope that everyone involved will remember this and do everything they can to prevent it from happening in the future - or at least have a PLAN if it does.
  15. Lost Our Foal - Nursing Mare

    Oh how I wish you lived in Oklahoma! Goodness knows I certainly would have needed you a few months ago, LOL! I am really sorry to hear about your foal as well, and I think it is very admirable for you to offer your mare as a nurse-mare.
  16. My Horse In Danger At Rescue Where I Board Him

    Kristina - thanks for answering my question about the money issue. It sounds like you adopted him fair-and-square and you are definitely doing the right thing for your horse. He is lucky to have you :) Please keep us updated, and give him a big hug for me!
  17. My Horse In Danger At Rescue Where I Board Him

    Just as the others have said - you did the right thing. If you are worried that she's going to sue you or take you to court over the horse please sleep well knowing that it takes money to do so, and she apparently doesn't have any to spare. Furthermore - you would think that she'd be a little relieved to have one less mouth to feed. As long as you have the pictures and Animal Control has a record of your complaint then I think you're all good to go :) Quick question though - did you pay an adoption fee ALONG with the $75 a month board fee? Or have you only paid the $75 boarding fee since October?
  18. Paying Jobs For Horse And Rider?

    One of the more common things that I've seen people do for extra cash with their horse is offer lessons. They'll word the ad "Your horse or mine". Of course though, you'll have to print yourself up some good liability papers for them to sign, and you can find some on the internet.
  19. New Horse! He's Home!

    Well, after having conducted my experiment - I really like the royal blue!!!
  20. More Abandoned Horses.

    Found this on youtube:
  21. More Abandoned Horses.

    Okay, I don't know how to bring this topic up so I'll just be blunt. If you are trying to find a home for your horse that you are giving away for free, please don't be sooooo darned picky. If it is an emergency that the horse needs to find a home ASAP because it isn't being fed - then please try to skip the background checks, references, home checks and all of the other strings you can possibly attach such as: I need references. (What if I don't want you to have the names and phone numbers of my closest friends and family? OF COURSE they are going to give a glowing report about me - or else I wouldn't give you their information. The only reason I imagine you would want these references is so that you can call everyone I know trying to track me down if you want your horse back once you're financially stable again). Right to first buy-back.. (If you can't afford the horse now WHY on earth would I want the horse to go back to you?? And if I should decide to sell this horse in the future that would be my right to do so, especially since I have spent my own money simply feeding and caring for the horse. Keep in mind - anyone who will purchase the horse from me will feed the horse also because they don't want their investment to go to waste. You say your financial situation has changed and now you can afford to feed the horse??? Great! Then pay me what I spent on feed while the horse was in my care and you can have your horse back - if I choose to sell the horse, that is. Again - No free board.) Must stay within 40 mile radius so I can check on him and visit him. (Why? So that once you're back on your feet financially you can find some little, tiny thing wrong with the way I'm taking care of the horse so you have an excuse to take him back from me after I've spent all this money caring for him?) Believe it or not, some people only want a temporary home for their horse until they are financially stable again. Free board, anyone??? In this case - LEASE your horse out. If you can't find anyone to lease the horse - you need to give him away for his own good and well-beig. AND PLEASE - If you are TRULY looking to give your horse away because you can no longer afford to feed the horse please keep in mind that ANY home that will feed the horse is much better than your own home where you are NOT feeding them. Many people who are trying to give their horse away are having troubles doing so because of the strings they are attaching on their end. There are many, many people who are willing to take free horses and give them the food and care they need if you just put an ad on Craigslist, anywhere online, or in a newspaper I guarantee it. As long as horses are still being sold at auction for a whopping $75 - there are still people willing to take the horse for free.
  22. Bought A Trailer...

    Personally, I would ask no less than what you paid your uncle so you can get your money back. Perhaps set the price a bit above what you originally paid so you can let the potential buyers talk you down - but keep your lowest acceptable offer the original price of what you paid. However as far as how much the trailer is actually worth depends on a lot of things. Do you have pictures of the trailer? How old is it? With all of the repairs you said it needs I would assume it's definitely an older trailer. If it were me, I'd just want to get the money back that I paid for it and put it towards another trailer altogether.
  23. What Would You Do?

    Knowing me I would have tried to dislodge the wire out of his/her shoe with my own bare hands while yelling in a panic for someone to help, which wouldn't have helped the situation in the least, LOL!! But on the other hand if I were thinking clearly I would have tried to pull the horse even more forward, as I'm sure the wire was becoming lodged due to the horse pulling back in a panic. I also imagine the wire was held in place on T-posts with clips right? Immediately taking the clips off to lower the wire would have been a great option as well - but again I doubt I would be thinking clearly enough to do it. Thanks for this fun and intriguing question! It gave my brain a work-out, LOL! I'd love to know how you handled it :)
  24. More Pics Of Kids N Pony

    Those pictures are adorable! And look at all that snow! Please post pics of your new tack when you get it as well :)
  25. Update On Sky W/pinkeye

    I wanted to give everyone an update on Sky. I assumed he had pinkeye, but I am sure glad I got the vet out because I was 100% wrong. He has been diagnosed with UVitis and it will take about 4 weeks to completely clear up according to the vet. The vet is having me give him aspiriin twice a day in his feed, along with Atropine sulfate ophthalmic ointment that I need to apply directly to his eyes once a day. He wants him to wear a fly mask 24/7 because he says Sky is very sensitive to light right now, and the fly mask should help block some of it. Keeping him stalled during the day and turned out into a small pasture at night would be helpful. He told me that this condition is more common in blue eyed horses. He is glad I got him out when I did before it got any worse, but thankfully he said that Sky should be fine and he won't lose his vision permanently or anything horrific like that. I thought "Moon blindness" and Uvitis being more common in blue eyed horses was a myth......... until now. Live and learn I suppose. So please just keep Sky in your thoughts, and I'll be sure to keep you updated on his progress. In the meantime, I took advantage of farm call and had Sky's teeth floated as well. He also gave Tuff another look-over and said the "Little guy is doing great!" and I shouldn't worry about his smaller stature for his age, and told me that he'll hit another growth spurt soon enough. Just thought I'd update everyone!