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New horse....yikes
I almost forgot to post that we have a new horse. How could I forget that?

My husband's solid gold trail horse, Kip, is 16 this year. Not at all old for a trail horse, but he was a roper and worked in a feedlot his first 6 yrs (so I guess probably only actually worked 3 or 4 yrs). He's getting a bit sore when we go on our adventure rides....long hauls, long days, mountain elevation, etc. So I've been looking for his replacement. He's going to be awfully hard to replace. He's taken such great care of my husband for 10 yrs. NEVER a spook, refusal, never was ill tempered, hard to get along with, etc. He is an escape artist, but when he's working for us and not on his leisure time, (LOL), he's almost perfect.

Enough about him. I aquired a "project" horse in Oct; it didn't work out and I gave him away a few months later.

Now, after a lot of looking, progressing from casual to serious, I've found what I hope will be Kip's replacement. He's a 5 yr old QH from OK. Raised and owned by a 65 yr old tough-as-nails western woman and her husband who gave up raising/training/occasionally showing ranch horses, and now lead trail rides in the Arbuckle Mountains in OK. She expects a lot out of a trail horse, as do I.

So this gelding has a couple of years of experience in leading trail rides in the mountains, as well as having gone on an AQHA ride loaned to a stranger, and been shown in one 4H show as a 2 yr old by a kid.

I got him last Wednesday. Today was our first ride. We hauled to a local state park with small hills and creeks. He was great. Pretty fast walk, will absolutely go anywhere you point him. You'd better be ready to go there, 'cause he's goin'!

Only one glitch today...walking along near the end of the ride, I was turned around talking with a friend. He gave a huge BUCK for no discernible reason....I snatched him up really quickly and he just went on with no more issues. I have no idea what that was about! I can laugh about it, only because I stayed on....LOL

So, we'll see how it goes. We're going to ride in TN next week, then the Smoky Mts in May, and Colorado in late summer. I'll probably ride him every ride until late summer, and see how he's doing before turning him over to my husband. My husband is a decent rider, but usually has his nose buried in a map and almost never anticipates problems. So he needs a solid horse.

Our herd now numbers 4 horses.

Oh, and I tried to find another Appaloosa, but broke trail Appaloosas are really hard to find. So, QH it is.

I'll post a pic when I have a chance. He's a weird color, about 14.3 hands (wish he was a couple inches taller), big feet, strong correct legs, not a big muscled horse.
Congrats! The new boy sounds great. I hope he works out AND I hope I can meet him sometime this summer.

What is his name?
Karen ~ Trails  
Joe Paint Gelding
Paoli, IN

"My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sun and neigh in the night."
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Hope he works out for you, and I am looking forward to seeing pictures...or, better yet, seeing him in person out on the trails this summer!

Looking forward to seeing you guys, too! That would be fun.

His name is Drifters Zip, barn name is Cowboy. I'd really like to change his barn name; we'll see. And don't anyone suggest Zip or any form of Zip....about every 3rd horse in the world must be named a form of "Zip." For example, in our herd of 4, TWO have Zip in their name! That's 50%!!!! Zippo Pine Bar is everywhere!!!!!!!!!

There were 2 cowboys at Versailles today, and one had a nice looking Appaloosa. I asked about him; his name was Zip something. See? 4 horses riding at Versailles today, and 50% of them had Zip in their name. The guy then proceeded to tell me that Zippo Pine Bar was famous for western pleasure and trail riding. I think he didn't realize that trail class is different from trail RIDING!! LOL !

Sorry, got off topic a bit. [Big Grin][Big Grin]
If you can't be a good example, at least be a horrible warning.
Cowboy sure sounds like a winner.
Congratulations on finding him.

How about CB as a name? Or maybe DZ?
Hook(ed)......on Horses

"The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. " Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Not bad, Hook.

Do you think horses know their names? I always incorporated the barn name into the registered name when I was naming foals we raised (Appaloosas), but that doesn't guarantee that the next owner will use that name.
I named a gorgeous, 17 hand dun HUS mare Mercedes, and we called her Mercedes or Sadie, but the new owner calls her Mertz. What an awful name for one of the most elegant horses I've ever seen! LOL Oh well. (The trainer who started her called her Large Marge, so...what can you do?! ha)

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If you can't be a good example, at least be a horrible warning.
Nice mare! Regarding names, I think it is safe to say that most horses do not recognize their names. Not the way dogs do, anyway. So feel free to call Cowboy whatever you want!

Well, we renamed him Bodie. I am thinking of the great Alpine skier, Bode Miller, while my husband thinks of an old TV show starring Clint Walker as Cheyenne Bodie. LOL

So far I've ridden him 4 times...hauled to Versailles St Pk for the first ride, to Brownstown Trailhead 2 for the second ride, and just got home from riding in TN for 2 days. He has a couple of issues to work thru, but learns quickly and is, for the most part, great on the trail. No more bucks so far.
I plan to ride him for at least 4 or 5 months before handing him over to my husband, but am beginning to think maybe I should keep him and find something ELSE for hubby.....EEEEEK ! HELP ! [Big Grin][Big Grin][Big Grin]

On a sidenote: our equine vet suggested Previcox, an NSAID for dogs, for Kip. It's only a 1/4 pill per day for horses, instead of Bute. Much less side effects. I gave it to Kip each day we rode this w/e and the morning of the trip home, and he was absolutely fine, no stiffness or soreness. So far, so good. Plus, it's such a tiny size, I can stuff it into an apple slice and he doesn't detect it, and he's an expert at detecting anything medicinal.
If you can't be a good example, at least be a horrible warning.

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