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Date Posted: 06:40:12 09/08/06 Fri
Author: Cindy Snyder
Subject: New Friesian
In reply to: Cameron 's message, "Similar situation" on 05:26:58 09/08/06 Fri

>>Your story sounds so much like mine! I bought my
>first Friesian about a year ago. I have a 20+ y/o TWH
>and have actually had TWs for about 30 yrs. I used to
>show when I was younger, but now in my 40s, I find
>trail riding is my passion and is much more relaxing.
>I too have a Friesian breeder who lives about 1 mile
>from my house and for years I have dreamed of owning a
>Friesian. I would go play with the babies and brush
>the big beauties at this breeders and stand in wonder
>as he drove them by my home. I did not think I could
>ever afford to buy one, I wasn't sure I wanted a
>yearling which was more in my price range. Even
>though I have had horses literally my whole life, I
>have never raised one and trained it and I know enough
>about horses to know that you never really know
>But anyway, a year ago the breeder had a bad season as
>he would say and every foal born was a colt. Of
>course he wanted fillies and couldn't wait to get rid
>of some of the "boys" so I was able to buy Nigel for a
>deal, plus some work my husband did for the breeder.
>Nigel is now 2 y/o and has been very easy to work
>with. He is about 15.2 hands now and I can literally
>crawl all over him (I am a small adult). My younger
>nieces and nephews sit on him while we lead him around
>and I do some basic training in the round pen with
>him. We have long-lined him some and hopefully next
>year we will start hooking him up with the breeders
>horse and teach him to drive. I will send him for
>some professional training probably next spring but I
>have found Nigel easy to train so far and that working
>with the local breeder has been helpful.
>Anyway, not to go on and on, and I do not claim to be
>an expert on buying Friesians as I only have one, but
>to me if you could buy one locally it would be better.
> You could go and get to know the youngsters before
>you pick out the one you want and know what the dam's
>personality is. Find one that has the personality that
>fits you and what you want to do with it, make sure it
>is in good health and has good conformation. It took
>me two months to decide on which colt I wanted.
>Nigel's father is also Anne 340. Nigel is full of
>personality and has good movement and looks and so far
>has been my dream come true. Not all Friesians that
>come from a "show" barn are "show material".
>I wish you all the luck in finding your first
>Friesian. How exciting!

Thank you for your advice!! My problem is my heart is already involved with a colt born May 22. He lost his mom to colic 2 weeks ago, he is a bit standoffish, but within 3 minutes he let me come up to him in his stall, pet him and hold him around his neck. The next day, I was back(of coarse) the barn manager put a halter on him and after 2 attempts, he let me lead him around the barn and stopped when i asked. They had to sedate this little guy to get him into the trailer to take his mom to surgery, then after she died, they had to sedate him again to get him back home. Then to add insult to injury, he got an abcess in his foot, so he has had a tough couple of weeks. My heart just hurts for him, but even after 2 visits, he seems to be warming up. I sure like the idea of being able to see him on his home turf so he can get to know me first. Anyone with other ideas for me would sure be appreciate.

How do I get the previous post off the new message, I'm not good with these computers??

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