Sunday, February 19, 2012

calm boy

28 Comments:

Blogger Goat Song said...

When will you find out if things are going to work or not? What a wonderful, mellow guy. :)

February 19, 2012 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Well, it is complicated. A lot of moving parts and finances to work out. But tomorrow I will email the owner with my suggestions and the rest is in the hands of powers greater than me and a black horse.

I am feeling good about it.

February 20, 2012 at 12:17 AM  
Blogger melldot said...

Good luck!My fingers are crossed for you both!

February 20, 2012 at 12:52 AM  
Blogger polly said...

how long is their lifespan (i have no experience with horses)? how did you feel when you met him jenna?

February 20, 2012 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

Good Luck, Jenna ~ wish you the best!! Keep us updated on you and Merlin (Dream Pony)and when we'll see him prancing around at Cold Antler Farm.

February 20, 2012 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger DebH said...

how exciting! I feel you'll get that beaut for your place and he looks like a perfect fit for you!! Anxious to see the next post where you have him loaded for his new home..He is Beautiful!

February 20, 2012 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger J.D. said...

According to my resources, the lifespan of a Fells pony is 25-30 years, so this little guy has a long way to go!

February 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger mary in manchester said...

trot on over to mary muncil's white feather farm blog and read today's post. words you already live by.

February 20, 2012 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger singinggardengirl said...

What a sweetie! Hope it works out.

February 20, 2012 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

He is a cutie! Was he off on his left shoulder? May just be the angle the shot was taken. Just wouldn't want you to get into a costly pony. He is cute though. A mini Friesian <3

February 20, 2012 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

Woot, he looks awesome. He seems like a nice quiet pony, not skittish @ all. Slow and steady wins the race!!! I hope it all works out.

February 20, 2012 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Silphium said...

He's a handsome fella, isn't he?

February 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Please, please, please have a pre-purchase exam done by a vet before you take him, including blood work for sedatives. It is normal procedure in the horse world and can you money and heart ache in the long run :-)

February 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger TwoBlueHeelers said...

Jenna, we have our fingers and toes and eyes crossed that Merlin will soon be joining your farm family! He seems like a wonderful match for you!

February 20, 2012 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

He looks very off in the front end just from watching that short video. Did you have someone jog him for you to check for soundness? Have you contacted a vet for a pre-purchase vetting? Holly and Heather seem to know what they are talking about, don't just close your eyes and hope for the best.

February 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger auntgrandma said...

Ok, I am not horse wise..what breed is he? And if I lived closer (not the whole country away) I would be wanting him. What a great big calm boy. He is relaxing just to look at.

February 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

OK, I'm not judging, advising, or any of that rot.

I know you have done your homework, Jenna, but I just want to suggest (that's it I'm suggesting) that he be vetted, especially for navicular, the rear transmission (derriere), et al.

Many boarders have been "stung" when purchasing a horse who was "buted." The horse moved fine because he couldn't feel a damn thing.

Also, it has happened in the horse world where the vet acted in the best interest of the seller, than the buyer.

I always asked to see the animal's vet records and showed them to my vet prior to purchase.

Again, he's beautiful. I love him. If things were different, I'd definitely be interested in him. He's probably fine, but it's "caveat emptor" (let the buyer beware.)

Good luck!

February 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

I know absolutely nothing about Fell ponies however I agree - that video gave me pause. I only say this because I have a retired Belgian with known knee issues and she starts off better than that.

I wouldn't let that stop you from getting the horse, just know what you are getting. My big Belgian hasn't done a day of work in a couple of years now, my goal is to let her live out her days as comfortably as possible.

February 20, 2012 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

I know absolutely nothing about Fell ponies however I agree - that video gave me pause. I only say this because I have a retired Belgian with known knee issues and she starts off better than that.

I wouldn't let that stop you from getting the horse, just know what you are getting. My big Belgian hasn't done a day of work in a couple of years now, my goal is to let her live out her days as comfortably as possible.

February 20, 2012 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I assure you the horse is sound, this was a fifty second clip taken 3 minutes into meeting him, so he was just watching me, slowly. and to even extra-assure you, there will certainly be a vet check if this happens.

February 20, 2012 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

that wasn't supposed to sound defensive, but I am already defending him!

February 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

and i loved the Mary post!

February 20, 2012 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger polly said...

good luck merlin & jenna. i know you'll make a sound decision jenna - you are savvy and do your homework, and follow your heart. a perfect combo! that little fella looks a *peach*!

February 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger ladyfarrier said...

I hate to say anything negative since I was one of the "is this really a good idea? posters in the beginning and it will be taken badly.....but as a farrier of 30 years, specializing in sport horses, I spent my life looking at horses and evaluating soundness.

Granted, it's rather difficult from a short video from a bad angle. But the first thing I thought when I watched it (right after "isn't he cute"), was he sure seems a bit short in front.

For non-horse people, "short" is how you look when your feet are a bit ouchey. Many reasons, no reasons, lameness/soundness in horses in one of the most difficult things to ascertain even by experienced professionals, and in my experience, impossible by a novice horseowner.

I second the prepurchase suggestion, but with a "free" horse, most people won't cough up several hundreds of dollars to tell them exactly what they're getting into.

I read where he spent several years down at the Kentucky Horse Park being a breed ambassador. This could be good...this could be questionable.

Ask the questions. Pay the vet. You won't be sorry.

February 20, 2012 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

I know, Jenna, just want to make certain Magical Merlin's time on Cold Antler is safe and "sound."

February 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

We are just looking out for you <3 Your nagging extended family. I am sure he is fine, could have just stepped wrong, had a stone or something else. But please have the vetting done and also you choose the vet. Stop by unanounced to see how he is for an unprepared visit. Talk to the vet and farrier that Lisa uses. He is a heartbreaker. Gives me goosebumps. Just be prepared, suppliments are expensive!!!! But for what you plan to use him for I am sure he will be perfect for you. If you planned on a daily gallop across Veryork jumping over huge logs, constant pounding on those cute furry hooves I would question it more, but I think he is headed to the perfect home. Good luck and congradulations. Who needs a man when you have a steed so sleek <3

February 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger embracingitall said...

Oh my, I have tears in my eyes. I'm a sucker for ponies/horses. He seems like a real sweetheart. Oh and his mane and tail. Fingers crosses for you. Jacinta

February 22, 2012 at 2:30 AM  
Blogger Paradise Found Farmgirl said...

I agree with Lady Farrier. He looked like he was favoring his right front. Please have a vet and farrier look at him. I hope everything is well and am looking forward to seeing him in future blogs.

February 25, 2012 at 10:18 AM  

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