Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Who Are You???

So those of us who own horses MAY have the luxury of knowing history of your horse. But what if you don't??? Are you just doomed? NOPE!!!! And here's how!!!

OK, so short story. A Client of mine has owns a horse that has been passed around a bit. She's a young horse, but seemed to have had a handful of owners. Well this horse also has some really bizarre gaps in her training. Like she neck reins, side passes and spins on her large muscle bound Quarter horse ASS, but she won't canter???? Yeah there are some real MAJOR GAPS in her training. NOW Thankfully I and the owner are smart enough, that instead of just beating the crap put of the horse and forcing her to do it, we want some HISTORY on her. Where is the ROOT of the problem!!!!!

That is what I want. I can not appropriately solve any problem effectively unless I know where it stemmed from. So how on EARTH, do you track some of this crap down??? Well... if your horse is reg. than of course you can look up the owner history and then HELLO GOOGLE!!!! Google their name and use keywords, like "Suzy Q Horse" "Suzy Q AQHA" Also GOOGLE your horse REG. Name to help find out info!You will be shocked how much info you'll pull up that way. and you can do that with ANY NAME!!!

Trace your horses lines. Find out the who, what, when and where of your sire and dam. What did they do? Where they shown? Contact the breeder if you can! GOOGLE GOOGLE!! LOL!!! Find any information out you can about the parents. Any health issues in the lines??? Inbreeding? Who knows!!

Study the area of where your horse came from. Doesn't seem like a big deal right? Who cares where they came from?? I DO! I just found out that where one of my students horses came from had a TERRIBLE out break of EPM when she was living there.... THAT could be a PROBLEM!!!!

Of course you need to find out who trained your horse if possible, do NOT be afraid to call people or email them. You'll be surprised how ACCOMMODATING the people are in order to help you.

Last but not least. If you can't find much on YOUR horse, try to find a FULL-BLOODED Sibling!!!! That could help you immensely... it will at least give you insight as to personality and temperament. And Maybe the owners of your horses' sibling will know how to contact other people you can use as resources!!! I have found out A LOT of information about horses that I'm training using these tools. And it gives me a way better idea of who and what I'm working with!!!! Plus it's great if you just want to know the history of your horse.

16 comments:

The Pale Horseman said...

First. And so I should be. Good info but waht do you do to find a horse with no name, no registry number and no pedigree? Check out my blog hoofprintsinthesand and see for yourself. We get so far in finding out my mares past then hit a brick wall.

Trainer X said...

Prev. Owners name? City she came from? Google her Barn name? What did she do?

The Pale Horseman said...

We know her previous owner bought her from a horse dealer. No more history than that and we cant track the dealer either. Tried googling the name she came with but we don't even know if Nell is her real name. No idea what she did before other than being a broodmare - but she is dead broke, and from a brand on her quarters we now know she came from westphalia in germany! We were given some info on how to track her number but when we emailed the registry we got no reply.

Trainer X said...

UM Side comment!! http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/grd/1029138272.html
Check this out it's really FUNNY!!

Hmmmm ok let me think.....

The Pale Horseman said...

hahaha! I like that one!

The Pale Horseman said...

Here is her reg. number so far.
41???99?? or 42???99?? the last two could be 92(birth yr) but we are not sure about her birth year either! She really is an enigma.

Trainer X said...

hmmmmmm Ok, What else can you tell me about her????? Where are you? Her name? Breed? Who you bought her from?

The Pale Horseman said...

I'm afraid theirs not much else to tell. Unless you know of a database for every haflinger on record I will just have to keep pestering the westfalen haflinger registry until they reply. It's getting late here in the UK so I'm signing out. I know someone out there knows her but I shan't worry if I never find out her past. It would just have been nice to know who bred her or find some of her foals. Well, that's me for the night - I look forward to your next mustang makeover post!

GoLightly said...

Take a picture of the brand?

Cowerts before The First

"The Pale Horseman"

snerk,okay,cowers.
Srsly, the brand?
Picture?

Goodluck!

paul_linn_is_a_jerk said...
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paul_linn_is_a_jerk said...

When I purchased my horse (a 'cheap' unregistered BYB), the woman knew very little about him except that he was used as a "husband horse" which meant that the only thing he knew how to do was follow the tail in front of him! He was petrified of being in the lead.
Based on that I assumed he knew nothing and proceeded accordingly. He has turned out to be a wonderful horse - super eager to please and won his first ribbon after only two months!! I wish I could find out more about him, but I truly hit a dead end from the beginning. :-(


http://paullinnthoroughbredcheater.blogspot.com/

TooTiredToRide said...

Very good idea! I have been blessed to get 3 of my 4 horses at a young age so i know almost everything about them. Only 1 i got at 14 and i am still researching him. :)

ponykins said...

A friend bought a nice mare, but when asked to canter, the mare would freak. A little detective work tracked down that the horse was used for w/t, and the trainer would beat the crap out of her if she cantered. So now, when she canters, she throws her head up, freaks, and expects to be beaten. Once the new owners understood the reason, they could work to solve the problem

Rowenryo said...

I did that. I googled my mule's name and the word mule after it and found her old old owners that way. I called them and were also able to get a lot of information on her. They were also thrilled that I called because they had always wondered what had happened of her. I was just randomly googling that day which, to me, makes it actually really funny. I also was able to get pictures of her when she was younger.

Justaplainsam said...

We basicly bought a horse sight unseen last summer. Had video, had a friend who was somewhat local check her and a vet check. We didnt check AQHA, but knew that she had won some $. Anyways shes a great horse perfect for what the owners were looking for.

So one day with some time on my hands I googled her. (at this point we still dont have her AQHA show records...) I found out where she was born, her sale price as a weanling, the placings in the futurity and the money that she won, $4500. :) The results of her next AQHA show were posted in the local news paper. (such and such local does good at AQHA show!)

So its quite intresting what you can find on google, even if you do have acess to records.

Jasmine said...

If you are looking for information on Thoroughbreds try equineonline.com They have a free 5 generation pedigree that comes up if you know the horses registered name or year of birth and dam. I found my horse Track Beau. It gives the breeder information and full date of birth.

PS I sold this horse in 2004 and am now looking for him. He was my first horse and I miss him greatly. I just want to know how he's doing.