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katzefrau
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06 Dec 2010, 7:33 pm

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They make nice noises.


they do. and so beautiful .. i love the way the muscles move, and how the fur shines in the sun. i love the athleticism of animals (and dancers), watching the way they coordinate, like fine machinery

and they are such big, heavy, powerful animals yet they never lack grace. unlike little cats who roll over and fall off things and go spastic when a fly comes in a window.

i have trouble watching any horse racing now though, because race horses are a commodity. and though i understand the reasons for this (the healing is so difficult horses rarely live through it, even with the best of care) it horrifies me that usually when a racehorse breaks a leg it is immediately euthanized. right there on the track. i just can't stand to think about it.


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08 Dec 2010, 8:06 am

katzefrau wrote:
and though i understand the reasons for this (the healing is so difficult horses rarely live through it, even with the best of care) it horrifies me that usually when a racehorse breaks a leg it is immediately euthanized. right there on the track. i just can't stand to think about it.


I know what you mean. I feel the same way.

But you know that probably 90% of the time, euthanasia is the only option. Horses cannot live on three legs, unlike, say, a dog. In the wild, a serious leg injury for a horse is a death sentence. Which is why they're so nervous about having their feet and legs handled, and they have to be trained to allow it.



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08 Dec 2010, 4:29 pm

CaroleTucson wrote:
katzefrau wrote:
and though i understand the reasons for this (the healing is so difficult horses rarely live through it, even with the best of care) it horrifies me that usually when a racehorse breaks a leg it is immediately euthanized. right there on the track. i just can't stand to think about it.


I know what you mean. I feel the same way.

But you know that probably 90% of the time, euthanasia is the only option. Horses cannot live on three legs, unlike, say, a dog. In the wild, a serious leg injury for a horse is a death sentence. Which is why they're so nervous about having their feet and legs handled, and they have to be trained to allow it.


i know. and i remember a Derby horse broke its leg a few years ago and the owners tried to save it but could not. it makes racing a heartbreak.


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09 Dec 2010, 5:05 am

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i remember a Derby horse broke its leg a few years ago and the owners tried to save it but could not. it makes racing a heartbreak.


Wasn't that awful? Barbaro. I cried over it. They tried so hard to save him. And Ruffian, years ago. So tragic.



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16 Dec 2010, 7:41 am

I was, and I still love them now. I don't read about them as much anymore though, just cause I spend all my time on school. When I was young I read tons of fiction and non-fiction horsey books. I was always making up goofy ways to make money to buy a horse, and I had a budget all planned out :lol: I've owned a few horses now. I tried to find a college that I could take my horse to but unfortunately I couldn't find a satisfactory situation. What I really want to do now is get a premarin foal and raise it, or a rescue horse. I wish I could just live in a house and take care of tons of rescue horses :heart:


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16 Dec 2010, 10:28 pm

I've always had a soft spot for horses. As a girl, I read everything I could get my hands on-books about raising them, different breeds, Western Horseman magazine, etc. I also read books of fiction-Black Beauty, the Black Stallion, etc. I had a huge collection of Breyer horses of which a few remain. Unfortunately, I've never had the privilege of having my own living horse. As a girl, even taking lessons was forbidden. I still love watching them. I ride when I can, & just enjoy being around them. I also drive a route that passes a horse pasture, just so I can see them. It's the only thing I enjoy about my job.

What I like about them is how beautiful they are...I've never seen an ugly horse. They have velvety soft muzzles, big beautiful expressive eyes, & long forelocks that sweep down over their eyes. They are gentle, sweet, quiet creatures, yet they're strong, & fast when they want or need to be.


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17 Dec 2010, 4:51 am

Hey.

I was horse mad as a child and I still am hehe. I would get horse store brochures and pick out the gear I'd buy for my pretend horse, design my perfect horse farm etc. I spent every waking moment thinking/playing horses. I never owned one but went riding quite a lot.

I'm 27 and still adore them. Addicted to watching Heartland :) Still don't own a horse but I will one day!



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17 Dec 2010, 1:41 pm

I was a horse crazy kid to the extreme. I've always loved all animals and animals were my companions even when humans rejected me. I have been blessed because I have been able to own and train horses. I had some success at horse shows but have turned away from that because I have become aware of how commonplace drugging and abusive training methods are and I don't want to be part of that culture. I don't care for the excessive narcissism of many horse show competitors. What I think is really cool is the folks who clicker train their horses. Those people really know how to bond with and have fun with their animals.



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30 Dec 2010, 2:32 am

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I was absolutely horse-crazy, and volunteered at a stable as a teen just to be around the horses. Couldn't/can't afford one of my own, but I still occasionally have incredibly vivid horse dreams.

Yes I did the same, I took knew all the neighborhood horses and volunteered at the stable but never learned to ride well. In adulthood I have learned some natural horsemanship but nothing like my childhood obsession.



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22 Jan 2011, 10:33 pm

Horses were an early Aspie interest for me. It was an natural progression my hyperlexic obsession with zoology in general that started when was 3. In addition to learning everything I could about horse, I collected Breyer models. My parents weren't horse people so they didn't let me start riding until I was around 9, but I was very good at it. We never could own a horse--we moved around too much and it was too expensive for my parents. They could barely afford to pay for my riding lessons, my riding equip and traveling to shows. We leased other people's horse, or later as I got more advanced, I helped train horses for hunter-jumper and cross-country in exchange for having a regular horse to work with. At one stable, I helped rehab retired racehorses for showing. More than one instructor though I had a lot potential but without the money to compete more seriously, I didn't have a chance. Thanks to a prefect storm of my emotional/mental health problems, a very severe broken ankle and my parents' ongoing money problems I stopped competing around age 15. I worked with a horse rescue that rehabbed horses confiscated from abusive and neglectful situations for about year after than, but since then, I haven't had anything to do with horses except for an occasional volunteer situation. It was actually very painful for me to give it up and I don't really like talking about it now. It feels like several lifetimes ago.

If i could though, I'd have a horse as a pet, probably some donkeys too. I always found it easy to connect with horses and other equines. When I volunteered at the Black beauty Ranch here in Texas, the Shetlands and donkeys that used to roam freely by the front gate zeroed in on me immediately-they knew I was a total sucker. I would have trouble getting from the car to the main building because they would mob me for treats and ear scratches.



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23 Jan 2011, 3:29 am

I had a definite interest in horses from a very young age, and I was really into the Black Beauty books while still in grade school. At some point, I also got obsessed with Pegasus and unicorns.

My first sentence was to ask my mother to give me a ride on her horse. Sadly, this connection to an actual horse didn't last on account of moving to the city and my grandfather trading my mother's horse for a chainsaw.

I am not sure when I stopped obsessing over horses quite so much, but I do recall my parents didn't exactly do much to help feed my interest. It probably became overwhelmed by other more accessible interests as I got older.



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23 Jan 2011, 12:40 pm

I don't like them at all! I wish people would stop saying that is a trait we HAVE to have.



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23 Jan 2011, 1:01 pm

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I don't like them at all! I wish people would stop saying that is a trait we HAVE to have.


Chill. No one ever said it's a trait Aspie women HAVE to have. It's just many do. It's common, but it's not a requirement. That you're not one of those Aspie women who shares this doesn't mean you have to take it so personally. :roll:



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23 Jan 2011, 1:06 pm

Horses used to be my interest. I did horse shows for awhile and would ride everyday.

I lost interest in high school, though. I still like them, but not as much as I once did. I haven't ridden in a few years.

Oh, and I used to collect Breyer Horses.



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23 Jan 2011, 2:08 pm

Mercurial wrote:
drumchick34 wrote:
I don't like them at all! I wish people would stop saying that is a trait we HAVE to have.


Chill. No one ever said it's a trait Aspie women HAVE to have. It's just many do. It's common, but it's not a requirement. That you're not one of those Aspie women who shares this doesn't mean you have to take it so personally. :roll:


Sorry I didn't mean you guys here I meant the people i'm around who say i'm faking everything about my diagnosis because of the fact that I don't like horses.



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23 Jan 2011, 2:15 pm

I am horse obsessed.

But I hang out with a bunch of other horse riders, and none of them is as obsessed about it as me. I have studied everything I can about them and my friends ask me if their horse is hurt or sick or having troubles.

It is practically the only thing I can spontaneously converse about for fun. yes, I can join in on other conversations but it is not that much fun to me as horses are.

It is the only exercise I enjoy except swimming, and I don't swim because I have germ phobias about public pools ( after repeatedly catching nasty things at them!) and the oceans and lakes are too cold to swim in here. And I can't afford my own pool.

But I have a horse and have had ever since I could afford to keep one by myself at age 12 when I got a paper route so I could buy a horse. At 4 I snuck away from my grandma's house to climb on the back of my cousin's pony a few blocks away. They freaked out. As a 9 year old I would follow hoofprints in the forest to see where the horses lived and hung around until their owners were either nice to me or told me to get lost. I wanted to be a horse vet, so I worked extra hard in school, but didn't get in to vet school.

My mom complained that it was no point taking me travelling as a kid because all I ever looked at was horses. We went to Banff and I saw the trail horses waiting to be taken out. We went to Washington DC and I saw the carriage horses. We went to Hawaii and I saw the horses in the forest rides and didn't want to go to the beach ( I don't like sitting on beaches, and hawaii is crowded!) Even now, if I start to talk aboutnhorses she rolls her eyes and says "not that again".

I have more riding clothes ( and nicer) than regular cloths, and hrose themed rugs, stationary, pictures, books, knickknacks etc all over my place. I used to collect horse statues but I ahve given away most of my collections because of clutter.