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20 Thursday, May 15, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette can't verbalize what it means to have a horse. The romance of horses can't really be put aside. It's our motivating force to take on an enormous commitment of our resources, both time and money. But, we do need to look at horses realistically as well as romantically. Horse ownership You're ready to buy a horse. You've always wanted a horse. You want a horse for your kids. You had a horse when you were a kid and want one again. There are a lot of reasons we want horses. It's a special relationship, something words can't quite capture. Horse lovers know what it is even if they & Thursday 7pm-llpm tee wt  ( 727-7300 , WIN GREAT PRIZES I Drawings for full house or better (Maximum coins in) June 13th Hammock* June 14th Gas Barbeque grill June 1Sth 6 piece Patio set (must be present to win) is much more than the dream of galloping across green meadows, winning the blue ribbon at the horse show or just having a great friend. A horse needs care. Lots of it. Care takes time. Lots of it. A horse needs to be fed two or three times a day. He needs plenty of fresh, clean water. A daily chore. His stall or corral needs to be cleaned daily. A horse needs to be talked with, groomed, exercised. He needs ongoing training. A horse needs shoes or at least hoof trims about every six weeks. He needs regular shots, worming and to have his teeth floated. He needs treat- ment for sand intake. He needs a safe place to live, and he needs a safe area for exercise. Your horse dream can become a nightmare if you aren't prepared for the reality of horse acquisition and ownership. A horse touches our hearts. The emotions we feel are above words. Bonding with a horse gives our spirit freedom to soar and dance with the wind. All the more reason to be cautious not to be a victim of your emotions when buying a horse. When making a decision to buy, first decide what you want to accomplish with your horse. You may want a horse for pleasure and trail riding. A horse for hunter and open jumping might better suit your needs. Perhaps, gymkhana events or roping and team penning are most appealing to you. You could want a horse to pull a buggy or even to race. When you're clear about your goals, you will be able to determine which breeds of horses have the characteristics you'll want. Size is an important consideration for perfor- mance and to have an animal that fits you. Age is another factor. You might want a a'ained young horse or a well seasoned performer. A word of caution about young horses. Babies, weanlings, yearlings and even two and three year olds can steal your heart. Admire them and keep looking. You are looking at a big investment of feeding, care and time. If you start with a weanling or a yearling, you'll have from two to four years and a massive amount of training before you have a horse to fide. The initial purchase price should be lower, but don't count on it. Don't be oversold on breeding, a baby is unknown, unproven. Buying a baby is a lot like shooting crap. It' s better to leave raising a baby to people with a lot of horse experience. A baby appears less intimidating because of its size. It will PAHRUMP VALLEY TEMPORARY LABOR SERVICE Call Joy Morrissey 727-4144 grow fast. It's curious, affec- tionate nature can also be a problem and extra caution will be required to keep it safe. It's tempting to spoil a baby and that can promote habits that will put you both in danger as the horse grows Finally, by the time you have a horse to fide, you will prob- ably have spent considerably Continued on next page Tono00,re Speedwa.y sents 14th Annual Jim Butler Days Classic Race Sat. May 24th Featuring 3 classes of racing *Late Models * Street Stocks * Jalopies. *over 4 Hours of Family Entertainment Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Racing Starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission Adults 86.00 students w/l.D 84.00 Seniors $3100 Kids 6-12 $3.00 Under 6 free ' ! This event is sponsored by: _.,L-' _ _ t' ',,_ citizenstelecon00 .,