QUOTE (Gump @ Jun 27 2005, 02:34 AM)
Thank you for the input everyone. I've approached this with a cooler head today (and a truckload of cattle panels to make temporary stalls for sorting).
The sorting has made everything seem more hopeful, not quite so daunting. If they come close to the description on the papers I place them in a particular pen. I've managed to find a former barn manager who can hopefully pinpoint a few individuals.
Good for you! at least you didn't "RUN Forrest, RUN!!!' when you were presented with this task. Many people would-the opposite direction!
When and if you get to the point you can disclose more about these horses-let us know. I know of a couple of 4-H youngsters that I would dearly love to help them obtain an arabian-we have found them free grade horses, ponies and quarterhorses-but they all seem to love my arabs, and I feel if we can expose them young-they will be arab lovers for life-(at least less likely to believe it when they hear that all arabs are crazy!) We have started the kids on fund raising projects so they will have the funds to care for and purchase horses/tack etc in the future..
Other suggestions on trying to sort the horses that haven't been discussed-is one that we used with mustangs and also large herds of free range horses in the past...
Spend some time observing the herds-you will be able to see which colts/fillies were from which mare, just by the interactions..even at 2-3yrs of age, they still will look out for them, protect them, and even tolerate from them sharing grain, etc-that any other horse wouldn't get away with----it is a stretch, but with the other help you got-this may help with the youngsters that haven't been ID'd yet...