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post #1 of 8 Old 03-31-2011, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question Could someone help please...

Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help me.
Around summer time i will be buying my first horse
I am 13 and will be looking after the horse myself (apart from a bit of help from my mum) and my sister is 10 and has ceribal palsy (sorry can't spell it) and cannot sit up straight and is quite heavy, I would really like a draft horse and I was wondering if anyone could suggest a breed that would suit my family. I would be riding everyday and on somedays twice. The breed as a whole would have to be carm and easy to ride as I am one of 4 and am the eldest. Also if anyone could suggest a special saddle for my sister as i explained she cannot sit up.
Thanks very much

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-31-2011, 02:53 PM
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Gypsy Horses are being use more and more, for those with disabilities. They are not tall usually, calm and perfect for young people.

Tell me what experience you have had with horses. Also how/where the horse would be kept. Where are you in the world?

Does your sister already ride at a stable for the disabled?

Answer my questions or pm me and I'll see what I can find for you. No good thinking about a saddle, until you find the proper horse.

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post #3 of 8 Old 03-31-2011, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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I currently go riding every weekend, the horse would be kept at my horse (5 large stables and a HUGE paddock), I live in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
My sister has only ever ridden once a few years ago when she was a lot smaller, we cannot currently take her horse riding as we need a hoist to get her on thanks
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OK. I know someone who might just know of a perfect horse for you. pm me your email address and I'll have her get in touch with you. She has two Gypsies and shows her horses. Her name is Lydia. Very nice and knowledgeable young lady.

Also, don't forget to keep an eye out in the classifieds over there.

Here's one..

Coloured horses for sale - Coloured Contacts Horses for sale

You might see a been everywhere, done everything type horse, which might suit your family's needs.

If not, I have several other contacts in England.

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post #5 of 8 Old 03-31-2011, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks (sent you an email)

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OK. I have someone in the UK, looking for the correct horse for your family. She will contact you.

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Welsh Cobs (unless I'm wrong, I believe Gypsy's actually fall into a similar category as far as type goes), Fjords,or Halflingers might make suitable mounts too. Many of them aren't tall (so easier to get your sister on), but they are stocky and capable of hard work.

When looking at a horse that will suit a beginner or disabled person, after having the conformation to suit the job, temperment is paramount... they must also be completely comfortable with people and their job in order to be safe.
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-10-2011, 12:34 PM
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Have you/your parents considered therapeutic riding lessons for your sister? That might be a better way to start out before actually buying a horse. I mean, I trust you know that she should never be on a horse without assistance. A saddle isn't going to keep her on the horse, she would need side walkers at all times.

I wouldn't recommend a draft horse unless you're thinking of a smaller breed (Haflingers, Gypsies, Fjords). It would be much easier to hold on to her on a shorter horse. (And just a little side note, Gypsies can be very pricey, just so you know). There are also plenty of non-draft horses out there that would be suitable for a disabled rider and first-time horse owner. It really just depends on the individual horse. I would recommend having an experienced horse person with you when you go to look at horses, as well. Their opinions and knowledge are invaluable.

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