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post #21 of 40 Old 09-18-2013, 12:56 AM
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Do yo have the experience and resources necessary to rehabilitate a rescue?
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Do yo have the experience and resources necessary to rehabilitate a rescue?
All of the horses are up to good weight unless they are the older ones. If anything came up with a potential horse that I didn't know, my neighbor next door has had horses for 30+ years. The only thing that may be my limiting factor is that they aren't trained past a halter.. If that. I have broke out a bratty 4 yr old, but he was raised from a baby. Some of their horses are born there and grow up wild. But of course, I don't know if they work with them or not. Guess we will see when we go to look
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It doesn't hurt to look - just bear in mind that a 16.2 uneducated brat is a lot more of a handful than a 14.2 one!!!
Just don't be in too big of a rush - lots of horses out there right now.
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Proceed with caution. And be sure to get a mature adult, so you know how bulky the horse will mature, as many draft cross types will mature short and stocky, rather than tall and athletic. I actually purchased a PMU filly once, and she had a lot of birth defects, most significantly, her trachea and esophagus were connected and whole grain would come out her nose. She was a sweet and pretty thing, but not suited for my purpose.
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It doesn't hurt to look - just bear in mind that a 16.2 uneducated brat is a lot more of a handful than a 14.2 one!!!
Just don't be in too big of a rush - lots of horses out there right now.
Lol! We waited a while to start our baby, and when we finally started him, he was 15.2 and VERY hard to control.. Let's just say I learned how to dig my heels in the ground and hold on...
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Proceed with caution. And be sure to get a mature adult, so you know how bulky the horse will mature, as many draft cross types will mature short and stocky, rather than tall and athletic. I actually purchased a PMU filly once, and she had a lot of birth defects, most significantly, her trachea and esophagus were connected and whole grain would come out her nose. She was a sweet and pretty thing, but not suited for my purpose.

Hopefully they still have him/her. He was very slender and built talk when he was younger--I hope he stayed that way. If he's not there, there was a gorgeous blue roan mare that looks like a stock breed. Plus many, many pintos. I just have to stray away from the stallions there, unless they are mannerly enough to be gelded and be fine and not studly.

Now if this belgian isn't there, I think I will look over all the horses in my height/age range, look over conformation and go from there. If they do in fact save horses from slaughter, I'm sure there may be some thoroughbreds and others. Just need to get their phone number and go from there!
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I would look through adds and find a suitable one. This is the time to buy. My bo was looking for a stocky trail horse, so she went to see a 16.2hh 'qh' gelding. Turns out he's a Belgian x appaloosa. He looks like, and moves like, a spotted warmblood, and he could jump the moon if you pointed him at it.

My cousin owns a percheron x paint, he would also excel at dressage and jumping, solid built and he just floats.

I suggest finding a draft cross, ideally with a hot horse like tb or arab, but crossed with a stock breed might work as well.

Beware untouched older horses(trust me on this one, I have lots of experience). They are a lot more work, need a more knowledgeable handler, and can be way harder to get basic lessons across to. If you want to start from the ground up, get a horse that's 2 or under.
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I would look through adds and find a suitable one. This is the time to buy. My bo was looking for a stocky trail horse, so she went to see a 16.2hh 'qh' gelding. Turns out he's a Belgian x appaloosa. He looks like, and moves like, a spotted warmblood, and he could jump the moon if you pointed him at it.

My cousin owns a percheron x paint, he would also excel at dressage and jumping, solid built and he just floats.

I suggest finding a draft cross, ideally with a hot horse like tb or arab, but crossed with a stock breed might work as well.

Beware untouched older horses(trust me on this one, I have lots of experience). They are a lot more work, need a more knowledgeable handler, and can be way harder to get basic lessons across to. If you want to start from the ground up, get a horse that's 2 or under.
I am looking for 4-7. Me and my friend retrained a broodmare who was 10 into a riding horse and it went fine. I'm not worried about age too much. Lot's of groundwork before riding!
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to clarify, I wasn't talking about starting older horses under saddle, but working with untouched older horses(not halter broke) I have worked with one untouched 3 year old percheron stallion, one 5 year old Clydesdale stallion, one 3 year old mustang mare, a 3 year old paint, appy and qh, plus a few others. It is WAY easier to get a horse leading well and trusting its handler on the ground if its handled while young. Not that it can't be done, just that its a huge pain. I could halter break at least 5 horses under a year in the time it takes you to halter break the older horse.
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Why do you need a draft cross? Why don't you look at something like a thoroughbred? Instead of spending money on a draft your not sure how they will mature get a trainer or someone knowledgable to help you find a good tb with good jumping confo and use the money you would've used to buy the draft to get some training on the tb professionally. Tbs are more likely (in my opinion) to make it to the bigger shows than a draft or draft cross will
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