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post #1 of 11 Old 06-16-2011, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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4 yr. old or 13 yr. old-HELP me decide!

I'm looking at getting my first horse, a Rocky Mountain, and have been looking at newly trained 4 year olds or a 13 yr. Old gelding (gelded 3 yrs. Ago). I'm a novice and don't know if I'm better getting a horse with a solid gait to help me develop or a younger horse to grow with. Will an older, well gaited horse be easier? I'm afraid if I go with a younger horse, I might "ruin" any training they have with their gait. But I do like the idea of keeping one horse for the rest of my riding days. Any input would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-16-2011, 10:41 AM
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I'm looking at getting my first horse, a Rocky Mountain, and have been looking at newly trained 4 year olds or a 13 yr. Old gelding (gelded 3 yrs. Ago). I'm a novice and don't know if I'm better getting a horse with a solid gait to help me develop or a younger horse to grow with. Will an older, well gaited horse be easier? I'm afraid if I go with a younger horse, I might "ruin" any training they have with their gait. But I do like the idea of keeping one horse for the rest of my riding days. Any input would be appreciated.
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From my personal experience with a gelding that was gelded late you may run into more issues with the 13yr old gelding. I would really test that gelding before I made a decision, see how he acts in the field, see how he acts when you take him away from the herd, see how he acts when around other horses. I have my hands full right now with a 6 yr old that was gelded at 5. Situation may be different but he was used as their breeding stud and he has not forgot it. Just be careful getting a horse that was gelded so late in life.
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He was the stud at the farm and while he's great with the horses there, it will be hard to tell how he is with other horses in a new situation. I'll be giving him a test ride at the beginning of next month so we'll see how it goes.
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For a novice, I would always pick the older horse. The idea that you can grow old together is more of a fairy tale then reality. A young horse needs an experienced rider while an older horse that has been there and done that is a great way to gain experience and confidence.

That being said, I would turn down both horses. The 4 year old will most likely need a rider that is more experienced and the older horse may be a handful since he was used as a stud for so many years.

I would keep looking.

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post #5 of 11 Old 06-16-2011, 11:31 AM
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I do not agree with the horse being gelded late that you should avoid him. I gelded my stallion at 15 and he is the same gentlemen he was as a stallion.

A properly trained horse will be respectful regardless of the sex.
You might want to take some gaited lessons as I didn't ride my 1st gaited horse correctly and it effected his gait
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post #6 of 11 Old 06-17-2011, 01:49 PM
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Rocky studs aren't the same as other horses. (in General) Most Rocky's don't act like studs and have often better manners than most geldings in other breeds. I would try him out and see what he is like around the other horses like hslover said. He may be just the right horse for you!
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As a general rule the younger the rider (in terms of experience) the older the horse (in terms of experience).

A late gelded stallion is not a problem if the horse is well trained and well mannered. If it's a "nut job" (and any breed can have them ) then age is irrelevant.

I'd be more interested in the experience of the older horse. If he was used as a gigalo and the only time he came out of his stall was to get bred I'd look for something else. This means he's green and carries baggage. A novice rider does not need a green horse with baggage.

On the other hand it he was a performance horse and regularly and frequently got worked in challenging environments (shows, parades, competitions, etc.) then I'd have very little worry about experience.

Temperment is another matter. If he was a quiet stallion then he'll be a quiet gelding. If he was an unrully stallion (and every breed has them) then he'll be an unrully gelding.

Go and ride the two horses and then make your choice. If the older horse is, in fact, green then look and see if there's a Door # 3.

Good luck in your project.

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-17-2011, 10:23 PM
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Yes, every breed has their "nuts". The test will be when you take him for a ride. Make sure you do things that require him to walk around other horses to see if he has any buddy sour habits or is barn sour.

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post #9 of 11 Old 07-03-2011, 12:41 PM
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You really have to evaluate each horse and judge them on their own merits. I've seen 12 year olds who have been "trained" but never exposed to anything and 5 year olds who have been extensively trail ridden since they were "trained".

It's all about the individual and their level of training AS WELL as exposure and EXPERIENCE. Cantering in an arena does not equate to a safe trail mount. A horse that has "been there done that" is what is most suitable for a novice rider.

FWIW, we had a TWH that was gelded at 10. He mounted the mares for a while afterwards but he eventually lost interest. He had a good disposition though. It did take a lot of work to get him safe for trails though because he'd never been exposed to anything. Sure, you could get on him and he wouldn't buck and he knew how to be ridden, but he didn't know how to go anywhere
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-03-2011, 12:43 PM
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I would go with the younger just because your a novice and the other horse hasnt been gelded long. He might be great with the current owner but they know how he is if he has had any issues or getting excited... plus witha younger horse you could grown up with it! Rockys are gorgeous and amazing breeds!

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