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post #1 of 12 Old 02-04-2012, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for my perfect horse, need advice.

I've been really working with some people, read a lot of books, and everyone thinks I'm ready for my first horse that I actually own. I have leased many horses, worked in many disciplines, and I am use to a majority of types of horses of all sizes.

Anyways, I am looking for a young horse that has the ability to do really well in eventing. Also, I plan to do Hunters. I have an idea of the breed of horse I'm looking for, but I was wondering about registries. What registry should I look for, and do they only allow specific breeds?

From what I have read, USEF is the main registry, but they say that they have recognized breeds, so I was wondering if that means that horses like a Hanoverians or Thoroughbred couldn't compete, because that is what it means in dog showing.

One last question, how does registration work? In dogs, in order to get full access, we have to have a pedigree with registered parents and we register them online then get their own number. If they don't have registered parents, then we just sign them up anyways and get full access for performance/companion events. Where do I go to sign up my horse or do I have to look for an already registered one?

Also, what about the USEA, USHJA, or the USDF? Are those main registries?

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post #2 of 12 Old 02-04-2012, 11:05 PM
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My advice is if you have never owned a horse a young horse
is not really a good idea Get an older more seasoned horse
at first one with some miles on it

by the way there are no perfect horses
get one that suits your needs

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post #3 of 12 Old 02-05-2012, 12:08 AM
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Buying a horse that's right for you.

Try this thread! It should help you out a lot :)
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post #4 of 12 Old 02-05-2012, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies.

Also, I don't really mean young as in green, but I definitely want a horse that is not that old, so he can have a good working career.

I'm not really a beginner. I've never owned a horse, but I've had a horse before in that I do all the work just like it was my own horse. I can confidently walk, trot, canter, gallop and do specific breed gaits in the forms of bareback, english and western. I have ridden ponies, like Halflingers, to tall horses, like a saddlebred (It was like 17 hands. I did fall though when it decided to go for a joy ride when I was trying to fix my hair)


The one thing I lack experience is the show part of the horse world, like I don't know how the registries work completely, but it can't be much different than dogs.

P.S Thanks for the link to the post, it was very informative :)
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post #5 of 12 Old 02-05-2012, 12:36 PM
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yes but most young horses under 8 are usually green I mean older as in 9 and older riding a horse or having lessons are completely different than owning a horse, You might not be a beginner but you are because you have never owned a horse, its a huge responsibility it like having a child with legs
by the way how old are you? Are your parents willing chip in
horses cost alot buying the horse is the cheap part
there is the farrier, vet bills boarding costs tack to buy grooming stuff, first aid stuff then multiply it yearly

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post #6 of 12 Old 02-05-2012, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for replies

Yes, I have had experience with green horses, the youngest being three, and I even have had experience with young abused horses that have horrible habits, so I'm not too worried. If it bites me I'll bite back. JUST KIDDING! I would never bite a horse, I'm a positive trainer!

Also, yes my parents are being understanding of the cost, because we have had fully leased a horse and had to pay for the boarding, farrier, dental hygiene, etc... We already have a lot of basic supplies, but we are waiting before we get any tack. I'm a fourteen year old, by the way.

Could someone answer my questions about the registries?

Thanks again!
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Good luck with your dream

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post #8 of 12 Old 02-06-2012, 04:04 PM
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I think you are confusing regulatory agencies and registries. Horses are generally registered by breed, with each breed having its own registry. USEF etc. are the organizations that make rules for different disciplines.

You don't necessarily need a registered horse as far as I know unless you want to compete at breed shows. If you do want a registered horse, you would be buying an already registered horse because it would have normally been registered shortly after being born.

Hope I got all that right and that it helps.
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-06-2012, 04:35 PM
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I agree.

Like where I live, we have NSEF ,Nova Scotia (where I live) and equestrian Federation. You sign up for a years membership, you get a number and then once you get all of that settled, you can show.

As said, breeds have their own registeries. I have a Quarter Horse, He is life time registered with AQHA.

They are registered at birth so the breeder (a responsible breeder) would already have two registered parents to make a registered foal.

They then send of the filled out papers about the foal (Parents, Name, markings etc.) To be officially registered.

I would suggest you buy a registered horse. They will (or should) come with papers giving ALL inforamtion about that horse.

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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post #10 of 12 Old 02-08-2012, 01:42 PM
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For eventing conformation and temperment are what is going to make the difference between success and failure. I have seen horses of all breeds do well at lower levels... And it is impractical to expect to find a horse which is suited to lower level riders learning their way up and also be capable of higher level events.

The reason for this is there is generally that the intensity and challenge of higher levels require a horse with much more ability and energy than what you, generally, need or want for learning.

If I am misunderstanding, and you have already completed lower levels and are actually looking to move up, I apologize... But the premise to my answer still stands... The breed of horse you want will be less important than conformation(type) and temperment.
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