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        07-30-2007, 11:08 PM
      #11
    Foal
    P.S he is almost 31 YEARS OLD! Not bad for an old fart. Wouldn't you say?
         
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        07-31-2007, 12:26 AM
      #12
    Foal
    :) mmmm but refering back to the girl that asked the question- go for QH under the age of 15yr. Looks would be good-BUT its not everything, same as colour, any will do. When you become more expirenced THEN you can pick and choose your Fav colour.... :P
    Cheers
         
        07-31-2007, 09:50 PM
      #13
    bee
    Foal
    Hello.
    You get your good and your bad in every breed.yes qh are a great horse,but some can be a little too smart for a novice person and they may test you.
    I think pro lessons will help you with confidence etc.When you go and look at a horse ask the owner lots of questions about everything to do with that horse.
    I think another good breed is an appy.there are sooo many breeds. I don't know where you are from but what about welshy?
         
        08-01-2007, 12:31 AM
      #14
    Foal
    My situation is that the horse will be on my cousin's property. She is going to board for me. She is an experienced horsewoman, and possibly a co-owner in my future ranch. She will be there all the time and I will be there whenever I can. (which will be absolutely as much as possible. = a lot of time without living there.)
    I have rode enough in the past that I am comfortable around horses. I am one of those people that don't really meet an animal that I don't get along with. (Lucky me!)
    I am going to school for wildlife management and would like to work with preservation, but eventually, I would like to start my ranch near the mountains somewhere and have trail rides and a bed and breakfast sort of thing. That is so far just one of my stupid little dreams, but I think if I work hard enough, I can make it come true. I have a large family and a family ranch would be able to support and nurture us (food and income) as well give everyone in the family jobs.
    I have been dreaming of owning a horse since I was 3 years old, but I never had the money, or the prospect of having a place to put him/her until now. Even now, it is going to be at least 6 mos. To a year before I even begin looking to purchase a horse.
    I am really in love with percherons right now, but I love mustangs, qh, and I saw a picture of a gypsy tanner and was stunned, but I hear they are rare, and really expensive.
    Most of the horses I have rode have been qh or arabs.
    I really do thank you guys for the advice.
    I have also been thinking about rescueing some of the wild mustangs that they round up during the year. But that would only be WAY later, once I got a ranch. I would also have to find someone to break em too.
    There is going to be a lot of planning before I can even begin to start my ranch.
         
        08-01-2007, 03:20 AM
      #15
    bee
    Foal
    WOW!! I reckon it sounds like a fantsatic dream!if I lived in usa I would come visit your ranch forsure..you'r right when you say-[quote] but I think if I work hard enough, I can make it come true.
    That's the spirit!! Goodluck
    Bee
         
        08-01-2007, 11:40 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Maybe once I get it started you can come to the states for a visit. You should really check us out...it is way different here than anywhere else in the world.

    I just want to be able to take care of my family and be happy. That's all.
         
        08-01-2007, 11:50 PM
      #17
    Started
    Where are you planning to have your ranch?......
         
        08-02-2007, 02:40 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Hopefully, I want to be near some mountains...I have 2 spots...
    1- N. Georgia, N. Carolina, Tennessee or somewhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Appalachians

    2- Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Arizona

    I haven't decided really, but I want someplace that I can have "guests" (a guest ranch) but still try and be self-sufficient and be able to have food production to satisfy my family's needs.

    I will need to raise horses for the ranch work and also for guests to ride. I want to offer trail rides of various lengths and difficulties, as well as maybe training and selling cow ponies. I want to have "beeves" (cows), pigs, and chickens. Also a garden.

    I know this is going to be a lot to work towards, but I know that we can do it. I have 2 brothers and a sister, 1 brother in law and 1 sister in law. I figure if, coupled with my cousin and his wife (if they want to be involved with the ranch), we should be able to make it successful.
         
        09-06-2007, 12:07 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Everyone has given great advice. My first horse was a qh and she was crazy! But she was also a 3 year old with very little experience, so that had a ton to do with it. Qh are very smart and are known to test you if they know that you don't seem very confident. Tb will do the same, as my horse is used for lessons on occasion and is only used for the more experienced riders because of his tendency to try and take advantage of people. He won't even attempt it with me though. Geldings seem to have more even temperments. When mares go into season they can become stubborn and moody so I prefer geldings myself. :) But not all mares are like that, I've just had that experience. Also, horses are SO much money so be prepared to spend money on shoes/foot trimmings (my horses need shoes, very tender-footed), food, bedding, tack, etc. They are also a huge time commitment, but I'm sure you know that as well. Good luck and I hope you find your perfect horse!
         
        09-08-2007, 08:05 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Thats good! I wish I lived near you to help with the ranch. Good luck
         

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