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post #21 of 31 Old 05-24-2011, 01:32 PM
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Im guessing u've been riding in a riding school for 6 months so one more thought?? have u considered loaning? just for a year? that way you know your limits, and may get an idea for what you want...
Also i think everybody on here will agree that riding is a hobby, being a horse owner is a lifestyle... its not all glamorous and its a such hard work!
My honestly believe that being a mum is easier than owning a horse lol xx
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post #22 of 31 Old 05-24-2011, 05:56 PM
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I'd consider waiting until you have a bit more experience. I was in the same situation as you, wanting a horse so bad. But it's not the smartest idea =) just somethin' to think about.
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post #23 of 31 Old 05-24-2011, 11:14 PM
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leasing a horse would be better... you need to gain experience with what type of horses you actually like. Everyone here is telling you to buy a horse that will take care of you and won't try to kill you (aka an old, reliable horse) because thats the only type you can safely ride right now. If you gain experience you can buy a horse YOU like.

Also, is someone going with you to buy? Many people in this industry can be quite sneaky when selling horses, drugging or lying about them. You need to have an experienced horse person with you to buy. Do you know how to look for a drugged horse? Horse conformation? Health? You need a lot of experience with horses to correctly see these things if the buyer is lying to you. You also need to know the worth of horses in your area, so you don't get ripped off. Spending more time getting to know the people in the horse industry where you live would be beneficial. You could tell a trusted trainer or coach you are looking to buy, and they could help you.

Another good thing about leasing is the vet costs. You should experience the costs of owning a horse through lease first, so that you know you can afford it. Always plan for emergency vet visits, medication etc.

I think everyone on this forum has a passion for horses and understands how much you want a horse, but we also understand the realistic thing that it takes time to truly understand these wonderful animals. I just don't want you to make a mistake, which could be dangerous for you and the horse. I wish you the best of luck with whatever you decide. =]
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post #24 of 31 Old 05-25-2011, 07:18 AM
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Originally Posted by shelleyb View Post
GOOD LUCK :) just remember when it comes to owning horses tHe riding is in most cases the easy bit lol!
^^^ hahahaha I LOVE that, very wise shelleyb :))
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post #25 of 31 Old 05-27-2011, 06:16 PM
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I am no expert but I would go for a drafty horse.

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post #26 of 31 Old 05-27-2011, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by littlehoof View Post
I'm reluctant to get a smaller horse because of my weight. I want to be sure that my weight wouldn't affect the horse in any way. I know they're incredibly strong animals but it would be a constant worry with a smaller horse and I think I would end up reluctant to ride in case I did cause any harm
Small does not mean weak! Besides, you aren't that tall either, so you can get away with a shorter horse.

Trust me when I say that you will definitely be able to ride a large pony/small horse, without burdening it.

Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet View Post
Just think of the very big and often heavy men, who ride light-boned Arabians. If you are truly a very big (heavy) person, and if the thought does bother you, find a heavy type cob. Does not have to be incredibly tall. Gypsy Cobs and crosses, would seem to suit you very well. They are good weight carriers, not too far to fall, not too tall to climb aboard and great for a beginner, if that is what I think you are.

Are you in the UK? If so, you have a ton of reliable, well trained horses available for sale and to look at.

I agree with FF. A cob type horse would be very suitable for you. Welsh Cobs are very popular, as well as a variety of other crosses that you have over there!

FF is partial to Gypsys cause she has them

Leasing/loaning is also another great option. It would be like a trial ownership period.

(Google searched "cobs for sale in UK", found a website, and this little mare caught my eye right off. and this guy looks good as well

I like this one best though I think....

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post #27 of 31 Old 05-27-2011, 08:48 PM
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I would say aim for 16-17 hands. And agreeing with everyone else OLD and BROKE! At least 8-9yrs old. I dont care for buying any horse older. I love me a good TB, but for a nice older *GELDING* you'll pay alot of money. (I just dont like mares lol!) Mares just seem to be more work to me! Im also a fan of Saddlebreds or Arabians (even half arabians). But starting off I would really recommend a TB. (ps try for a more intersting color than chestnut or bay! seems like they're only breed that way) Haha good luck with whatever you get!
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post #28 of 31 Old 05-27-2011, 09:06 PM
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I agree with the leasing first and then buying. When I got back into horses, I leased a older gelding for a year. He was perfect for a beginner, but as I became a more confident rider, he was to slow and old for the things I wanted to do.

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post #29 of 31 Old 05-27-2011, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by eclaire23 View Post
I would say aim for 16-17 hands.
Why does littlehoof need such a big horse? They are only 5'5".

For hacking, a smaller horse is going to be easier to mount on the trail.

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post #30 of 31 Old 05-29-2011, 02:27 PM
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Its what i would get! Duh! lol! (ps Im 6'2''). I like a horse i would "grow"(as in training and riding) into. "Smaller"(thought to be short) breeds just seem to be temporary to me. No sense in buying a horse you'll only have 3-4yrs. I would want a horse that can be around FOREVER! I will own my arab-cross forever because he is one of those horses you learn something new about yourself everytime. If your looking for "simple"-(I know they're not simple! lol!)- start look for a nice QH. Stocky but can still range into 15-16 hands. They're good for just about everything! (still a TB lover!)
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