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    04-10-2011, 11:10 PM
Getting my first horse

Ok so I've never owned my own horse and don't know all the lingo but am entrigued by them! So basically I am now getting two horses and am researching and asking as many questions as I can so that I can be prepared for them when they get here in a couple weeks. So this is my first question. One is a yearling colt and the other is a 7yr old paint. They both will be in the same pin together. Is there any concerns I should have about this??? Any words of advice are much appreciated!
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    04-10-2011, 11:20 PM
There is a lot to know, I just got my first horse after over a year of preparation and there are still things I learn everyday. Is the paint a mare cause if she is you should not keep her with the colt. If you have no horse experience I would not recommend getting a yearling colt, but if you already have him there is nothing to do about that. Do you have people close to you who can help you? I would go to them for help often. Will they be staying at your house, if so do you know the proper diet to feed them? Do research, read as much as you can, and good luck.
    04-10-2011, 11:25 PM
Have you taken any lessons? A couple might be good just so you know basic horse care.... There are good books on basic horse care (grooming, hoof picking), most with pictures.

Always wear a safety helmet- even when working on the ground (not grooming). You have one brain and horses are fight or flight animals and even the kindest can be spooked by something at sometime or another.
    04-10-2011, 11:28 PM
The paint is a gelding. I heard not to put the colt in with a mare because he may try something so I knew that.. As for getting the colt, I have many people supporting me in my family that have horses of their own so Im definitely not going in on this alone lol.. I have researched horse diets and have found them to be WAY more complex than I expected but regardless I am going to be prepared as I can be.
    04-10-2011, 11:32 PM
Yes I have taken 4 lessons.. So I think I have some basics down.. But then again im constantly learning things everyday that seem basic lol.. Sometimes its confusing though because of everyone I have talked to, they all have differents ways of doing things?? So that's why I figured I would join this forum so I could get multiple peoples inputs so I can make the best decisions..
    04-10-2011, 11:38 PM
Everyone has different ways that work for them and every horse really is different..... Don't ever be afraid to take a lesson when you get stuck.... it is going to be challenging and enjoyable. Congratulations!

Do you have the basics? A good vet, a good farrier, food, water, a hoof pick? A good book on riding is old but I still refer back to it... called Centered Riding. Also Horses Don't Lie is a great read..... read everything you can until they get there and then continue reading when you get them.

My vet lets me call him anytime.... I posted a question on here last year and got tons of responses saying my horse had cushings..... now in all fairness this is a great place, but my vet said that rather than me spend money to have him come out and say no to each ailment I suspect, that to just call him with any questions......
    04-10-2011, 11:44 PM
Thank you!! And that's great! The lady I bought the horses from gave me contact information to the vet that she has used for all of her horses and said she was great! Plus a few family members have broke horses, raised them, the whole bit and are also excited for me. Thanks for the book info too! I will definitely be looking in to those two books.. (like rite now lol)Quick question though.. Should I geld the colt?? A few people have told me I should because he would be calmer, yet a few others said I shouldnt just in case I may want to breed him later?? As of rite now im not sure what to do??
    04-10-2011, 11:53 PM
Geld him! There are enough unwanted horses in the world and if you want another horse later, you can pick out exactly what you want.....

Geldings are the sweetest between mares, stallions and geldings..... I have had two geldings and a mare and the boys have been my favorites.
    04-10-2011, 11:54 PM
Maybe read books by a few different trainers to see who's style you like the best.... that way you can have some techniques picked out so you know what to do when AB arises you do XY.
    04-10-2011, 11:58 PM
Thanks citrus!!! I really appreciate the info =) Ya I was leaning toward gelding because im not in this to make money or more horses.. just for pleasure.. thanks again!!!

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