Getting my first horse - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 13 Old 04-10-2011, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: central valley, california
Posts: 43
• Horses: 2
Getting my first horse

Ok so I've never owned my own horse and dont 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!
WhiteKnite is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 Old 04-10-2011, 11:20 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 1,138
• Horses: 1
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.

You are never better than anyone. Every rider has skills they need to improve. The only one you must compare yourself with, is you.
SMCLeenie is offline  
post #3 of 13 Old 04-10-2011, 11:25 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 1,296
• Horses: 1
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.

"Equine-facilitated therapy employs a form of biofeedback for practicing self-awareness, emotional management, and relationship skills that human role-playing exercises and discussion groups cannot begin to access." Linda Kohanov (The Tao of Equus)
Citrus is offline  
post #4 of 13 Old 04-10-2011, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: central valley, california
Posts: 43
• Horses: 2
The paint is a gelding. I heard not to put the colt in with a mare cuz 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.
WhiteKnite is offline  
post #5 of 13 Old 04-10-2011, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: central valley, california
Posts: 43
• Horses: 2
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 cuz of everyone i have talked to, they all have differents ways of doing things?? So thats why I figured I would join this forum so I could get multiple peoples inputs so I can make the best decisions..
WhiteKnite is offline  
post #6 of 13 Old 04-10-2011, 11:38 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 1,296
• Horses: 1
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......

"Equine-facilitated therapy employs a form of biofeedback for practicing self-awareness, emotional management, and relationship skills that human role-playing exercises and discussion groups cannot begin to access." Linda Kohanov (The Tao of Equus)
Citrus is offline  
post #7 of 13 Old 04-10-2011, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: central valley, california
Posts: 43
• Horses: 2
Thank you!! And thats 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 cuz 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??
WhiteKnite is offline  
post #8 of 13 Old 04-10-2011, 11:53 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 1,296
• Horses: 1
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.

"Equine-facilitated therapy employs a form of biofeedback for practicing self-awareness, emotional management, and relationship skills that human role-playing exercises and discussion groups cannot begin to access." Linda Kohanov (The Tao of Equus)
Citrus is offline  
post #9 of 13 Old 04-10-2011, 11:54 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 1,296
• Horses: 1
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.

"Equine-facilitated therapy employs a form of biofeedback for practicing self-awareness, emotional management, and relationship skills that human role-playing exercises and discussion groups cannot begin to access." Linda Kohanov (The Tao of Equus)
Citrus is offline  
post #10 of 13 Old 04-10-2011, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: central valley, california
Posts: 43
• Horses: 2
Thanks citrus!!! I really appreciate the info =) Ya i was leaning toward gelding cuz im not in this to make money or more horses.. just for pleasure.. thanks again!!!
WhiteKnite is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome