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    10-13-2009, 06:49 PM
Horseluver50, just because the horse has a good attitude does not make it right for a newbie to take on his training. In horses, there is no such thing as "learning together" - someone has to be the expert, the trainer. That is why it takes years for someone to have the ability to understand what the horse is doing and why before he even thinks about it himself. You can't react to the horse, you need to be ahead of him - that comes from experience. You don't get that experience out of trial and error, you get it by learning under a qualified trainer and you do it before you ever get a horse to train.

I'm sure there are many member out there who have done it your way and feel that they did it successfully but I can promise you that it is so far the exception that it shouldn't be considered. Don't let ego get in the way of the proper way to do things. That is the very reason why the majority of horses out there have problems - many of them dangerous. It was improper training and a Draft is not a horse to lose control of.
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    10-13-2009, 07:11 PM
Green Broke
Although Shires are stunningly beautiful, they are also quite large; making them SOMETIMES harder to handle especially for your first horse. Simply put- a two year old is not appropriate for any first time horse owner. I would pass on this one. Perhaps she has an older one?
    10-13-2009, 07:26 PM
My filly was born in 2007 as well but she still won't be three until April, that's a long time.

I also agree that he might be to much horse. I was green on a green horse and it worked out good but I also had alot of very experienced people around me to help out on a daily basis.
    10-13-2009, 08:44 PM
Here's make advice, and its coming from a 38 year old that has done what you are thinking of doing. I got a 3 yr old "Junior" Belgian 18.2 hds, it started when I wanted to get him home. He wouldn't fit in any of the trailers I had access to, so I had to pay someone 100.00 to bring him home (8 miles) he had no training, except the previous owner did a wonderful job of desensetizing him to touch and ropes. He's been a dream horse he's very willing and trys, and wouldn't give him up for anything. But would I do it again, NO. I would look for something that was trained, because if your like me you can't ride him 6 days week you have other things in your life, (school, boys, friends) and if your friends are really into horses than they probably have something that can take out and ride, you won't for a couple of years. It takes alot of time and sometimes you just want to ride and not train.
    10-13-2009, 10:16 PM
He is awesome! I'd love to find a Shire.
    10-17-2009, 06:25 PM
Hey everyone..

Just thought Id update you and let you know..
I have decided no on this guy.

I figure, even if he is extremely easy to train, I will have to wait at least 2 yrs before I can ride him more than 10mins.

By the time he is fully broke, I would be around 18-20 yrs old and that is just too long away..

I am now only looking for a broke horse, can be a bit green, but mostly broke.

I will wait till I move out, to get into untrained shires :)
Thanks again everyone <3
    10-17-2009, 06:44 PM
Green Broke
You made a great decision. Sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders and you are thinking logically about finding the perfect horse for you.

Good luck in your search and keep us updated with future prospects!
    10-17-2009, 06:44 PM
I'm glad you're passing him up :). I think you're smart to look for a horse with more training. Even if the horse is saddle trained, there's still much more training that you can do in different disciplines if you so choose :).
    10-17-2009, 07:37 PM
Thanks guys :)
Yes, I realized that with a broke horse, I can still teach them groundwork, different disiplines.. but they wont do anything to but me in harms way, and I can still do ground work, but when Im tired of it, hop on and ride, I wouldnt be able to do that with an unbroke horse...
I fund this guy:
Thoroughbred Horse For Sale, British Columbia (Canada), Pritchard

He sounds like a dream. Mostly english, has had western saddle a few times, he was great.
Jumps, cross country, dressage. A dream to catch, walks right up to you, even if he sees halter. Loves attention.
Great with farrier, sleeps through the whole thing, can toss the rope over his neck and he will just stand there.
Been ridden bareback all the time.. does almost everything bareback.
Very smooth, great for novice riders. Has high withers, but is not uncomfortable, if he does become uncomfortable, she puts a saddle pad on underneath.
They are sending me tons of pictures tonight :) I can't wait!!
    10-18-2009, 02:12 AM
Best of luck!!

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