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        02-11-2011, 11:24 PM
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    Yearling
    So did you get him as a bottle fed baby???
         
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        02-12-2011, 08:37 AM
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    Foal
    He was already weaned when I got him but yes he was bottle fed
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        02-12-2011, 07:56 PM
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    Yearling
    Not to be harsh, he really is a cute little colt, but I personally wouldn't pay more than $100 for him, if that, and only if he's well papered. Only because of the retained testes, to be honest with you. I'm rather fond of smaller horses, and your guy not only looks smaller, but looks freakishly adorable to boot. The retained testes though....erf. I don't mind scarred horses, I had a badly scarred one myself, but a half-stallion is cause for alarm

    I don't know how much you have sunk into him, but thirty days at a good trainer (not top-of-the-line, but not a bronc breaker) will really increase his value and allow for a better evaluation of his temperament.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a five year old unbroke horse. ESPECIALLY more delicately built Arabians, in fact I prefer it far more than a horse broke at 2 or 3. Those joints are not meant for the kind of stress you need to put on a green horse. Light training and socializing is all they need until they are mature. THEN send them off to be broke!

    I have a coming two year old who won't see a person on his back until he's at least 4-5, depending on how he matures. I have a five year old I bought as a two year old who's going to the trainer in a month or so. He's matured enough to handle the work load, now that he's stopped growing. I even have a coming six year old (I bought him as a just-turned-five) who's going to be broke out this spring. Wouldn't have it any other way!
         
        02-13-2011, 08:37 AM
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    Foal
    Twogeldings, thank you for your input! I think I will look into sending him to a trainer and getting their opinion. I want to take him to A&M to redo his surgery and get him gelded but I'm terrified I'll just be in the hole and he will still have testicles again, so we'll see about that.
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        02-13-2011, 02:15 PM
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    Yearling
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    Twogeldings, thank you for your input! I think I will look into sending him to a trainer and getting their opinion. I want to take him to A&M to redo his surgery and get him gelded but I'm terrified I'll just be in the hole and he will still have testicles again, so we'll see about that.
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    His value would go way up if they managed to get him snipped, IMO. He's just so adorable and sweet looking, looks like he has a nice confo to boot.
    The trainer I'm sending my five year old off to charges $400/month. He's not a huge, fancy show trainer with a massive indoor arena or anything, but he knows how to train and gets it done right the first time I would like to show him a bit but don't do any huge showing or anything. I figure if I can get him broke and put some miles on him, I should be able to do the rest myself
         

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