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post #21 of 40 Old 03-18-2009, 04:46 PM
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I'm going to probably choose her. The colt I would have to get gelded.

I just found out she recently turned two, but I think that's much better than the arabian who isn't two yet. Do you think by the end of this summer I'll be able to start her under saddle? Thanks
How much do they want for this grade mare? Around here I wouldn't expect to pay much if anything for an untrained grade mare.

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I would still recommend waiting till the horse is at LEAST 3 to start it under saddle. There are a lot of things to do while they're young, but please don't rush the undersaddle part.


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Joshie: They're asking 200 for her.
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JDI: I'm thinking about just keeping on looking for a three year old. I don't know if I can find one for 200 though.
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I would still recommend waiting till the horse is at LEAST 3 to start it under saddle. There are a lot of things to do while they're young, but please don't rush the undersaddle part.

EXACTLY this. And sometimes 3 is still too young. A horse may be physically ready but not mentally and it may be mentally ready but not physically. Your best bet is late 3 and towards 4. As far as riding two year olds, my point of view is, just because it's done, doesn't mean it should be.
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Exactly, Solon, I completely agree.

$200 for a 3 year old ready to break? Best of luck. I'm sure they're out there...

Will you be needing to sell it ASAP after your summer break?


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I know this has been said before but I would definitely keep looking for a more suitable choice. At my camp last year we had a little paint filly (not sure how old but she still had milk teeth and a baby tail so probably barely 2) that we had to ride because we had no other options and it was the saddest thing ever. She could barely stand to have a 100 pound person on her plus tack. She tried her best for us and was really surprisingly reliable for her age but I would never want to do that to another horse. I just had an idea that might work, I don't know what all your preferences are but I got my mare for basically free because she has behavior issues and her owner was getting divorced. If you asked around your town you might find a older all ready pretty trained horse for really cheap that might just need some issues to be worked out. That might be almost more rewarding for you than training a baby because you could be basically saving a life. And most issues can, with consistent work, be solved in a matter of weeks/days with the right approach. Good luck!
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No, I may not even sell her if she turns out to be a good horse.
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Joshie: They're asking 200 for her.
Can you ask your trainer to go look at her with you? Do you have to board? If you board, I'd not buy a youngster. If you have your own place, it's more reasonable. For $200, unless this horse is a trainwreck conformationally, has a horrid personality, or must be boarded, this is a good deal. I would start early training as a two year old. That doesn't mean you need to ride. It's not best for the horse. I will say, though, that our boy was started as a late two year old. That was before he was our boy. There are many, many constructive things you can do with this horse before you get into heavy training.

Unless you're very experienced with horse starting, I'd take your trainer with you before you purchase any horse.



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I will do that. I was thinking about it before you mentioned it, and it does seem like a good idea. From the pics she doesn't look bad conformation-wise. I'll check when I'm there, though, too. I'm not boarding, I have my own barn and pasture.
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