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    06-22-2009, 11:38 PM
My parents will cover boarding and feed costs, I will cover farrier and worming, tack etc.

TONS of kids my age have horses, why should I hold back JUST because I might go to college in the future?? I will still keep it, or sell it, depending on the circumstances. SO are you saying that no one my age should get a horse cause of college.. LIve life to the fullest, not least.

I agree with what you guys are saying... maybe I should get a better trained horse...

Thanks again everyone... I am going to get a horse... maybe if any of you know any good horses for sale in bc?? That would be great!! Thanks again...
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    06-22-2009, 11:44 PM
Actually, scratch that.. I might go look at her.. it doesn't hurt to look. She might be really good :)

Oh, I just found out how tall she is.. she is 14hh. But, she looks pretty stocky..
    06-22-2009, 11:45 PM
Just because a lot of kids have horses doesn't necessarily mean you should. I was just making sure you could afford it, because it's hard to get a job at 13. Nor did I say you shouldn't get a horse because you might go college, I was asking if you would be able to care for it, take it with you, etc. They are valid concerns.

I'm glad you've taken everyone's comments to heart. I really don't think you'll regret starting with a solid, trained horse, because then you can simply enjoy it, and enjoy it even more because it's yours.
    06-22-2009, 11:56 PM
Originally Posted by horseluver50    
My parents will cover boarding and feed costs, I will cover farrier and worming, tack etc.

TONS of kids my age have horses, why should I hold back JUST because I might go to college in the future?? I will still keep it, or sell it, depending on the circumstances. SO are you saying that no one my age should get a horse cause of college.. LIve life to the fullest, not least.
Are your parents horsey people? If your parents pay feed and board and you pay for farrier, worming, and tack, well, who is going to pay the vet bills?

Unless you're from a very wealthy area, I'd say, no, tons of kids your age, DON'T have horses. Heck, tons of adults my age don't have them either. They are an expensive luxury.
    06-23-2009, 12:24 AM
That ad says to me STEER CLEAR OF THIS HORSE!!!!

The amount of times they mentioned patience and time, and how she is spooky and leary?? I would steer clear.

You are only 13, and this will be your first RIDEABLE horse, correct? Why don't you buy a well broke horse and teach it something new? You would have a safe horse to learn on, and you can still practice training and teaching new things before leaping into a horse that has trust issues, and needs a lot of work.

I would strongly caution NOT to buy this horse. If you go to look at her anyway, do you have someone experienced with nervy, untrusting horses to come with you and help you out?
    06-23-2009, 12:47 AM
A horse like the mare in this ad is not the kind of horse I would suggest for an intermediate rider who has no experience actually training horses. I have bought horses off of people who have 'wanted a green or young horse' for the experience; the horses are the ones who ultimately suffered for a lack of the owner's lack of knowledge and understanding of horses...and it often took alot of time to untangle their messes! Some of those owners never returned to the horse world, because they became so scared, or 'tainted' by horses...just because they didn't want to start out with a horse that was suitable for their level of knowledge.

If you want a different horse to learn on, get a horse who is trained, but maybe not totally finished in the aspect that you might have to solidify something like neckreining, or leg aids; NOT one that you will have to totally retrain by yourself...Better yet, if you've never owned a horse, get one that's 'been there, and done that'; why be in a hurry to own a horse that you will have to spend many months just trying to gain it's trust? And what if you don't wind up gaining her trust? What if you wind up getting hurt instead? You need a horse that can continue teaching you, not diving into the horse owning world wanting to get a horse that you will simultaneously have to teach at the same time you are still trying to learn...it just doesn't work that way.

This mare IS for an experienced rider who has experience handling abused and neglected horses, not a teenager who thinks they have what it takes to train it. I don't mean to sound rude, but if I were your parent OR trainer, I wouldn't go for a horse with that kind of a history, period...you may think that you have enough patience to win the horse over, but patience isn't all that it takes to turn a horse into your partner.

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    06-23-2009, 01:14 AM
Green Broke
I think unless their parents are paying for everything, there's a lot of kids out there that do not have their own horse. I had horses my whole life thanks to my Grandpa who took care of everything.

Your limited to the kinds of jobs you can get but you could get something to help out toward the expenses certainly.

It's not wise to get a horse like this that's what people are trying to tell you. So you and the horse do not get hurt.
    06-23-2009, 11:23 AM
I would pay vet bills, if it is too expensive, I could get my parents help.
A couple of my friends own horses and they are the complete opposite of wealthy!

Wild spot- it does not state that she is spooky... just leary. I do have an aunt who could come with me... she is training a 4 yr old DWB at the moment.

Mom2pride-- Actually, the owner told me that she would be perfect for a teen project horse, that she would've loved her when she was my age. I do know alot about training from friends, family, books, computer. Just not yet in real. If I don't ever train a horse, just cause I haven't trained one before, then I will have never trained a horse!

Solon-- it doesn't mean I'm going to buy the horse, Im just going to go look at her.

I talked to the owner, and they said that if this horse doesn't work for me, we could drive over to her friends place, they have a few horses for sale... mostly tb X percherons, 2 appys, and a morab.

That should be good:) my fav breed is tb X percherons :)))

Anyways,,, thanks again for your advice and for taking yoour time. Never know till I see her :)
    06-23-2009, 11:59 AM
Green Broke
People will tell you anything to sell the horse, it's what they do. Whatever you do, get a vet check.
    06-23-2009, 12:06 PM
Green Broke
I personally think you could do a lot better. I think the way the owner is presenting her is very unprofessional and the mare herself isn't that nice.

If you do decide to get her, VET CHECK. Please. It will save you a lot of pain in the long run.

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