07-14-2010, 11:14 AM
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I also agree, a rescue is not a good idea for a first time horse owner. These horses may have not only physical issues, but mental and emotional issues as well. If you are inexperienced with horses and don't know what to expect from a normal, healthy, emotionally balanced horse then you won't be able to tell what may be going on with the rescue and may pass off something bad for thinking it might be normal...Better for a first time horse owner to go with a horse that comes from a good situation.
Some people may not agree with me but I also suggest first time horse owners keep their horse in a situation where there are other horses and riders such as a boarding stable. My reasoning is that usually you can learn from everyone else there as most people at boarding facilities are more than happy to help you with an issue or pass on expertise. I've learned a LOT of my horse general care from other people and learned what not to do from other people's mistakes. You can also see what is normal, what is not and if your horse has something go wrong there is usually someone to notify you. And, in a health situation, you may not realize your horse is getting too thin, too fat...but at a stable people will probably point out to you if they think something is going wrong with your horse, especially if they know you are a first time owner.