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post #1 of 11 Old 07-14-2010, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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new rider get from a rescue?

I have a friend who has been looking into getting a horse. I want to suggest a rescue but am not sure if they have horses for a beginer. Do you guys have any suggestions?
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-14-2010, 11:02 AM
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No beginner should ever get a horse from a rescue.

Horses at rescues are generally there for a reason, which mean some big time issues.

I'd recommend a nice, older, well trained animal who is as bombproof as possible.

After all, you want your friend to enjoy her horse, don't you? If she gets something with trust or fear issues, she'll quickly learn to hate horses.
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-14-2010, 11:08 AM
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I have some experience with rescues. It's like OTTBs. It's a gamble, really. You can find some horses that were good, trained horses, that just went into a neglected home. They might not have been hurt or abused, just terribly underweight and seized for that reason. I've read a few of those horses, and besides having some weight and grooming problems, they were the sweetest things.

I wouldn't recommend it, no. However that doesn't mean there aren't some surprising finds. Habitat for Horses is a dreadful place, however there are some horse rescue locations around here that train their horses and get them back to relatively normal. There are many places that will let you test ride the horses, too. Just because a horse is old and trained doesn't mean they can't give you hell. I think it has more to do with the individual horse.

Just my two cents.
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-14-2010, 11:12 AM
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Does your friend have a trainer who can help them? If so then with the right person helping them (with the horse and finding the RIGHT horse) I don't see why not. I would NOT let your friend go alone or with a novice to "find" a horse.

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post #5 of 11 Old 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.
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While some horses at rescues are there because they are crazy whack jobs who people have abused and mistreated, we do get some that were at one time, well trained and well loved. We have had a few that have come through that have been total angels...just needed vet care or groceries. Its worth a look. At a reputable rescue, they are looking to place a horse in the perfect home. A good rescue isn't going to send you home with something that is going to come back. I see you are in PA...so am I. If I hear of anything that sounds good for your friend, ill message you. Keep looking though...there are tons of horses on the market right now. You might have just as much luck finding a horse from a private seller as you would at a rescue.
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post #7 of 11 Old 07-14-2010, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the advice guys! I wasn't sure and as she is one of my best friends I would hate to see her get hurt. I guess I just would like to help a horse in need. But there r other ways of doing that:)
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-14-2010, 11:51 AM
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Is she a begginer at owning or riding?

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I am not totally against a rescue.

If it is a good well known rescue with a good placement history. Which I realize is a rare rescue but they do exist.

I do agree that a beginner should get a been there done that type horse that is dependable.

With the economic times the way they are, some rescues have some really nice horses in need of homes.

But again, make sure if you go to a rescue you go to one that is looking for the right horse for the rider, not just trying to place/sell a horse.
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-14-2010, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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She owned and rode as a child but she only knew the basics. No formal training. We r going to look around and find the best possible horse for her.
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