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    11-01-2011, 06:26 PM
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Train Him or Buy Another?

I know where I want to go with my riding, but IDK what I should do to get there.

I'd LOVE to get more into WP, horsemanship, and halter, because it's somehting I feel I have the best chances at (compared to where I live, and the facilities available to me)...

BUT.. I don't know if my horse, Specs, can get me there! Or I can get him there! He's my forever best friend, he's so sweet and charming... He's a good all-around horse, but idk if he'd excel at Western riding stuff like that. He's definitely got the bloodlines for it... (his sire won some big WP and halter POAC show) but bloodlines only mean so much... I really haven't done a ton of training in WP with him, and he just seems pretty hyper yet for that.

So I'm between a rock in a hard place. Should I give it a try with Specs and see how it comes out, or should I just start from scratch and buy/lease a well-trained WP horse? I'd really like to get a trainer to help me, but that might end up being just as expensive as just getting a WP horse...

Help me with my decision! What do you think I should do?!
     
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    11-01-2011, 06:45 PM
  #2
Started
So many questions that lead to more questions?! There are riding exercises that will slow him down at the trot and lope and help him control his hyperness. (My Arab gelding is proof of that) Will you be showing local/open shows or breed shows? Do you have a trainer to work with you? If you do and you have a good relationship with your horse, give him a try. You can always be on the look out for a more seasoned WP horse while training Specs. If it goes south, then you'll have an idea what's out there.
     
    11-01-2011, 06:46 PM
  #3
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Originally Posted by RunJumpRide    
I know where I want to go with my riding, but IDK what I should do to get there.

I'd LOVE to get more into WP, horsemanship, and halter, because it's somehting I feel I have the best chances at (compared to where I live, and the facilities available to me)...

BUT.. I don't know if my horse, Specs, can get me there! Or I can get him there! He's my forever best friend, he's so sweet and charming... He's a good all-around horse, but idk if he'd excel at Western riding stuff like that. He's definitely got the bloodlines for it... (his sire won some big WP and halter POAC show) but bloodlines only mean so much... I really haven't done a ton of training in WP with him, and he just seems pretty hyper yet for that.

So I'm between a rock in a hard place. Should I give it a try with Specs and see how it comes out, or should I just start from scratch and buy/lease a well-trained WP horse? I'd really like to get a trainer to help me, but that might end up being just as expensive as just getting a WP horse...

Help me with my decision! What do you think I should do?!
If I had my forever best friend I wouldn't even consider selling him. I would use him for what he was good at. If he seems hyper, why not hunt seat, trail, dressage or what he is good at. If you think WP is easy in your area that would be unsual as it seems to be a very competetive sport.
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    11-01-2011, 06:53 PM
  #4
Foal
Well, you can always give it a try. Use a trainer for a month or two and see how he does. If he is definitely not going to be a WP horse for you, you have a couple options.
1. Don't sell, do a different discipline more suited to your horse (you may find you like them even better than WP.
2. Sell and buy/lease a WP horse.
3. Don't sell and buy/lease (idek if that's an actual option for you if not than disregard.)

But in general, I'd say give it a shot and see how it worked out.Since he is your' best friend. You may be surprised, or maybe not :)
     
    11-01-2011, 07:06 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I like to think hyper-ness is potential energy unchanneled - imagine if you could focus all that into doing what you want to do!

If he's got the bloodlines that is a good sign right? And if he's physically suitable for what you want to do that is good as well. If all that is a go, I think getting him (and you) training is the best bet. You might be underestimating how hard it is to find a suitable, compatible horse. You might find something trained that ticks all the boxes but that doesn't mean you'll be compatible. If you already have a good working relationship with your horse I'd be reluctant to give that up. A new horse, trained or not, comes with its risks. An experienced horse can always fun, but I find it much more rewarding working towards things, and achieving knowing I did the work. I'd imagine if you could get Specs up to a competitive level you'd be really happy.

Give training a go - worse case scenario you find out he has no potential but you have still theoretically increased his sale value. Best case scenario you have a wonderful equine partner and a potentially competitive horse.
     
    11-01-2011, 07:30 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by churumbeque    
If I had my forever best friend I wouldn't even consider selling him. I would use him for what he was good at. If he seems hyper, why not hunt seat, trail, dressage or what he is good at. If you think WP is easy in your area that would be unsual as it seems to be a very competetive sport.
Nonono I meant 'in my area' - there are tons of western riders and no English riders! :)
Thanks guys! You've helped me lots!
I'd never sell him. Ever. But I'd also like to learn how to show and stuff. Showing isn't the most important thing at all, but it's something I'de really like to get into.
     
    11-01-2011, 10:14 PM
  #7
Showing
You never know until you try. Several trainers told my my (ranch bred) qh is not a good choice for dressage and won't be able to progress ever. We started showing this year. Find a good trainer in discipline you like and just give it a try with your horse! If you believe in him and yourself - you'll do it.
     
    11-02-2011, 07:52 PM
  #8
Foal
Ok... I know absolutely nothing about trainers because I've had absolutely no experience with it (I've trained or helped train all my ponies...) but could I send Specs to Pleasure training for 30-60 days?? I think that's what I want to ask for Christmas from my mom & dad.. They're alright with it...

If that does sound reasonable, what should I look for in a trainer/training facility?? What's a reasonable price for 30 or 60 days of training (our price point is about $400 per month... is that reasonable?) .. Is is worthwile? ...What time of the year is best for me to send him to training? (I was thinking like March or April, because that's a little before my show season)... Help me out here!
Thank you guys! Xoxo
     
    11-02-2011, 07:57 PM
  #9
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by RunJumpRide    
Ok... I know absolutely nothing about trainers because I've had absolutely no experience with it (I've trained or helped train all my ponies...) but could I send Specs to Pleasure training for 30-60 days?? I think that's what I want to ask for Christmas from my mom & dad.. They're alright with it...

If that does sound reasonable, what should I look for in a trainer/training facility?? What's a reasonable price for 30 or 60 days of training (our price point is about $400 per month... is that reasonable?) .. Is is worthwile? ...What time of the year is best for me to send him to training? (I was thinking like March or April, because that's a little before my show season)... Help me out here!
Thank you guys! Xoxo
400.00 is on the very low side. You say you are from the midwest so It would be 600.00-1000.00 per month including board.
     
    11-02-2011, 08:13 PM
  #10
Showing
I would start taking lessons from a Western Pleasure trainer to see if it's something you'd like to pursue. If it is, see if you can take some lessons on your own horse so the trainer can give you some advice and tell you if he/she thinks your horse can make it in the show ring.
     

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