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    01-25-2009, 08:37 AM
Just re-read my message. With the age, I didn't mean to sound like I was implying older horses were slow, and by slow I meant to say unresponsive and not motivated. I want a horse that has energy, is responsive and motivated is what I mean.
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    01-27-2009, 12:50 AM
4'8" and 83.6 lbs, right? I think I converted correctly
I'd go with a pony and absolutely nothing over 15 hh at you height I'm 5'1" (155 cm) and look tiny on anything over 16 hh, which still makes me look pretty small. I also wouldn't go with anything under 14 hh (though you could) as you will still have room to grow. Breed doesn't really matter *cough*welsh pony*cough* find something that you like. I only mention height because you said you wanted to show english. I like the age range 10-12 for most horses, but for ponies 7-9. Some breeds mature faster than others, so that's something to consider.

Otherwise, make sure you visit the horse multiple times (bring your trainer) and do a trial if possible. Even if you love the first horse, I would suggest shopping around a little bit. Also, Use your own vet to do the repurchase and I always suggest people do a drug test, not everyone is honest.
    01-27-2009, 02:11 AM
I ride at a Welsh Pony stud. Thanks for the advice, and I intend on getting a vet check.
    01-29-2009, 04:34 AM
My instructor thinks I'm ready for a horse, and I'm back to doing 2 lessons a week. All I have to do now is find the perfect horse, but got to wait a bit until closer to my birthday. But if it's a really nice horse with a good price, I would most likely be able to get it before then. My birthday is in June. If any one wants to help me horse shop, feel free to. I live in Australia and ride english, want it from 13hh+, nothing over 16hh. Something I could show and can jump. An all rounder, but nothing too pricey. Want something with nice conformation, no particular breed (but nothing too stocky), and no particular height. No ex Racehorses.
    01-29-2009, 10:13 AM
I personaly like aqhas there good all around horses you can even go younger than 10. My horse is four I bought him in augast O8` and he is perfect for any riding level. His previos owner and trainers 4 and 6 year old sons rode him walk trot and canter. He jump up to 3`5-4`. So you can even go younger than 10.
    04-14-2009, 09:58 AM
Hey guys, just wanted to give y'all an update. No, I don't have a horse. My instructor keeps saying, "You don't need one, I have heaps you can ride." I don't think she understands there's a huge difference in owning and just riding. I'm allowed to ride whenever I like pretty much but it's not the same. I kind of have a project pony, but I think my instructor is just using me. So, once she's quiet and educated she can sell the pony for more than she can now. I seriously want a horse. I'm mostly riding my project pony, a tiny Welsh A, and a 13hh Arab x RP x Welsh. I ride a different horse to PC too. I'm happy, so everything's on hold at the moment. Hopefully I'll have a horse by Christmas, but I'll keep you guys posted in the meantime. Happy Easter! :)
Thanks for everyone's help,
    04-14-2009, 05:10 PM
HRL, I completely understand where you're coming from regarding owning a horse - leasing and riding others' just doesn't cut it.
It does sound like your trainer is using your abilities - I used to be in your situation. I would pay to lease a horse from her, pay for lessons, and she'd sell the horse for a pretty penny - I never got a cut.
I would sit down with her and explain your feelings, and if you're schooling her horses, ask for a 10% cut of the final sale price.

Best of luck to you!
    04-16-2009, 12:29 AM
For your first horse, you want the most dead broke horse you can find, and make sure he/she has good ground manners. Quarter Horses and Paints are usually pretty easy going, but all horses are individuals and might not conform to breed standards. Individual temperament is more important than the breed. Age is important, too. I wouldn't get anything younger than about 8. You want a reliable horse that's been there and done that. I learned that the hard way, and I was your age when I got my first horse.

Trying one out for a few weeks is highly recommended. That way you get to see how he'll react in the new environment and you'll really get the feel of what you're potentially buying. It also eliminates the worry of a horse being sedated when you go to look at him.

If you don't plan on showing, the horse doesn't have to be an over-the-top stunner, although looks are always a bonus. I'd also recommend having an experienced horse person go with you when you look at horses. And LISTEN to them when they tell you "yea" or "nay". They tend to know what they're talking about. ;D

I would definitely steer away from Thoroughbreds and Arabians, though. They're hot-blooded and energetic, and just too much horse for a beginner. A lot of them are flighty and unreliable, as well. Not all of them are like that, but it's pretty iffy. It's safest just to stay away from them until you know what you're doing. Fjords, Haflingers, and Welshies make great first horses, in general. There are some nice grade horses out there, too.
    04-16-2009, 12:37 AM
Thanks, I'm hoping to just quit where I ride at the moment and possibly change stables. The thing is, this is the best stables and I'll go much furthest here. Hopefully, if I get a horse I'll be able to board it at my friends down the road. It's about 5 minutes walk, instead of a 15 minute drive to my current stables and I'll be able to ride whenever I like. My instructor is very very intimidating so I don't really enjoy riding there. Also, because my instructor doesn't like the person who is teaching PC we're only allowed to go when he isn't there. If I change stables / get a horse, I can go to PC whenever. If I do get a horse while I'm still at my current stables and board it there she'll make me buy an overpriced, expensive little pony and expensive tack. If I change stables and board it at my friends, I can get a reasonably price show pony / horse.
If there were two horses, both same height, registration, bloodlines, colour, etc but one was $13,000 and the other $4,000 she would get the more expensive one. If I went showing with her she would make me get the most expensive stuff too. I would love to stay there, if infact she wasn't just using me to train her horses. Another thing is, I work there two days a week and she's treating me like a worker when I go out for lessons. She makes me catch, unrug and tackup all the horses for the little kids. I don't know what to do at the moment, but anyways.
    04-16-2009, 12:45 AM
The thing is, I'm not really a beginner any more. I am capable of riding a horse that has only been ridden about 2 times before then given a two year break, and she's not that quiet. I can ride at all three paces and can do lead changes and can collect and am fully capable of caring for a horse. I've fallen off horses before, and of cause gotten straight back on. I don't think that's really begginner any more. XD

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