Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Choosing the right age and gender...
Alright, so some of you have read my "Selfish Rant" thread and know that the opportunity has presented itself for me to get a Friesian later on this year. (This arrangement is about 95% positive.)
Now, I personally am having a really hard time even starting to LOOK at Friesians because I'm having dilemmas as to what ages and genders to look at.
Here's my rationale:
- Probably the best choice all around. (HOWEVER... I get along better with stallions or geldings)If she's got good conformation, a good mind, and an outstanding pedigree, she's worth something.
- Even if she gets injured such that she's no longer a performance horse, she can still be used for breeding. (Yes, I'm daring to say the "b" word, because let's face it, Friesians are generally in high-ish demand, and don't devalue much. In my mind, it's not like breeding a Quarter Horse. Of course I would still have standards.)
- If I do breed her, I can sell the foal for pretty big $.
- Can be less "flashy" than stallions/geldings - I'm not sure what it is...
- I generally get along better with stallions/geldings; again, don't know why, it's a personal preference. If this is to be my dream horse, should I really even consider a mare?
- Even-tempered, I get along better with males (geldings, stallions)
- Possibility of freezing semen if left a little later to geld
- I have found that my personality meshes better with a gelding or stallion.
- Cannot be used for breeding
- Basically "worthless" (excuse me for saying it) if injured
- Have that little extra "uumph" if you will, that little extra sparkle
- Are able to breed, therefore not losing too much value if injured to the point of only being breeding-sound
- I am not uncomfortable handling a stallion; been there, done that
- If used for breeding, could regain some costs
- Can be gelded if need be
- Can be testy
- Need special boarding arrangements, which I'm positive I could find
Foal (weanling to 2 years): I would have the ability to be there with the foal from being very young and have it essentially grow up with me. CacheDawnTaxes on this forum has been very helpful walking me through her experience, and it sounds great. I have always had the desire to raise a foal, this would be great! I would be able to ON the other hand, there are some cons... foals get hurt. They like to play and can get hurt.... what if I then have a $10,000 foal that's injured for life? Also, we're looking at 1-3 years before it can be ridden. Another con is that when you buy a foal, you never really know how they're going to turn out. You could get a dud.
Young (3-6 years): Able to start under saddle, ready to go. Generally prices for this age range have doubled from the "foal" stage. Of course the obvious pro for this age range is that they're able to be ridden. However, someone may have started this horse in a manner that I don't agree with, or some "steps" could have been skipped. Generally the horse has been through some testing by now, and you have a good idea about how they perform. You also do know how their conformation is, and what their movement looks like.
Seasoned (7+ years, would not buy over 12.): Horse has been there, done that. Training has been set in place and either I agree with it, or have to start again. Prices are generally at their peak here. Of course the obvious pro is that I can just sit back and enjoy my horse; the leg work has already been done to get the horse to a training point where I can just advance. I am able to do pretty much everything I want on the horse, and not have to worry about "young" injuries. I also don't have to worry too much about doing things for the "first" time, the horse has been there and done that.
Alright, that's my list so far. I'm sure I will revisit and revise my list.
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