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post #1 of 26 Old 10-28-2010, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Getting our first horse

We have looked at a ton of horses and all have the same issue LAME We don't want a lame horse but I can't justify spending thousands on a horse to my husband.We have looked at ones $500 and under.We do have one we are looking at about an hour away from us but she's young 2yrs old.This is what was said about her:

Demi is a solid bay breeding stock paint filly by Pure Dynamic out of an Impulsions mare. She has 60 days of riding and goes around cute in a bosal, she is really broke for the time on her and very handy, forehand and rearhand turns, stick em stop and a very cute deep hocked lope. Demi is really pretty and has a pretty head too. Demi is very quite and will make a great 4-h project, family or trail horse. She loads, hauls, clips and bathes. She sell with her breeders certificate and is eligible for registry .

She's $500 which is not to bad I think.Very pretty girl! We want one our whole family can enjoy including our kids which are 12 and under.They would be led around by me or my husband though.She stands 14.1 but still growing of course.What do ya'll think? Her picture is to large to upload so I'm gonna try to shrink it
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post #2 of 26 Old 10-28-2010, 12:26 PM
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Well if this is your first horse, you're definitely taking a risk with buying one so young. If you do, the best thing would be to send it to a trainer or have one help you.
Good horses aren't cheap (though you can always get lucky), but like someone told my dad once when we were looking for my first horse when i was a kid, are you willing to put a price on your children's safety?

"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly."
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post #3 of 26 Old 10-28-2010, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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That is why I'm a bit leary with it.I know I can do it and have a trainer help but wondering if it's the right choice.Not owning a horse before I certainly don't have the experience.I have ridden and been around them but nothing like owning your own to really "know" Everyone is advising me against it but I'm stubborn and say let me atleast try it out.I'm a fast learner and I take on more then I can chew 90% of the time and come out find almost always.I started raising milking goats and didn't know anything only what I read but within 2 months I birthed my first goats and started milking and everything there is to raising them.It's natural for me I guess with animals.Any and all so that's where that "I can do it" attitude comes from haha I learn as I go and don't take anything lightly.I do have family and friends who own horses and are only a phone call away if I need help with something.I don't want to do something stupid though so wanted more opinions on it.
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post #4 of 26 Old 10-28-2010, 12:50 PM
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I wouldn't put my kids on a 2yr old!

If this is your first horse, you really don't want to 2yr old. A nice, quiet, older horse who has already been exposed to children is a much better idea and there are plenty of those out there. You don't need to spend thousands either, lots of inexpensively prices good horses are out there because people cannot afford to feed them through the Winter.
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post #5 of 26 Old 10-28-2010, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you.We have been searching for an older mare is what I would prefer.I think I may just keep looking and hopefully that special one is out there for us.I find alot of dishonest horse owners to who says broke kid safe but they just want you to take them and not care about the safety part :( I let the owner hop on first and watch and then I get on if they seem alright.Finding lots of medical issues going on with alot of them.What is wrong with people?Not even basic trimming are done.One we seen NEVER even picked out their hooves EVER!!!!! Crazy!!
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post #6 of 26 Old 10-28-2010, 01:06 PM
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I'd suggest finding a trainer to assist you locating and purchasing a horse and then any issues that may arise after.

I'm currently looking for another horse and my trainer is handling it for me. Not only are the sellers much more honest regarding their horses when a professional contacts them (they know it's going to be much more difficult to pull the wool over a trainer's eyes) but since my trainer will have to fix any issues that arise after the sale and she does not have a financial stake in any purchase, she is very interested in ensuring that she finds an appropriate horse for me.
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post #7 of 26 Old 10-28-2010, 01:07 PM
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I think continuing to look is a great idea.
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post #8 of 26 Old 10-28-2010, 01:14 PM
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^^ + a million.

Never get in a hurry when horse shopping and settle. Desperation buys are ALWAYS a bad idea.

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post #9 of 26 Old 10-28-2010, 01:18 PM
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Fortunately, with the horse market the way it is, there are lots of nice horses in and around your budget, depending on what area you live in. UNfortunately, you have to weed through the ones who are that cheap for a reason. Here is my opinion for first-time buyers, beginners, or anyone that doesn't have a lot of experience with horses or owning:
> Don't settle. Just because you've seen 10 horses that aren't perfect, don't go back and pick one up just to be done with your search. I guarantee you will regret this decision.
> Don't buy young, barely broke, or unbroke. Also, don't buy 'needs more miles with experienced rider,' 'needs some work,' or 'great project!' - UNLESS you have professional help. Professional, not your neighbour down the road that trained one horse in his youth some hundreds of years ago.
> Do buy older, been-there-done-that mounts. They are more reliable and you will have more fun with them. Green mounts are fun for some riders, but not the vast majority of people. They are scary as hell if you don't know what you're doing.
> DO take a trainer or someone with a lot of horse experience, OR weed down your list to a few possibilities, THEN take the trainer along to help make your decision. They will be able to pick apart the horse, and see if the seller is being truthful.
> DO get a vet check. No matter if you spend $50 or $5000, a vet check covers your butt. Don't use the seller's vet.
> Do know the horse's history.
Now down to my nitty-gritty: Horses' skeletons aren't done growing at 2 years of age. They are rushed into training ASAP because 'time is money' and who wants to feed a horse for another year to start them at 3? That's the main reason some horses are started at 2. Another reason is that they are smaller, so 'less scary' to some people. In my opinion, unless you're showing in the big leagues which pretty well require the horse to be started under saddle that early- and don't even get me started on that whole thing!- steer clear.
What you and your hubby want is something that's well broke and is safe for the entire family. That is going to be hard to find in your budget. Not impossible, but hard. And it's going to take longer. You do not want something green with 60 days' training on it. Even if the horse is a sweetheart, it doesn't have enough miles under its cinch to be a beginner's horse, it needs finishing, and at 2, that's impossible.
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post #10 of 26 Old 10-28-2010, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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I do have someone with way more experience going with me when we look at them.She wont let me get one that doesn't fit us.BUT I think I'm driving her crazy cus I have looked at alot and I feel like I'm bothering her,that's why I came here to ask haha Thanks everyone for your help and I do appreciate the feedback.Might not be what I want to hear but my kids safety is my #1 concern and I wont risk that! Till next time...I have another one....
5 year old pinto mare 13.1hh
They say...Easy keeper, stands tied, good for vet & farrier. Doesn't kick or bite. Big enough for small adult to ride also. Has been used as a lead line pony

Be to small for my husband but good for me and kids atleast
Charis...That was VERY helpful advise! Thanks!

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