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        10-28-2010, 01:20 PM
      #11
    Foal
    The things i've learned about the horse market never buy straight away desperation leads to horrible horses it will probably take awhile to find the PERFECT horse for you and sometimes you can't find a perfect horse but then again I was desprate once and I got a hackney/arab cross she seemed perfect she was totally laid back she does trails, showing, western, english and jumping but she had NO GROUND MANNERS which is very dangerous and when I lead her and she doesnt want to go were I want to go she rears up and almost runs me over but I worked with her and she has the best manners! So good things don't come quick!
         
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        10-28-2010, 01:26 PM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by OleHomestead    
    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
    I'm even weary of 5 year olds. Dead-heads or not, they're still young and absolutely can't have had the kind of experience that you're looking for. IMHO, you should be looking at horses 10+; they will generally have more miles under their cinches and be a hell of a lot safer than a greenie that needs more wet saddle pads. You're right, your kids' safety and your own is paramount, that's why I'm telling you not to settle, and what to look for. 5 is 5 is 5 is 5. Still young, still relatively unpredictable. I've met several 5 year olds that I might consider letting an advanced beginner on under my direct supervision, but that's it. They just don't have enough time under saddle by that age to be considered beginner- or child-safe. What area are you in? I'd be happy to browse some ads for you.
         
        10-28-2010, 01:32 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Fremont,OH 43420 and would go as far as 100 miles from here.I would appreciate the help thanks!!
         
        10-28-2010, 01:35 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I am around Indianapolis and there are so many nice horses on craigslist. You may have to go through a lot of frogs to get that prince but it will be worth it. :)
         
        10-28-2010, 01:59 PM
      #15
    Showing
    Ole, I got 2 youngsters for myself while back. You can't really ride them till they are 4, much less to put kids on. That means your "cheap" horse will be somewhat useless for riding for the next couple years, so if you sum all expenses on keeping/boarding plus trainer it's NOT nearly cheap anymore. And even at 4 they are still baby, only now at 6 I started to have a feeling my girls are kinda mature mentally (and I don't think it's a case for paint yet). Don't fall for cheap youngster, keep looking!
         
        10-28-2010, 02:07 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Just popped onto a couple sites, but you might have a look at this guy. He's close to you, and was a therapy horse so you KNOW he's safe.
    Great Horse for Anyone
         
        10-28-2010, 02:28 PM
      #17
    Foal
    9 year old APHA Mare
         
        10-28-2010, 02:34 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Very Sweet Mare
    Sweet Pea 16 yr old 4-H Horse - might be worth a look, but the 'too fast' comment makes me a tad leery.
    Great Trail and Kids Pony - over your budget, but in all honesty I'd suggest looking up to the $750 range
    Morgan Thoroughbred Mare - worth getting more info on
    Kid Safe Quarter Horse Mare, Very Quiet
    Beginner Show Mare Been There Done That - perfect beginners' horse, but you would need to be her last home
    Nice TWH - worth calling on
    Tennessee Walker Horse for Sale in Liberty Township , Ohii, Ohio - younger, but might be worth a call
         
        10-28-2010, 05:13 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    I honestly think it would be irresponsible to put young children on a two year old. I think horses should not be broken until they're three, and I wouldn't consider them beginner friendly until probably at least six. Even then they don't often settle down until they 8 or so.

    My advice, if you or your husband want to ride a horse, is to get a bigger one. I see little 7 year olds on 15hh + horses. Old stock horses that their dad has used for 10 years. They've been there, done that. I'd get something solidish between 14 and 15 hh. Often kids will have an easier time on big ones because the strides are smoother.

    $500 is nothing for a horse. I payed that to transport my horse to me. Save a bit, pay a little more, you won't regret. Consider a gelding, I think you are more likely to get a solid, reliable gelding than you are a mare, especially in your price range. I would steer well clear of young horses, look for something maybe over 10 who has done a bit, been ridden by kids etc.
         
        10-28-2010, 05:31 PM
      #20
    Showing
    You have gotten a lot of good suggestions from previous posters. For some reason, I really like the paint mare that Remi posted.

    Basically, if you are looking for a good horse for the entire family to learn on, you would probably want to go a little bit bigger like Saskia said. Also, I would look for something no younger than 8 or 9. Ideal age being 12-15. Most of those horses have been under saddle long enough to really know what the deal is and have a been there-done that attitude but have not been used so long that they have soundness issues. My first horse when I was about 4 was a 16hh QH that was about 13 years old. He had been ridden by my dad for about 8 years and then my brother started riding him before I grew into him.
         

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