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post #1 of 6 Old 06-15-2012, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Getting a Young Horse?

I may be obtaining a 1 yr 9 month old Quarter horse filly from a relative who's getting divorced. I'm in 8th grade. My parents don't have a whole lot of time to do a lot with horses (even though they end up putting a lot of time into them anyway lol), but I myself have lots of time on my hands!
I've had horses all my life and I've brought up about 5 foals in my lifetime, (halterbroke, desensitized, etc.), and I've rode lots of greenies, but never completely saddle broke one. That's what I'd do with this filly probably. She shouldn't be a whole lot over 15hh, she's pretty, and she has respectable WP bloodlines.... Oh so tempting.
Should I keep her, see how it goes or should I just tell him to go ahead & sell her?
I'm very, very tempted... . I'd obviously have help from parents and trainers, but for the most part I'd be the caretaker and the one who works with it everyday.
Advice or suggestions would be appreciated

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-15-2012, 09:31 PM
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If you have people to help you along the way and will truly help you then I don't see the problem. But a young horse isn't easy....and is work. For me getting a youngin ready to ride is a whole different level and especially the first 30 rides can either be good or bad. So you need to be dedicated and work hard if you want it things to turn out right....and don't think you can do it on your own. If you are having trouble RUN to the trainer....don't get that kid attitude where you think you can do it by yourself.

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Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-15-2012, 10:25 PM
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I usually should read the whole post before responding.. xD either way I wouldnt. Babies are a hassle.

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post #4 of 6 Old 06-15-2012, 10:41 PM
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Not a good idea. I remember when I was riding in 8th grade, and I can tell you, I was good, but I was half (if that) the horseperson I am now (21). I would wait until you are at least 18 to start breaking horses. I got my first 3 year old when I was 14 and have been "working my way down" ever since, lol.

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-17-2012, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Okay! I'd rather not take the risk of ruining a perfectly good filly. I'll tell him to sell her.
Thanks guys! :) You influenced my decision a lot.
I definitely want to break a horse someday, but right now I'd rather focus on my trained horses and hopefully get them to the point of actually winning a few classes

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-17-2012, 11:19 PM
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Honestly, I'd pass on her. It's way too easy for a beginner/inexperienced in training person to teach bad habits unintentionally. Young ones are different than your older horses. I'm not saying that you can't do it, but do you want to run the risk of being the one to teach her something that would ultimately cause her to be sold to slaughter because of being unmanageable.

My husband is a trainer and he's fixed a few horses that were like that and one of them is currently my mount, but there are too many horses out there for most people to want to mess with. Not sure if that is made any sense.

Bottom line is this, there are so many horses out there that the ones that have issues because of poor/inexperienced training just get the shaft.
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