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        10-22-2012, 01:01 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    Pretty babies, Its hard not to get attached :) If your doing it for something to do, go for it ! I wouldn't say rescue either. I would call them projects.
         
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        10-22-2012, 10:39 AM
      #12
    Started
    I have done it many times. There are tons that go through that are registered, but they are much more likely to get homes, the $50 ones will be unregistered. I would go and get two, with decent conformation and flashy color. Some things to concider:

    Yearlings are hard to sell, but it can be done, especially if you have them super quiet and well handled so they could be 4h projects.great selling points:
    -flashy color
    -lots of crome
    -good conformation
    -quiet temperment
    -good size
    -registered

    Are you prepared to keep them and continue training until sold? You may have to keep them till they are 2 year olds.

    Is money a big factor? Like all horsey things, you rarely get your money back.
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        10-22-2012, 01:14 PM
      #13
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
    I have done it many times. There are tons that go through that are registered, but they are much more likely to get homes, the $50 ones will be unregistered. I would go and get two, with decent conformation and flashy color. Some things to concider:

    Yearlings are hard to sell, but it can be done, especially if you have them super quiet and well handled so they could be 4h projects.great selling points:
    -flashy color
    -lots of crome
    -good conformation
    -quiet temperment
    -good size
    -registered

    Are you prepared to keep them and continue training until sold? You may have to keep them till they are 2 year olds.

    Is money a big factor? Like all horsey things, you rarely get your money back.

    Yes,I am willing and able to hang on to and work with them for a couple years if need be,no problem there! I would not be doing this to make a big chunk of money,as you said,that rarely ever happens,lol.I would mainly be doing it because I love working with the youngsters and I would like to have a buddy or two for my own baby. Plus,there are so many weanlings on the market right now with nobody wanting to take them on,so of I can,why not go for it? I have done this in the past,just with two year olds,but I would like to get younger ones this time around,for various reasons.
         
        10-22-2012, 02:10 PM
      #14
    Foal
    It's a good idea if you are doing it because you enjoy doing it and want to give the little guys a fair chance at a good life, and have no deadline on selling them.
    It's a bad idea if you think/need to make money or even just break even. Unless they have really desirable bloodlines or you can get a good show record on them they're not worth much more even as handled yearlings. So by the time you add up feed, farrier,vet nevermind overhead and your time, you've spent a lot. They'll be worth more if you wait to sell once they're broke and going but you've spent a whole lot more.
    I've done it, lost money on it, but it was worth it
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