Horse Ownership Bootcamp
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Talk

Horse Ownership Bootcamp

This is a discussion on Horse Ownership Bootcamp within the Horse Talk forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

    Like Tree2Likes

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        01-15-2013, 12:19 AM
      #1
    Yearling
    Horse Ownership Bootcamp

    This is just an idea I've thought of, if I ever have a child some day who is just as crazy about horses as I am, and wants one but does not yet know what it takes to own.

    Its pretty much just a fantasy/musings type deal right now.

    Basically, if I ever had a child who wanted a horse, I'd send them to "bootcamp". The basic idea would be that me and my trainer, barn owner, or whomever is a horsey friend and willing to help out, would take my child under their wing for thirty days. Or maybe a year... Dunno yet! And in that time would learn the ins and outs of ownership. They would be doing real work with approved horses (sane ones, who have perfect ground manners and the like), stall cleaning, bathing, administering medicine and aiding in wound care (under supervision) and the like.

    If the child by that time has proven they can take the work load and are responsible and get a "passing grade" from my horse buddy, I would look into purchasing a horse for them.

    When I was young, one of the reasons my mom never got me a horse was because she thought it was a fad. And to this day, I understand, and realize sometimes it is to young children. Especially to those who don't want to work. This seems like a pretty sane idea. What do you guys think?
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        01-15-2013, 12:26 AM
      #2
    Started
    That's kinda what we did with/for our daughter.
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        01-15-2013, 12:38 AM
      #3
    Yearling
    How did it turn out?
         
        01-15-2013, 12:39 AM
      #4
    Foal
    I always wanted a horse, but my parents too thought it was a fad, so when I finally got one at 26, everyone was shocked that it wasn't, and that I'm still involved with him as much today as I was when I first bought him. I have a habit of losing interest in things after getting them... But my horse, not one of those things I can ever lose interst in.
    Posted via Mobile Device
    HorseTrance likes this.
         
        01-15-2013, 12:59 AM
      #5
    Started
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Deschutes    
    How did it turn out?
    Amazing! The girls a heck of a lil hand. The short story, she always wanted her own horse. She was 6ish. We won't own a pasture pet soooo. We got her a 2ish pony that had only been handled to the point of being turned out and trimmed. We told her she could "ride" when she rode that pony. She caught it daily, trained it to lead and lounge, and finally saddle broke it and rode with a bit all by herself. During that time she rode a friends roping horse to work on her hands and seat. In trade she cleaned the studs pen for him. She also rode just about any horse someone who'd let her ride, went to roping and barrel shows and practices, and has ridden ponys for auction barns. Sadly the pony she broke was too small for her to keep riding, she sold her and we bought her a quarter pony (this pony is an amazing pony, but, had insanely horrible manners) she worked that QP on the manners and spent all last summer running competively. She has always been hands on with every aspect of the horses. She's had horse blood, poo, and stinky mystery goo on her and never batted an eye. She's earned enuf money racing to help buy tack and fuel for shows, and knows that horses are tools. Yes we did help her and still do, but when she can do something she does it. I don't think I've tacked her horse in over a year.
    Posted via Mobile Device
    Spotted likes this.
         
        01-15-2013, 01:12 AM
      #6
    Yearling
    That sounds awesome! I hope if I ever have a child, I'd want them to be like yours in that respect. It would make me all mushy inside.
         
        01-15-2013, 01:18 AM
      #7
    Started
    First pic is the day we got her. Second is her riding in halter. Crappy pics are better then none, right? Lol!
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        01-15-2013, 01:22 AM
      #8
    Yearling
    Totally right!
    And that second picture definitely makes me think of a dachshund, with how long her back is.
         
        01-15-2013, 01:25 AM
      #9
    Started
    Lol. That pony was a mess! But I think selling her Hurt me more then our daughter.
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        01-15-2013, 01:37 AM
      #10
    Yearling
    But she worked. :). How come it hurt?
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    New to horse ownership so need some knowledge furbabymum Horse Nutrition 11 12-30-2011 11:54 AM
    Horse Ownership arastangrider Horse Law 0 09-18-2011 05:43 PM
    new to horse ownership very discouraged Laddy Horse Training 16 01-18-2011 04:31 PM
    Prerequisites For Horse Ownership Brighteyes Horse Talk 10 01-14-2010 05:51 PM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:30 AM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0