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    01-15-2013, 12:19 AM
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?
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    01-15-2013, 12:26 AM
That's kinda what we did with/for our daughter.
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    01-15-2013, 12:38 AM
How did it turn out?
    01-15-2013, 12:39 AM
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.
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    01-15-2013, 12:59 AM
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.
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    01-15-2013, 01:12 AM
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
First pic is the day we got her. Second is her riding in halter. Crappy pics are better then none, right? Lol!
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    01-15-2013, 01:22 AM
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
Lol. That pony was a mess! But I think selling her Hurt me more then our daughter.
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    01-15-2013, 01:37 AM
But she worked. :). How come it hurt?

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