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        10-21-2012, 10:18 PM
      #2381
    Foal
    Hi! I'm new to the equine industry.. I just started a weekend job mucking stalls and I love it. (Never thought I'd say I'd love to muck horse crap.. lol) I'm 21 years old and I have less than 2 years worth of horse experience, but my best friend has been a horse girl all her life and she's teaching me the ways.

    I've fallen deeply in love with a mini foal, and I have plans on buying him when I can support him... :) I can't wait for some of his pictures to be uploaded. I think he's 180$ to buy... I haven't gotten an answer for board just yet, but I'll get there.
         
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        10-21-2012, 10:37 PM
      #2382
    Yearling
    A mini is fun to start with! I know quite a few people that have started with mini's because they don't cost quite as much :) would you plan on training the mini to drive or what are your plans for the foal?

    And congrats on the job and welcome to the forum!
         
        10-21-2012, 11:04 PM
      #2383
    Foal
    Thank you!!

    So far I've been really interested in training him to be able to retire as a therapy horse. I'd love to train him to do jumps if his hooves stay in good condition, but driving carts seems to be pretty cool too! The mini my friend wants comes with a cart, so I'll probably see how that goes before I make any decisions.

    Any suggestions on things I should also look into? I'm not too educated on Equine anything. Just what little hands on I have so far.
         
        10-22-2012, 06:46 AM
      #2384
    Yearling
    I am a big believer in doing your homework. Find some books on minis. If you have any questions hit up the mini section of the forum here. Look through the mini forum here and read things, you will learn a lot about questions you might not have even thought of. Browse around here through all of the forums whether it be training, grooming, or stable care. As far as therapy training goes, you are going to need to bomb proof that mini if you want it to do therapy. There are some bombproofing books out there you can get on amazon.com for pretty cheap 1 is "How to Bomb-Proof Your Horse" the other one is a sequel to that but you need to make it through book 1 first.
         
        10-22-2012, 09:01 AM
      #2385
    Weanling
    I love my minis. For the most part it seems like miniatures are quite smart and very brave little critters, mine aren't at all afraid of my dogs or just about anything for that matter. They're also fantastic at teaching horse body language and how they think, I think minis are a perfect way to start out with owning your own horse because they're so non-threatening - if a big horse bit or kicked at you, it can be really intimidating and possibly make you afraid of them. If it a mini bites or kicks, it's more like "hey, quit that!" - they can still be dangerous and it's still bad behavior, but it's not as scary as the full-size version.
         
        10-23-2012, 12:21 AM
      #2386
    Foal
    Well, I am on the high end of the 20's at 29 :P In February I will need to find a 30 something group! Ha!
    My name is Elizabeth, but most call me Ellie. I rode a bit as a child and on an off as I've grown, but only now really gotten back into it. There is an amazing trainer near me who I am glad to have met!
    I am looking into purchasing my own horse here soon, but am on the fence a bit as I want to make sure I make the best decision. So to be honest, I think I am going to post pone the purchase until can have a fence and small barn put up in our pasture out back.
    I prefer the gaited breeds because I enjoy pleasure riding and trails and it's just better on my tuckus! :P Plus I have been blessed in working with some amazing fox trotters and walkers.
    I am happily married and we have 2 beautiful boys who will be taking riding lessons soon! Woo!
    I am more of your read and not post type of person, but figured I'd stop in here and say hi!
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        10-23-2012, 01:20 AM
      #2387
    Foal
    Well I found this forum when searching for reviews on a certain brand on brushes and I decided to make an account and I got the "this email is already in use" message.


    I'm Andrea, 19 years old in my first year of college, majoring in animal science (concentrating in equine science) and getting a minor in agribusiness. I'm hoping to use this knowledge to eventually start my own training/boarding/sales/lesson/camp/... barn, but first I have to make the money!


    I've been riding hunter/jumpers since I was five, got my first horse at 14. He's an OTTB, we do 3'-3'6" hunters mostly on the local circuit. While I'm away at school, he's being leased back at home by the trainer's daughter and I'm leasing a 3 y/o AQHA to hopefully compete in the Alabama Stock Horse Association shows. He pretty green (but smart!) so my goal is to do the pleasure and trail classes at next years April show.
         
        10-23-2012, 01:52 AM
      #2388
    Started
    Welcome Ellie and Andrea!

    Andrea, we must see pics of your horse - I think there's a Thoroughbred appreciation thread around somewhere so you could post them there as well. Also, pics of your new baby AQHA too! We love piccies!

    Ellie, with the benefit of that wonderful think they call hindsight, the more prep you do the better. I did a heap of preparation for getting my horse - researched all my costs, bought all non-size-specific tack, found all my suppliers and the like - and I still feel I could have been better prepared!
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        10-23-2012, 02:04 AM
      #2389
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by EvilHorseOfDoom    

    Andrea, we must see pics of your horse - I think there's a Thoroughbred appreciation thread around somewhere so you could post them there as well. Also, pics of your new baby AQHA too! We love piccies!
    Here's the baby, Buddy. I'm the cool kid who wears her helmet (almost!) everytime.

    And since y'all love photos, I got plenty of the TB! Halo, 2003 model. ;)
    First A show May 2011
    Big smile over the water jump March 2011
    Last show on him July 2012
         
        10-23-2012, 06:27 AM
      #2390
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by StealingSociety    
    Here's the baby, Buddy. I'm the cool kid who wears her helmet (almost!) everytime.

    And since y'all love photos, I got plenty of the TB! Halo, 2003 model. ;)
    First A show May 2011
    Big smile over the water jump March 2011
    Last show on him July 2012
    These pictures are brill, I love how your smiling in everyone well apart from the last one haha.
    Buddy looks lovely!
         

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