So I went scouring horse ads. I'm a cheapo and like to search for the dimond in the mud puddle. I'm not looking really, but what would you think of these for a beginner who just wants a trail horse?Anyhow, here's what I found:
I would not recommend a foal to a beginner, I firmly believe that green on green is a bad idea, UNLESS under very strict professional care. Generally spreaking, a beginner on a green or unbroke horse leads to big problems.
I would recommend that you look for an older horse that's been there and done that.
Most "diamonds in the rough" or bargain horses are young, untrained horses that require a lot of work to bring them to their full potential - it is very very unlikely you'll find a really good beginners' horse for really cheap; beginner horses are worth their weight in gold.
Having said the above, it's a buyer's market out there, horse prices are at the lowest they've been in years, so if you're in a position to buy, now's the time :)
to younge the yongest I would go is 6 my horse is 4 and im 12 but have been riding sence I was 7. Im not a bigener more like intermeate with riding and ill admite I got chased around with a whip cus I could not gey outlaw to go this past weekend. But dedant not a foal.
I also would not get a young horse for an inexperienced rider. My first horse I got when I was 11 and had been riding for 3 years and he was about 14 and taught me so much. When I outgrew him I got a 10 year old showjumper and while riding him I bought a yearling to train up. My most recent horse was a three year old which I am selling because of lack of time, and people underestimate the amount of time a good young horse will need.
Even if you overlook that you are a beginner you have remember that even though they may seem cheap now they are not going to be after the months of paying for feed and agistment where you cannot do trail riding, and then if you have to pay for someone to break and train her you could already easily afford a calmer, older and better horse. Why look for a "diamond in the rough" if you are just doing trail riding. I am sure that for reasonably cheap you could pick up maybe a 10 - 14 year old horse that is calm and you can go on trails with quite easily and requires minimum work. I know a lot of people train their horses a different but if I were to get a young horse (maybe rising 3) I would do it under the expectation that I would be going there twice a day to do ground work, take her places etc and when she is broken whether by the owner or someone else, it is essential that she has regular work. With practically all young horses you cannot just jump on them every three or four days or every week, you would need to ride and work with them at least five days a week or your progress will be very slow.
Overall with the extra time and money put into a young horse it is worth picking up an older one, even if you got to wait a few months to save. Young horses and beginner riders often have disastrous results.
I'm not buying one of these guys, nor do I plan on buying a horse, green or any other color, for a few years. I have a ton on my plate as it is.
I have a friend, actually an ex b/f, who happens to train horses. He would love to train a horse for me. So someday I'd love to get a baby. But not today.
When I do plan on getting a horse, I want it to be at least 5, but preferably in the double digits. But by then who knows. It might be appropriate for me to start my own horse.
I also realize how much a horse costs. I give people this lecture when they look for a free puppy. Nothing is every "free". So no worries, I realize what I'd be getting into. I just enjoy scouring ads far too much. Next time I'll be sure to look for old, dead broke, exspensive horses so that nobody has a worry.
Whipple, that's not what I meant. I meant as much as you said yourself - nothing is ever free. If a horse is good and cheap, generally a warning flag should go off. Whenever anyone asks about a horse for a beginner, I always respond the same, regardless of the poster - don't buy green unless you have professional help all the way through. It would be irresponsable of me to say otherwise.
If you WERE looking for a "Diamond in the Rough", Saddlebred Rescue gets in many true treasures. They are generally under $1000, the are usually broke to ride and/or drive(some have been on the roads a while and need refresher riding practice, which SBR provides). The horses are worked with almost daily and assessed, and represented honestly. SBR will not place a horse just to get it placed. They do their best to match up the best horse for you. On the forums, each horse has its own topic and everyone who works with the horses give reports as the horse progresses at Saddlebred Rescue. The horses are tested in many different scenarios as best as the SBR team can think of. They are taken out on the trails of North Wind Stables, they are tested for safety and stability, and soundness of mind and body. Many of the horses' identities can be found as well.
If anyone would like more information regarding Saddlebred Rescue, please let me know and I will get you in contact with the right people.