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    02-05-2013, 08:01 PM
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Just got a horse for my 12 year old daughter, it is her first.

Just got a horse for my 12 year old daughter, She has been taking lessons since last august and we found a delightful 14.2 hand, 6 yr. Old,sorrel, quarter horse mare. Not sure how to even begin with feeding, training, worming, etc. We are boarding her and are begining just to go out everyday and spend time petting and groomin, a lot of bonding time, Where do we begin?
     
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    02-05-2013, 10:26 PM
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First, keep her in lessons weekley. Her trainer will give her tips and things to work on weekley. As far as feeding did you get any info on feeding from her previous owner? They should tell you how much they were feeding her, what type of feed and if she had anything added. Worming depends on how much your boarding facility wants it done. Anywhere from every couple months to twice a year. Just ask your barn manager/trainer.
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    02-05-2013, 10:34 PM
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Just my opinion, but don't baby this horse. Don't bring treats every time you see her. A few treats after a ride, or before you put her away.

Just my opinion. I think it makes them very pushy and rude!
     
    02-05-2013, 10:38 PM
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Foal
^yes! My aunt does this with EVERY horse, even her daughters and they keep asking me why she's biting them o.O you can't baby a 1200lb animal it just doesnt work.
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    02-05-2013, 10:42 PM
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Please work with a trainer , and continue to lean on the good graces of knowledgeable persons at the barn, and here. It takes time to learn a solid foundation of horse keeping and riding skills. It won't come overnight, and there's a lot of mistakes a person can make if no one shows them any better.

Six is pretty young, so don't assume this horse is 100% safe for a 12 year old. Of course, you are the parent and have already thought about this a lot, I have no doubt. Just what goes through my head, as a parent, too.
     
    02-05-2013, 10:45 PM
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Green Broke
DON'T underestimate ground lessons!! I would have someone there the first few weeks to show her the ropes on the ground. Something the typical person thinks is "cute" (horses lipping or rubbing on you) is HUGE no-no. I've even heard people say "awww, he's hungry!" When the horse drags/dives for grass. Again, another HUGE no-no! You don't want small preventable problems to turn into huge ingrained issues!
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    02-05-2013, 10:52 PM
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Weanling
We were in a similar position early last year. So, first, congratulations on adding a horse to your family!

Now, as mentioned above, talk to and listen to your trainer. He/she is an invaluable resource for help and information. Find out who was the horse's previous vet and see if you can get the records (with the previous owner's permission). If you decide to switch feeds, do it slowly! Get a bag of the old food and you start with a 90/10 mix old/new and gradually change the percentage of old/new until it you reach 100% new.

Start an emergency fund. Even if its only $10-$20 per week, you will need that money sooner rather than later! In our first year, I probably spent $1,000 on emergency vet care. (Our mare is very talented at finding hazards in her paddock. We still haven't figure out HOW she injures herself!)

You and your daughter should both ask for lessons on ground work and lunging. I don't ride often, but I've still managed to build a strong bond with our mare by doing ground work with her. She loves my daughter and respects me. My daughter and I can both lead our mare without touching her. It's pretty neat. :)

Just like an emergency fund, be prepared to spend an extra $100 - $200 a month if you plan to do more than just go to the barn and ride. Our first year, I spent around $7,000 on stuff for both my daughter and her horse (grooming tools, saddles, bridles, saddle pads, show clothes, blankets, sleezies, leg wraps, etc.)

That's what comes to my mind first. Owning your first horse is an amazing experience and my daughter and I have bonded over the horse. We spend lots of time talking on the drive to and from the barn and Acey has really brought us closer.

Good luck and have fun!
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    02-05-2013, 10:52 PM
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Green Broke
And if you insist on giving her treats do it from her feed bucket only. They still know who the treats are coming from but she isn't going to mug you and start biting.

Also, contrary to the popular belief treating them is NOT going to help you form a relationship with that horse. Time, finding their itchy spots, and making them respect you as a leader will! They don't "love" you for giving them food, they just look at you as a huge treat dispenser. They will "love" the next person who comes and feeds them 10 pounds of carrots!
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    02-05-2013, 11:02 PM
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Weanling
Are you in full board at your barn? My first horse went from rough pasture board at one place to full board at another.

Full board is fantastic if you are new to horse ownership and can afford it. Basically, they will feed 2x daily plus 3flakes and free choice during turnout, turnout daily, fresh water and just give your horse an overall check.....at least that's what they do at full board barns around here. They also dewormed horses on a regular schedule and did fecal tests 2x a year. You can get your horse on schedule for the barn farrier as well as vet for routine shots. These are all things that need to be done for a healthy happy horse.

When I bought my horse, I took their extra feed and mixed it with the feed the barn used so that my horse would get used to it. Then I just let the barn handle it from there. I also had my horse in training with the trainer there, so she could work with him and then I could take lessons on him. Of course, I spent crazy hours out there grooming and hand walking and other things but it did allow me to learn so much without feeling like I had jumped in over my head.

My trainer is also the one that convinced me that my first horse wasn't right for me and helped me find another, which I haven't gotten yet, but soon I hope;). She was TOTALLY right by the way.

If I were your daughter, I'd spend all of my free time hanging around the barn watching and learning from others. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you aren't sure about something. Try to always be there when the farrier comes so you can watch and learn. I stayed one whole day once when the vet came to float teeth and give vaccinations. It was an awesome experience. I learned a lot. The first farrier I had didn't like to teach, so I just let him be and do his business. The second farrier I had was awesome! He showed me all kinds of things and told me what to look for. I loved it.

My barn is really awesome. I'm middle aged, and they took me in and showed me so much. They have an excellent junior program too. I can't wait to get back to them! Hopefully your barn is the same. Don't be afraid to ask questions on here either. You can get some good advice.......I will say this though, if it is a health or injury related question you have, ask trainer to help if it doesn't look serious and call the vet if it looks bad;). Good luck, I hope you and your daughter enjoy it!
     
    02-05-2013, 11:05 PM
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Weanling
Are you in full board at your barn? My first horse went from rough pasture board at one place to full board at another.

Full board is fantastic if you are new to horse ownership and can afford it. Basically, they will feed 2x daily plus 3flakes and free choice during turnout, turnout daily, fresh water and just give your horse an overall check.....at least that's what they do at full board barns around here. They also dewormed horses on a regular schedule and did fecal tests 2x a year. You can get your horse on schedule for the barn farrier as well as vet for routine shots. These are all things that need to be done for a healthy happy horse. So if they don't do it, you need to work out your own schedule to do it yourself.

When I bought my horse, I took their extra feed and mixed it with the feed the barn used so that my horse would get used to it. Then I just let the barn handle it from there. I also had my horse in training with the trainer there, so she could work with him and then I could take lessons on him. Of course, I spent crazy hours out there grooming and hand walking and other things but it did allow me to learn so much without feeling like I had jumped in over my head.

My trainer is also the one that convinced me that my first horse wasn't right for me and helped me find another, which I haven't gotten yet, but soon I hope;). She was TOTALLY right by the way.

If I were your daughter, I'd spend all of my free time hanging around the barn watching and learning from others. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you aren't sure about something. Try to always be there when the farrier comes so you can watch and learn. I stayed one whole day once when the vet came to float teeth and give vaccinations. It was an awesome experience. I learned a lot. The first farrier I had didn't like to teach, so I just let him be and do his business. The second farrier I had was awesome! He showed me all kinds of things and told me what to look for. I loved it.

My barn is really awesome. I'm middle aged, and they took me in and showed me so much. They have an excellent junior program too. I can't wait to get back to them! Hopefully your barn is the same. Don't be afraid to ask questions on here either. You can get some good advice.......I will say this though, if it is a health or injury related question you have, ask trainer to help if it doesn't look serious and call the vet if it looks bad;). Good luck, I hope you and your daughter enjoy it!
     

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