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post #1 of 16 Old 11-01-2012, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Kids and horse buys

Would you buy your 5 year old kid a 2 year old horse? On a fb group I belong to a lady is looking for a horse for her 5 year old. She was offered a 2 year old that is not like any other 2 year old horse This was what she told the one who was looking "a young horse can be just as good or better than an aged one when it has a great mindset and good trainer"

I say they haven't been exposed to enough or had enough asked of it to know how it is going to react in any given situation. Just my opinion. What's yours?
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post #2 of 16 Old 11-01-2012, 11:42 AM
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Ask her if she loves her child. Because if she doesn't, buying a 2 y/o horse for him/her will guarantee death, or at the very least physical or mental impairment of some sort.

A small child needs an older been there, done that type of horse, NOT an untrained youngster.

Who is enough of an asshat to willingly sell an untrained youngster KNOWING it's being bought for a small child?
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post #3 of 16 Old 11-01-2012, 11:45 AM
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If a I had a million dollars, access to a very good trainer and no desire for my child to ride the horse for several years to come.... sure.

Otherwise, no!

I'm not even comfortable with my kids riding my 6yr old and they are pretty good lil riders. Young horses have baby brains and 100% greater chance of doing something stupid than an older been there, done that horse.
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post #4 of 16 Old 11-01-2012, 11:46 AM
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I would buy a two year old with the intention of ME (or a paid professional) putting some years and miles on the horse - and the child was gaining skills via lessons on good settled horses -so that when the child was, say, 8 and the horse was 5 (and so on - doing the math) that THEN the child and horse could become partners.
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post #5 of 16 Old 11-01-2012, 11:50 AM
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I agree with speed racer..

Its a disaster waiting to happen. Not to say that there are not exceptions to the rule in both the 2 year old may be an olllld soul and gentle as can be, or the kid is one of those that can put many older well seasoned riders to happens, but lets be realistic, the odds are like one in a million for that happening...

My old barn owner boss's have a 5 year old who helps sort/gather cattle, but then again he is always on good horses (albiet not always an old horse) and he GREW UP in the saddle. And I dont think these people would EVER try to get a mother to buy a 2 year for their kid..

Generally though NOT A GREAT IDEA!
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post #6 of 16 Old 11-01-2012, 12:12 PM
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I think I'd ask that mom the same thing I ask a parent who wants a $100 horse for their kid. "Is that all your child's life is worth?"
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post #7 of 16 Old 11-01-2012, 12:55 PM
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Hmm while a two year old is probably too young I have to disagree about needing an older horse. My bm bought a 4 yr old from auction for her 7 year old daughter. Kid is a beginner but this horse is completely broke. He was used as a kids rodeo horse and he has absolutely no spook in him. Neck reins, works off leg pressure, stops when asked, always.

Now obviously we rode him for a few days before the kid got on him but the horse is amazing. He might run from us in the pasture but if the kid goes to get him he won't pull any crap and will go up to her.
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Ive seen and had some pretty level headed unbroke young horses, but their still unbroke. My last 2 year old had the mind of a broke to death 20 year old, she was about as unflappable as they come and laid back as can be. But she was still 2 and had her moments, like bucking when mad. When I was 5 my mom bought me a green broke pony who was 4, find out actually 3. He was laid back and easy going, and my mom and her friend put alot of time in the saddle on him before I was riding him. Really it only works if they already have a good mindset and you want to put time in yourself or pay a trainer. And if your paying a trainer, may as well buy a broke horse.
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Of course there are exceptions to every rule, but selling a 2 y/o as a 5 y/o's first horse is about as asshatted as someone can get.

I don't care how 'broke' the horse might be, it's still a youngster and has a baby's brain. It simply doesn't have the age or experience to be considered a BTDT type of horse.

Y'all can endanger your own children as much as you want, but to try and SELL a horse to someone else for their own child? That's pretty ****ed low.
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It is all about the mindset. My 19 year old can be ridden by a child for a little while but left to long with only a child riding and she will turn into a nightmare.

Now 2 is a bit too young. They shouldn't be broke enough at that point for a child to be able to ride it.
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