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post #1 of 13 Old 06-09-2008, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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maybe getting an Applaoosa yearling?? help??

okay well this girl who inquired about buying Ginger a long time ago has an Appy yearling for sale. She would do an even trade for her appy for Ginger. Im just wondering how much trouble would I be getting into??? I know its not the brightest idea but she said I could possibly board at her barn for really cheap and shed help me train and things like that. I just want a horse that I could have as a baby and build a really strong bond with. What do you all think??

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I don't know nothin' about no stinkin' appaloosa's! So I don't know what that pedigree says!

I raised Riley from birth and I must say, wow is it a neat feeling to get on his back! We had some "scary" times because I don't have any experience with babies, well, I geuss I do now but I must say, if you have a good support group (and by that I mean real people that have knowledge) then you may really find this an enjoyable experience. I will say though, babies can be really costly because if they can find a way, they will get hurt.

Ri peeled his eyelid inside out, it was so gross. No scar though, we never figured out what he did, then he scraped his entire ear off, well the top of it, little scar, nothing noticeable unless you are looking at it...

Then he fractured his pelvis... still no clue, best bet is he fell in the pasture, this all happened at my trainers before the age of 6 months... then he came home to me and I had to have him gelded, have his wolf teeth pulled, he caught a bug after state fair... it's a baby thing... just know you don't save money by having them... but wow is it a good feeling... I don't think you would be sorry....

Lot of ground work though.... and omigosh I can't spell that "pay-shints" word!!!
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that's going to be tons and tons of work. You're not going to be able to ride for a good 2 years. You'll really have to work with him on a daily basis and not let him get away anything.
Is he gelded already? If not, i'd step away ASAP.
Once when you do start riding him, chances are he's not going to be all that laid back about it. There could be some rearing, bucking, spooking, bolting going on. Would you be able to handle that?
Are you going to have a trainer there to help you with him?
What are you going to do if you did do a trade but the girl said you can't board him there? Do you have a plan b?

To be honest, I wouldn't do this. Babies require a lot of work, determination, patience and experience. I would suggest letting this girl buy Ginger and strongly suggest taking lessons before you buy another horse. You'll be a more well seasoned rider and will be able to handle situations better.
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the baby is gelded and if she says I can't board there then im not getting him. I don't know what im guna do. She wants to see ginger today and id be able to go see her baby. My friend would help me and I have the girl who I would be getting him from and im sure chasin the dream would help me

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I do Agree with the previous post. My horse was a yearling when I first got him and I was 14 but I had been around horses all my life or well since I was 4 and I wanted to starrt out with a baby I wanted the challenge and I was ready for it. I worked with him about 3 times a week lunging walking jogin and loping around me and he gaveer his manners fine and now he is all I can ask for but idk what I would do in your shoes seeing that you onlt been riding recentlty for 3 years

Let me think about it some mroe

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I've raised two horses from babies and it is the most rewarding thing, ever. You know them inside and out and everything they know they learn from you....so rewarding.

Appaloosa's can be a bit more stubborn than other breeds and for that, I wouldn't recommend one as a "first project baby" but that's just me :)
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yeah, I understand what you all mean. Id be doing some groundwork with him and then im guna get a job and save up money so I can have him professionally trained under saddle and things like that.

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is there anyway that you can keep ginger and board her there? Wasnt the whole point getting rid of Ginger?

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Just out of curiosity, wasn't the whole reason you were getting rid of Ginger was because you couldn't affoard a horse at the moment? Don't want to open any cans of worms...


Babies are a LOT of work. They can be spooky, unsure, and rambunctious. I would sit and think long and hard about it. If you get a yearling you aren't riding for 2 years at least - can you spend that much on board for literally letting the horse grow and not riding it?
Say even at $250/month board, for 2 years you're looking at $6000 just for board. Then vet, farrier on top of that? At 3 years old without any training you'd have to sell him for at least $8000 just to break even.... and everyone knows an unbroke (stock breed) horse is next to impossible to sell at that price. So you tack on 2 months' worth of training, and board. At just over 3 years old, you now have to sell him for over $9500 just to break even. (And I'm being a little conservative with that estimate. There are always unexpected costs cropping up.)
Will you learn a ton? YES. Will some parts of it suck, and will you want to give up at points? YES. Is it worth it? That's up to you.

My honest opinion? Sell Ginger and get some really great lessons witha trainer in your area. From what we have talked about in the past, I would say that a colt would be too much for you right now. Doesn't mean it will be in the future though!
I know everyone has this romantic idea that raising a foal will be so amazing... and it is, but parts of it really suck - because YOU are responsable for the training... any bad habits that form are because of you. This colt's training would lie in your hands alone. You alone have to make sure that he will be marketable later on in life.

Anyway, I've blabbed enough. You know full well of my opinion. I like you, I don't want to see you hurt at all.

EDITED TO ADD:
I completely understand the fascination with wanting to own a foal and raise it - I get those pangs from time to time as well...then I go and work the two greenies that I'm training (Magic and Tana) and MAN am I glad I have Maia, who is well-behaved and (although not 100% finished) broke.
Training young horses takes a lot out of you... it's nerve-racking, it can be scary sometimes, and you know that you have to be on the ball at all times... you can't just jump on and go for a completely carefree ride.


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yeah the reason I couldnt keep ginger was because of board being too much since its raising but she said I could probably keep him there and if I worked id only have to pay like half of the board.

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