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  • Beginnger rider with very calm 3 year old

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    01-03-2013, 10:37 PM
  #11
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By the way, I would bet you dollars that she will not be that color for long. She'll lighten into a light gray or almost white in 7 years.
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    01-03-2013, 10:47 PM
  #12
Foal
I looked at the Craigslist post again and she has several horses listed there and it looks like she listed her there as a 2 year old. Super red flag! Unless her reasoning is jan 1st birthday so technically she would be a 3 year old a couple of days after she posted the ad. Still not liking the initial feel of the dishonesty there... Thanks again guys... My search will continue
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    01-03-2013, 11:37 PM
  #13
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While I do believe that there are amazingly calm and mature "acting" babies, I equate buying a two+ year old for a beginner rider he same as hiring a 12 year old human to balance your business's books. There is simply only so much either could learn in their short time around. When dealing with a powerful animal, ignorance can be dangerous, even if the horse never intended any harm.
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    01-04-2013, 01:10 AM
  #14
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One of our old retired geldings was showing as a 10&under walk trot horse for my sister when she was little as a three year old. He was born with us, and needless to say will die with us. My Gelding who died at three was perfectly safe and dependable. My sister has a three year old right now who would do great for a beginner.

It all has to do with the horse's mind. Some are just made to be beginner horses. They just have THAT personality to fly through training, understand the job asked of them and have a strong desire to perform that task. They have that rare mix of perfect everything that make them great even at a young age. It is certainly a case to case basis. Some are, most are not.

Go out and meet her, try her, and if you buy her, be prepared to learn on the fly or have a trainer on standby. If you just can't live without her, get her and have a trainer work her for a month to assess any shortcomings.
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    01-04-2013, 01:19 AM
  #15
Yearling
A 3yr. Old is very green, she may be quiet but needs miles put on her by someone who knows what they are doing. I got a 3yr. Mare with 30 days of riding, my first riding horse after 30yrs. Being away from horses. I was told she was broke, yes she was broke but she still was a baby and still learning. Luckily it all worked out for me and I still have her after 8yrs. And she's my best trail partner! But it took alot of time of me learning and her learning too......
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    01-04-2013, 01:22 AM
  #16
Trained
I love Arabians better than any other breed and I think they can make the most AWESOME beginner horses in the world. BUT, most of those are in their late teens to early 20's, I would be very hesitant to suggest a 3 y.o. As a first horse.

Heck, I have one who's just come 7, born 2006, and I'd still be a bit hesitant to suggest HER as a first horse. She's sweet, she's kind, she's been shown hunter, and she's never put a foot wrong with a rider on her back. And I still don't trust her with a beginner. In another 3 years, we'll see.

So, if you love Arabs, keep looking but for one older and under saddle for a while. They're out there.
     
    01-04-2013, 05:54 AM
  #17
Weanling
My first reaction was also potentially no, but for more than one reason.

I will start off by saying that there ARE in fact 3 yr olds that would be perfectly fine for a beginner, and then there are of course 3 yr olds that are NOT suitable for beginners. I was working with a 3 yr old that was off the track but never raced and he acted like a 12 yr old. Only spooked once in the few months I was training him, super mellow, super safe, etc. He actually found a home as a hunter for an 8 yr old! He would be perfect for a somewhat beginner.

I now have a 3 yr old that is a little over 2 months off the track (raced) and would NOT be suitable for a beginner, WITHOUT the often assistance of a trainer. I have been riding for about 9 years and so far have been working with him 100% on my own (trainer boards elsewhere and we have not had any lessons yet).

My second point is that you need to consider how much you want to a) bring up a baby and be working 80% on HER training and 20% on your advancement as a rider, or b) proceed with YOUR advancement as a rider and get a horse that has a little more training so while you are still working to train the horse, it's still at the level where you are able to keep improving yourself as a rider (since you are still somewhat a beginner).-- Don't get me wrong, while training a baby you can still improve as a rider, but sticking with the basics and taking things slow for the baby's sake can also hold you back in what you could be doing on a slightly older/more experienced horse.

For example, with my horse that retired a few months ago due to an injury we were in training for eventing, going to xc clinics, and had worked enough on the flat to be able to jump over 3'. While in training (actually just lessons) my horse was progressing and I was progressing.... we walked, trotted, cantered, and jumped (obviously things I have been doing for years). Now I have a baby who is still a little speedy from the track and we are only walking and trotting at this point. MY training and progression (compared to where I was with my other horse) is on hold because the 3 yr old is not up to my "level" yet. He won't be cantering under saddle again until his trot under saddle is at a consistent speed and is relaxed, and until his canter is steady/not a gallop on the lunge. He won't be jumping until his canter has the same qualities under saddle, and until he is a little older. Then even at that, we will only be jumping small x-rails... not over 3' like I (as a rider) have the ability to do.

I sometimes wonder why I got a 3 yr old because of this, and why I didn't look for a 5 yr old instead, but keep reminding myself that he will eventually be there.... it will just take a long time and my advancement as a rider will just be on hold until then.
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    01-04-2013, 06:28 AM
  #18
Trained
I think this seller is one I would run from. Sounds like they are in a hurry to get rid of horses. JMHO.
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    01-04-2013, 09:12 AM
  #19
Yearling
This guy does sound like he is in a hurry to sell his horse.

I think Im going it have to say no to this one because its a 3yr old, mare (well...filly), green, and probably knows just as much as you do.

My 3yr old has the temperament for a beginner and is extremely calm. But would I let a beginner ride her, let alone own her, I would say no. She has much to learn.

This horse looks very young and has a ways to grow. All horses mature at the same rate as other horses, regardless of breed. Though, individual horses grow at faster rates but it is not a big difference.

A lot of other people said what I was going to say so hopefully this also helps you in your search. Good luck!
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    01-04-2013, 12:03 PM
  #20
Weanling
It depends on the horse and your determination and willingness to get help from a professional.

I have seen some nice 3 years olds become great horses at the hands of their green riders-BUT a trainer was always involved to help with any issues..also the greenie rider had a sense of horses are horses..not big dogs.. and like said above.. determination for success was very nessesary.


But I have to agree with F&B's... they seem like they are in a hurry to off load horses.. I think I would be wary..
     

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