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        04-26-2014, 05:50 PM
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    Weanling
    New horse jitters

    Hi everyone, tomorrow I pick up my new horse and while I am excited I am entirely too nervous! I haven't ridden routinely in seven years and my heart horse passed a year ago at the age of 31, I had him for 17 years since I was 6 years old. I'm not really sure why I'm stressing so much. I worry about making the wrong decision. I worry the horse will have some sort of issue. I worry I won't be a competent rider anymore. I've dreamed for years about getting another horse and now that it's finally here I am so overwhelmed! I thought I would be crying with happiness but instead I feel afraid. Of what exactly, I don't know. The horse I'm getting is everything I said I wanted so what can I do to calm down? I do not plan on ever selling this horse as I'm buying with me being his forever home in mind. I understand sometimes circumstances come up where you have to but I am considering this a 20-+ year commitment.
         
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        04-26-2014, 07:56 PM
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    Foal
    As a re-new horse owner (off and on since I was 7 years old), I can totally relate to what you're feeling. But unlike you, I've made some poor horse-buying decisions in the past, so my fears about picking the wrong horse were definitely warranted. (And every time I made a poor buying decision, it was because I allowed someone -- a friend or a seller -- talk me into more of a horse than I was comfortable taking on. Anyway ....)

    My instructor -- who has owned and trained world champion appies for several decades -- recommended that I let my mare settle in for a week before riding her, and her advice was spot-on. For the first week after my mare came to the new barn, I groomed her and led her around the facility and let her get used to my voice. After a week, we just did a little ground work and then graduated to walk-trot stuff. We took it slow, and it worked out well for us. I wanted every "first" to be positive, and it was. Just something to consider.

    Good luck and enjoy your new horse! Post pics when you get the chance!
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        04-26-2014, 08:20 PM
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    Weanling
    Oh thank you! And I have made some poor decisions... Lol! I was way too confident in my abilities and did what you're never supposed to do; take the first horse you look at. The first was an unbroken 3 yo TB filly that sat in a pasture most of her life. I did saddle break her and she had good ground manners but proved to be too much and she's now a polo pony. Another I mostly felt bad for but did really like him. Grade Qhx stud who did not have any medical or farrier care. He had a few rides on him but was cowboyed in a terrible thin twisted wire shanked bit, his mouth was bleeding after the guy rode him. I had him gelded, shots, farrier and did a lot of ground work with him and took him on miles of trail walks. He's now a happy trail pony. While I'm glad I helped these horses they weren't for me and I'm remembering all of this as I've been on this hopefully final horse search. No more 3 yos that need breaking!!

    So now my hopeful forever horse is an 8 yo Appendix gelding. I am interested in endurance and to begin with I was going to take one of my mentors horses, to make a long story short he was supposed to have been broken and ridden for two years previous and well that never happened so at 6 he's just now had a month under saddle. Not something I want to deal with again so I had to pass. Everything happens for a reason and it allowed me to evaluate what I want in a horse. I decided I didn't need to limit my search to just endurance bred Arabians, as I don't have the resources to travel all over the region to be competitive. I will be perfectly happy doing more local rides here and there and if my horse isn't capable of doing more than LDs it won't upset me. Mostly I want a steady trail horse, a capable all rounder that will put up with my random whimsies, did I mention one day I would love to do low level eventing too? Anywho, thank you for the words of encouragement and letting me know I'm not alone. I like the idea of letting them settle into a new place and spend time bonding.
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