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        09-15-2007, 07:26 PM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Vidaloco
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    Originally Posted by Xanadu
    I'll just say that we were newbies when we bought our first horse for our daughter five years ago. One of the things that turned us off then and still turns us off now is people who were born into horses and treat the rest of us like we don't have the right to own them.

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    I'm sorry you have had to deal with the snobbery side of horses. I have only met a few like this. Fortunately when I took up horses again after a 25 year absence I met people who where more than wiling to share their knowledge and love of horses. As excepting and nonjudgemental as a horse is you would think the people who love them would be the same way. As I stated in a previous post, my pet peeve is sellers who will drug a horse or misrepresent it in some other way. Then some poor newbie buys it takes it home doesn't have the ability to network with anyone to help them and ends up getting out of horses for good. Any good horse person knows, there is no one who knows it all, it is a constant learning experience. Someone once said when you stop learning you die.
    I like that, and it's so true. Whenever I start feeling like I really know my stuff now, something happens to remind me that there is still so much I don't know.

    I realize I reacted a little harshly and defensively about this topic, but I've dealt with a lot of people since getting horses who are know-it-alls and a lot of times just plain rude. But I've also dealt with plenty of nice people as well. So you take the good with the bad.

    BTW, K_T, that is a bummer about the things you witnessed. I hate to hear those stories because I realize those are just the ones you know about. How many more of those things go on and worse that we never know about? What is it with people?? UGH!!
         
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        09-15-2007, 08:15 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Thanks everyone for a great discussion, this is what I was hoping for in starting this topic!!!
         
        09-15-2007, 11:52 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    [quote="KANSAS_TWISTER"]right!! Right on...breeders will sell just for profit.......i will not sell a horse to any one who doesn't know a thing about them, /quote]

    O.K. That IMO is the problem. Now, I don't mean to put you down Kansas, because I know a LOT of people feel that way, but what if, instead of Trashing newbies we took them under our wings?

    I LOVE newbies!!! I love to teach them whatever they need to know about horses. We have been known to find trainers, and/or help them train (ground) their horse/foal. We have taught new owners about nutrition, worming, shots hoof care, etc. Any of our buyers/new friends can call us anytime with questions about their babies! If we can't answer their questions, we can point them in the direction they need to go. (as in, call a vet, or whatever)

    I am a small time breeder and I do NOT just sell for profit. I am responsible for every life I create, and am very picky as to who my babies go to. (they are all babies, no matter what their age) We have kept in contact with aprox 95% of the people who have bought horses from us. Whether they have been rescued and then rehabbed horses or horses that have been bred on our ranch.

    Most everyone is/has been a newbie at one time. (Unless you were born into it.) and everyone makes mistakes. You will get farther with people if you take them under your wing than if you just trash them for doing something wrong. That only puts them on the defensive and makes them less likely to listen to reason.
         
        09-17-2007, 10:21 AM
      #14
    Showing
    We are fortunate to have breeders like Txmom. Please read Fancy's story in the memorials forum. It explains why I think its a good idea for all people who are newbies to consider taking lessons from someone who teaches in the discipline they are interested in. If it wasn't for the man and woman who gave lessons to my husband and were willing to share there knowledge with us, and still do, we wouldn't be "into" horses on the level we are today. I am not a breeder but have sold a few horses for one reason or another (they weren't gaited ). Each one of them I turned down offers from people who weren't good fits. We considered breeding our girls and selling the babies but I just couldn't do it. They were bred when we bought them and we are keeping the babys. I bred Scottish Terriers for years and stopped after seeing Shelter Dogs on HBO. My heart goes out to KS Twister for doing the job she did for so long. There are people out there who should be stuck in cages or put in bags and thrown in a lake or have acid thrown on them like so many of our furry friends have had done to them. As Bob Barker always said "please spay and neuter your pets" :)
         
        09-23-2007, 12:19 AM
      #15
    Foal
    Such a Newbie :)

    Speaking of Newbies... I suppose you could say i'm the "newbiest" I could ever think of. I don't own horses, nor have I bought one on a whim. Though If I had enough money at the moment Id love to.

    I'm here because I WANT to know everything needed to know from prices to shelter and food! So that when I can fulfill this dream Ill be ready!

    Please tell me there is someone willing to help me learn!

    ~Jessica Ashley
         
        09-25-2007, 11:53 PM
      #16
    Started
    Thanks vidaloco, it's been heart renching, but I come to a point where it is better to take a newbie under your wings then be against then........why?.....i know I gave some one a hard time on here for buying a horse on a whim ( he' know's who he is).....but as I see it.....get ready...don't have faint over this.....he is on here asking questions, seeking help and information all the time.......do I see my sister in law on here???......NO...., I have told her about this site many times and yet where is she?.......she doesn't seen to think she needs to learn more about horses and tha's why her horss are like the way they are, so yes you know who you are and you desevre a lot of criedit for being here ....in fact I do not consider him a newbie just part of the ever so growning horse forum family...
         

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