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Exclamation Please Helpp!! which horse should i choose???

Hi everyone, i am new here and i have a question i would like your input!
ok soo heres my situation i am a teenaged girl getting ready to buy a horse... i am interested in studying horse behaviour and i want to train my own horse.. i am currently looking at 2 horses one is a stallion 2 years old(would be castrated if i chose him) the other is a mare 3.4 years old they are both appaloosas!
i am looking for a potencial western/ trail horse!
i will post pics of both!
so my question is, are mares really that moody? which horse has better somformation according to the pictures? and how long does it take a stallion to ajust to being a gelding( start acting like one?)
i really like the mare and have ridden both genders before i seem to perfer a mare because i think they have a little more spunk than geldings but i have heard that gelding are more playfull!
please reply soon thanks

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the chestnut is the mare and the blanketed is the stallion
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There's a term I remember well, "proud cut". I know for sure in dogs, and remember talk of this (though I have not personally experienced it) that if left a stallion past a certain age, they never lose the stallion attitude.

I've been around horses on and off my entire life. I can ride really well, I know enough to be safe with horses but I also know that not even I am ready to take on a new horse to break or train.

Mares aren't bad, but yeah they come into season and any animal in season is harder to work with because their mind is NOT on the job at hand... she'd rather be finding a guy, just mother nature at work. So you work around it and just know. They can be just fine. But it depends on the horse.

Also, you are "looking into" horse behavior. I trained dogs for years and years. I assure you all the reading I ever had was not nearly where I learned anything. It was good to have a base idea of how does operate behaviorally, but when you factor in breed type, genetics and factors we don't get to control - it's not what you think. You take a pit-bull who is genetically sound, has a good temperament and I would take that dog over a lab who's genetic background has aggressiveness in the line. Because you can't "fix" genetic problems without REALLY knowing what the heck you are doing. I mean REALLY top notch training work.

I couldn't even tell you how to temperament test a horse, i can do it with dogs but temperament is a mixture of breeding, socialization, genetics and good 'ol personality.

I think it might be a good idea to find a ranch and volunteer to work there and work along side a trainer, get the experience and knowledge under your belt. After you've got some experience, then look into this idea of yours.

Because if it doesn't go well you may find yourself with a 5 year old untrained horse with bad habits and no way to sell it.

Is there more info that might make a difference here? Do you have someone with you who knows how to train and will be working with you? Will you be boarding the horse somewhere that you can learn with a professional? That would make difference. But just by yourself as a learning experience I can't imagine that would be the best way to start.
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post #4 of 26 Old 07-21-2012, 07:03 PM
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If I was you I would avoid both horses. I would avoid the stallion like the plague. I don't know what your riding experience is and you may be an outstanding horse person. That being said, in my opinion most teens would do well with a steady eddy horse between the ages of 13 and 17. Most beginner riders would do well with a steady eddy horse between the ages of 15 and 20. A horse that has some miles on it. You are new to horses and you don't need to get hurt. You want your first horse to be FUN. You can learn a lot about horse behavior by working with a horse that has some training and "life experience". You can learn a lot from a green horse but most of that is what a poorly trained green horse thinks it can get away with. If you really want to learn about horse behavior you are better off observing horses in a pasture and with their people. You can do that with a steady eddy. It does not sound like you need a 3 year old. A green horse is a really great way to get hurt. If you are not experience and not working with a trainer I would recommend taking a pass on both.
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Great advice has been given to you by previous posters. Trust me, and others with the experience: the first horse you own should be FUN. The kind you can learn on, and learn from. when I was learning, I spent all my free time at the barn as a teenager. I'd watch lessons, offer to help set up jumps, groom horses, and soak it all in.

The best thing you can do for yourself at your age is to find a good, knowledgeable trainer, and work for them. If its a good trainer, you should be able to work your butt off for them and in exchange, be trained. You want to learn the right way, rather then jumping in head first.
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I 100% agree with the previous posters. You can still study horse behavior and practice training techniques with a well broke and older horse. I would not consider either horse as a first time buy.

BTW, the mare is incredibly camped under.

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Absolutly!!! agree with everyone! please listen to them for your safety, they gave you some really really sound advice, please read them again.Non of us are trying to keep you from what you want to do, but help you to get there safely with time and training and safety YOU WILL!
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Originally Posted by uflrh9y View Post
BTW, the mare is incredibly camped under.
I'm not sure I know what you mean are you referring to the hind legs?
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You're going to do what you're going to do.

The general knowledge you lack of both mares and stallions in your first post cause me to believe that you don't have any experience, or much at all, to be training your own horse.

Against popular belief, you can not learn how to train a horse through videos and books. You must first learn about the horse's mentality, which takes years to even repotely understand, and years of propper instruction with your butt in the saddle.

Pass on both, for both your sake and the horse's.
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post #10 of 26 Old 07-21-2012, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Chloezhorseys View Post
I'm not sure I know what you mean are you referring to the hind legs?
I would say that is another indication of your general lack of readiness to take on what you propose to take on -- here is a good general reference in matters of conformation:
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