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post #21 of 27 Old 10-04-2010, 12:42 PM
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Poultry Girl, a grand champion showMAN, is going to buy a ridiculously mellow five year old 'doll' and then buy it a leather halter.

For some reason, I am now suspicious of all clucking chickens.
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post #22 of 27 Old 10-04-2010, 01:07 PM
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1.) I would love to have someone more experienced along with me, but in the realm that I don't know anyone who's such, and am rather broke and can't afford to pay someone to come with me, its not an option.
If you are rather broke why on earth would you even be considering buying a horse? It sounds like maybe you are wasting other peoples time and if you do buy something you will not have the funds to care for it properly.
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If you are rather broke why on earth would you even be considering buying a horse? It sounds like maybe you are wasting other peoples time and if you do buy something you will not have the funds to care for it properly.
That was my thought also.

Why not take the money you were going to use to buy this horse and take some up to date lessons.

Then next time you are horse shopping you will look like a pro.
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post #24 of 27 Old 10-04-2010, 01:15 PM
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I don't mind being corrected, in fact, Im greatful to glean information But I'm also extremely insecure, and that's like one of my fears--getting yelled at because I don't know what Im doing. Haha. I don't mind, but I did immeaditly feel dumb, then start feeling nervous, and then just thinking: why the heck am I here if I'm such an idiot? offer on (fingers are still crossed), she's definitely getting a leather halter.
You can't fix stupid, you know (I mean yelling for not knowing something). So just either ignore, or smile back. Smile always drives such people absolutely crazy!

I hope other horse you like will work out for you!
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post #25 of 27 Old 10-04-2010, 01:37 PM
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We always have left the halters on horses at our farm....Broodmares and yearlings sometimes had them on, sometimes didnt. We have never had an issue with anyone hurting themselves. Lesson barn I ride at likes halters off in the stall and out in the field. It is all personal preference.

Some people train their horses with clucks and kisses....other people don't. Again it is personal preference.

If this is the first horse you have had in a while, you might want to consider a one year lease. It will help ease you back into the ownership part and let you know if YOU are ready (not you and your family...YOU) for full term ownership. Taking lessons will also be a good thing right now as others have said.

There are multiple reasons for selling a horse after such a short time. Flip horse. Didnt fit what she wanted after she bought her. Personalities didnt click together....

I am not sure that I agree with her trying to fix your riding unless she saw it as a safety issue. Besides...you are there to look at a horse, not have a riding lesson.

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus

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post #26 of 27 Old 10-04-2010, 01:58 PM
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Before an incident happened I was leasing a horse, however I had really no clue how to ride. People I was leasing from reassured me as long as I knew how to steer and move him that was all that mattered. However I always felt that there was something "missing" I just felt that there was much more to this. Needless to say I bounce at the trot and my confidence isn't good not because I'm afraid of the horse just the fact that I have no clue how to ride.

Long story short wanted to lease a horse again when I spoke to a lady that offered the suggestion of taking lessons. At first," I was like what's the fun in that compared to leasing?" ( I knew I could never buy a horse) Now that I've been on the forum and had my own experience leasing. I realize now how little I actually know and that lessons from a legitimate/professional trainer is a good investment. I don't know anything about your riding abilities so I can't say. However for me its anther tool I can use when I finally get the chance to buy my own horse.

My opinion on halters is that I personally wouldn't leave them on in the stall or out in the pasture, but that's just me.

Riding with heels down was something I've always remember. From your post the lady could have been a bit more polite in addressing these manners though.

Good luck! Lessons aren't as bad as you think =)
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I would also think about investing in some regularly scheduled lessons at this time instead of a purchase. If you can find a qualified instructor that ou get along with it may be better than owning your own horse!

Lesson horses are generally a little more forgiving and there is always room for personal improvment. Personally, I rode for 9 years and owned my own horse for 2 1/2 of those. I took a 9 year break and have recently started taking lessons. I never knew what an eye-opening experience it could be!!! My instructor has shown me such amazing things that I had no clue about before and it has caused me to realize that while my horse and I "made it work", that it really wasn't great situation for either us and we were poorly matched. I am going to continue with lessons and do a possible half-lease at least through next spring until I think about making the purchase commitment again.

I want to be truly positive about what I want to do with my horse and be educated about my limits are and what challenges I can handle.

I understand that it is really easy to get hung-ho about getting a horse and you are very eager to have your own again but sometimes it is important to take a step back and look at yourself and your situation objectively.
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