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post #1 of 5 Old 12-22-2008, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Young or seasoned?

Would it be more beneficial to buy a very young horse (weanling/yearling) for later training, or a seasoned, probably older one that knows how to jump/ride very well?
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-22-2008, 06:11 PM
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Depends what your long term and short term goals are? Do you have the time, patience and know-how to train and raise a young horse to become the jumper you want??? Or do you want a seasoned schoolmaster to teach you and jump ASAP? There are benefits to either situation depending on your current situation.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-22-2008, 06:16 PM
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PintoPony hit the nail on the head.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-23-2008, 11:56 PM
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Here is what I did. I owned 2 rideable geldings which I rode and showed. I ended up having to stop riding for a few years due to injury and ended up selling them both from lack of riding. From there I bought some babies Cobalt being one of the resulting ones.I knew I would have the time to work with a foal AND I know that by the time he would be of riding age that's when I was going to get back into the tack myself.

As it has been posted, if you know you will have the time, money and expertise to work with a foal then by any means I think it's the best way to go. There is not other bond between a horse and rider than one you will get with a foal you raise yourself. Be prepared for the amount of work it's going to take and patience. They can be a lot of fun but they can also test every bone in your body.

Cost wise, foals can be a lot more to raise than to buy a trained horse. You have to think of the board, training and all the vet and horse care you are going to be putting into getting that horse to the age and point of training where you can ride compared to the horse that is already good to go.

Hope it helped. Good luck

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-24-2008, 01:53 PM
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It depends on your knowledge and your goals. I prefer to get young ones that I can eventually train the way I want them to be - a clean slate so to speak. However, if you need to learn a discipline or what to compete relatively quickly, a seasoned horse would be the way to go. Think of it this way - that weanling or yearling probably won't be ready to compete at any level for 4-5 years. Can you wait that long?
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