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post #181 of 219 Old 08-04-2013, 12:28 PM
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Excellent post!! If I had read this six years ago, I probably wouldn't be anywhere near where I am now though. I bought a yearling quarter horse when I was 12. I spent a year with her just playing on groundwork (I was fairly competent in this from helping a local trainer), then sent her to a professional trainer at two years old. Looking back now it shouldn't have ended nearly as well as it did. I was lucky enough to pick out the laziest/gentlest yearling on the planet who took great care of me. Now her being 7 year old, she has managed to introduce over 20 beginners to riding taking as excellent care of them as she did with me. Realizing how well it went, and the confidence she gave me, gave me the inspiration to apply to the college of my dreams to learn how to professionally train horses. But still I am extremely lucky to be here thanks to how mature Breezy was as a baby.
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post #182 of 219 Old 08-19-2013, 11:25 PM
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Thanks for posting this! I'm no where near buying a horse yet - just started my lessons, but hope to have one eventually! I learned a lot!
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post #183 of 219 Old 08-25-2013, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
Between the horse and rider, there needs to be a combined ability level of expert..
that may be the most brilliant assessment of riding I have ever read
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post #184 of 219 Old 09-01-2013, 10:42 AM
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I have a very sweet green broke 2 yr old stud, he was a rescue and I got very lucky to have such a patient and trusting little fella. I of all people know in my short years of horse experience that you may think you can handle them all, but each horse has their own quirks, their own issues and their own specialties. Each is a new challenge.
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post #185 of 219 Old 10-22-2013, 03:46 PM
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I've tried this, not good
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post #186 of 219 Old 10-22-2013, 03:47 PM
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Thanks for the write up.
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post #187 of 219 Old 01-08-2014, 04:10 PM
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Yes! Well Said!

A way to think of it...if you aren't going to take care of your horse you should not own a horse and you cannot take proper care of a horse if you don't know what you are doing.

I'd suggest starting with lessons, then co-boarding, then purchasing

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post #188 of 219 Old 01-11-2014, 11:15 PM
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This is a great post and I've definitely lived the consequences of having a horse that was not at all suited to my abilities. When I was 9, I wanted to join my sister in the 4-H club. At the time, I had already been riding for 5 years, had taken lessons and was not half bad for someone my age. One of the parents in the club told my parents he had a 4 year old QH gelding that would be great for me. Totally bomb proof, never spooks, etc. My parents started into horses the same time I started riding and so they trusted this other person who had a ton more experience than they did.

Luckily, they only leased him instead of buying him for me because he was a disaster. Bucked me off almost every time I rode him, used to bite me, had no ground manners and many more things. If I were to get on him now, I would probably be a lot more successful, but at age 9, I just didn't have the weight or strength to teach him or be able to stay on. In hindsight, a 9 year old rider on a 4 year old green broke horse probably wasn't likely to succeed. (I know there are exceptions to this, I'm only meaning in general)

After returning him, my parents bought me a 12 year old Arab mare who was trained, had showed had been in 4-H and who just had more experience period, but was still "spunky" enough that she presented a challenge for me to grow.

I did learn two things from that experience: The first was tenacity - getting on time and time again, even if it was just to walk around the arena. The second - knowing when to quit and move on.
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post #189 of 219 Old 01-22-2014, 03:49 PM
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Such a great post! Didn't get through entire message, so I hope this isn't a repeat. Just as I didn't work with computers, cars, or another trade for 30 years, why think that you as a beginner will just know what experience is needed to work with a 1200 lb animal? As for myself, I have always loved being a sponge around the oldtimers and 'been there, done that' horsemen. We never quit learning, and any ego involved needs to be left when you have the privilege to learn from these people! You will know who they are, as they don't go around 'boasting about what they know. It should be fun, but respectful to your peers and to the horses. They will respect your honesty... Honest!! :)
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post #190 of 219 Old 01-23-2014, 10:43 PM
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Honest? Hmmm people differ in honestly selling a horse. Bring a trainer with if green. I tend to be over honest which is abnormal I hear. Bring a more knowledgeable person with and as I learned LISTEN to experienced horse person.

Story: I said I would not recommend as a horse for green horse person. (Better word albeit). Then after discussion said: I see you want her no matter what I say so. ... later: my fault bad horse. Be wary!!!

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