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    08-20-2011, 07:05 AM
  #51
Foal
Another great thread :)
     
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    08-22-2011, 12:52 PM
  #52
Weanling
Great advice everyone, this is what I learned frommy own experience:

Take someone with experience with you --> When I bought my mare, I took a 30+ yr experienced trainer in TWH with me. She has bred/shown/competitive trail with them for years, knows the minds of the TWH how to tell if they will be trainable, if they are talented and sturdy. If you're inexperienced in the breed/discipline, first and foremost have an experts knowlege to help you start the process right by purchasing a good solid minded horse. I can't say how glad I am I had the help I did as I ended up with probably one of the best suited horses for myself.

After the purchasing, if you are not totally confident in your training ability have/pay for an experienced individual in the breed/discipline to help you train your horse, the best way to learn is as hands on as possible. Having a trusted trainer there to guide you from the ground and occassionally help you get through the 'humps' allows you to execute properly while learning in the process and training properly.

If I didn't have the help I did, I likely would have bought a broke horse instead as green horses are a big undertaking and there can be so many mistakes in the process with green horses.
     
    08-27-2011, 01:30 PM
  #53
Weanling
It's about time someone said it!! Well put.. great post.
     
    08-28-2011, 12:28 PM
  #54
Banned
I like Westphalian very much and I prefer this.

Originally bred as working and farm animals, the Westphalian horse was created to improve German horse stocks in the 18th century. Many records of the bloodlines were destroyed throughout the turmoil in Germany during the early 20th century, however the breed persisted as a popular sporting horse anyway.

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    08-29-2011, 11:32 AM
  #55
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Cecelia Roscow    
I like Westphalian very much and I prefer this.

Originally bred as working and farm animals, the Westphalian horse was created to improve German horse stocks in the 18th century. Many records of the bloodlines were destroyed throughout the turmoil in Germany during the early 20th century, however the breed persisted as a popular sporting horse anyway.


He's a beaut
     
    08-29-2011, 11:37 AM
  #56
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by kstinson    
Take someone with experience with you
This is the best advice here. Reading things on the internet is informative but in no way replaces the real world.

I'd like to add to also bring a non-horse friend with when you go back for the second look. They can add the element of good old common sense.
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    08-29-2011, 06:41 PM
  #57
Foal
Excellent post and like other's have said, glad that it's stickied.

I'm one that hasn't had much luck at all in finding the right horse. I've done everything that has been suggested in all the threads and have spent a ton of cash, still w/o the right horse. Hence, me taking a huge emotional and mental break from riding.

That said, I love riding, love horses and it's always been a dream to have one. Nothing outstanding, just a good ole been there, done that citizen that has little issue and only wants to jaunt around the neighborhood or trail ride.

The little boy in the video is amazing! Made me grin to watch him ride, grin more to hear him talk. Loved the 'yes, m'am", garsh, isn't he adorable?? A perfect match and a good example of what to look for.

Horses like that aren't a dime a dozen, at least not in my neck of the woods. Here, most people will sell you whatever it is they think you want, don't stoop to drugging a horse and a good trainer is near to impossible to find. By "good", I mean one that has YOUR best interest at heart, not theirs.

Seeing that video just makes my day. Thanks for posting it!
     
    08-30-2011, 02:53 AM
  #58
Foal
I would love some advice! I am a long time horse lover but have never been able to ride due to allergies. Recently learned and tested with Curlies with success and would now love to learn to ride. It doesn't help that I am head over heels for one of the geldings at the ranch. Only issue is that I obviously still don't know how to ride and can't take lessons anywhere due to the presence of normal coated horses. Any suggestions from the more experienced and knowledgable thread members would be appreciated :)
     
    08-30-2011, 03:49 PM
  #59
Foal
I've bought 2 horses so far & although they are both "good horses" neither one has turned out to be what I was looking for or thought I was buying. I needed a beginner horse & both seemed well trained & easy for me to handle at the beginning but they have both realized how inexperienced I am and have started to push & test me.
A horse friend of mine said that no matter how good the horse is over time they will come down to the level of their rider. I'm taking some lessons with them & it's helping but I have a lot to learn.
I'm looking for a good kids horse for my 7 year old daughter. She started riding pony club & gymkhana this year and she is confident but still figuring out using voice & legs before reins. She rode both of our horses on her own at the beginning of the summer but now is having trouble (they've stopped listening because she doesn't stop pulling) so I've gone back to leading her with them using halter only. I've found lots of ponies/small horses that sound pretty good but I'm listening to my spidey senses more now and won't rush into anything until I find the horse (and seller) that we really need!
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    08-30-2011, 04:16 PM
  #60
Weanling
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Originally Posted by FarmerMama    
I've bought 2 horses so far & although they are both "good horses" neither one has turned out to be what I was looking for or thought I was buying. I needed a beginner horse & both seemed well trained & easy for me to handle at the beginning but they have both realized how inexperienced I am and have started to push & test me.
A horse friend of mine said that no matter how good the horse is over time they will come down to the level of their rider. I'm taking some lessons with them & it's helping but I have a lot to learn.
I'm looking for a good kids horse for my 7 year old daughter. She started riding pony club & gymkhana this year and she is confident but still figuring out using voice & legs before reins. She rode both of our horses on her own at the beginning of the summer but now is having trouble (they've stopped listening because she doesn't stop pulling) so I've gone back to leading her with them using halter only. I've found lots of ponies/small horses that sound pretty good but I'm listening to my spidey senses more now and won't rush into anything until I find the horse (and seller) that we really need!
No rider is ever past the point of needing lessons, there is always something more you can learn. My trainer who has 30+ years of walker training and has been in the saddle since she could walk still takes lessons -everyone has something different to offer and something for you to learn.

I think it is great that you are taking lessons on those horses as it will teach you how to be a better rider. Even more, I think it is great you recognized that and that you are willing to make th effort to become better, kudos!
     

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