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post #1 of 9 Old 09-11-2011, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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ok so i dont know where to put this so im just going to guess it should go here.

So i have been riding for 4 years. i am a hunter jumper. i am almost fearless. (my only fear is truly a fast and bouncy canter.) I am fearless 100% when it comes to jumps. point me at anything and i will find a way to go over it. I have trained 3 horses since i have started riding. a QH filly who is now a top lesson horse, a pony more who has since been sold for 4 grand and a grey pony who had a bucking and spooking problem and is now in a lesson program.

So i moved recently to a new state and am now looking to buy a new horse. My parents keep insisting i should get a well broke, bomb proof horse, that already knows its job and requires no further training. (they dont even want to get a horse that i would need to transition from western to english.) But i want to get a younger horse who has some miles under saddle but could still use finiishing miles. but they keep insisting i shouldnt.

I feel like if i get the horse my parents want it wont challenge me enough. but my parents insist if i get a young horse it will be too difficult. (even though ive already done the adding miles job before)

SO i just want input. thx!
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-11-2011, 10:18 PM
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I'm definitely no expert on any of this, but I do know even if you have trained some horses, if you get the wrong young one it can really hurt you. What if you got a 7 year old very talented jumper, then you can move it up the jumping levels or something, maybe learn how to event on it and stuff. You don't need to get a young horse just to get a challenge, get an 10 year old and learn how to event on it, or something.

I am currently teaching myself how to stand up on my horse while she's cantering, sometimes the challenge doesn't have to be the horse, try working hard on dressage and your seat and timing and everything in jumping?

just my 2cents if your parents don't want you to get a super young horse.

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post #3 of 9 Old 09-11-2011, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thx also i kinda left this out my parents want a horse thats wround 15-20 yrs old. i want on somewhere from 4 to 7
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-11-2011, 10:35 PM
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Who is paying for the horse? And how old are you? If you are under 18 and your parents are paying... that pretty much answers it doesn't it? Also are they horsey people? You can try to get them to go for a tad younger. I've got a pretty well trained been there done that horse and he is only 11.
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-11-2011, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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i am only 14 but my parents are making me pay 75% of the price. they are not horse people at all. MY dad is scared or horses and My mom babys them.
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Meet them halfway. They want a 15 year old horse, you want a 7 year old... compromise on a 10 year old that knows his job, but could use some extra miles to really make use of his talent.
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-12-2011, 12:53 AM
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Meet them halfway. They want a 15 year old horse, you want a 7 year old... compromise on a 10 year old that knows his job, but could use some extra miles to really make use of his talent.
This is a great suggestion.

But really OP, if your parents insist on you getting an older horse you should go along with it. Even if you are paying for most of the horse, you are still their daughter and living under their roof (I'm guessing). You're in subjection to them until you're 18.

I'm sure you did really well on the three horses you've trained. But that doesn't mean your new horse will be that easy to train. And unlike training for someone else, you can't say the horse is too much for you to handle and walk away. At best you could sell it, and it may not sell very quickly. And please don't say you're fearless... those are the ones that end up getting hurt or disappointed. Have enough humility to admit you may not be ready to take on a certain horse, yet enough confidence to try new things and bring the horses best potential out.

As far as getting a new horse to work with (granted your parents agree...), I say go for it! You sound like you have enough experience to take on a new challenge. Just be discerning on what you buy and don't bite off more than you can chew. At least you're not like me, at 14 I wanted to buy a two year old and train it from the ground up.

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post #8 of 9 Old 09-14-2011, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Thx guys. So i think my parents and i have agreed on buying a horse whos trained western not english and i can train it to go western so i think thats how we will compromise this one. ;)
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-14-2011, 08:50 AM
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good luck on finding your new horse!
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