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post #21 of 53 Old 03-30-2010, 02:02 PM
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It's been said before, but a green horse and a green owner is not a good match.

Another bad match is a green horse and a young, green rider.

When she was 3 years old, my friend's grandmother put her on her barely trained 2 year old Arabian. She was leading her around the pasture, when something spooked the horse and my friend fell off and broke her back. Now, 20 years later she still walks hunched over and everyday is painful for her.

My point is that it's cute and idealistic for a kid to grow up with a horse, it's dangerous. Horses are unpredictable, and the problem is compounded when you yourself don't know much about horses. Please get your children an older horse that's dead broke. Your horse may be super sweet and kind, but it's young, and all the love in world doesn't make it safe.

You and your children will enjoy a broke horse much much much more than you will with a 2 year old. Don't let attachment stop you from getting rid of her either. She will become attached to the next person who brings her food, and you will become just as attached to the next one, probably more so since you will be able to enjoy it without worrying.
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post #22 of 53 Old 03-30-2010, 02:15 PM
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Sell the young horse and you and your daughter take some lessons at a barn with a good schooling horse. After awhile you will have a better understanding of what it takes to ride and own a horse. Your daughter will have more fun and get a much safer start with horses.
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post #23 of 53 Old 03-30-2010, 08:34 PM
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Okay, if the only thing you changed was her new pasture, think of what that can be. Is there loco weed in or around it, like mentioned above? I really am not getting good vibes from this trainer
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post #24 of 53 Old 03-30-2010, 08:41 PM
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Sorry to double post, but you're using an English bit and a Western saddle?
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post #25 of 53 Old 03-30-2010, 08:45 PM
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Sorry to double post, but you're using an English bit and a Western saddle?
The horse is not quite three. It's perfectly normal to use a snaffle on a junior horse. Nothing wrong with it.

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post #26 of 53 Old 03-30-2010, 08:45 PM
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There is nothing that infuriates me more in this world then individuals who sell 1-3 year old horses as "kids horses". As "bombproof". As "saf'e". The horse is a BABY and you don't have a single flipping clue what he might ACTUALLY do when a tractor ruffles his fur out on the road. The only thing I would ever consider even remotely bombproof is MAYBE the 35 year old geriatric pony.

I have a 3 year old Paint. I've spent the winter putting rides on her. She's so dang calm, I let our 14 year old lesson kid jump on her and cool her out under my supervision. She hasn't been ridden in 4 weeks due to the weather, and two days ago I hopped up on her and took her for her first ride down the road - she didn't bat an eyelash.

And if I were to sell her, I would not PERMIT a family to buy her. I know nothing about this filly. I have spent six months training her, and as calm and sweet as she may be, it is impossible to tell what may make her blow her cork two days from now, a month from now, a year from now. Maybe she never will. I won't risk someones life taking that chance because she is a BABY.

Trade up. Why are you wasting your time and risking your family's safety and a horse already prone to acting up? Green + green doesn't ALWAYS equal black and blue but you have CHILDREN for gosh sakes. It's a little different if you want to bash your own brains in trying to prove something, but for the sake of your children, take the older trained horse and let them ENJOY their horse!

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post #27 of 53 Old 03-30-2010, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Well we have decided to trade. We are chalking this up to good intentions gone bad. We are going to try the gelding. We do have some good support with friends who are experienced horsemen and will help us learn. So, hopefully this horse will be a better fit for us. Thank you all so much for your help and I will keep you posted on how the new horse goes. We are excited, but want to also be smart and safe. We know that we will take some spills, but there is no sense in adding extra difficulties and making what should be a great experience a terrible one.

I will let you know and I am sure I will have many more questions as we go along!
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post #28 of 53 Old 03-30-2010, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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BTW Macarbemilkolaj,

Our Luna looks quite a bit like the paint in your picture. We even walk up to her while she is relaxing like your pic :)
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post #29 of 53 Old 03-30-2010, 09:53 PM
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She trained her horse to lay down. She didn't just walk up to her like that.

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post #30 of 53 Old 03-30-2010, 09:54 PM
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BTW Macarbemilkolaj,

Our Luna looks quite a bit like the paint in your picture. We even walk up to her while she is relaxing like your pic :)
Haha, actually, I trained her to lie down. She's a sweet little filly, but I had to beat some of the spoiled out of her when I first got her from green trainers trying to work with her.

I think you've made an excellent choice. Once in awhile a golden youngster comes along, but they are far and few between and I honestly think you will have WAY more fun being relaxed and safe around a horse you can trust!

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