I will never purposefully get another horse under the age of 2.
Wow, that's exactly how I feel! I keep thinking it must be just me and I am a dunce or something! Because people always talk about how "rewarding" it is working with young horses. Um, that hasn't been my experience!
I am hoping that a few years from now I can look back and laugh at all I've been through with my mischievous gelding, but right now I honestly feel that I will never purposely own any untrained horse ever again. My nerves just can't take it. I'm 35 years old and have had horse since I was around 17. But I have never trained anything before and my first foal has been VERY tough. Like crying almost every day tough! I do tend to cry easily, but in contrast my adult horses never bring me anything but total happiness. They can almost do no wrong. So contrast that with a horse that frustrates me to tears nearly every day.
The only thing that keeps me hanging on is that he was born here and I feel responsible for him. If I give him up I will always wonder what happened to him. And I do believe he has the potential to be a good horse or I would not torture myself. Only one more year before I can send him out for saddle breaking. That is my goal- to raise him to the point of sending him out for training.
In the future I will just save myself the grief and buy a horse that is broke to ride. It would be much cheaper and less frustrating not matter what the cost compared to feeding a horse for 3 years and trying to do all the groundwork yourself, praying for the day you can ship him out to someone to saddle break. Paying $550-$1000 a month for training. Hoping
it will be worth it in the end and I will end up with a rideable, abiet very green horse that won't kill me. All that money and grief when I could probably buy a rideable horse at this very moment for $500-$600. I love him and I want to see it through. But is it worth it? When you can buy a broke horse for next to nothing? The only thing that keeps me hanging on is that I love him.
I'm glad there are folks out there who can train or there would be no rideable horses. But if I have learned anything it is that I am NOT a horse trainer. I wanted to be. But I just don't have it in me.
So that's my story. I keep hearing how "rewarding" young horses are. Hopefully you will have better luck than me.