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        04-30-2007, 07:34 PM
    I am soo new, and need help!

    Hi all! I bought a horse two days ago for the first time. He is an older gelding, and is a Missouri Foxtrotter. He is quite pretty. I am sticking to the feeding schedule the previous owner had him on and I have already set up a vet appointment for the once over. My issue is the harness. I cannot get this on him! He lets me approach him and brush him, even eats treats from my hand but he will not let me harness him. I am green and I am sure he can sense this, and of course he does not know me at all. What should I do?
    I do not plan on riding him but he is broke and the previous owner had him saddled and rode him and even put a child on him so it is possible to harness him. I just don't know how.
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        04-30-2007, 10:47 PM
    Harness him? As in driving harness? Or halter him?, first off why did you buy a horse with out vetting him first?, are you going harness him to drive ? Is that why you are not going to ride him or is this a halter issue?
        05-01-2007, 01:14 PM
    You sound so much like me when I got my first horse, that was three years ago. I still consider myself a beginnier. My first horse did this to me. I put the halter in her feed bucket and let her eat around it for about three days. She got used to the jangle of it. Then I would rub her with it and after 3 days she would let me put it on her. You are right about them sensing your nervousness. I just bought a haflinger gelding, I was fine riding him at the owners but now that I have him home I am scared of him..So off to the trainer he goes, with me right behind. Just remember to breathe, slow and deep. I listen to my ipod and sing, I have to breathe to sing.

    As far as taking a vet with you when you find a horse. For many people this is just not economical. If the horse is current on vaccinations, coggins, teeth floating - and is not obviously sick, that is good enough for me - the horse, if current on all of these, has seen a vet within a year. I think taking a trainer or a friend knowledgable in horses and/or a farrier is a better idea. The horse is only as good as the legs and hooves he stands on. And a trainer sees beyond a pretty horse. A good horse is one of no color.
        05-01-2007, 07:15 PM
    I would suggest getting help by a professional. You could get hurt. Always get a vet check. If you can't afford a vet check then you can't afford a horse. (my opinion) Too many people buy horse and can't afford them. Unfortunately some of those horses end up as dog food.
        05-01-2007, 09:05 PM
    I guess I meant halter. Horse talk is new to me. Yes I purchased him without a vet. I did not plan on riding him because I don't ride. I just wanted a horse in my turn out pasture that I can take care of. So basically my halter issue is just my own worries coming up that I simply do not know how to halter him.I am concerned that the farrier will want him haltered and tied and I am a moron and may not have this taken care of! I have a farrier coming out next week and the vet the week later. He has his coggins but is due for worming soon and I just want to make sure I am taking care of him properly. I can afford to care for him, but money doesnt buy knowledge. I just want him to be healthy.
    I did not buy him because he was pretty, but I still think he is! (even though he rolled in the mud today!)
    Anyways, thanks.
        05-01-2007, 10:03 PM
    Carrie may I suguest that you look up some of these terms before you give any advice to some one to not vet check a horse before buying it......

    Afriacain horse disease hoof and mouth

    Strangles west nile

    Equine Encephalomyelitis Equine Infectious Anemia

    Tetanus Wobblers

    should I go on? I have seen far to many barns go under quaratine because of Ignorant horse owners and yes some i've also seen good horses lost because of it......but yes it is my opinion to that if you can't aford a vet call then why have a horse...

    As for catsfor me i'm not trying to be mean at all but why would you buy a horse if you know nothing of them? Is it the fact of owning a horse? I'm in the proceses of turning in a family member because of the fact that she just wanted a horse (out in back yard) she know's nothing, she is too afraid to take her horses out of the pen there in ...they have not seen a vet in a long time ( she can't aford) and the horses haven't had hay in about 3 weeks, it's the lac of knowlage that these poor horses have to suffer.....if your horse got out what would you do?....if you found your horse vilentley rolling around on the ground how would you handle it?, again i'm not trying to be mean but couldn't you of leased your field to some one who already had a horse for whom they could look after it and you could have some thing to "look at"
        05-01-2007, 11:12 PM
    Kansas twister please read my post. I stated that the horses vaccincations should be UP TO DATE and that the horse is not ill. I looked up the first disesase you posted online- doesn't exist the way you typed it. The other two their are vaccinations for, the last one, the horse is obviously ill. A vet can't tell you that a horse doesn't have eia. I can afford a vet, my husband and I make over $650,000 yearly, but I think in my opinion that if I am not spending $$$$$$$$$$$$ on a horse, the horse is current on all vaccinations and is not showing symptoms of illness, I wouldn't get a vet check.

    If she wants a horse for a pasture pet,so what. Just because she didn't get a vet check doesn't make her an irresponsible horse owner. How many barns require a vet check? As for barns that go under quarrantine because of ignorant horse owner, I think the blame should be on the ignorant barn owner. If this is such a problem than a vet check should be required before a new horse is brought in. I know they require a Coggins but not many a vet check. So maybe you should vent there, not at her.

    She is asking for advise that is what this board is for, not to get attacked.
        05-01-2007, 11:44 PM
    I AM A BARN OWNER... AND YES I DO REQUIRE YEARLY VET CHECKS AND BLOOD WORK (a responsable barn owner will do this for the health and welfare for other boarders) as for my boarders if it is not done by a given time a vet will do it and they will be billed, I HAVE NEVER HAD ANY COMPLANTES ABOUT IT!! I have been ridding for 30 years and have owned my stable for 2 years......i have spent what your husband makes a year in a life time on the heath and welfare of my horses... yes I grew up in a very wealthy house hold but choose not to rub it in on here...how can it be a ignorant barn owner???? Did they buy the horse for you?? ... ok, first off if one horse is moved from one stable to a new one it can easley carry a disease from one barn to another with out you knowing or the horse looking sick till it's too late, i'm a lot of people would agree with me on this one, when I had my mare in canada I moved 3 times....all he barns I moved to required a clean bill of health by a vet... and I know a few people this site who's horses are under quarantine because of ignorance
        05-02-2007, 08:05 AM
    Kt, quit being so self righteous. I have a 2 year old at home don't feel like dealing with one here

    I am sure your barn is lovely, gosh wish I could board there.
        05-02-2007, 09:14 AM
    I do not believe that Kansas is being self rightious. Its the ignorance of other people that cause true horse owners to get so angry. Having money doesn't make you a good horse owner. I think that this subject is getting out of hand. And I did not see anyone acting like a two year old ( I have one too) no one through food at me or screamed no! Ten times.

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