Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I don't think she's too thin. It couldn't hurt to put more weight on her, but she seems happy and shiny. Very cute. =]
I got a 7 month old two months ago, making her 9 months now, that I plan to stat by myself. And no, I don't plan on using a trainer unless I feel I need one. I pretty much started my baby from scratch, when I got her she kind of tied and would sometimes pick up her feet. Since I got her, she loads, bathes, always picks up her feet, and ties much better. I've taught my other horse, 17 year old Ricci, in the ways of dressage and all sorts of lateral work, and we're currently working on bowing. =]
My point is, if you think you can start her yourself, if you think you can handle all the setbacks you may or may not come across, if you can accept any mistakes and seek help before it's too late, and if you have or can at least come up with a plan, then by all means, go for it. I think it's ridiculous when people think you can't train a horse without a degree. It's mostly common sense anyway, and baby steps.
Good luck with her, and definitely keep us posted on any and all progress. I love happy endings =]
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