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    07-21-2012, 08:06 PM
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Foal
Question training Companion horse!! Please read!

I am currently looking to buy a horse and have my eye on a 3 year old filly that hasnt had any training. I have heard about it being dangerous to interact with untrained horses, but I am not only interested in riding I am also planing on doing alot of ground work and training tricks like, sit, laydown, bow and just alot of gentling I am in no rush to ride. I wanted to know your oppinion on this would it be better to get an older horse? Or is it ok get get a younger one?
I have worried about buying an older horse because I don't want it to have been abused or trained to like a person other than me and resent me
Any oppinions wil help
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    07-21-2012, 08:28 PM
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Weanling
I would suggest going with a trained horse. How experienced are you?
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    07-21-2012, 08:28 PM
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Started
It sounds like you are new to horses, and if that's the case, an older horse would certainly be a better deal. You want one that has a lot of experience doing the kinds of things you want to do. The best teacher is a great horse.
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    07-21-2012, 08:38 PM
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I have worried about buying an older horse because I don't want it to have been abused or trained to like a person other than me and resent me
That usually isnt the case. It does sound like you are new to horses, go with an older broke one you can handle. You can always teach and older horse new tricks. I taught my horse to smile and bow at the age of 10. Not that, that is old to me. A young one is not a good idea if you havent been around horses and know how to correctly train them. Think of this, you may beable to do ground work but if the horse tries to pull something are you going to know how to correctly fix it? Its much more than ground work. And they fact that the horse has had no training worries me. If you spend time brushing, feeding, and riding them they learn very fast who there owner is. My horse has had 4 owners previous to me, to my disbelieve becasue he's a GREAT horse. Its like he has been with me all his life.
     
    07-21-2012, 08:45 PM
  #5
Foal
I have been around horses for about 5 years on and off I love to ride challenging horses and they seem to fit my personality well I have several people in my area that are willing to help me train :) I am only concerned about older horses because many that I have ridden near where I live have seemed mean and like they had been abused because of where I live there is not alot of love toward horses and many people I know are not happy to spend time gentling a horse they just want to break them and get it over with so they can ride and sell them where as I am very willing to spend as much time as it takes and enjoy taking care of them
     
    07-21-2012, 09:18 PM
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Trained
So perhaps you can take on an older horse to learn how to give them a better deal?? I too am inclined to recommend an already trained horse since you're not experienced, but do remember that every time you interact with a horse you're 'training' it, so regardless of what horse you choose, I suggest finding a good instructor/trainer to help you, until you're confident of what/why you're doing.
     
    07-21-2012, 09:34 PM
  #7
Showing
The mean ones are usually owned by people who don't know what they are doing. The horse quickly figures this out (in a heartbeat) and takes over.With a young horse they learn the wrong way as quickly as they learn the right way. Older horses are a little more forgiving.
     
    07-21-2012, 09:42 PM
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Foal
Thank you everyone for your input soo far :) it has given me alot to think about
     
    07-21-2012, 09:44 PM
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Started
Definitely get a horse that has a bit of education. You qre very correct that unbtoke babies can be VERY dangerous, especially if you haven't had any experience training. You really have to understand what the horse is telling you, else you are looking to get hurt. Young horses are quick and unpredictable, and are still learning their place. If you don't know how to listen and communicate, you could end up with a nightmare.

Horses adapt fairly well. I would suggest getting a horse that is good to ride anf knows his job, and work on him with the tricks. That way, if you fail, you still have something you can live with and use.

Also, when the time comes to teach whatever horse you get your tricks, if he doesn't learn, it will not be his fault. Trick training can be very difficult.
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