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post #1 of 25 Old 07-12-2013, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Two Year Old Mount?

Alright, I have a two year old Quarter Horse filly. I'm really looking only sit on her and walk her around. I believe I shouldn't trot her around or anything further until I get her knee joints check. I'm trying to get a tad *green* so I can take her and sell her. She isn't what I need.
Now would sitting on her and walking her be okay? She is in very good weight, round belly and thick shoulders and hind quarters. She's about...15.1hh, still a little rump high from a growth spurt. I'm 5'7 and weight 134 pounds. What are your thoughts? I was trying to sell her a long time ago, and never went through with a sell. Reasons I won't get into. She's hard enough to sell as is, A vet told me she has locking patella's? He said nothing to worry about, can't be fixed but you can unlock her legs. He said if she locks during a ride, either gently back her up or dismount and back her until it unlocks. She will be a very hard one to sell, I'm thinking of just selling her to someone who can care for her and provide for medical care.
Back to my question, What do y'all think of me just sitting on her and possibly walking her about in a round pen?
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post #2 of 25 Old 07-12-2013, 05:15 PM
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Simple answer. No. No. No.
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Agreed.

However, there are so many things you can do for her training without sitting on her. Work on her yielding to you from the ground, saddle her up and bridle her when you're working with her, so she gets used to her "work-clothes". Teach her voice commands (walk, trot, canter/jog). Teach her to load/unload. Make sure she has nice manners. There are so many things you can do to have her good and ready to get on when she's closer to 4.
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Agreed.

However, there are so many things you can do for her training without sitting on her. Work on her yielding to you from the ground, saddle her up and bridle her when you're working with her, so she gets used to her "work-clothes". Teach her voice commands (walk, trot, canter/jog). Teach her to load/unload. Make sure she has nice manners. There are so many things you can do to have her good and ready to get on when she's closer to 4.
Saddling is no problem with her, neither is taking the bit. She just recently started being tacked western. Ground driving is a nice one, She responds great to whoa and smooching. Her manners....are decent. IF you aren't trying to lunge her. As for green, I know many people who have a horse green at 2 1/2 to three years old. Since a quarter horse apparently matures faster than larger breeds. Thought the hocks aren't finished I plan no hard riding, I'm interested in a walking mount to sell.
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You walking around on her is in no way a selling point, in my opinion. In fact, if I were looking to buy a horse and learned it had only been walked around on (not trotted or cantered) for an extended period of time, I would run. It looks like a huge red flag that something was wrong with horse or the person training it, and may make it more difficult for a real trainer to retrain the horse that it actually has to work when under saddle.

In my opinion, you should let the horse grow into itself, then see how the locking patella thing works out, then consider starting the horse under saddle.
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You walking around on her is in no way a selling point, in my opinion. In fact, if I were looking to buy a horse and learned it had only been walked around on (not trotted or cantered) for an extended period of time, I would run. It looks like a huge red flag that something was wrong with horse or the person training it, and may make it more difficult for a real trainer to retrain the horse that it actually has to work when under saddle.

In my opinion, you should let the horse grow into itself, then see how the locking patella thing works out, then consider starting the horse under saddle.
I mean just having her broke to walk, she's only two after all? I'm an honestly seller, I give any health problems outright to anyone looking at her. I don't hide a thing. I don't feel it's fair to put someone in danger or risk, including financial risk. I have a mare and foal, and a gelding. I don't want to support this filly, her medical notes are increasing and it's costing me hay for my babes.
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I hate to say it, but in this day and age with this horse market, you aren't going to get a cent for her. There are well broke horses being given away in some places. If she were mine, I'd either try to find a retirement rescue, or just have her euthanized. Sucks, but... Unfortunately there aren't many options for a lame horse.
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Two reasons for the no - she's injured and only 2.
You backing her isn't going to make her any more desirable. For the reasons that you want rid of her, no one is going to want to buy her.

The best thing you can do is make sure she is good on all her ground work, and offer her free as a pasture mate.
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Two reasons for the no - she's injured and only 2.
You backing her isn't going to make her any more desirable. For the reasons that you want rid of her, no one is going to want to buy her.

The best thing you can do is make sure she is good on all her ground work, and offer her free as a pasture mate.

Actually, It's genetic. She unlocks her leg herself or you can unlock it by backing her up. You never know, pasture mate or just a pleasure riding horse, either way. I'm aware she is two, reason I am asking.
I actually don't mind her problems, she's a decent filly. She isn't cut out for what I want, let alone the Colt I just had born has more desirable traits to a barrel prospect. I would actually keep her, IF I had the room and money to keep all four horses happily at a bit chubby weight.
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I hate to say it, but in this day and age with this horse market, you aren't going to get a cent for her. There are well broke horses being given away in some places. If she were mine, I'd either try to find a retirement rescue, or just have her euthanized. Sucks, but... Unfortunately there aren't many options for a lame horse.
I don't know if I'd be able to euthanize her, it's extremely hard for me unless it's the last resort. I've been looking into rescues or places that just house pasture horses, but seemingly they are all full in this area. I know many people out here are wealthy and actually take horses just to help their lands taxes. She's a undesirable horse, but personally to someone looking for a pet or little trail horse, she is ideal.
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