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    11-18-2012, 10:33 AM
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Foal
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Hi, I have a beautiful paint mare. I rescued her when she was only 5 months old. She now will be 4 on this January. She is super smart. She is 16.3 hands and built like a tank. Nice round backend. And boy is she fast. I have been working with her since I got her. When is it ok to start breaking her? I have put a saddle on her, and she done nothing wrong. So then I put my 28 yr old daughter on her, and still nothing. I just led her around with my daughter on her. We only done this once, because I wasn't sure at what age to completly break her. A guy did stop by here because he heard of how good she is and he offered me $2000 for her. I'm not sure if I want to part with her, and I know that I will never ride her. Oh so what to do?She is homognized paint. I know I spelled that wrong, sorry. She is short backed and she would make one heck of a barrel horse.My dream horse is a black percheron around 17-18 hands. Oh I wished for one for over 20 yrs now. Thanks for your time.
     
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    11-18-2012, 10:37 AM
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Showing
For heaven's sake, if you're never going to ride her then sell her on to someone who will. If someone REALLY offered you $2,000 for an unbroke youngster, you should have jumped on it.

Besides, from all of your other threads you sound like a complete newbie, which means you don't have the experience or ability to train a horse under saddle.
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    11-18-2012, 10:40 AM
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Weanling
I put a light saddle on their backs after 2, and a person at 3. By 4, mine have always been broke to ride and pretty well desensitized. Of course, mine were all about 15 to 16 hands, so not as big as your girl. If somebody offered me that much for a green horse, I would take it, but there's no shame in being attached, either.
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    11-18-2012, 10:53 AM
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Foal
UMM, to speed racer, I am not a newbie, as you call it. I am 50 yrs old. I have breast cancer, and MS. But I still try my best to keep on riding. Been to college for english hunter when I was much much younger. I have had horses all my life. I am new to this site, and all I am doing is trying to met people and just get some answers, so you don't have to be so rude to me.
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    11-18-2012, 11:03 AM
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Foal
Oh by the way Speed Racer, if I was a newbi as you call me, then why did my quarter horse who I had my whole life just pass away a month ago from Natural causes. He was 39 YEARS OLD. He was my best friend. I had him since he was 7 months old. So I must of been doing something right. Boy Do I miss him.
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    11-18-2012, 11:06 AM
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Green Broke
I'd look into getting a trainer, the first steps in training are very important. Especially for how big she is (introduce all of my horses to saddles and pads when they are two and still smaller side)
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    11-18-2012, 11:25 AM
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Oh by the way Speed Racer, if I was a newbi as you call me, then why did my quarter horse who I had my whole life just pass away a month ago from Natural causes. He was 39 YEARS OLD. He was my best friend. I had him since he was 7 months old. So I must of been doing something right. Boy Do I miss him.
I know lots of people who have kept horses for years and years but still did a rather sh*tty job, horses are pretty hardy.

Experience caring for horses doesn't equal expereince for training, I'd look at finding someone who can break the filly the right way. If she's worth so much, with decent training she will hopefully have a secure future as someones work animal or pasture pet if something were you happen to you.

The best gift we can give our horses, is a job and a value. GOOD training gives them that. If she is four now, I'd say she is past time to be getting professional training done on her, but not overly... 4 is a good age and she'll still be easier to train then later down the road. I break mine at 3 and they're on long (5+ hour) trail rides by five doing their job.

Good luck! Sounds like a good filly you got on your hands.
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    11-18-2012, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Bryerhillfarm    
Oh by the way Speed Racer, if I was a newbi as you call me, then why did my quarter horse who I had my whole life just pass away a month ago from Natural causes. He was 39 YEARS OLD. He was my best friend. I had him since he was 7 months old. So I must of been doing something right. Boy Do I miss him.
I am so very sorry for the loss of your Quarter horse!!! What a dear companion he must have been.... I am glad he lived such a long (and hopefully happy) life and I hope my horse is that fortunate!

4 years old is plenty old enough to proceed with breaking/training. She sounds like quite a good minded horse and even if you never ride yourself, she might be a fine companion/friend for you if that's what you are considering. You don't have to ride a horse in order to have a relationship with her. When I am to old to ride, I plan to just take a chair out into the pasture and enjoy my dear four-legged companion's company...
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