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 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.