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post #11 of 28 Old 02-06-2010, 06:46 PM
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I'm not sure the purpose of such a hypothetical question. What's your point? Are you collecting data so as to make a more informed choice for yourself?

What *I* would do is simply not relevant. What's relevant is that the decision be made based as much on the individual's knowledge and experience with horses, as their pocketbook. Being able to afford a horse, doesn't make it a good decision to own one.
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post #12 of 28 Old 02-06-2010, 07:38 PM
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There are more young horses to choose from depending on what you want to do. If they are nice and well broke they tend to keep them and not sell them.
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post #13 of 28 Old 02-06-2010, 08:03 PM
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So many shades of grey in the word "trained". I would not feel qualified to start a young horse from scratch. I would pay a bit more money for a horse that was well started under saddle. I personally would not want an older trained horse because they tend to come with their own set of problems. I'd rather start with a slightly trained blank slate and put my stamp on it than have to fix someone else's poor training. It's basically what I did with my OTTB and so far it's working out very well.

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post #14 of 28 Old 02-07-2010, 06:49 AM
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I personally would not get a very young and completely untrained horse, but I would also not get and old, trained school master either.

I would go for inbetween, say a horse between 6 and 12 years, that at least know all of the basics. Then I can work on training the horse further for whatever I would like it to do, like in my case jumping.

It is always fun and rewarding to train a horse, but since I don't have the experience to train it from the ground up, I would go for the type I just described above. IF I had the experience, I would go for training an unbroken horse.

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post #15 of 28 Old 02-07-2010, 07:58 AM
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I agree with everyone. In the long run you would be spending way more money on a young horse you have to train.

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post #16 of 28 Old 02-11-2010, 10:12 AM
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Well, I don't have a horse. When I get one, I am most likely going to go for a slightly challenging horse, but one that knows what he is doing.
Right now, I do a little bit of finishing work on school ponies, trying to get a more desirable "school pony" product of them~ my current boy, for instance, he has behavioral issues at the canter and when jumping. so his owners only let people ride him walk trot, except for me while i'm working on him. I would rather ride him than any other horse... but when I can get a lesson on a well trained schoolmaster? I go for it. I learn a lot more on them than on Roger. There's really two different products for each answer; Buying/working with a green horse gives me satisfaction when they get something right or we get a little farther, and I love when they learn something new, but buying/working with a schoolmaster, I learn new things and I get a little farther. . does that make sense?

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post #17 of 28 Old 02-11-2010, 10:18 AM
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I definitely didn't buy a younger horse to train it and save money. I bought a younger horse to train it because I wanted the experience. It ends up costing more, however! Didn't help that I fell in love with her...
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post #18 of 28 Old 02-11-2010, 10:18 AM
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I'd say depending on experience and situation. I had little experience and went the road of green unhandled youngsters (one abused). Not like I REALLY wanted (I was planning to get green broke 3-4 years old), but when I saw them I just paid. I'm pretty positive they'd end up at the meat truck. Now after 4+ years with them I can tell that it was not smart. I do NOT regret what I did, but it takes forever if you want to do anything serious with them. I still don't jump - waiting on Kiara to turn 6, and I couldn't even trail ride for several years because of the age. In same time you still pay for board, feed, vet, farrier, etc. etc. etc. Tons of money, of course. So if you want a horse you wanna ride right away - go with the older trained horse. If you are willing to wait or have another horse(s) to ride and feel comfortable working with the youngster (which is NOT easy) go this route.
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post #19 of 28 Old 02-11-2010, 09:48 PM
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At this moment I would rather have a nice broke (show ready) horse. But it will probably change in a few minutes.....or if I saw a really pretty baby
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post #20 of 28 Old 02-11-2010, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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No im not collecting info, I was just curious to what people would do
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