Would you ever sell a 5 year old as a kid's horse?

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Would you ever sell a 5 year old as a kid's horse?

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    11-19-2010, 08:59 PM
Would you ever sell a 5 year old as a kid's horse?

My 11 year old sister was determined she was going to get a horse, and after making my dad go all over the state set her sights on this paint who was close to $3000. I was working when they bought him, so I didnt see/hear/know mucha bout him til he showed up. We've had him since labor day and my sister wont touch him. She had a little accident related a panel falling on him (dont ask me how that works) that resulted in the paint getting a cut on his head, and her sliding off his rump. Since then she calls him the "crap horse".
They don't do anything with him and I feel sorry for him (not to mention I want another horse. FOR ME.) He also seems to..not really like people. Just his personality. He's indifferent. I ride him occasionally, and he hadnt been touched in a month or so when I took him out today bareback (a combination of im not afraid and just stupid all at the same time. Lol). He at first didnt want to go, and it was alot of "WALK" and persuasion just to get him to move out. I only rode him for 20 minutes, just a loop out in the giant field behind the house, and you could tell the more he walked, the warmer he started to get. He wanted to go go go.Actually, he always wants to go go go when he's been sitting stagnant. I don't blame him.
But something puzzles me...He's FIVE YEARS OLD. Would anyone sell a five year old as a child's horse? That seems crazy to me.
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    11-19-2010, 09:15 PM
I have one horse that I would sell as a kid horse and he's not five yet. He is an exception and it would take more than $3000 to get him away from me. There are horses out there that are young and still safe for a child escpecially an 11yo child but they are few and far between and usually not for sale.
    11-19-2010, 09:36 PM
Green Broke
I would, it just all depends on their temperment. Some horses make natural beginner's horses.
2 examples: my friend's dad bought a Fjord stud years ago. He cut him after a year (at which time he was 4). This guy had never been ridden, but one day him & another mare got loose & when they found him, my friend's dad, instead of walking him home, simply hopped on his back while his wife rode the mare home. Not too long after that he started putting his little kids (my friend when she was young lol) on him & he's been a beginner's mount ever since.

My aunt also had a paint gelding who had been a breeding stallion until he was 6 years old. Even as a stud they had no problem putting beginners on him as he was incredibly laid back. Even around in-heat mares he acted like an old gelding lol. He's so laid back infact that it takes all one's effort just to get him to move into a trot. Don't even mention loping!
    11-19-2010, 09:43 PM
Sure I would! I got my first horse to learn on at the age of three and he was four almost five. We still own him today. :)
    11-19-2010, 09:49 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
I have one horse that I would sell as a kid horse and he's not five yet. He is an exception and it would take more than $3000 to get him away from me.
I'm going to look at a 4yr old tomorrow just like that. Since I have a 7yr old kiddo, I wasn't even looking at anything under 10 but my trainer happened on this one and if he is indeed as good as represented, he'd be too good to pass up. Not cheap but a kid-safe horse never is.
    11-19-2010, 09:55 PM
Yep, they do happen. My brother's horse Snuffy (who he bred and raised) officially became my neice's horse when she was 3 and he was 4, though she didn't get to ride by herself until she was about 6 (mom's a little protective LOL). That being said, she can do anything on that horse and for the last 5 years, they've been inseperable. But yes, they are NOT cheap. Brother turned down $10,000 for him.
    11-19-2010, 10:47 PM
I sold my last horse as a four year old and he was sold as a kids horse. He was wonderful. I also have a three year old right now that could be sold as a beginner and a kids horse. In fact I am going to be starting my 4yr old cousins daughter on him come spring. She has been on him last winter when he was two and he is a huge baby sitter. It's all about the horse, their personality and how they are trained.

I sold the four year old for $3000, cash in hand to a great home. They have had him for almost a year now and love him just as much as they did when they came and looked at him. Now my three year old is not for sale. It would take a huge offer to make me part with that one. His two year old brother will also be a kids horse once I put more time onto him. All of these horses have great personalities and that goes a long way with good training.
    11-19-2010, 11:00 PM
Depending on the horse yes! I bought a 4yr that was dead quiet, still difficult to ride as he was soo lazy and pigrooted when you wipped him on the bum. But he was a model childs pony that taught you to ride! He was sold for $6,000. However I bought another 3/4 yr old pony for, he is 7 now and I still wouldnt sell him to anyone under 16. So its depending on the horse!! Even if a horse is 30! if he was never was a childs pony he never will be. And I think its awfully sad she has given up on him... No matter the horse, age/temperment ect it will try you out! They all try and see what they can get away with. Its just what they do! 3 months is hardly any time to figure each other out!!
    11-19-2010, 11:17 PM
Green Broke
In certain circumstances, yes. Quite honestly though, I firmly believe that about 75% of people who THINK they have a young kids horse are wrong. I do not consider a horse a "kids horse" if the only thing you've ever done is lead him around the backyard with kid. I could get my skitzoid Arab mare to do that for crying out loud, and she'll dump anything less then an intermediate rider on her own!

I definitely think my 3 year old filly could be a kid's horse by 5. She's got the temperment and the level headed attitude to make a great youth horse. A lot of times you can just tell by around 2/3 years old, unfortunately FAR too many people make the mistake of assuming "potential" means right now.
    11-19-2010, 11:27 PM
Yes, I would.
The kid is of a certain level in terms of riding ability.
Shows some kind of actual passion for the horse.
Has a good instructer willing to work closesly with the child and the horse to ensure that nothing goes wrong.

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