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    04-13-2009, 09:41 AM
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Foal
young horse?

I just want some opinions on this.. I was driving home with my dad and he suggests that instead of getting a seasoned horse, I get and start a foal. I have about 2 years until college and I started english lessons this year. I would love the chance to start a foal or get a horse in general. But he isnt being realistic, and im doubting myself, because I don't have the time, money or experience. I really wish I did though..
     
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    04-13-2009, 10:19 AM
  #2
Weanling
If it was me and I didn't have enough time to train I would buy a seasoned horse. You can always train a horse when you are out of college and have more time. Also if you are just starting english lessons, a seasoned horse will give more confidence and experience, which in turn will help you train another horse.
Good luck
     
    04-13-2009, 03:18 PM
  #3
Weanling
In my opinion you don't have near enough experience to start a horse. I do not beleive that getting a young horse would be a wise decision. Get a horse that is seasoned and can teach you.
     
    04-13-2009, 03:20 PM
  #4
Foal
I agree. If you are doubting yourself then don't do it.
     
    04-13-2009, 03:39 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Explain to your dad that the horse will have to nearly 4 yrs old or older until you can heavily ride it, and you won't be able to do anything but light riding starting at 2.5-3 yrs old or older, depending on the horse. So buying a young horse at this stage in your life isn't a good idea.

If you want to get practical experience riding horses, I would recommend leasing different horses. The best way to learn to ride well is to ride lots of different horses. Ask your trainer if they do leasing or if any of the boarders there would be willing to half-lease their horses.
     
    04-15-2009, 10:28 AM
  #6
Weanling
Remember the old saying about inexperienced horse's and inexperienced riders..."green and green make black and blue". Get a seasoned horse.
     
    04-15-2009, 05:58 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Aliboo    
I just want some opinions on this.. I was driving home with my dad and he suggests that instead of getting a seasoned horse, I get and start a foal. I have about 2 years until college and I started english lessons this year. I would love the chance to start a foal or get a horse in general. But he isnt being realistic, and im doubting myself, because I don't have the time, money or experience. I really wish I did though..
Although he might think that he's got the right idea that you and the foal can "grow together"....that's more realistic if you're talking about getting a puppy or a kitten. But not when talking about horses.

The best way to wreck your confidence in horses, is to get a foal if you don't have the time, experience, money to start him right.

I think you've got very good gut instincts and already know your right answer. You're not ready now. But that said, after college and when you reach a point in your life when you say, "I'm ready" then you'll know you've made the right choice then. Because it's not just your life you'll be impacting, but that of a foal that will one day grow up to be a horse that....depending on your time, money, experience....will either be a mess or a well-adjusted horse.

AND you're going to start college soon which will further cut into your training time and money.

Tell him to save it for later. When you're really ready and be happy right now to be going to college and starting your riding lessons.
     
    04-15-2009, 06:29 PM
  #8
Foal
Take it from someone who knows. Several years ago that was what I thought I had owned other horses but not in a while. I thought if I bought a youngster then no one could have possibly ruined it yet!WRONG that horse was 11 months oldand was capital B...A....D. I was in no way ready for all the hassels. I kept her til she was 3 and broke her and all but that was not a good decision. I could have bought a nice seasoned horse for less than this baby and been much happier.sorry for the novel lol
     

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