Your experience level when finishing a horse

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    06-30-2013, 11:04 PM
Your experience level when finishing a horse

Alright so I've always wanted to break a horse from scratch,but hopefully that will be later in my life as I'm not even close to ready for that.But I think I'm prepared to finish a horse,example a horse that's been rode but needs to collect,"give" the head,and possibly needs some work on showmanship.So yes a green horse(silly me could've just said that).I have an older mare who's 18 and is bomb broke and can get a bit boring at times.She's lazy and the bad habits that have formed over the years when being a lesson horse are hard to fix,she is just now picking up the correct leads after spending 1 1/2 years to pick up the leads and keep them.Next year she will be passed on to my brother and I will be getting a new horse younger,with more will to work.

So my 1st question is next year if I was offered a green horse or a finished horse and you were me,which would you choose?If I would select the green horse my instructor would be watching over my shoulder at everything I do.

My second question Is it better to purchase a horse at an auction (would be at the annual findlay college spring sale)or on a site such as dreamhorse?

Sorry if 2 questions aren't allowed in a post just joined today!

Thanks in advance
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    06-30-2013, 11:19 PM
If I was you id choose the finished horse.

Its always better to see the horse with your own eyes-- at the auction youll be able to watch the one you want and see if you really like it.

And welcome to the forum!!
    06-30-2013, 11:24 PM
Have fun with it. You can't go wrong with a good instructor by your side, and trainers at your fingertips. Just be careful that you pick a horse that you feel you can work with..not one that just appeals to everyone else.

I have to add I am so so so SO relieved you aren't one of the newbies on here asking about breeding your own horse to work with. There are just so many good horses out there already.

Personally I feel my next horse will be another rehab. I could spend thousands on a finished horse or a nice greenie but to me, giving them a second chance appeals to me.
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    06-30-2013, 11:42 PM
Thanks have read a thousand of posts but just decided today I should join it.

Sky-I have read so many stories of people breeding mares then abandoning their foals so the dam will provide milk for better bred foals,or something similar.To be honest I've always been interested in breeding my mare but then my eyes were opened about how much better it is to not and purchase a horse that needs a home.

Thanks to both of you for the advice!!

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