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        04-16-2008, 09:11 PM
      #1
    Foal
    A little stressed

    :( So, I am about to purchase my very first horse! So exciting, right? Well, I am in love with a paint mare that is 9 years old, used as a broodmare all her life, and was kept outside. Never ridden! She is in the process of training which is going really well! She really needed a job to do I think! I am waiting for her 60 days of training to finish. Her and I are creating a great bond; I have been grooming her, feeding her, etc. I haven't ridden her yet, due to her training. My ultimate goal is barrel racing her, but I am kind of worried about how long it will take to train her to do so. Being I am about to buy my first horse (after 25 years of waiting), should I look for a horse that is completely trained or purchase her and train her. I am unable to afford having her professionally trained, I would have to train her myself, yet I am currently in training for barrels! Confusing stuff. I love the fact that I have been able to bond with her, where as chosing a horse out of classifieds(even though there is nothing wrong ith that), buying him/her and finding out that we don't mesh! I am the only real solid person in her life. I see her nearly every other day! But, I really want to hit the shows sooner than later! Ugh! Any advice??
         
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        04-16-2008, 10:26 PM
      #2
    Banned
    Re: A little stressed

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    Originally Posted by cjessy
    :( So, I am about to purchase my very first horse! So exciting, right? Well, I am in love with a paint mare that is 9 years old, used as a broodmare all her life, and was kept outside. Never ridden! She is in the process of training which is going really well! She really needed a job to do I think! I am waiting for her 60 days of training to finish. Her and I are creating a great bond; I have been grooming her, feeding her, etc. I haven't ridden her yet, due to her training. My ultimate goal is barrel racing her, but I am kind of worried about how long it will take to train her to do so. Being I am about to buy my first horse (after 25 years of waiting), should I look for a horse that is completely trained or purchase her and train her. I am unable to afford having her professionally trained, I would have to train her myself, yet I am currently in training for barrels! Confusing stuff. I love the fact that I have been able to bond with her, where as chosing a horse out of classifieds(even though there is nothing wrong ith that), buying him/her and finding out that we don't mesh! I am the only real solid person in her life. I see her nearly every other day! But, I really want to hit the shows sooner than later! Ugh! Any advice??
    IMO it's best to get a fully trained horse for your first horse. It doesn't have to be a push button pony...just something that has the basics down...walk/trot/canter. The one mare I was going to buy (a paint mare that was 10 years old) had the basics down, but there was many things I could teach her....leg-yielding, backing up, jumping, and others.
    It also too depends how good of a rider you are. When I was searching for my first horse, I was an intermediate rider, yet I did not feel comfortable at all on a green horse (I went to look at a green App and I knew I couldn't handle training a horse).

    Best thing to do is after the paint it done with her 60 days of training is to ride her for a good hour...see if you feel comfortable riding her.

    You NEED to know the basics on riding, the correct ways to do things.
         
        04-16-2008, 10:28 PM
      #3
    Trained
    Wow... that's a tall order! I M O I think that I would look for a horse that was ready to go. (If YOU are in training you should be able to handle one that is already trained.) I have loved horses my whole life and didn't buy my first till I was 32. I guess what I'm trying to get at is that it probably wouldn't matter which horse it was as long as it was MINE, the bond would come close behind the purchase because you waited so long. As long as the horse isn't crazy! But again...Thats my opinion. And if you're askin questions you are probably already thinking that way too.
         
        04-18-2008, 10:38 AM
      #4
    Foal
    I have been riding since I have been very young. I am just training for barrels currently. I am going to work with her on the lunge line this weekend to work on voice comands, etc. I think she would be a fantastic barrel racer, but she will need the time. I have been looking through classifieds and going to local stables here and not one of the horses clicked! I would love a gray quarter horse, but that hasn't been easy for me to find. I am not trying to look for a horse to buy on how pretty it is, I just want that connection like I feel this horse and I already have, you know. OMG! This is so stressful!
    Thanks for the advice
         
        04-20-2008, 07:19 PM
      #5
    Showing
    I am not sure how much experience you have with horses, or as a rider but generally speaking as a first horse I would get a veteran.

    You want to make it as easy as possible on you and the horse. Get yourself a horse who is fully trained and that is an easy keeper. This being your first horse it will be a lot of learning for you and it is much easier to have an experienced horse who can will be patient and teach you things along the way.

    My first horse was a 15 year old mare who had done it all.
         

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