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    01-21-2011, 04:57 PM
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Yearling
Looking into buying another horse, any tips?

So I've been looking into buying a project horse for quite a while. I don't want a fully trained horse because I would rather have a horse that would understand what I want, rather than what some stranger taught it.

The thing is, I'm still a teenager living with my parents. So it's convincing my parents to get another horse is the problem.

They would think it's rediculous to get an unbroke horse when we already have two horses that still need some work. One we bought as a "completely broke horse". Which I would definitely disagree that she is broke, because she isn't pleasent to ride, but I wasn' the one who chose her. That was my mother's horse.

Plus, I sort of want to move on to something other than riding. I want to look into purchasing a larger pony to train to pull a cart. I think driving would be something I could handle, because I am frightened of riding because of my bad experience with my green broke gelding throwing me off.

I do still plan to finish him, but I figure that working with a horse in a diffrerent way could help build my confidence, rather than working on groundwork my gelding for another few years and riding that dreadful mare.

I can't get a really small pony because we'd have nowhere to keep him or her, but if I get a bigger pony we wouldn't need to expand our pasture compaired to if we got a horse. (Or build a more suitable pasture for a mini pony.) I know a pony is just as much work as a horse, and I've worked with all sizes of horses before. But we have a plenty big pasture for three horses, aswell as housing. But I wouldn't want to take on a full size horse, I'd be so much more comfortable with a horse that isn't much taller than my belly-button. (I'm a few inches shy of 6 feet tall.)

So how should I convince my parents that I can take on another horse? Most very green ponies would be fairly inexpensive to buy, so I would be able to buy the horse myself. But they would most likely pay for most of the hay, and the farrier work. But I could train the pony myself, as I already have pretty much most of the equiptment. All I need would be to buy a cart, which I'm sure I could find as we have quite a few people who drive horses and other animals around where I live.

Thank you very much for reading this, I know it was a long post. I really want to get another horse, so I hope others can help me find some ways to get me closer to my goals.
     
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    01-21-2011, 06:30 PM
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Sounds like your mother's horse is already a project horse and you can certainly teach a big horse to drive as well. When you said in your first statement you were looking for an unbroke horse and than later talked about not wanting to ride your green gelding.

It sounds like you do not have the knowledge to fix the horses you have or the confidence, it takes more just wanting a horse to understand what you want. You have to be able to tell it what you are wanting.

JMHO I don't think you are ready for another horse but maybe some one on one lessons would help you and your gelding as well as teaching your mom's horse what you want too.
     
    01-21-2011, 07:06 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by WickedNag    
Sounds like your mother's horse is already a project horse and you can certainly teach a big horse to drive as well. When you said in your first statement you were looking for an unbroke horse and than later talked about not wanting to ride your green gelding.

It sounds like you do not have the knowledge to fix the horses you have or the confidence, it takes more just wanting a horse to understand what you want. You have to be able to tell it what you are wanting.

JMHO I don't think you are ready for another horse but maybe some one on one lessons would help you and your gelding as well as teaching your mom's horse what you want too.
I already am taking lessons in Parelli and I feel like that has improved my confidence further than it was when I was forced to ride my horse even if he was kicking and fighting. I thank you for your opinion, as it was alot nicer than I was expecting.

What I really wanted to do with getting a new horse was prove to myself that I can trust a horse to be my legs, but without having to ride it to get more confidence. I have been riding Moe and getting further and further with both him and my mother's horse, Sadie. I will think about it more during the summer when I can do more with the horses I have.
     
    01-21-2011, 07:12 PM
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Foal
Very much agreed with Wickednag. Theres so much you can teach one horse. I am a teen too I thought about getting another horse to work with but my mom told me just to try working with big boy and after awhile I just fell in love all over again. Our bond is stronger then anything.

Just walking the horse can make you stronger together. Sometimes you need to learn respect to get some back. The horse might not be a pleasent ride but are you a pleasent rider?? :) im not saying your abad rider im saying maybe theres something you can do to make it Plesent for him also.

He also may just need to know his place, start from the ground up. Let him know you can trust him, and you will earn his. This wont come right to you...you will have to work for it hours and hours. And after awhile another horse will come along to work with

Hope I helped!
     

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