Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Arkansas/Missouri Ozarks
Hi, I posted back in July about getting a mare as my first horse but that did not work out.
I have found a rescue not too far away and am supposed to go and look at some horses this week. The lady went through the entire list. After speaking with my dad, I will probably be bringing home two as he has decided he would like to ride with me as well. I've only had a mini mare but he has had horses before.
One of the horses that the rescue said would be a good one, is an 8 year old quarter 'type' mare. She is excellent in the saddle (so would be good for a beginner) but she said she does have an issue of trying to be too close to you. She would need ground work. Not a mean bone in her, just doesn't know to respect your space. How hard is this to correct?
The other ones she thought might work: a 9 year old papered thoroughbred mare that looks more like a qh with dished head. Very calm and quiet. Was not broke when they got her but they have halter broke, saddled and been riding her. She is 'green broke' and the rescue's definition of that is less than a year of riding. She said she would make a good kids horse. She had a leg injury a year ago but is back 100% now.
She also has a 3 year old Tennessee Walker that my dad is interested in. Great potential, very sweet and gentle. They have had her saddled and walked kids around on her back. Said it would be very easy to finish her out.
From her pictures and all, there is one other horse I have fell in love with. She told me that she is for an experienced horse person. She is a gorgeous palomino. Some renters had her and left her in a field when the moved away. She is skittish and needs someone to take time to build trust. She has been saddled and rode once. Then someone told the rescue that they recognized her as a rodeo saddle bronc. She didn't buck when rode. I feel for her as she was abandoned.
I have done trail rides but am still a beginner. I have found a trainer that will work with me on any horse I choose. Maybe I am silly, but I feel sure there is a horse somewhere that is meant for me, that can bond with me. I own my own business so work from my home and make my own hours. I have lots and lots of time on my hand to devote to working with a horse and gaining their trust. I research everything quite a lot before deciding.
Also, another alternative is getting a horse to ride now and one that needs work so I am gaining experience while I work with the other. This lady really needs to place some horses before winter as her husband just had surgery. I had thought about asking her if it would help her to adopt a couple of horses and then foster a couple more.
Would love your thoughts and advice.