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post #21 of 31 Old 02-12-2013, 08:11 PM
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No one can make your mind up for you but you'll get lots of good advice here. I really don't like this thing where trainers work on a commission basis as it encourages them to up the price of the horse so they make more out of it
Can I ask how tall your daughter is and how old she is. Maybe its because its the 'British way' but I prefer to see children riding ponies unless they're really tall rather than the 'she'll grow into' it idea.
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post #22 of 31 Old 02-12-2013, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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funny you mention ponies

There is a pony at the barn who may be available for 1/2 lease. We will give him a try. My daughter will be 11 in April and she's about 60 inches
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At 60" she's only 2" shorter than me, I don't think she should have any problems with a horse. My 11yr old prefers to ride a 16hh warmblood to the lesson pony at the barn and I'm fine with it. Both are equally well-trained and behaved, the warmblood is just missing the lazy ponytude of the pony!
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Ohhhhh ponies! Hahaha rode a shetland pony when I was younger, but not really too much shorter lol (im only about five feet tall!) He was a blast! And a great teacher while I do not think that she is too short for a horse, I think having her try out the pony would be a great idea! If he is kid friendly they might click even better than the mare she is riding now

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post #25 of 31 Old 02-12-2013, 08:35 PM
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My mare I lease is a "school horse" and can jump 2'6" no problem, very well behaved, etc. and she's for sale at $1,500.
Good luck finding the right time, and the right horse!

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post #26 of 31 Old 02-13-2013, 09:39 AM
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Our goal as experienced horse people is to make sure that horse and rider are compatible, and neither is over or under matched with the other.

Your daughter may love this horse, but she can love a safe, sane one just as much or more. I'd rather she be safe and have fun, than you buy this animal and she starts hating to ride because they're not a good match. It's happened more than once that a person who loved riding and horses got out of it because they were badly matched, and became physically injured and mentally soured.
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On a side note regarding Regumate. It can be extremely harmful to women. It has to be carefully administered to mares. Long sleeves, latex gloves, do NOT get any on the skin. It can mess with a woman's and your small daughters reproductive organs and can make you sterile or make some damaging cysts.

Its not a drug that I am comfortable giving. My vet had to have a hysterectomy due to Regumate getting on her arm and being absorbed through the skin. She had years and years of painful cysts before she had surgery to remove her reproductive organs.

I had to give Regumate to my mare after she was bred due to her cervix not being closed all the way. 5 days of Regumate...not only expensive! But a pain in the ass to deal with. My vet did not want me touching the stuff due to me being "in my prime" (24 years old) so I had to have my mom give the medication to her. (She had a partial hysterectomy a decade ago) so it was more safe for her never being able to have kids, and opposed to me trying to give it to my mare.

If this mare had some Regumate on her lips or muzzle, or even left over in a feed pan and you or your daughter was petting her or kissing her, the consequences could very well be tragic for your futures.

Just something to consider. Not only that, Its majorly expensive!
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At the barn I ride/board at, the little girls always fall in love with their lesson horse. Then, the time come for them to move on to a different horse. They cry a bit, then fall in love with the new horse.

Trust me, your daughter definitely can learn to love a different horse.
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Hi all, thanks for the thoughtful responses, and reasonable advice. I think you are right, my daughter can definitely find another horse to love. She actually said in the car "I love this sport" that shows her love and enjoyment go beyond any one horse. I think part of it is that the schoolmaster she was originally riding (got hurt) and he was sllloooowwww to the point he barely trotted, like getting lapped at walk trot shows...lol and this mare was peppy, loved to run and was a beautiful mover, like really pretty. She never needed a crop when riding her. I am just worried that the barn schoolies are kind of worn out, and that I hope I don't have to leave my trainer!! Sigh....
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If you buy your own horse there's no reason you have to leave your current trainer unless she has a snit over it.

Most lesson people looking to buy their first horse usually ask the help of their trainer to find them an appropriate mount, and then board it at the trainer's barn. That's a pretty regular occurrence in the horse world.

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