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        03-23-2010, 04:44 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    Awsome! It depends on how much youve ridden.. deffinatly not a OTTB and if possible it would be better not to get a hotblood horse. Quarter horses are always great! Also I would try getting a horse between 10 and 15 years old(:
         
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        03-23-2010, 06:53 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mercedes    
    What's the first thing you look for when looking for a new horse?

    Wrong question. Completely irrelevant what other people look for. You aren't other people.
    I disagree. Sometimes it's hard to know what questions to ask and what things look for, especially if you are new to something. Hearing other peoples preferences and experiences almost always gives me a "huh, I hadn't thought of it that way before" moment. Those moments are always valuable to me.
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        03-23-2010, 06:57 PM
      #23
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    Originally Posted by AlmostThere    
    I disagree. Sometimes it's hard to know what questions to ask and what things look for, especially if you are new to something. Hearing other peoples preferences and experiences almost always gives me a "huh, I hadn't thought of it that way before" moment. Those moments are always valuable to me.
    That's what a mentor is for...which I mentioned later on in the post.
         
        03-23-2010, 08:56 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TheRoughrider21    
    Hmm I should have made this clearer. My friend bought a horse for barrel racing and she called me up saying he just wouldn't run like his ad said. I took him in to work with him and she was right. He didn't like barrels so in my terms, he had hit a wall. If a horse doesn't like what they're doing, they won't perform to their best ability(in my experience). In that case, I said your horse has "hit a wall". No amount of training is going to make him like it anymore or perform any better so he has "hit a wall". That same horse was sold to a lady who did trail ridiong and he excelled at it.
    Sorry for any confusion I might have caused, but I hope I cleared it up now. =)
    I have a ton of experiance with dogs, mainly rescues on euth. Lists and a lot with wolfdogs with less then perfect histories, I have found that especially in these wold hybrids that if you don't raise them and handle them right from the critical first few months as a puppy that there is only so far they can go (or are willing to go) as far as training and behavior rehab, or it takes years and years and still they're never what a normal dog should be.

    I don't think I've run across any examples of it in my short experiance with horses, but I'm sure it happens with them occasionally too.
         
        03-23-2010, 09:24 PM
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    I have a ton of experiance with dogs, mainly rescues on euth. Lists and a lot with wolfdogs with less then perfect histories, I have found that especially in these wold hybrids that if you don't raise them and handle them right from the critical first few months as a puppy that there is only so far they can go (or are willing to go) as far as training and behavior rehab, or it takes years and years and still they're never what a normal dog should be.

    I don't think I've run across any examples of it in my short experiance with horses, but I'm sure it happens with them occasionally too.
    Yes! That's exactly it! That's pretty close to what I mean but sometimes in a horses case, if thier heart isn't in it, they won't perform as good no matter what you do. And like you said, I don't think it happens often but I have seen it a few times. =)
         
        03-23-2010, 10:58 PM
      #26
    Foal
    Ah so we were thinking along the same lines (just not touching at all points). My main reason for posting this was to see if anyone had any little tips and pointers that often only comes with experiance and gaining a sort of 6th sense or intuition if you will of horses and all the types of people that own them, which some people have and are able to pick up on more then others. All the advice here has been great! Its a ton to cover but I'm slowely starting to wrap my mind around it.

    One of my biggest issues is that I really havent been able to find others into horses that are good enough to be a mentor, or even just a friend and someone to talk to (unless they're all hiding somewhere).
         
        03-24-2010, 10:13 PM
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    You can talk to me anytime but I doubt that's what you meant. =) If you ahve any questions though, I'll do my best to help you. =)
         
        03-24-2010, 11:04 PM
      #28
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    Ok, let me get this straight. I read what WSArabians said on the first post, but she only quoted one part. I said "Get a nice QH,Paint, or Morgan".
    And yes, breed DOES matter when looking for a firts horse. For example, she shouldn't get a green TB, but maybe an older one would be better. She shouldn't get an Arab as they are usually(not always) hot when they're young. Older ones make good beginner horses. Breed does matter fairly when your also thinking about what she wants to do. For example, a tall TB may not be the best trail horse because on trails with lower branches you would have to duck more. An arab may not be the best on trails because it may be more than a normal horse spooky! And a slow QH may trip over everything!
    So I guess I contradicted myself there,lol. Breed matters in the generla circle of things, like not to look for small pony breeds or super tall breeds, but it also matter what the horse is like IN that breed. Maybe a calm Arab or non-pokey QH or a shorter, calmer, older TB.
    Good Luck! :)
         
        03-25-2010, 12:23 PM
      #29
    Foal
    So breed definitely should be taken into consideration but in the end what it comes down to is the individual horse.
         
        04-03-2010, 11:07 AM
      #30
    Yearling
    I would strongly suggest going to a horse rescue. You will generally be getting a horse that has been screened for temperament, their skills have been evaluated etc. There are some AMAZING horses in rescue (I should know! All mine are rescues!) and you will get a lot of follow up and support.

    If you need some help finding a rescue to work with let me know, I would be glad to help =)
         

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