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        02-06-2012, 07:52 AM
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    Weanling
    Thank you maam!
         
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        02-06-2012, 08:09 PM
      #12
    Showing
    Welcome to the horse forum and good on you for pursuing something you exhibit interest in!

    Just a note... horses are beautiful but make sure you pick the right one! Just because a horse is a certain age, height, and colour/breed, doesn't mean it's a good fit for you. There are a lot of things to consider.. but you'll find that out by spending more time on the forum :)
         
        02-06-2012, 10:17 PM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    Just a note... horses are beautiful but make sure you pick the right one! Just because a horse is a certain age, height, and colour/breed, doesn't mean it's a good fit for you. There are a lot of things to consider.. but you'll find that out by spending more time on the forum :)
    I do spend a bit of time cruising the forums, absorbing the information, and discussing it with my girlfriend, as her depth of knowledge of horses is tremendous.
    It creates some very good and stimulating conversation, and always a learning experience.
    As for the opportunity on the Paint, I would never consider it if it were not for the fact that my girl, her friend, and her husband, all feel that he and I would make a great pair.
    Being that I am 6'4" and 275#, I lean towards larger horses both for myself, but also in considering the horse's needs and abilities as well.
    In my mind, it would be unfair to ask a 14 hand horse to carry my big self across the terrain here. I would be setting it up for failure, and that would harm our relationship in my eyes. I would be asking too much of my friend, and that's wrong and disrespectful.
    He measures 16.5-17 hands, and with about 6 months of sound feeding and round pen/pasture work, we should be about ready for some mild trail rides, just in time for elk season.
    Being that he's about 15, he has about another 10 strong years in him, maybe more, but for sake of discussion, we'll say 10.
    Of course, I would lean towards a slightly younger horse, in the 8-10 range, simply from the standpoint of both of us reaching the tail end of our wooley days about the same time, growing old together.
    But, I suspect that God has brought he and I together for a reason.
    I pray I am up to the task of serving such a wonderful creature, who asks for nothing but love and respect.
    Havent received an answer on our offer on him yet, but will keep everyone posted on it.
    Have a wonderful day!
         
        02-06-2012, 10:25 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by azwantapaint    
    I do spend a bit of time cruising the forums, absorbing the information, and discussing it with my girlfriend, as her depth of knowledge of horses is tremendous.
    It creates some very good and stimulating conversation, and always a learning experience.
    As for the opportunity on the Paint, I would never consider it if it were not for the fact that my girl, her friend, and her husband, all feel that he and I would make a great pair.
    Being that I am 6'4" and 275#, I lean towards larger horses both for myself, but also in considering the horse's needs and abilities as well.
    In my mind, it would be unfair to ask a 14 hand horse to carry my big self across the terrain here. I would be setting it up for failure, and that would harm our relationship in my eyes. I would be asking too much of my friend, and that's wrong and disrespectful.
    He measures 16.5-17 hands, and with about 6 months of sound feeding and round pen/pasture work, we should be about ready for some mild trail rides, just in time for elk season.
    Being that he's about 15, he has about another 10 strong years in him, maybe more, but for sake of discussion, we'll say 10.
    Of course, I would lean towards a slightly younger horse, in the 8-10 range, simply from the standpoint of both of us reaching the tail end of our wooley days about the same time, growing old together.
    But, I suspect that God has brought he and I together for a reason.
    I pray I am up to the task of serving such a wonderful creature, who asks for nothing but love and respect.
    Havent received an answer on our offer on him yet, but will keep everyone posted on it.
    Have a wonderful day!


    All in all, it comes down to what works for you, and what you want. If you, your gf, your friends, and what not think that you would be a good fit, than you might be. Here are the forums, you could be anyone, if you know what I mean. Back when I was horse shopping, there were a lot of people telling me to get an older horse, which I really appreciated the suggestion, but I knew what I wanted, and therefore I bought a young horse, yes some days I wish I had bought an older, ready to ride horse, but 99.9% of the time, I am more than glad I bought him, and wouldnt take it back for the world!

    I guess what Im trying to say it, people online don't know your ability, only people that have seen you work with horses, and know you know what your ability is, and if the people around you feel that you would be a good match, than your probably are!!

    Good Luck!! Hope everything works out for you....would love to see pics if everything goes well
         
        02-06-2012, 10:39 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by csimkunas6    
    I guess what Im trying to say it, people online don't know your ability, only people that have seen you work with horses, and know you know what your ability is, and if the people around you feel that you would be a good match, than your probably are!!

    Good Luck!! Hope everything works out for you....would love to see pics if everything goes well
    Yes, I appreciate all your thoughts, and especially your wisdom and experiences.
    I am fortunate to have had opportunity to ride a couple of their horses for practical experience. However, the little barn humor that I LOVE to walk into being the greenhorn brings snickers and giggles from everyone....
    A few examples....
    The time I went to saddle the horse from the right side....
    Or, the time I went out to the pasture to bring her in for saddling, and she snuck up behind me and scared the chocolate out of me....
    How about the time we were walking around the pasture, letting me work on my "foot action steering" and I leaned a bit too far forward, and she pretty much launched into a full on run! A white knuckler for me!
    In all, everything I have experienced has been amazing.
    And, I have developed a couple of pocket ponies as my girl calls them, as they follow me around on that invisible leash like I have carrots and apples in my pockets.
    Think they like me?
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