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post #1 of 14 Old 09-04-2012, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Hi from Alberta

not sure where to start I'm one of these horse lovers from afar, in other words, I love the creature but at the same time scared to death of them. I'm 47 and I've been thinking about buying a horse when we purchase the perfect farm for one, could be in a month or it could be 3 yrs from now. So I'm here hoping to find some good advice and recommendations in hopes to make this fear disappear for good. I would love to own one just as a pet, not for riding.. Is this possible?
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-04-2012, 03:23 PM
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Hello Gloria. Welcome. Yes, all things are possible -- you could get retired horses (companions; pasture puffs) or miniature horses if you not interested in riding but want to work with horses. There's lots of information on this forum about this and also about confidence building issues and horse management in general.
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-04-2012, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your reply, I agree there is loads of info here and I'd say I have a lot of reading to do during the evenings :) I'm not going to jump into this responsibility as I know this is a life time commitment I would love to save a horse from an abusive situation or a retired racer... those are my thoughts for now anyway.. looking forward to meeting everyone and getting some good advice!!!
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post #4 of 14 Old 09-04-2012, 05:12 PM
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Hi there! I'm new too!

Maybe starting riding lessons would help you with your decision to own a horse? I started lessons and I'm SO glad that I did...now I know I was definitely not ready to own a horse. Plus, I've started to learn what I would or wouldn't want in a horse that I might own one day and I've also seen what my limits are (for the moment) and what I need to work on.

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Welcome also Panta Rei
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post #6 of 14 Old 09-04-2012, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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sounds like a great idea, but I have knee problems which is stopping me from getting on a horse and it will take some time before I think I'll ever do so.. I was bucked off as a child as well so I have to slowly trust in myself and the horse.. after my surgery, who knows?? I may end up riding and loving it ;) hope so... I have a friend that owns horses and has all of her life so she will be helping me out big time I have no doubt!! I want to learn as much as I can before owning one, I think that's the best thing for me right now :)


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Hi there! I'm new too!

Maybe starting riding lessons would help you with your decision to own a horse? I started lessons and I'm SO glad that I did...now I know I was definitely not ready to own a horse. Plus, I've started to learn what I would or wouldn't want in a horse that I might own one day and I've also seen what my limits are (for the moment) and what I need to work on.

Welcome!
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post #7 of 14 Old 09-04-2012, 06:41 PM
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Welcome fellow Albertan!
Of course it's possible. Horses are always needing loving homes ;)

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post #8 of 14 Old 09-04-2012, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there and thanks for your reply!! can't wait to take a peek at your website!!
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post #9 of 14 Old 09-04-2012, 10:27 PM
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Welcome

Welcome dear fellow Albertan, where abouts are you? There are a lot if us down in Calgary and area.
I suggest taking lessons somewhere to help you decide what kind of horse to get, and it allow you to work with a trainer who can then help you find a great first horse. Something I would suggest to stay away from, especially as a first horse, is to not work with a rescue or abused horse. Those animals really take a lot of experience to deal and work with, and as good hearted you might be, I think it would be a terrible mistake to make.

I suggest looking for a horse who has a lot of miles, something that can help you learn, until you are ready to take on a project that you can teach and can learn from you.
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post #10 of 14 Old 09-04-2012, 10:47 PM
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Welcome from yet another Albertan.My2geldings gave some good advice. Starting out with lessons,learning about care & being around horses would help build confidence. Having A seasoned been there done that horse is the type to learn fromTry that first before ever thinking of getting a horse.Get a real feel for were you are at being around them. If you can't see yourself riding you may wont to consider a mini you can do halter & train them to cart.They are quite popular & Many people enjoy the care of the smaller horse versions
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