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post #1 of 55 Old 09-07-2013, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Beginner problems, I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING, please help

Well, I moved to the foothills of the north Georgia mountains, and my newly found friend Mackenzie took me to ride her horse. Lets just say I was very very nervous and thought the horse would buck me off and I would get seriously injured. The horse was very calm and loving towards me, I trotted and and just walked on the horse. I really want a horse now that I've been riding, but I don't know what kind of horse to get (I was thinking a quarter horse?)! And I'm taking riding lessons every week......,I just need to know what kind of horse to get, what age is good, and how to make a horse like me. Please help.
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post #2 of 55 Old 09-07-2013, 11:23 AM
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Can I just say welcome to the forum :)
First off, I recommend that you learn all you can about horses and horse care before buying a horse. Read all the pinned topics in the forum, read books, attend pony club/riding club clinics and lectures. Make sure you are committed to owning and caring for a horse before you get one.
Also, please, please, please remember that owning a horse is a phenomenal commitment. The horse will rely on you for every little thing. Where would you keep the horse? Have you got at least 2 acres of grazing that you can split into 2 fields? Or are you keeping it at a livery yard? Do you have a lot of money saved up, for feed, emergency vet fund, tack, buying the horse....?

Aside from that, you may loose interest in horses after a while. Lots of people do. So I recommend going for riding lessons for a long time first, then possibly loaning, or sharing a horse for a while. If you feel, after say 6 months- a year that you definitely can care for your own horse (after loaning a horse first), you can then start looking for a horse to buy.
I wouldn't recommend buying one before that.
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I just need to know what kind of horse to get

The kind you pay for by the hour, preferably with someone watching you. As mentioned above, some folks love it for 3 months, and then get bored. Others will get hooked and ride for years. Since a horse can live 30+ years, buying one can become a long term commitment. And while lessons can sound expensive, owning a horse and building corrals, shelters, etc can be vastly more expensive, even before the vet bills and farrier and supplements and...

what age is good

Age isn't that important. If you decide to buy 6-12 months from now, then I probably wouldn't look at anything under 10. But there are 3 year old horses who are calmer than my 12 year old mare...

and how to make a horse like me.

Pay no attention to making the horse like you. Learn to ride. Learn how your riding affects the horse. Learn to be a fair, consistent, balanced rider. You will then discover that about 90% of horses will like you just fine.

People who worry about their horse liking them usually end up with spoiled, somewhat dangerous horses.

"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."
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post #4 of 55 Old 09-07-2013, 11:38 AM
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Welcome to the forum, EmmiRuth.

I think CandyCanes has covered it nicely. Definitely continue with your lessons, do as much reading as you can on horse care and riding, and go to local shows/clinics to watch and learn. Then, in a few months, armed with more knowledge start your quest for a horse. When the that time comes you'll probably want one in the 10-14 year old range who is quiet and will take care of you; it may be quarter horse or it may be another breed but it should be well trained with lots of experience.

Keep us posted on your progress.
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People who worry about their horse liking them usually end up with spoiled, somewhat dangerous horses.
VERY important advice, think more of respect than like
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Take horsemanship lessons from a competent horse person. You will need to know minor vet care, nutrition, proper handling, tack fitting, equipment and safety. There is WAY more to owning a horse then just picking out a proper breed and age! Horse aren't only a huge responsibility but they are VERY expensive. Do you have roughly $6000 EXTRA to spend on a horse? That doesn't include emergency vet and replacing equipment (buckets, blankets, tack, extra goodies).
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Ride the training, not the bond or the breed. You need a quiet, older horse that's been there and done that. It might be a quarter horse or maybe even some other breed. Work with your trainer to find a horse and realize that its a huge time and money commitment. It might be better to just lease a horse for a while or take extra lessons so you're not hit with the full load at once. You need to be able to handle your horse, groom, tack up and ride unassisted because your trainer will not be with you every second you're with your horse.
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As a teen I had 5 yrs under my belt of riding horses of every disposition, mucked and bedded hundreds of stalls, learned all aspects of horse care. When I got my first horse when I was 19, I knew exactly what was involved in riding it and taking care of it. Quite a few years have passed and I'm still shovelling manure. because that's part of horse ownership.
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Listen to everybody here. There are a lot of things you need to consider before getting a horse.

See if you can pitch in at your lesson stable. Muck stalls, tack horses for their lessons, clean saddles, do whatever you can. Try to ride a lot of different horses. There's a lot of work that goes into keeping a horse, and if you don't really like doing the everyday chores, then a horse is not for you.

I can understand. I bought my first horse three months ago, and I'm supporting him with my job and money. I'm not a complete newbie, I've leased horses before and done a lot of trail riding. I thought I would be completely ok, but there have been so many little things - what to feed him, spring grass making him feel good, ill-fitting saddles, sore back. I didn't know his back was sore, and every time I asked him to canter, he would throw a bucking tantrum. Eventually I came off, and I injured my ankle. Riding is a high-risk sport, you're dealing with an unpredictable prey animal. It's dangerous. I broke my jaw being bucked off another horse.

If you get your own horse, you're completely responsible for them. You need to make sure you have enough money to cover costs such as shoeing, vaccinations, tack, worming treatments, feed, stable costs, and lessons. Those are basic costs that you'll need to pay if everything is going well. If something goes wrong, you're going to need to shell out even more - vets are expensive! My friend's horse tore open his fetlock to the bone in a paddock accident; they can happen out of the blue. He ended up needing a $2000 vet bill.

My point is, I am echoing everyone else here on this forum. Horses are great and the idea of them is great, but keep taking lessons and learn as much as you can. Save up. Ride as many horses as possible, in all situations. Go trail riding. And don't give up hope! It's all worth it when you get your first horse. But if you're serious, you can do it. There's no rush, trust me! :) Good luck and be smart about this.
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Everyone has really good advice. I bought my horse in 2011 and had never owned before then. i was lucky. I bought a horse with a good disposition that put up with my mistakes.

I'm also fortunate to have a well paying career and disposable income available.

Here is what I learned.

1. On New Years Eve, 20 minutes before you and your husband are meant to leave for dinner reservations, your horse will decide to charge his fence and will be running wild in someone else's field.

2. right after you buy new tack and wipe out your "horse savings account" your horse will colic and need weekend emergency attendance from a vet.

3. On the coldest, wettest, most miserable day of the year when you swear you are running a fever, you will need to go to the barn to chip the water in the horse's bucket.

4. On the day when you only have 15 minutes to provide a worming and get to your next appointment, that is the day your horse will decide to play tag and not allow you to catch him on 30 acres.

5. The day you are scheduled to leave for a trail ride, your horse will throw a shoe and you will have to call a farrier and wait for a new shoe before you can load up the trailer and leave.

i hope you are laughing, but it's true. My husband is quite miffed, I spend much more time caring for my horse than I do my dogs, cats, or our house (and of course he includes himself in that rant.) The dogs and cats seem really easy to care for compared to a horse. I can't board at our house, so I also have the time / distance / fuel to drive to the barn to check on the horse. that has to be included into the equation of horse ownership.

I love horse ownership. I wouldn't give it up for the world right now. But it eats up time, money, and your attention to others.

I would wager to say, that for the most part, the people on this forum need their horse as much as their horse relies on them. It's not about ownership, it's a zen thing. Their horse speaks to their spirit and their soul. It is a part of you and it is a hunger in you.

Only you will know if a horse means that to you. If it does, sooner or later, you and the horse will come together. It took me 47 years to realize my dream.

You will know it's time to buy a horse when you don't feel the need to ask if you should, you just do it.

Now, as to your question regarding breed and age. Dunno. Depends what you want to do. Horses are not quite like dogs, where some are better retrievers or others make great guardians. Some breeds have specific traits, there are tons of horse encyclopedias that will describe the innate characteristics and body types, such as weight and height.

learn more about riding, talk to other horse owners. Ask them why they chose their horse and what do they like about the breed.

Depending on where you are located, there may be a market for horse leasing. You pay a monthly fee to have access to someone else's horse for riding. It is expected that you participate in any grooming needs. this is a great way to learn how much work a horse requires without the added stress of ownership.

Good luck!
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