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post #1 of 14 Old 05-20-2014, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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hi, im a newbie.
First of all I am here because I have a 6 year old daughter who has been learning to ride english since tanksgiving. She is getting very good espically for her age according to her instructor.
My questions are as follows.
1- how long should I wait before buying a horse
2- where is a good place to start looking for one
3- what are reasonable prices
4- what do I need to look for
5- what kind

My mom has 15 acres of land that has someone elses horses on it. She lets him keep his horess ther. He has 2. There is a barn there also.
Im just a good ol boy blue collar worker but dosent know anything bout horses.
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-20-2014, 12:55 PM
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Your best bet is to lease instead of buy. At 6 y/o and less than 6 months of instruction, your daughter doesn't need a horse of her own.

Ask her instructor about leasing one of the school horses. That way, you'll get a taste of ownership without plunging into it full bore. That would be better for both you and your daughter, especially since you know next to nothing about horses and their care.

Once you've leased awhile and your child wants to continue riding, your instructor should be able to help you find a suitable mount for a small child.

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post #3 of 14 Old 05-20-2014, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Your best bet is to lease instead of buy. At 6 y/o and less than 6 months of instruction, your daughter doesn't need a horse of her own.

Ask her instructor about leasing one of the school horses. That way, you'll get a taste of ownership without plunging into it full bore. That would be better for both you and your daughter, especially since you know next to nothing about horses and their care.

Once you've leased awhile and your child wants to continue riding, your instructor should be able to help you find a suitable mount for a small child.
I didnt know you could lease a horse, but I never asked.
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post #4 of 14 Old 05-20-2014, 01:40 PM
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I would suggest leasing as well since you don't know much. It would give you a experience of leasing/ acting as ownership. And give her the feeling of having one of her own! Most of the time you have to pay 1/2 on everthing for the horse. But sometimes it could be different!
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post #5 of 14 Old 05-20-2014, 02:57 PM
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Aww. I bet the barn owner has a lil pony she can lease for your daughter. You guys should braid pink ribbons into its mane and put pink colored swirlies on it and do a surprise "this is your pony!" video for us! I love those videos.
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post #6 of 14 Old 05-20-2014, 03:20 PM
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I agree with maximas! That would be awesome!
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post #7 of 14 Old 05-21-2014, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Aww. I bet the barn owner has a lil pony she can lease for your daughter. You guys should braid pink ribbons into its mane and put pink colored swirlies on it and do a surprise "this is your pony!" video for us! I love those videos.
that woulkd be good. :)
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post #8 of 14 Old 05-21-2014, 04:54 PM
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Also, make sure you are learning how to care for the horse pony too. There is lots of info out there but nothing beats good ol hands on learning.

You may even pick up riding too if you have not already done so.
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post #9 of 14 Old 05-21-2014, 05:31 PM
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I'd giver her another 6 months of riding and then look for a lease pony that you can keep at the barn she rides at
It needs to be 100% to handle and to ride so she can do things on her own with it and be safe
A local pony club, 4H group, horse vet or farrier might know of something suitable if the barn doesn't have anything
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post #10 of 14 Old 05-22-2014, 12:37 AM
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I just wrote a whole paragraph and it deleted :\ but ill write it again. I agree with the others saying to leave it 6 months. Just have her have regular riding lessons for 6 more months. Young children often decide they want something, but a few months later they loose interest. If after 6 months she's still as dedicated as now then ask her instructor to help find her a horse. After a minimum of 2 years riding and handling expereince, if she still wants to ride, look into buying her a horse.
Make sure you get plenty of advice from her instructor.

When the time comes and your in the market for a horse. Be very honest about her riding abilty. So don't look at a horse that says experienced rider and think that she will do ok. Look for a dead broke horse over the age of 15, around 18 would be a good age.

Until then, just keep her going with lessons. Your daughter does not need a horse right now. If I was you id keep her having lessons for at least another year.
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