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    09-30-2013, 07:22 PM

I was very puzzled when they told me that, because honestly, I always thought that they were only for cows, then they told me that and I still thought 'that would be better for a rare treat...'
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    09-30-2013, 10:58 PM
So, from a respected member on here I was told that I shouldn't keep a horse alone, unless it was for a couple weeks. I believe that, and I was going to keep my friends pony with mine, so they had companions. But turns out she will be getting her horse probably a year or two after I get mine :/ what should I do?

Should I just wait until she gets her pony to get my pony?

Should I get mine and just wait it out until she gets hers?

Should I look for someone needing to board for cheap meanwhile she is looking for one?

If there's another option that would let be have my pony as soon as I'm educated and my mentor thinks I'm ready, without buying another horse, please tell me!
    09-30-2013, 11:34 PM
Green Broke
Horses should always be kept with other "herd" members. Personally I'd prefer a member of their own species but people make it work with goats or cows. Its also going to depend on your budget. Can you afford two horses?

Honestly if I were you I'd look into leasing a horse, look for a job as a stable hand and hold off on the getting your own horse thing.
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    10-01-2013, 06:37 AM
If 6 years is half your lifetime, what you need most is a knowledgable adult who'll help you. I suppose here that your parents are happy with this horse/donkey idea, that they are fully supportive and that they know that some things will need to be handled by them and not you.

You wrote something that had me really concerned:

Well, think I decided I'm not ready for fillies :( but from the same seller there's a welshxexmoor mix, for cheaper and she's broken but not ridden too much. She's three. But I've heard that they drug horses to make them seem fine when you buy them. I suspect it's true, how to I watch out for that?
This makes me think that you have a horse-seller near you, and that you're pondering to buy whatever he/she has. This is the wrongest thing you can do! It might work for cats or hamsters, to go to a single place and pick the one you like most. Not with horses!

You (and your parents, riding instructor, mentor, vet-cousins...) need to decide what kind of horse is right for you. Not just "exmoor pony" (in fact, you could find a perfect pony of another breed, or a cross), but gender, age, level of training, disposition towards the activity you'll be doing (jumping? Trails? Barrel racing? A pony can be perfect for one of those things and a nightmare for another). Then, when you know what you are looking for, you actually look for it, and if your neighbor seller doesn't have your perfect pony, you look elsewhere. You don't have to buy from this guy, if he doesn't have the right pony for you.

You have 6 years of experience... on well behaved school ponies, under the vigilant eye of an instructor. At home, you would be little more than alone. You've probably never even seen a horse with behavior issues, and for sure you don't have the experience to correct them. You have to look for an older, well experienced, well behaved pony. No fillies or 3-4 year olds. Young horses/ponies learn too quickly bad habits.

A "wrong" choice would be dangerous for your safety, and would make you fear and eventually hate your new pony. That's why you have to try different ponies, at different places, before you choose. Don't pick the first you see. Try at least 3-4, and then if you (or your instructor-knowledgable adult friends) are not sure, try some more. If you decide you like one, come back and ride him again another day, don't buy immediately. Try all the stuff that you'll do at home, so grooming, hooves-picking and cleaning, saddling, bridling, getting on by yourself, and so on. Don't bring with you enthusiastic beginners, just experienced people that can recognize a scam when they see it, and that can decide with a clear head if the horse they are seeing is too green, or too sick, or reacts dangerously when touched in the ears... the list would be too long.

Never believe the "oh, he has a long waiting list, if you don't buy him right now, he'll be gone next time"- even if it happens, the world is full of horses, you'll buy another one. Don't let the sellers bully you into buying immediately, when you see just the positive.

I hope you'll find all the support you need to make a good choice!
    10-01-2013, 07:21 AM
Originally Posted by MinuitMouse    
Should I just wait until she gets her pony to get my pony?
I really, really admire & respect your attitude, that you do realise you need to learn more & want to do that (don't ever lose that awesome attitude) but by your questions, I think you don't realise quite how much important stuff there is to learn, so perhaps it would be best to get together with your friend & help each other learn, in the next year. Someone's suggestion of a part lease in a horse is a good idea too I reckon. Another option, as you don't want the horse alone & you need lots of guidance is to keep your pony at a good boarding/riding establishment, until you're ready & confident to care for one alone. You could also learn a lot from the other boarders too.

In the meantime, keep firing those questions(no such thing as silly ones!) & there are many good people here who can help you learn more.

Re keeping horses alone, I figured that's why you were wanting 2 beasties.
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    10-01-2013, 12:47 PM
I'm not just wanting to buy what the seller has, I actually didn't know that it was the same seller until a little while ago. Actually, I've ridden horses that are to trained, and without a trainer before. I will try to visit her as much as possible before I decide to buy anything and I'm still studying.

She is actually just what I was looking for, she does what I would like to do, but whatever horse I get (if I get one) it will mostly be used for pleasure riding.

I have figured out colic and diet so far, is there anything else I need to know? Any other common diseases and illnesses that are preventable?

I enjoyed reading all the responses :)
    10-01-2013, 12:53 PM
Green Broke
You need real life experience. Go down to the lesson barn and ask if you can work or volunteer there.
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    10-01-2013, 12:54 PM
Okay I will!
    10-01-2013, 08:26 PM
Originally Posted by MinuitMouse    
I have figured out colic and diet so far, is there anything else I need to know? Any other common diseases and illnesses that are preventable?
Afraid that's a bit broad, with far too many answers. Here are a few; laminitis/founder (check out, 'navicular' & other hoof probs, insulin resistance/Equine Metabolic Syndrome (check out &
    10-01-2013, 09:10 PM
Okay! I will study that as much as I can over the next weeks

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