Originally Posted by smrobs
I think if I were in your position, I would look to re-home the filly. She's got excellent bloodlines so you could market her as a ranch/cutting/sorting/working cow horse prospect and get a bit more money for her than just advertising her as an average filly.
I'm telling you, bloodlines like that will bring money, even in this crappy market.
Also, my experience with cutting bred horses like your filly, training them isn't for the faint of heart. They are quick and agile and energetic....and smart. Generally not the best combination for success when you don't have training experience. If you are truly interested in keeping the filly, I strongly suggest you involve a good trainer to help you with her. That way, you have the best chance of getting her broke enough to be safe with your kids, or the trainer will let you know if they don't believe she would be suitable for novice riders.
As for feeding, I don't generally believe in feeding sweet feed to anything. All of mine get nothing but good quality grass hay and fresh grass when there is some. They also have free access to a mineral block and they all stay fat and slick and healthy. Oh, and make sure you get the mineral lick designed for horses. Some that are designed for cattle have ingredients that can make a horse very sick or even kill it.
good advice - thank you
If was in it for a quick buck I would sell her in a heartbeat and probably make good money off of her, but I told the girl that I bought her from that I would take good care of her horses --- they will never go hungry or thirsty and they will always have space to roam.
I can guarantee that I am not feint of heart - I am persistent and consistent - ask my wife :)
I have a neighbor that has trained the most amazing horse and he will be helping me train her. She may never end up in a rodeo or a competition --- but she will be trained well enough to be safe with my kids -- if my neighbor can't help me get it right -- there is an AQHA certified trainer 20 miles away.
I just recently put out a salt lick and mineral lick for the horses -- switched the filly to the dumas mare/foal feed --- and switched the other 2 horses to 12% pleasure horse feed.
I hope I have their nutritional needs covered --- I am mostly concerned for the safety of my wife and children when they deal with the horses --- that filly is unpredictable.