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        07-27-2014, 10:42 AM
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    Foal
    Possibly leasing my first horse

    I have been riding for about 14 months now and have come across an opportunity to lease my first horse. I am entitled to lease one of the lesson horses one day a week at the stable I have been working at over the summer. I am planning on still doing that since I worked all summer to get a a full year of lease time. Last night I came across a girl getting ready to move to college and doesn't want to sell her thoroughbred filly. She's 3. From what I've hear, she's quiet and calm but can get excited at times since she's still young. I'm only trotting ground poles and beginning trotting cross rails. I would be covering board ($200/month) and farrier fees ($35/8 weeks). I would have 4 days a week to ride if I wanted. There would be supervision and I would continue to take lessons since there's still a lot to learn. She is open to a trial to see if we are a good match. The filly hasn't started jumping yet but has been working on ground poles and basic equitation. The only bummer is that she boards at another stable other than where I take lessons. I may need a trainer out there and maybe lessons. Any thoughts? Thanks!
         
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        07-27-2014, 11:18 AM
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    Foal


    This is Ria
         
        07-27-2014, 11:19 AM
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    Foal
    Another shot. She's 17 hands!
         
        07-27-2014, 12:05 PM
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        07-27-2014, 12:05 PM
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        07-27-2014, 02:44 PM
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    Foal
    Sorry to be a Debbie downer but this does not sound like a good idea. You have only been riding for one year. I remember how I felt when I had been riding for one year... I felt amazing... Like I was the best rider ever and I was invincible and no horse could or would ever hurt me. I would ride anything, anywhere, anytime. You know where I ended up most of the time? Eating dirt. I also sustained many injuries I still battle with to this day.

    I know you are thinking that you are just doing walk/trot, so what's the big deal but there is a reason people say green on green makes black and blue. An excitable three year old thoroughbred should not be on your list of potential horses to lease. Sorry but you need to lease a been there done that packer school master to teach you what's what in the saddle. This little filly, no matter how pretty or cute, will not ever be able to give you that. I think leasing her would be a waste of time and money for both you and the horse's owner.

    I am not trying to be mean... Only realistic ... Please understand I am saying these things out of concern first, for your well being and horse education as well as for the filly's well being.
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        07-27-2014, 03:47 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Siren    
    Sorry to be a Debbie downer but this does not sound like a good idea. You have only been riding for one year. I remember how I felt when I had been riding for one year... I felt amazing... Like I was the best rider ever and I was invincible and no horse could or would ever hurt me. I would ride anything, anywhere, anytime. You know where I ended up most of the time? Eating dirt. I also sustained many injuries I still battle with to this day.

    I know you are thinking that you are just doing walk/trot, so what's the big deal but there is a reason people say green on green makes black and blue. An excitable three year old thoroughbred should not be on your list of potential horses to lease. Sorry but you need to lease a been there done that packer school master to teach you what's what in the saddle. This little filly, no matter how pretty or cute, will not ever be able to give you that. I think leasing her would be a waste of time and money for both you and the horse's owner.

    I am not trying to be mean... Only realistic ... Please understand I am saying these things out of concern first, for your well being and horse education as well as for the filly's well being.
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    I can agree with this. You have only been riding for 14 months and it is very risky to be riding a very inexperienced 3 year old thoroughbred. If you plan on jumping in the future, please do it on a horse that has already been jumping.

    For your safety, I suggest getting an older horse that has experience and will carry and take care of you. I got a 20yr old arabian as my first horse and he has TAUGHT me things. Hope you turn around from this option and find the horse that suits you best.
         
        07-27-2014, 07:16 PM
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    I can't see the pictures, but regardless my honest opinion is NO, definitely not. I don't care how quiet the horse is ...she's 3. She's still green. You are not a trainer, you do not have the skill or know-how on training a horse.

    Also, if I were the owner of a 3 y/o (or any horse that needed training for that matter), I would never consider a person who had only 1 year of lessons under their belt. No way, no how. If this owner would truly consider that, then that can't say too much about how they value their horse's training.

    Please find an older, been there done that type horse who can pack you around while you learn.
         
        07-28-2014, 02:02 AM
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    Foal
    Save yourself a lot of frustration, heartache, and possibly injury and don't take on a 3 year old. There are world class riders who would never deal with barely broken horses, so it goes way beyond only having ridden for 14 months. I certainly wouldn't do it myself. It's not fair to either of you. This is a horse whose owner should be paying someone to train, not expecting to BE paid for.
         
        07-28-2014, 02:28 AM
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    Any owner that would lease their very young, very green horse to a person with just a tad over one yeR of experience is probably not someone you want to lease from. I mean, to me that demonstrates poor a lack of maturity and not a lot of real caring about what is best for her horse, and for you, and if she does that now, she will likely do it on other ways that will have negative consequences.
         

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