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        06-23-2014, 01:03 AM
      #21
    Yearling
    Go for the older. You don't have to get a one-hoof-in-the-grave horse by any means. We have an 8 year old horse who is a been there, done that, horse. Super calm, super chill.

    We also have a 19 year old horse who is way more high spirited than the 8 year old.

    8 year old horses are young, still have many many years ahead of them, but can still be dead broke and bomb proof. I suggest you get with a trainer with whatever horse you get and increase your saddle time from 50 to like 5,000.

    My mom wouldn't let me have a horse (even though she had like 6) until I had taken 4 years of lessons. These lessons were 2 hours twice a week. So 4 hours a week and breaks or days off were not a thing lol

    A trainer and lessons is a good idea for everyone.
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        06-23-2014, 04:28 PM
      #22
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by EponaLynn    
    Nothing compared to the cost of owning and properly caring for a horse.
    Yes, I know that, but the person paying for the lessons would most likely be the broke college kid talking to you, not the person that in charge of our livestock who makes all the money and is in charge of this whole thing. I would love for us to have horses but I don't make money currently and I don't get to decide either.
         
        06-23-2014, 10:02 PM
      #23
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by falconrygal    
    Honestly that was pretty much what I've been thinking... A few people have told me this as well, so I wasn't sure when some one said it was the best way to keep a horse with goats. The initial plan was to get an older horse, but I started feeling pressured after my mom heard about the young horse thing and started saying that was the way to go.

    I completely agree with you on the part where I don't know how much I don't know, I've been to some seminars but usually I'm in the blind and don't know much of what they're talking about. We're hoping to do some mucking work in exchange for horse back riding lessons, I know some english riding but I'm still fairly fresh on western.

    Do you think it will still be alright to get a well broke horse even though we're fairly new to this, and if not how much training do you think I should go through before purchasing one?
    If I were you, and my mom wanted me to train that 2 year old instead of getting a more suitable horse, I would be asking her why she hated me so much she wanted me in the hospital...
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        06-24-2014, 03:34 AM
      #24
    Green Broke
    Please please please Do NOT get a young horse.
    I've got over 25years of owning, riding, schooling, competing and retraining experiance (that is well over 15k hours possibly even over 20k) and it is only in the last few years that I have started breaking youngstock.

    In breaking youngstock I've been badly hurt several times and that is even with my knowlege of how to fall properly and my ability to read a horse!

    Heck my newest lad managed to kick me in the head on friday thus I spent most of the evening in A&E, had I not read the situation and moved instinctivly out of the way, it is very likely that it would not have been just a glancing blow and it is very likely that I wouldnt be here typing this now! My insitinctive jerk sideways saved my life and with less than 50hrs of contact time you will not have those instincts that are vital to keep you safe with young horses and triply so with young wild horses!
         

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