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        06-18-2014, 08:12 PM
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    Foal
    should i buy a 4yo TB?

    I am only 15 and im looking for a bigger horse, i've been looking online for awhile and have recently come across a 4yo TB gelding.

    I don't have much experience with young horses. He is already broken in and in light work, but if I did buy him I would get someone out to do some natural horsemanship and further his education.

    Mu aunty also has done alot of work with younger horse and would help me out, but I just don't know if its a good idea; or if people will give me hate and say I don't know what im doing or that im going to ruin the horse. I just need a bit of advice or re-directing in what to do.

    Thanks kelsey
         
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        06-18-2014, 08:17 PM
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    Trained
    Probably not a good idea. If I were you, I'd look for something that was less of a challenge so you could thoroughly enjoy your horse experiences. OTTBs can be a pain and take lots of retraining, consistency and an experienced handler.
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        06-18-2014, 08:37 PM
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    Foal
    I also don't think it is a good idea, training a horse is fairly difficult, and you don't want to hurt you or the horse or ruin the horse either.
         
        06-18-2014, 09:04 PM
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    Why did you want THAT horse? Becuase of price, or ?

    I agree that it might not be as much fun as a horse that is more steady. I guess, unless you really have a fair amount of horse experience, and training experience, taking on an OTTB that is that young, and so recently on the track, is risky and maybe stressful. Do you want fun and relaxation, or challenge?

    Oh, and also, if folks here disagree with your choice, it's not "hating" on you. People nowadays use the word "hate" so lightly. To me, hate is a very strong feeling, nothing I would ever associate with just posting a "you shouldn't do that" sort of message online.
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        06-18-2014, 09:05 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by diggerandkelsey    
    i am only 15 and im looking for a bigger horse, i've been looking online for awhile and have recently come across a 4yo TB gelding.

    I don't have much experience with young horses. He is already broken in and in light work, but if I did buy him I would get someone out to do some natural horsemanship and further his education.

    Mu aunty also has done alot of work with younger horse and would help me out, but I just don't know if its a good idea; or if people will give me hate and say I don't know what im doing or that im going to ruin the horse. I just need a bit of advice or re-directing in what to do.

    Thanks kelsey
    Do you have your own money and buy the horse yourself, or with your parents help? Do you have parental permission to get a new horse? I think it's okay to go green as long as you have a lot of experience. Also, you have trainers and relatives to help.
    What will you ride when you are training your new horse?
         
        06-18-2014, 09:25 PM
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    Weanling
    With your age and the horses age I just dent think its a good idea.. I'm site there are better fits for you..
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        06-18-2014, 09:32 PM
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    Foal
    You might want to consider an appendix or a friesian sport horse or something. Appendix's usually have the temperament of a QH and the physique of a TB. Friesian sport horses are usually pretty big, and they're really awesome at dressage if that's what you do. I've known horses if both breeds who can do hunters, jumpers, and even eventing.
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        06-18-2014, 10:51 PM
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    Weanling
    Unfortunately OTTBs are cheap for a reason... they require a lot of work to turn into good riding horses.

    It sounds like you'd have a lot of support from family etc but even so, you won't be able to ride and show this horse anytime real soon. Or at least not usually, there are exceptions. Was this horse actually raced or prepped for racing? It does make a difference (not usually a good one).

    I'd say pass on this one, unless you're very experienced, have hands on support from your aunt at least weekly, and you are prepared to miss a season of showing or even relaxed riding/messing about. If you get this horse, you are likely to spend the rest of the year training the horse rather than just relaxing and enjoying it.

    If you are still unsure, maybe find a friend (or your aunt might know someone) who has a similar age TB and see what its like first.
         
        06-19-2014, 02:27 AM
      #9
    Started
    Short answer....No.
         
        06-19-2014, 05:42 AM
      #10
    Trained
    I wouldn't get a Thoroughbred at 15, especially not a young one.

    I got my first youngster [an OTT standardbred, broke but very green] when I was 14 and it was a DISASTER. Every teenager goes through a reactive phase and reactive is THE LAST thing you EVER want to be with a young horse.

    Over the next two or three years I learned a lot. I got an 8 year old Welsh pony, and he was a naughty little sh!t but I learned a lot from him. A year after getting him I started riding my young Standardbred again and things went MUCH better. Unfortunately my Standie ended up being retired and then euthed, and the horse I got next, when I was 16, was a 15 year old Anglo Arabian eventing schoolmaster.

    I LEARNED SO MUCH FROM HIM. I can't even tell you how much I learned. In about June or July of that year I got my first foal, and the ONLY reason that worked out was because of Monty. When that foal was nearly 2, it became painfully obvious she wasn't going to get tall enough for me, so I gave her to my mother and I got Magic, who is a couple of months older than said foal.

    I was nearly 18 at the time. And Magic was dangerous. I did NOT have the experience to handle her and by all rights should not be sitting here typing this message! She should have sent me to hospital many times. Not once have I ever been hurt because of her. I have gone to hospital from a fall off her once, but that was 110% my fault.

    Now, I am nearly 20, Magic is nearly 4, and we are both entirely different people to who we were two years ago. Magic is a quiet, reliable member of equine society [BUT I MUST STRESS SHE HAS NEVER SEEN THE TRACK - I got her unbroke, she never even made the breaker before she was thrown away] and I know so, so much more than I did then. I have been asked to break two horses to saddle and I'm very keen to get back to riding from this darn knee injury [not horse related]!
         

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