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    07-22-2014, 07:46 PM
Really great advice
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    08-26-2014, 02:19 PM
It's interesting how many people suggest getting expert advice. At the same time, there are many experienced people posting who do not all agree on the best approaches. Some suggest diving in and learning by doing, while others imply that until you have hundreds of hours of training, can get a horse to fart rainbows, and have enough cash on hand to put your kids through graduate school at Harvard, you're not ready for horse ownership.

I'm a complete newb when it comes to horses, but in the field where I am an expert I've seen some pretty stupid ideas coming from people who have loads of experience. So while I agree that getting expert help is a good idea, I'd caution anyone against relying too much on experts. In my experience, in most fields it's best to rely on experts to tell you what things you need to know about, then to educate yourself about those things and trust your own judgement.
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    08-26-2014, 08:16 PM
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Ahhhhhhhh, but what defines the expert?

Here lies a whole different ball game!

When I read of many so called trainers and what they are saying and doing it makes me cringe.
    11-20-2014, 09:29 PM
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Surround yourself with patient, good horsemen/women and DO NOT be afraid to ask stupid questions!

Experienced horse people can sometimes be intimidating, and sometimes will talk way over your head, but most of them understand that people are not born knowing everything necessary about horses. It is a learning process and they are glad to help. So ask the question!
    12-10-2014, 07:54 PM
I've bought trained and sold horses for many years and have yet to get a Vet. Check, and have only got one I lost money on. He was Conclusive bred and had a Hyp. Convulsion after being worked hard, when the muscle contractions came from the hind quarters up to his neck he just gasped for breath.
PHM: After seeing some of the latest APHA jornals, I don't think God would like what's been done to that breed.
    01-26-2015, 10:17 PM
New here everynone
This thread was very informative!

I'm happy to be part of this community
    02-04-2015, 12:30 PM
If you buy a young horse, take it nice and slow. Don't expect anything from them. Don't scold for the negative things but reward for the positive. Try to make a bond and from then on, things are going to get good.
    02-05-2015, 12:28 PM
So I have some unusual advice for this forum, if you want a horse and have not had one before, then go get a small herd (3 or more) of goats. Learn to love them, take care of them etc. Learn to train them to do something like tricks, etc spend time with them get to know what they need to take the best care of them and get used to selecting hay, feed, supplements, yearly care, take care of their hooves etc. Get them show ready, even show them then you have basically learned almost everything you will need to take care of a horse. You will learn how to gently teach an animal how to respect you while you respect them. You will also have learned how to learn how to do routine veterinary care. You will also learn what it is like to take care of a herd animal every day and what kind of care taker you are. After you have done this, all of this information crosses over to horse care. The better you take care of your herd, the more experience transfers over to horse care! Plus the cost of properly maintaining a small show goat herd (3-8 goats) is about the same cost as one horse!
    02-13-2015, 12:45 PM
My advice to a novice on getting your own horse is to take your time and think it out carefully. Depending on your or your child's ability the horse that is right for you now may not be what you need a year from now. If you are really intent on taking your riding to a higher level there is nothing wrong with "trading up" as you gain experience but you might also want to consider a lease or partial lease for awhile. Foxhunter has offered some great tips once you decide that you are going to buy a horse. Don't be in a rush to buy the first horse you see or the first sale's pitch you hear. By all means have the horse vetted and don't hesitate to get the opinion of someone with more experience. Remember that if the horse is everything he is claimed to be then the seller should have no problem with you proving that for yourself
    02-17-2015, 07:12 PM
Read, learn, read, learn, ask and listen and then question and listen. This is a great forum for information. And most of what I have read I have to agreed with. Know what you are getting into and do not be in a big rush. I had a man ask about buying a young pony for his son. His father in-law had cows, so he had someone to keep it. Talked to him for 10 minutes about my first pony and the fact that it lived to be 38 years old. He said what!! He was thinking 10 years tops. He didn't come back. If you love it, it is great!

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