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    10-07-2013, 07:13 PM
Everyone gave very wise advice. It's so important to choose a horse that suits you. If you want a horse to jump in shows, be sure the horse has that talent and is a safe reliable jumper. Many horses don't enjoy jumping so they're not talented at it. If your horse doesn't enjoy what he's doing, it's going to be drudgery for you and your horse.
Even if you're experienced, bring an experienced horseman or horsewoman with you. Temperment is more important than many other things. You want a horse that is naturally kind. Pay attention to the expression in the horse's eye. My dad was a horseman most of his life and that was something he checked every time he was considering buying a horse. Large, expressive eyes are good. Small, sunken, eyes signify a nasty disposition.
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    10-07-2013, 07:20 PM
Originally Posted by Corporal    
One better than just exposure.
Expose yourself to EXPERTS, first, THEN buy.
^^ This. Even if you have land to keep a horse at home, it can be well worth it to board the horse at first so you have experienced horse people around. I can't say how much it has helped me to have my trainer and vet (who boards at my barn) around to answer all of my silly "Is this normal?" questions.
    10-08-2013, 01:47 AM
Ha, yes I agree. Experts, for sure.
    10-08-2013, 05:16 AM
I definitely agree with exposing yourself to experts. Sometimes just hopping on a horse and hoping things "work out" just doesn't actually work! I leased a mare that was very unsuitable for me - she was bolshy, stubborn, and very much a boss mare. I picked her up from a horse camp where a program allows campers to take home horses for the winter, so the horses get ridden and looked after before the camp season starts again. She was the last one there because nobody wanted her, but that didn't matter to me at the time! Anyways, we didn't click. I tried so many things with her, listened to many people who didn't know what they were doing, and at the end of the year, I was glad to give her back to her owners.

A few months ago, I bought my first horse. He's an OTTB (11 years old, so not fresh from the track!) and I'm keeping him at a property owned by an international dressage rider. The other boarder I see regularly is an ex-pony club instructor. Between the two of them, I've had amazing help and advice on how to deal with my horse, who's rapidly putting on weight and gaining energy as springtime advances! I literally don't know what I would do without them - Andy and I have our problems, but it's so much easier to work through them knowing that good advice is only a phone call away.
    10-11-2013, 12:40 AM
[QUOTE=bsms;2614945]If owning horses was as difficult and expensive as this thread is beginning to indicate, there would be no new horse owners. It would be something you had to be born to do.

Speaking as a relative, I didn't know anything about horses. I didn't buy the right one. I didn't set aside 10K for emergencies. I didn't start with years of lessons, riding 45-60 minutes a week until I had an incredible seat. I'm still learning, as is the unsuitable horse I bought.

Am I the only person who bought a horse and THEN learned to ride? Am I the only one who has never had a saddle fitter out to tell me what saddle to buy, and the only one whose horses don't get massages? Heck, I'm beginning to feel like running out to the corral and shouting, "Forgive me! I'm unworthy!" It is a good thing my horses don't have Internet access...[/QUOT

Ha ha... I just love this post. Do ya think Man o War or Secretariat ever had an '' adjustment '' or massage?? Maybe they did.... But I know I grew up riding at one of the most prestigious barns in Lexington Ky in the 90's.....And I had never heard of such until I rediscovered my passion for riding over the last few years.

Medicine is progressive.... Including animal science obviously. But many people don't have the financial means nor the desire quite honestly to divulge in such modern amenities.... For themselves much less their horses.

IMHO..... you will do just fine learning to ride on ur less than suitable first horse. Certainly under less than ideal conditions. No worries girl.. ;)
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    10-26-2013, 03:18 PM
Smile Agree

I want a horse and I totally agree with what you said but I feel I should have a horse on loan/share first.
    10-26-2013, 04:44 PM
We live in a try-before-buy kind of world. The best thing you can do for yourself is take at least three lessons before you buy a horse, especially if you've never ridden before.

Before I took lessons I would have bought any old nag that came around - soon as I started riding I realized that horse ownership wasn't all it was chocked up to be. I never actively wanted to own a horse again, not until I started riding Lily anyway. ;o Try the industry before you get involved in it in my opinion.
    10-26-2013, 06:44 PM
I badly want a horse but I know I'm not ready.
    10-28-2013, 10:25 AM
Hi, I bought a 13.2 cob pony for my daughter this Wednesday and it's a brilliant thing to do if you have the right facility's and experience to have a pony/horse but as well as it being brilliant it costs a lot of money as you have to think about :

Shoes 55 every 6-8 weeks
Wormer 15 twice a year
Rugs 20 - 200
Tack 0 - 1000 or more
Feed 15 - 50
And lots more ........
    11-02-2013, 08:28 AM
I would consider sharing or part loaning a horse before buying your own. This allows you to figure out what you want out of a horse and also learn vital care. I shared a couple of ponies before buying my own horse. This helped a great deal. I also worked at a riding stables, which was fun and very educational. After about 5 or so years of all this I only just felt ready for my own. Even when I bought her it was a VERY big shock about how much I didn't know! But within a couple of months, with help from friends and instructors I soon knew the basic of what I was doing. But even now I have so much more to learn! And learning more everyday! :)

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