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post #81 of 157 Old 03-11-2014, 04:43 AM
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I have been a horse owner for a few years now and the assistant manager/trainer of a 15 horse stable but I am moving to another state with my horse and am now realizing how used to having a trainer/experienced horse person at my right hand I've gotten.
I'm fine with my rider and such but care taking I'm just a little AHHHHH HOLY SH**, Mostly just because I'm nervous.
He's gonna be at a stable with experienced people around feeding him and cleaning his stalls, and I can keep up with the farrier and vet but those little things like what to have in my vet kit etc....
I really don't know why I'm so worried lol.

Does anyone have any tips on the actual care taking of a horse witch btw the post above does not mention anything about like everyone suppose to have there own personal groom or something...

Alright thank you!!
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post #82 of 157 Old 03-25-2014, 10:36 PM
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I bought my horse once I got to college and I met a ton of great people by joining the equestrian club. I got a lot of different opinions and help and was also able to meet other horse people from town (farriers, stable owners, breeders, etc.) I think getting to know other horse people around you and spending time with them and learning from them are some of the best lessons you will ever recieve!
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post #83 of 157 Old 03-26-2014, 03:50 PM
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Interesting thread, so many different views from many different people There is a time and place for everything. I have seen green folks that are better stewards of our equine friends than some "seasoned professionals" however well intentioned. What it all comes down to is education, an understanding of the animal, and resources. The mechanics of riding change from one stable to the next, opinions on training etc-etc... Each person finds their own path. What is most important is the fulfillment of the needs of the horse The rest is just a bonus! <3 However you may come to the point of obtaining your first horse, the most important thing is that you have prepared yourself and are mature enough to know you are ready
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post #84 of 157 Old 05-08-2014, 08:55 AM
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I want to buy a horse. But I am not sure that I would buy the right one.

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You most probably wouldn't!

As I said in the opener of this topic, take someone who is genuinely experienced and knows how well you ride and what sort of horse would be best for you.

Years of experience has given me the ability to assess a horse before it is even ridden.

One friend went and bought herself a horse and brought it to me. It unloaded well and she asked what I thought. My opinion was that I just did not like it. Its conformation was fine, it moved well but there was something in its eye and demeanour that told me it was not genuine in its character.
I was proved right, it was barn sour, and given half a chance would bury the rider.
Unfortunately I ended up riding it most of the time because his dirty tricks never worked with me. We sold him as soon as we could.

Look at several horses, know your ability to not only look after a horse but in knowing the ways to keep a well mannered horse, well mannered.

If you can buy from recommendation. Get a vet to examine the horse and when you go rode it ride it as if it was yours. If you want a trail horse ride it out on trails, both with others and on its own. Do what you want to do with it.

Good luck!
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post #86 of 157 Old 05-09-2014, 10:47 PM
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To the person who said they weren't sure they'd buy the right one... I wanted a gelding, a nice easy going slightly stupid, but not really stupid gelding. I bought a green mare, an extremely intelligent, really bright, crazy, hot, stubborn mare.

Have there been hard times, yes, that's what I have a trainer for, but I love trulee, so much. I love her so much that the idea of ever loosing her makes me cry. I love the dumb things she does, and even when she starts b........ like only a mare can, I love her to death. I formed an amazing bond with the wrong horse, and she became the right horse. She is my pride, my joy, my best friend, my companion. In everything I do, I think of my baby girl. My 1100 lb baby girl
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post #87 of 157 Old 05-25-2014, 12:55 AM
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It seems that a lot of new riders will get a horse within a year or two of starting to ride and then hit upon problems.

Here are some useful tips on many of the pitfalls - remember horses have been around a lot longer than cars, we all know what tricks there are to fixing cars! There are as many tricks and more to passing on a horse that is not as described!

To make sure you are ready for your own horse ride as many different horses as you can. Riding the same horse every time is not going to teach you anything about quirks of different horses.

It is no good asking "What breed?" there are as many differences between each animal of the same breed as there are in breeds themselves. Go for temperament rather than breed, colour, registration or anything else.

Just because you are over 5'5" does not mean you need a tall horse. Mark Todd at 6'2" was very successful internationally riding Charisma who stood 15.3. William Fox Pitt is 6'6" and rides 16.2 horses equally as successfully.

When you do start looking for a horse be honest with yourself as to your ability. Just because you once jumped 3'6" on a schoolmaster does not mean you are ready to ride a green young horse that is jumping the same height.

Always go to see the horse. See it in the stable, in the field, being ridden and ride it yourself. Take someone along with you that knows your riding ability and is very experienced with horses. If you can see the horse more than once. Ride it in the arena and out on trails. See if it is barn sour by riding it away from other horses and away from the barn. Have the vendor prove it is traffic proof, handle the horse in and out of the stable.

Ask what it is like with the farrier and to clip, load and ask about any health issues.

Some sellers will allow a horse to go on trial. Personally unless I know the buyer well, I will not allow this, any trial on or around the local area is fine but I will not risk a horse going off with someone I do not know.

Always have a horse vetted. Try to be present when this happens. I have known horses to have mild sedation when tried, then they vet goes along and the horse is dope free but ridden by an experienced rider and passes all health tests.
Ask the vet to draw blood when he examines the animal. One phial is given to the vendor and the other the vet takes. Both are labeled and initialled by vet and vendor. If the horse goes lame or is of very different characteristics to when you tried it, or goes lame, you can have the blood tested for either dope or pain killers.

If you are keeping your new horse at a livery barn then make sure that the staff are willing to help you. Continue to have regular lessons there is to much to learn to think you can manage on your own!

If you are keeping a horse on your own then again continue with the lessons. Make sure that you know a lot about the care and of maintaining manners on that horse. You can only do this if you have been use to handling a lot of horses.

Never be afraid to ask for help.

Owning a horse involves a lot of commitment as well as expense but the rewards can outweigh everything else.
And here's one good experience by a forum member:

I am sure many others have more to add.
I am just new very very new to horse riding and this story just gave me an awesome blast to think about. Thank you
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post #88 of 157 Old 07-03-2014, 07:55 PM
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My first horse was a mare, I have never owned a gelding. I have all mares and I love them. They can be a little moody but it really depends on the mare and the time you spend with them.
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post #89 of 157 Old 07-11-2014, 12:23 AM
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All I can say is, "Wow!" I should have read more, looked more, learned more before getting a horse. I still need to do all of these things but since already have a horse, well... I was uncertain before and after reading the articles here I am worried but I intend to keep moving forward. I will look for help and guidance from all here and my local people (farrier, trainer, vet and equine dentist and my local feed store) I keep my horse, myself in my barn. I think that he is a pretty good horse but needs some work. He comes when I call. Loves for you to love on him but when I walk and stop, start and back him (right now I am just doing this on a halter trying to show him that I'm his boss) he has his ears back not flat back just back. Should I be worried?
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post #90 of 157 Old 07-14-2014, 12:52 AM
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Great. All good tips!
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