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post #21 of 74 Old 07-25-2014, 11:35 AM
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BKLD, you have gotten yourself involved with a very wonderful group that can offer so much in the way of hands on and contacts. Trust that they will give you a fair evaluation of where you are at and how far you have to go. 5 years from now you will be a different person in a different place. Thinking ahead and gathering information and skills will determine what you will be ready for. The best advice as many others have already given is to start with an older horse and go from there.
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post #22 of 74 Old 07-25-2014, 11:40 AM
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I'm with the WHY crowd, if for nothing else than not having a horse to ride. So, five plus years before you get the weanling, and then at least three more before you can ride? No thanks!

While there is a lot of work involved with a youngster, there's also a lot of "wait around until they mature."

My advice would be to get a horse you can ride right away for a first horse, and get a weanling for your second horse.
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BKLD, you have gotten yourself involved with a very wonderful group that can offer so much in the way of hands on and contacts. Trust that they will give you a fair evaluation of where you are at and how far you have to go. 5 years from now you will be a different person in a different place. Thinking ahead and gathering information and skills will determine what you will be ready for. The best advice as many others have already given is to start with an older horse and go from there.
I know that, and I promise you, I'm not trying to argue. I'm taking into consideration everyone's opinions, and while I'm not swayed yet, I trust that I'll get a better idea of it not only from myself but also from others as time goes on. I feel like I do have a ways to go, and I will be a very different person in 5 years, and where I will be depends on the work I put into myself. I'm a fast learner, which is an advantage, but I also need to build confidence which takes time. We'll see.
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I'm with the WHY crowd, if for nothing elsethan not having a horse to ride. So, five plus years before you get the weanling, and then at least three more before you can ride? No thanks!

While there is a lot of work involved with a youngster, there's also a lot of "wait around until they mature."

My advice would be to get a horse you can ride right away for a first horse, and get a weanling for your second horse.
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That's kind of where you and I have a different perspective. I see the entire experience of owning a horse as a good experience, and riding is just a small part of it. Maybe I'm just weird .
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post #25 of 74 Old 07-25-2014, 11:52 AM
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"It probably seems like a lot of time, energy, and money to put into an animal that I won't be taking to competition, but I still see it as an experience, not a means to an end."

Just from my viewpoint, it's not an experience for the horse - it's the foundation for the rest of his life.. If it's an "experience" you want, then I'd concentrate on earning it. By earning it, I mean gathering all the experience and knowledge you'd need, before you begin. I know you're talking about doing just that but I'd feel more comfortable if you were already involved in gathering that experience and knowledge. I don't know of any trainer, that is going to take on a newbie and let them shadow and learn from them... A lot of experienced people PAY for that privilege. Right now you're dreaming, and planning. You'd be so much farther ahead to get an older, well-trained horse, RIDE and care for him, learn how to teach him a few things and get wired into your local horse community. My honest opinion is that you're rushing your fences. It won't end up well for you or the horse. Or, it might. But the odds are against you.

I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!

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post #26 of 74 Old 07-25-2014, 11:55 AM
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That's kind of where you and I have a different perspective. I see the entire experience of owning a horse as a good experience, and riding is just a small part of it. Maybe I'm just weird .
I see what you are saying here, and we all know that, but when it's time to back that weanling....that part won't be a small part of it all. I watched my trainer everyday and believe me there were days that I watched him ride Mocha that I didn't want to have anything to do with that. I almost sold him at that point, and I have a lot of riding experience. At one point you are going to have to ride a very green horse and for some people that's where it ends...not enough solid riding experience to do that and that doesn't mean experience plodding along on trails. Or you better have a lot of cash at your disposal and some good health care. Good luck on your decision, even though I think you've already made it.
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Don't get me wrong Mochachino. I'm not taking this as lightly as I sound. I know that it is a trial. I know that breaking isn't just an experience, a light-hearted trick, or something to take lightly. The reason why I'm not jumping into this head on is that I know that there's a high chance of failure, to utterly destroy the animal that I put so much commitment into, emotional as well as others. I want to do it right, no matter what.

My mind is not actually made up. I am focused on a weanling or a yearling right now, but I'm thinking it through carefully. I promise you, all of you, I won't do anything rash.
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post #28 of 74 Old 07-25-2014, 12:03 PM
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Even if you aren't dead set on riding your future horse right away waiting 3 years when you could have something in your backyard that you could just hop on and ride?
I'd suggest that even though you want a weanling that when the time comes around to look at horses to look through some ads for older already broke horses as well. Sometimes you think you know what you're looking for and then you go find that you love a horse that isn't that. (I started a thread on this called Was your first horse everything you ever hoped and dreamed of? And actually some of those stories ARE about riders who got horses they weren't ready for and it worked out I'm just hoping that if you do get a weanling that you would be ready for it)
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post #29 of 74 Old 07-25-2014, 12:06 PM
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Maybe I'm just being grumpy today: it's been known to happen. But owning a horse is not a "good experience." Done correctly, it is a way of life -- A total immersion in a particular way of life. Raising and training a weanling is a part of that way of life, but only a part. And it's a part that many competent horse people often manage to bypass quite successfully! Become a horseperson rather than just a rider, and THEN think about it. You're young and have many years ahead of you in the world of horses. There's no need to rush. Concern for the horse should outweigh any consideration of the experience you desire. Real horsepeople always put the welfare of the horse first. First you become a horseperson, THEN you think about a weanling.

I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!

What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.

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post #30 of 74 Old 07-25-2014, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not worried DreaMy. I won't buy a horse if I don't feel ready for it, nor will I buy a horse if my support system doesn't think I'm ready for it.
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