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        07-27-2014, 01:54 PM
      #71
    Weanling
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    Oh trust me, I am . I'm working on keeping my student debt as low as it can go (thank goodness for scholarships), and I intend to save every penny I earn that isn't going towards school.

    If you could PM me the link, I'd be happy to see the blog.
    K, I'm running out but I will pm you the link later :)
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        07-29-2014, 04:25 PM
      #72
    Weanling
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    I'll be honest, at first I balked at the idea (I come from the dog culture, where there are certain ideas of what a breeder should and shouldn't be). But, I suppose it's not a terrible idea if I find some people who are willing to seriously show me the ropes (if anyone thinks I'm wrong with this, please do speak up). It sounds like it'll be very expensive too, which may be a problem. Special education teachers make a decent (not great) salary, but if I budget it may be doable. Maybe.
    I understand completely regarding the balking because of coming from a dog culture. Irresponsible dog owners can bring 15 unwanted pups per bitch into the world every year. Are there irresponsible horse breeders? Absolutely.

    However, with horses, you might get one baby a year and they aren't like dogs in that most horse owners are responsible enough to geld so you don't exactly have a mess of stallions running around looking for a mare to breed. You won't have to worry about your mare getting pregnant unless you want her to be.

    Are there unwanted horse babies out there. Yup. Milk barns everywhere. Again, unlike dogs where you can adopt a mutt and get the best dog ever, it isn't even close to the same with horses. You can have a good dog in 3-6 months, no matter what the breeding (yes, there are bad ones, but few and far between). Milk barn babies are a crap shoot. And three years minimum before you even know if you'll have a horse worth the money you put into it.

    If you've caught some of my other posts, you'll know I'm looking for a horse now. I've stated that I want a decent horse and if it's a gelding papers aren't important unless he's competition quality. On a mare, I do want good breeding and papers so that if I do decide to breed again, I can.
         
        07-29-2014, 07:26 PM
      #73
    Green Broke
    I know I already gave you my opinion on this, but I'm going to elaborate some more and get pretty deep on my experience with training Henny.

    I got him when he was 5 months old, after owning horses for 8 years, but not have a very extensive knowledge on horse care. When he was 6 months old, I took him to a halter show where he was so tremendously well behaved. My farrier at the time told me my 6 month old behaves better than most 6 year olds. I broke him to trimming myself. Everything he knows, I taught him(some things with help from a great trainer) besides halater breaking and tying. At 6 months he'd load right up into a trailer no problem, let me touch him anywhere, let me cover him with a tarp and not even flinch.

    At 7 months, the night before Thanksgiving, he was kicked in the head by an older filly. It was midnight before my vet was available for me to haul him in. My baby boy had the world's biggest headache, eyes twitching uncontrollably so he couldn't see straight, couldn't walk straight and dragged his back legs. His head tilted so severely to the left you could see his entire head and neck when looking at him from behind. This little boy, who was so much in a world of pain, loaded up for me on that trailer in the middle of the night without being able to see or know what was going on. I was so terrified he was going to fall on the trailer ride over that my friend(bless her heart, her and her mom kept me from going absolutely insane) and I rode in the bed of the truck to keep an eye on him. Any time I couldn't see him I would freak and ask my friend if she could see him. Every time she'd say yes and laugh. I was a mess. He unloaded perfectly(backed up, again with absolutely no coordination) and was an absolute gentleman for the vet. He was stuck with so many needles, exposed to clippers for the first time, and even had a catheter inserted in his neck and he never once flinched or put up a fight. I left him there as comfortable as he could in his situation happily munching away on hay at 4 in the morning, not knowing if I was going to see him alive again.

    He's two and a half now, and is still a little gentleman. As the youngest horse at the barn, he is the most well behaved. I don't know if he'll be able to ridden, due to his neurological issues, but he has been saddled a couple times and never once thought of it as scary. He is a lot more insecure now, with his left eye permanently looking down just a smidge so his vision isn't 100%, but it's taught me even more about how I need to compensate for his handicaps and be the confident leader that he needs.

    My point is, if he did not have the great training, which happened with hours of blood sweat and tears(LOTS of tears for his accident), he would not have loaded up on that trailer. He would have DIED, without a doubt. The training I put into him from day one, from 5 months old, saved his life. That is why, to me, training is so crucial for horses, especially the babies. So no, I did not have oodles and boodles of horse experience when I got Henny, but I had the know-how, common sense, and the "feel" for horses that was necessary to put a great foundation on him. It is possible, but it is also very difficult and so much hard work you wouldn't believe. Don't get discouraged! Take these few years to learn as much as you can. Hands-on experience in everything horse-related. It really helps, and it's really important.
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        07-31-2014, 11:30 AM
      #74
    Foal
    That's awesome that you're planning already for horse ownership. A friend of mine had a similar plan, but then discovered they were not willing to wait the time it takes to start a weanling and not have another horse they could just go ride. Have you considered getting a 2-3 year old from a well known breeder or trainer and then you could break and train it? If you do your research and make sure it's a reputable place, you'll be comfortable in knowing that the horse was handled appropriately as a weanling and up.
         

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