Training a new horse
Ok so my story is that I had to sell my first horse in order to go off to college, did that and yes regretted it. Its been 4 years since I graduated college and that job market totally sucks but me and my fiance` have come to an agreement since he will be starting his career next year. I have found a local barn that will let me lease any horse I choose for the cost of board-$130 and pay for feed and the basic vet visit and farrier. I told him I am looking for a horse I can grow with so its going to be long term and most likely a lease-to-own deal. I think thats the reason he added in the vet and farrier thing. I went to see the horses today and there are atleast 5 to choose from. I am an english rider and like to jump so he has one that would be perfect for me but he's a 4 year old stallion. Well he'll be 4 this year. He's freaking perfect right down to the personallity. He is very loving and not spooky and he has warmblood in him. He is a buckskin color and a good mover from what I could see in the field. However I would have to start from the beginning with him. The man told me they put a saddle on him and he didn't seem to care at all. I definately believe it, he loves attention. Seemed like a big puppy dog. Anyways there is another one that is a pinto and he is about 16hh which I do like and he is 5. He has been broke to ride and the guy has rode him fine. I'll have to work on him if I want him to be fine tuned to a certain riding style though. The Pinto has saddlebred in him and I don't really care for that. The other two I really don't want to consider because one is 18yrs old and set in her ways and only trained for barrel racing and the other is 4 but has a crappy attitude. What do you think? Any suggestions on training the warmblood cross if I do choose him?
In this case I don't think you should be leasing any of those choices. The four year old stally may seem perfect right now but I don't think that he would be a good choice because he's young, so he's probably green, making him not a top choice if you like to jump, for your own safety. As for the 16hh pinto, he seems like a decent choice except the fact that he's only 5. If you're looking for a jumper the two barrell racers are out of the picture, and you don't want a horse with a bad attitude because that will cause problems in the future for you. If it's possible, you should look at other choices, such as off farm leases and board somewhere. If that's not a choice for you I suppose I'd go with the pinto, just get miles on him.
My first horse was 5 and I trained her to jump no problem and I have lots of experience under my belt. I don't have to jump the younger one right away I would be happy to do flat work with him for a while first. I am still thinking of the pinto though because he is completely ready for riding. I will probably want to see him on the lunge line to see his gaits though first. Thanks for the advice
I think if you dont mind waiting for the Stallion to Mature you should go with him... If your eager to get in the saddle again and jump go with the pinto. It is hard to find deals like that now and days. I got a good deal on the east coast to lease a paddock out for my horse for 150 a month; but it is total self care. Growing my own grass and everything. I think its worth it consdiering that pasture board out there is 330 and up... Im in college though so im not looking to dish that much out.
Yeah I just get this feeling that me and the little one are "meant to be". Maybe I'm crazy but its just that strong vibe or inner voice thats calling. I know he'd be fine with me getting on and walking around so its not like I can't ride at all. Good luck in school, it can be hard sometimes to keep the grades up. I'm working on my masters now, but its a little more comfortable knowing I have my 4 year degree no matter what.
If you are experienced enough and confident enough to consider the stallion then I would see if they let you work with him and the pinto for a while and see which one you like better. I would suggest that they get the stallion cut as soon as possible though because if he is the one that you posted in your other thread, he is really not stud quality. A good stud will make an excellent gelding. Plus, you can never really trust a stud, no matter how well trained he is. I wish you luck on whichever one that you choose and I believe that the pinto would probably be a better match but sometimes you can't argue with your heart, I know that better than most. :)
You can tell a gelding, ask a mare, but you must discuss it with a stallion.
Thats funny cuz my aunt had a stallion and rode him up until he was old and never heard a peep out of him!
I'm sure it depends on a lot of things like...
How many horses (mainly mares) the stallion is around normally
Was the stallion ever bred
The temperment of his parents
Owning the stallion from birth til death
Previous owner experiences
Not all stallions are the same, but you should be cautious and prepared just in case.
Are you sure you want a stallion? Really sure?
Yes, I've seen some pretty mellow stallions, but one HATED anything male, at least animal wise. This same stallion had excellent ground manners, and was such a treat to ride. You could ride him with a mare even if he didn't know them. But there's always the unpredictable part. And a chance of an accidental pregnancy. What if he breaks out and gets the neighbor's mare pregnant and the neighbor gets mad because one, her horse is pregnant, and he broke through a fence in the process. If you were to get him, I would definitely get him cut first, and get the owner to pay for at least most of it.
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