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Lovehorsesandrunning 01-23-2010 10:41 PM

What Kind Of Horse
So Ill be getting a horse in the summer. And Im not sure what breed to get, there one rescue horse,i love for, i dont know what reason.. Thats him (;

BUt im not postivly sure on what Breed. Ill be Trail Riding a whole lot and riding bare back a whole lot, but ill also be jumping probly up to foot 6

smrobs 01-23-2010 10:50 PM

Do you mean jumping 6 feet or 1 foot 6 inches (18 inches)?

Becca93 01-23-2010 11:02 PM

Unless you have experience with horses, training and with rescues I wouldn't be getting a rescue for my first horse.

Exactly how high do you plan on jumping?

Lovehorsesandrunning 01-23-2010 11:08 PM

Oh I mean ill be jumping probly up to 2 foot 6 inches

CecilliaB 01-23-2010 11:25 PM

WOw....he looks VERY underweight. He almost looks like a TB or part TB or could very well be a QH. Poor guy needs some groceries.

Rescues can be allot of work and often come with baggage.

mom2pride 01-23-2010 11:59 PM

Well, if he's a rescue horse, that could explain his scruffiness...

OP, how long has the rescue had him, and what does he look like currently?

Honestly, once he gets to weight and condition, he looks like he'll be a decent looking little horse; If the rescue can test him out riding wise, and his ground manners check out great, I do not see any reason NOT to rescue a horse, even for a first time horse.

FlitterBug 01-24-2010 09:01 AM

I manage a rescue barn. Unfortunately, many of the people that come in to rescue horses are beginners. We get the occasional experienced person, but not many. Rescue horses do come with a lot of baggage, and many people think that the horse will love them because they "saved their life". You have an agenda planned out for whatever horse you are getting. I can tell you that in my experience, I have not had a single horse come into my rescue that would be capable of going out to a home with those types of expectations. We have a rather indepth training program for horses and volunteers to get the horses ready to go to new homes with the average new horse owner. They come in with a lot of physical and emotional baggage.

Its wonderful that you want to rescue a horse, but I would recommend that you go with something that you know has a few more miles and you know it can teach you. Once you know more about owning and training, then you can use that knowledge to help rescue horses. Believe me, it will be much less stressfull and more beneficial to you and the horse than if you were to go into it with the mentality of "learning together". Proper physical rehabilitation goes far beyond food, the trickiest thing about rescues when they come in looking like that is being aware of the constant change and true behavior as their body starts feeling better.

maura 01-24-2010 10:03 AM

^^^^^great post^^^^^

May I have your permission to quote it in the future?

LadyDreamer 01-24-2010 03:56 PM

One thing I have noticed about bringing a horse back from that condition, they may start out quiet, laid back, easy going, but as they pick up weight, they can get more and more energetic and become totally different horses.

Have you gone out and met the horse? Tried him? Been in contact with the rescue organization? It is very foolish to fall in love with a face or a picture.

Kayty 01-25-2010 03:51 AM

Ok I'm going to disregard the horse you posted a photo of as I have already voiced my opinion on the matter twice on this forum as you seem to be posting very reguarly in everything about your 'need' to get a horse. As for "I am getting a horse in summer". Buying a horse isn't like going to the pet shop and buying a puppy. It takes a long time to find the right horse. it's not a matter of buying the first one you see. You will fall in love with most of them, but follow your head, not your heart. I have been looking for a horse for over a year. yes, I do have more specific guidelines for what I want than what you do, I am needing a quality competition horse, but I have a higher budget than you do, have looked at maybe 40 horses over the last year and still havent found 'the one'. I have had that many horses that I fully understand how difficult it is to manage them and afford them, therefore the last thing I want to do is purchase a horse just because I feel sorry for it, it will cost the same to maintain that a good horse will!

Enough said. Now onto breeds. Personally, I wouldn't want a beginner on a tb, because they DO have something in their brain that switches on at the most inappropriate of times, and when they panick they really go to town, even the quiet ones. There ARE good ones out there, but it's hard to tell. You never know how they might react to a certain situation.
If you want to have a bit of an alrounder, I'd be looking at QH's and also the cold blooded breeds, posisbly warmbloods but some have 'hot' blood in their system also, and tend to be quite a bit pricier.
A draught cross would be good, something that is nice and steady, not going to run off on you and that isn't the most agile of beasts.

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