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veteran or youngster for my mom?
Hi there, Bit of background info first....My dad recently passed away and mum is wanting to get a horse to focus her attention and keep her busy. She has been riding since she was young but not in the conventional taking lessons way she is very old school (55 yr old) where her dad throwed her on bareback and away she went. She always rides bareback as she hates saddles. She has rhumatoid (sp) arthritis and takes alot of painkillers and some days she struggles to get around but likes the odd ride a couple of times a month, so here is where i need the advice...... i would prefer her to get a small (13/14hh) pony with a bit of age who is suitable for a beginner, my thinking is that if it is suitable for a beginner it is more often than not going to be reliable which is what she needs as if she has a fall she could seriously damage her back (not that her riding ability permits a beginner just her circumstances i have recently seen her climb aboard a two year old that hasn't had a lot done with him as no one else would get on him so she is quite spunky) but my friend who is an instructor has a 4 year old cob who mum has totally fallen in love with he has been professionally started by my friend and i have been there the whole time watching/helping. He is a very calm youngster who has maybe only 20/30 professional rides on him and he has already given his first bareback pony ride to a young girl mum says she wants him and that she is willing to buy him and let my friend keep him and put more milage on him while mum has the odd ride a couple of times a month. I'm unsure about it? i am planning to ride the youngster this summer myself. The only reason i'm considering the youngster is because i know he has had a fantastic start and he is already used to me handling him and my friend is on hand anytime i need her please help as i'm concerned about my mums welfare.:-|
Netty, "falling in love" with horse may lead to quite unpleasant consequences... Unfortunately. 4 years old is VERY young, even if it seems quiet and nice, and I'd question the training of it too.
I'd still look into older BTDT poneh for your mom.
I have to agree, a been there done that pony sounds perfect.
thanks alwaysbehind so that's 2 for golden oldie anyone else feel the same. I would be wanting to ask my friend to come with us to look at prospective buys do you think that is too cheeky especially if we don't take her youngster?
Some youngsters are born old souls, but with that being said, put me on the list with the others who think an older, kinder, more experienced horse is the way to go.
You're mother's not old, but with rheumatoid arthritis she doesn't have the ability to move fast enough if a youngster has a mental melt down.
If your friend is a true horseperson and friend, she'll be more than happy to help you look. If she's just out to make a buck on her horses, then be prepared for her to throw a snit fit.
Saying a youngster is not suitable for your mother is not in any way putting the youngster down. Even if he is impeccably trained he is still a youngster. Bound to have a baby moment here and there. Your mother has limitations that would make having to deal with baby moments next to impossible.
I am about the same age as your mom. Been around horses my whole life, trained them, etc. I decided to get another horse for myself and bought a youngester with good training, gentle, etc. I rode him for awhile, did more schooling, but since it was a youngster, it was not a really enjoyable time, youngsters just do dumb stuff. I traded him for a now 9 year old mare that is absolutely perfect. She is young enough to ride for hours and hours, does whatever I want, yet doesn't have a kid mentality and has been there done that . I can lay her off all winter, then climb back on and go for a ride. Trails, arena, she does it all and is mature enough to have the "antics" of a kid gone.
My vote is for an experienced horse that she can have fun with and enjoy and not worry about being a silly horse
I also agree that an older horse that has seen everything would likely be a better fit. I'm sure that your mom could handle the 4 year old, but I know if I was looking for something to just plod around on a couple of times a month, I would look for an old broke horse that was the exact same every ride even if the rides are months apart.
I would look for something short and thick with a big barrel and a broad, flat back. Those, to me, seem to be much more comfortable to ride bareback. I don't know if there are any gaited breeds that are built like that but that might be worth looking into. Since she has RA, a smooth traveling horse would be very high on my list.
:D thank you so much for your comments everyone. I am inclined to agree with you all about the older horse. i believe it will be more reliable than the youngster. I just think the youngster will occassionally test mum and i personally don't think she needs that, i would much rather her have a nice steady cob that doesn't want to speed around and throw in an excited buck. i had never considered a gaited horse so i will research some into that. I love this forum I can always rely on those experienced to give a really constructive response which really helps to make the right decision. :D
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