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post #1 of 15 Old 08-16-2009, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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Question Yearlings

We (my mum and I) are taking the big step into showing yearlings. We've handled yearlings before, and my mum has showed them in lead trail and lungeline.
We are now looking to purchase a horse (12 months and under) and train it up. I'm really nervous because I've never had a yearling of my own. Is there anything we should look out for other than a good temperament and confirmation when we're inspecting them?

I really don't wanna buy it and regret it. We intend on training it and getting my mum's good friend to help up break it in once its old enough. What are your experiences with yearlings? Do you prefer fillies or colts? Are there any techniques you use which seem to work well with them? How about in the show ring?

My mum is really good with handling the yearlings, but I'm not quite so good. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. I'll keep this thread updated with pics of the yearlings we're considering.
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post #2 of 15 Old 08-16-2009, 11:44 AM
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We use a round pen extensively withour yearlings. We have standardbreds and QH's. You can do lots of things with them in there - it helpd with your relationship with them and their trust in you. I love babies - they are so much fun. Just be carefull, as they are still "all horse" generally.

~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork
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post #3 of 15 Old 08-17-2009, 01:18 PM
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Awwwww! I love yearlings. I actually prefer to get mine as weanlings, they are very easy to train that way, I think. Then, by the time they are old enough to show, you have a really solid beginning with them, and it's not like you have to rush or anything. I have QH's, and they are all pretty calm and very trainable. I prefer the NU Cash, Peppy San, and Hollywood lines, though, because mine go to be reiners, but all of mine are really calm.

I prefer fillies, mostly because if they get injured, you can still breed them, you know? But the downside to that is when they're older, they might be constantly in heat around other horses... I have a few of those lol. Then there's always the colts. They're fun, too, but I just like fillies. I show all mares though, but sometimes it's nice to not have to worry about "mare stuff". ha. It's really just a matter of preference, I think. When I go to buy, I don't go with a set mindset. I go thinking, "if I see one I just HAVE to have, I'll buy it. If I see one that I like, I'll think about it." Anything other than that is really not worth it, to me. If I don't have that.... attraction, if you will, then I've found that I don't enjoy working with the horse as much. You've gotta really have a connection. Because there are just so many horses out there, and so many yearlings... Just find the ones you like. Don't buy because they sound good if you don't want them enough. That's a lesson I've had to learn the hard way lol. Sometimes I just had a feeling and bought them anyway, and they've turned out to get injured at all the wrong times, be poor keepers, be hard to work with, etc.

Good luck, though, and have fun! I'm excited for you! =)

Sorry for the book, lol.

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post #4 of 15 Old 08-17-2009, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Yes my mum is leaning towards fillies so if they get injured or don't do too well in the show ring, we can breed. She doesn't want to get a colt, because I won't be able to show it in its halter classes. She doesn't want a gelding either, because they well, you can't breed them, you can only ride them.
If we see a colt we like, we may buy it but the only problem is I won't be able to show it til Im 18.
Mum says she wants to get a filly, and once it gets about 5 or 6, we'll put her in foal. And if she has a colt, I can have it because I'll be old enough to show it by then.
If we have a filly, then we'll probably sell her.
Its really hard to find yearlings in our area. We have to travel heaps far just to see them.
What do you think about this idea?
My mum's friend has an overo white paint mare, and we are considering paying for the covering and all birth related stuff and getting the foal?
Only problem there is, what if the weanling is a sour, angry little foal?
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post #5 of 15 Old 08-18-2009, 01:00 AM
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You can do alot of your prep work during the yearling year...from longeline to getting a saddle on him.

I don't really have a preference for mare or colt\gelding...

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post #6 of 15 Old 08-18-2009, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Hmm. Well if anyone sees any nice weanlings in NSW, or knows of any, could you post here?
We're looking to buy a weanling under $2000 but we will pay more for the right horse.
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post #7 of 15 Old 08-21-2009, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone...
If anyone has a quick second, could you possibly help me and my mum out?
There are quite a few horses on here we're considering but, I just want everyone's opinion. I think its good that they can be registered, that they have a payment plan, are a reputable stud and welcome inspections and vet checks.
The horses we are considering are
--China Doll
--Under The Radar
--He's an Illusion
--Stealth Bomber
--Crash N Burn
Just scroll down the page and find them. Whats your opinions? Do they look sound? Any opinions will be greatly appreciated and I promise I'll return the favour if you ever need it.
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post #8 of 15 Old 08-21-2009, 08:01 AM
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Iliked the richocet horse the best but I really wasn't impressed with any of them. What does it cost to ship a horse from the US. Our horse market here is extremely depressed. I could sell you better yearlings than that for $500US. I guess it depends on the exchange rate if thats a good deal.
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post #9 of 15 Old 08-21-2009, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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No idea what the exchange rate is. I know I bought a pair of boots for US $139 and they were $166 in Australian dollars. Thats quite a long way just to ship a horse. Maybe when I'm older and a professional Western Pleasure rider.
I really don't wanna ship my horse at all. Those above horses are only a few hours away from me, so I can easily drive to them and pick them up in the float.
This yearling will be my 1st, so I don't wanna spend too much.
Any other opinions anyone?
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post #10 of 15 Old 08-21-2009, 09:52 AM
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I really really do not like of those horses and I highly doubt they will do well in the show ring.
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