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post #1 of 25 Old 07-08-2010, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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Am I ready for a horse? I think I am but I want to hear your opinions, you guys are much more knowledgable horse people than me.

*I have been riding and horse crazy for about 5 years now
*I can w/t/c and extend and collect a horse
*I have 5 horses at my grandmothers I take care of when I am there
*I trained my mini filly pretty much by my self, she had only recieved human contact at feeding time before I got her
*I trained my mini gelding to jump on my own
*I used go trail riding on my own when I had a rideable horse
*I just started jumping and my trainer said I am baleanced and have a good and natural position so I will move up quickly
*I am capable of caring for an animal on my own, with the financial support of my parents(I foster puppies, have 3 dogs, and a few small critters)
*I am willing to earn money to help pay for the horse
*I can do a change of lead
*I can post and sit the trot
*I can stand up at the walk and am improving at that
*I can tack and untack a horse by myself
*I know about all the grooming tools and how to use them
*I took lessons over the summer 3 years ago and have been taking again for about 2 months
*I handle my grandmothers 5 horses all by myself and am the main person handling there training and care
*I ride hunt seat equitation
*I have calculated about how much it will cost to care for a horse for a year
*My trainer only has 1 boarder but room for another(its just a farm, not a fancy stable)
*I have been reading on here for about 2 or 3 years and horse books and magazines long before that

So do you think I am ready to get a horse of my own? We have the financial means, my parents are just a little hesitant about buying a $5000+ animal and then paying the ongoeing cost for said animal. If you guys(I use guys as a generic term btw. I mean women too ) do think I am ready, what sort of horse should I be lokking for? Not so much breed, but age, rider experience level, and training level. I have been loking at horses but I came across a couple horse rescues nearby and thought that it would be cool If I could rescue a horse. I would be saving a horse, saving money by adopting rather than buying(yes I know the potential for major vet bills and I'm not trying to just buy the cheapest horse here, I am just ayd theat I have an awsome trainer who can work with us and I am not a first time horse owner-though this would be a different horse, my own horse), and I already have a trainer whom I believe would be willing to work with the both of us. As I stated above, I have experience training horses(my filly was terrified of people and now she can be led by little kids, groomed safely, caught without a struggle, and loves to be near you), so while I am by far not the best horse trainer, I have given horses ground manners and have an instructer who would be willing to help. I found a ottb rescue and have fallen in love with a 6 year old there who has been off the track for a while and has adjusted to life as a regular horse, do you think that this situation might work for me? My grandmother bought us an otttb who is an absolute doll and was my main riding horse for a year or two, I would go places by myself on him(I was about 10 or 11) and though he was sweet and experienced, he wasn't exactly a babysitter horse. So what do you all think?
Sorry for the novel, kudos to those who made it this far!

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post #2 of 25 Old 07-08-2010, 03:11 AM
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I bet you could have your own horse, as long as everything is worked out with your parents when it comes to cost. Maybe get a job and save that money for any emergency vet situation that arises so your parents aren't faced with a large vet bill.

As far as the kind of horse, I am a firm believer that no matter how experienced you are, your first horse should be a horse you can ride and learn from, not a horse you have to train from the start. I would stay away from OTTB's. While there are certainly good, easy ones, a lot of them turn out to be quite a handful for a first time horse owner. I would get a well-trained 8 to 12 year old horse of any size, shape, or breed that's calm, and will give you just enough "trouble" to work through, but not so much that you're in over your head. Get a pre-purchase vet exam, even if you have to get a job and save up for it so your parents don't have to. The last thing either of you would want is to buy a horse that was drugged and turns out has navicular. o_O I would also suggest getting your trainer or riding instructor to come look at horses with you. They will be able to more accurately place you on a horse at your level, as well as have the experience to pick out a good apple.

Best of luck on your search! =]

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post #3 of 25 Old 07-08-2010, 03:12 AM
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Sounds like you've put a lot more thought into this decision than a lot of horse owners. Sounds like you already are a horse owner-- a mini is still a horse! You've been riding for 5 years, and seem to have the means with your parents to own one. Go for it!
I would advise against a baby or a rescue at this point. Just get a nice sane horse that you can ride now. When you are older and have more money of your own and more experience under your belt, then you can get a project horse if you still want one. Soon enough you are going to be busier with school and a job, you might as well get a horse that doesnt need any additional training. Good luck! :)
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post #4 of 25 Old 07-08-2010, 03:23 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the quick replies! I have been looking for awhile now, the hard part seems to be finding a horse with what I need im my price range :(. But I'll keep looking, God will put my horse in my path on His time :)

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post #5 of 25 Old 07-08-2010, 05:23 AM
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I think you have already been given really good advice. I would just like to add that you need to hold out for the right horse. Even though it can be very tempting to get the horse you can have right now....wait on the horse that is just right for you. I just went through this with my own daughter. She wanted a horse that was fun to ride and has some energy...I wanted her to have a horse that has good sense and a good foundation. We were able to find a horse that met both of those requirements. You will too, just keep looking.
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post #6 of 25 Old 07-08-2010, 09:33 AM
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No one is ever READY for a horse there is nothing to prepare you for watching your horse come hobbling through the fields and panicing! However i think everyone with knowledge can get a nie little horse and with help get on just great.
Sure its going to be nerve wracking for a few months when your convinced that everything will go wrong in the entire world(think of it as a young couple with a newborn hahahah) but you will be fine.

I say go for just bring some knowledable to look at horses with you. And enjoy it its meant to be fun!

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post #7 of 25 Old 07-08-2010, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Okay so it looks like I am ready :). so what sort of horse should I be looking for? I guess no untrained ottbs for now . What age should I be looking for? I need a horse that can carry me to the top levels of equitation and jump up to 3'6 for atleast 9 more years. How green/made should the horse be? What about a horse that has been undersadle for a while now and has the groundwork and basics down but can learn to jump with me. Or should I get one thats already jumping?
THanks you guys for answering my anoying and silly questions :)

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post #8 of 25 Old 07-08-2010, 11:45 AM
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haha You are way more ready then I was when i got my first horse.
all i can say is, good luck finding one! :) and post pictures when you do!!!!!!!!!!!!

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post #9 of 25 Old 07-08-2010, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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I found an appendex mare but it said she is for an intermediate rider. Am I intermediate? I don't want I horse I am going to have to fight all the time but I don't really want a babysitter horse eighther...hmm. Here is what her ad said:

Hunt Seat Equitation
Intermediate Rider Recommended
Notes:Bella is a beautiful black QH mare. She is currently in Hunter/Jumper training. She's been jumping successfully 2'3" - 2'6". She is a very willing girl who loves to jump. She has had some show experience in u/s, and done one H/J schooling show at our farm. Her owner also takes her trail riding often. She needs an upper level intermediate rider or advanced rider.

oppinions? She is 9 years old and $5000 btw :)

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post #10 of 25 Old 07-08-2010, 01:31 PM
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Upper level intermediate/advanced rider means just that.

What is the horse's temperament? Usually a horse that requires a more experienced rider is a little hot and unruly if presented with a less experienced or timid rider.

You don't need to spend a ton of money on a first horse, either. This is a buyer's market and you can find decent, sane, sound, rideable horses for a lot less than $5,000 at the moment.

You sound as prepared as anyone can be for ownership. It's like marriage; you really don't know what you're getting into until you actually live with the other person!

Can you get your trainer's opinion and input? They'd be the best one to ask, since they know your skill level better than anyone else.
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