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post #1 of 6 Old 03-22-2013, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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getting a new horse

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I have been wantin a new horse that i could trail ride-- pretty much already 'knows the ropes'-- i can train a young horse from beginning to end-- thing is.. i dont want too. Lazy? Maybe a little. It's just, im tired of having to train a horse, i just want to be able to cruiz when i want to with out a fight..i used to just be able to hop on our mare and go whereever i wanted, whenever i wanted, with out her even caring about the other horses, or what they were doing, she didnt fight me, and we had fun together-- she ended up passing away a couple years ago, and riding isnt the same for me anymore-- i do not enjoy it anymore.. it feels more like a chore, instead of a joy. When i was stressed, i could hop on my mare and go ride for 20-30 minutes and feel relaxed, and stress free.. now, im more frustrated, and angry than before i got on. i think, i hate riding now? I sure dread having to ride anymore.

We have 2 horses, and the one is just a pasture pet, and the other my bf doesnt want me riding, because hell end up with a surprise reining horse. i joke.. he wants to be the one to train him, and show him things. It was cute at first, because his horse (just like all animals-- and people) loved me from day one, and he was totally jealous. Kinda annoying now that he doesnt do anything with him, yet im not allowed to either. :\

I just want to be able to enjoy riding again.. is that so much to ask?

Im leanin more towards an older experienced mare.. they seem to be cheap around here anyway, with papers, and neg cog..

What are your opinions on getting an already trained older horse?

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-22-2013, 04:19 AM
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I just got Rudd if my old gelding and got a new one because I had the same feeling as you. It was a chore buy I think it will be better now that I got a guy that seems to be pretty easy going. I think its a good idea
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-22-2013, 06:54 AM
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I think it would be a good idea! Riding for me had become a chore and was not enjoyable because of the horse I had. Every time I would feel we had progressed we ended up ten steps back. We did not gel at all and I had felt riding was ruined for me.

Getting a new horse or selling your other one could be a very good thing! I have become that "horse crazy" person again because I actually enjoy riding or even just spending time with my horse. But if you do decide to get a horse don't settle and don't get discourage if you can't find "the one" right away. We looked and called about dozens of horses before I found Skip. I was looking for an AQHA dun/roan that was at least 16hh and closer to 5 or 6. I ended up with a barely 15hh grade chestnut QH that is 9 and I couldn't imagine not having him, he is my baby :)
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We did look forever when we got the hubbys horse.. im getting to the point where i dont care the color, size, or breed, i just want to be able to Go! Usually im very picky about the horses i even ride-- but its getting to the point that i just dont even care anymore as long as it listens, and moves out.

I feel that way about the mare we have now-- but cant really blame her cause i dont mess with her everyday-- i just dont feel like it.. id like to have one that i could go with out riding for a week, and hop on with out problems. :)

Im just far too lazy to work with her anymore.. she knows what i want but is stubborn.. i mean-- she is an older mare, but was always just a pasture pet. Ive actually taught her a lot but no matter how much i teach her, she wont ever be what i want (a riding horse) she makes a good pasture pet, and we would like to see her go to a home where she is a companion, or broodmare.

Any ideas on picking the write home for our pasture pet mare?
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Speaking from experience, I definitely recommend the older trained horse unless you have the time, knowledge, and patience to train. After purchasing my spooky, nervous, young green mare, it was frustrating not being able to go out and trail ride with my friends.

My friend also purchased a young horse that was not well trained and is now spending lots of $$$ for training so she can ride safely.

Not all young horses necessarily are that green either, but it does depend on their training and every horse is different. Research into the horse's background, pedigree, training, etc is definitely recommended.

Best of luck to you!!!
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-22-2013, 04:39 PM
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Any ideas on picking the write home for our pasture pet mare?
Talk to your farrier, vet, horsey friends, horsey neighbors, non horsey neighbors, etc. I don't know how large your local horse community is but ours is pretty small and stuff gets around fast. You can also post her for sale online, that is how I found my boy and its how we sold my sister's pony, also as a companion animal. You can also put up a flyer or two at your local feed/tack store, I always see some in ours.

Also don't settle, that is how I ended up with a horse I honestly disliked, a couple scars from her, and a shattered confidence. You will know when you find the one, I sure did. I thought my mom was crazy when she was talking about how I would just know that the horse is the one but she was right. I found my gelding's ad online and felt that he could be it so we got in touch with his owner. When I saw him right away I knew, I "felt it in my gut" that he was it. It took a couple months, we saw about five horses and called for probably 15-20 more that didn't check out.

I am 10,000% sure that I had made the right choice in waiting for Skips, and this Sunday will be our "one year anniversary" :)
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