I cannot stand it when people buy yearlings for their 5 year old and say "they can grow up together and teach each other!"
NO, no they cannot grow up together! They can't teach each other; you can't teach what you don't know! Neither can teach one another because they know nothing and therefore have nothing to teach!
Makes me so angry
So, what can't you stand in the horse community?
I totally agree with this - under the circumstance that no one in the family is knowledgeable about horses. I can understand it if say, the parents are going to have the horse trained, and the kid grows up learning how to take care of a horse, etc..
BUT. This situation just happened to me, and in a way I should've known better, but I got sort of talked into it, and I'm really kicking myself for it now!!
I had a gorgeous 6 year old palomino mare, who I had used as my trail horse since she was two. Great trail horse, really broke, but I had really been the only one to ride her except the trainer who put the first 60 days on her. Well, I ended up getting into cutting, and needed money to help buy a cutting horse, so I finally decided that I may be willing to sell her (I was still torn if I actually wanted to or not). Anyways, a 9 year old girl, who was a very novice rider, and is the niece of my trainer, called me up to come look at her, because she wanted a trail horse, and loved the fact that I had a palomino. I told her right away that my mare was probably not a kids horse. She had never had any kids ride her, so I did not know how she would handle it, although she was very broke. Well, the girl and her parents were very insistent they wanted to come see her, so I finally caved. The little girl rode her around my arena and actually did surprisingly well with her. (Keep in mind the parents know nothing about horses, and the girl had only had some basic lessons). I was still torn about selling her, but they were insistent that she would have a good home, and that the girl's uncle (my trainer) would keep them going in lessons, blah blah. AND THAT THEY WANTED A HORSE SHE COULD GROW UP WITH. I had a 19 year old mare I showed them that would've been a perfect first horse, but they didn't want something SO OLD.
Anyways, I'm rambling, but I'll get to the part as to why I'm really kicking myself for this one...
Not two months after I sold my mare to her - she started getting interested in cutting (her uncle is a cutting trainer). She started riding his old timer cutting horse and taking lessons, and slowly started to ignore the mare I sold her. Fast forward about 6 months - the palomino mare basically became a pasture ornament, so they decided to put her up for sale so they could buy the girl a cutting horse instead!!! The mare tested her a little bit, and being a novice rider, she did not know how to handle a horse that didn't just plod along and do whatever you asked. I was very upset, because by this time, I had bought a new horse, and there is no way I could afford to buy her back. Luckily, the mare did go to a knowledgeable home, with a lady who brought her to a trainer, and she is learning how to become a team penner and will get lots of love and attention.
Moral of the story, I learned my lesson. Young horses do not mix well with novice horse families/novice riders, and I should've known better.