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post #1 of 5 Old 11-25-2012, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Smile I need advice!

I want to get my own horse. I work at a very nice quarter horse boarding stable in Michigan and I would like to get a quarter horse since I'm very familiar with the breed. My sister have had horses before but this will be MY first horse. i have a lot of questions so if you can answer just one then thank you! ( I do Western Pleasure / Trail and and I am planning on doing reining!)

1. What age horse should I get?

2. Should I join an Equestrian Team?
(I wanted to do 4H but they are no longer funding it in Michigan and
I want to be invlolved in a group with my horse. Would an eq team
be the best choice?)

3. Should i begin on an equestrian team right now?
( Before I get a horse that would be ideal for an equestrian team)

Thank you!
-cn'k
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-25-2012, 03:08 PM
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I want to get my own horse. I work at a very nice quarter horse boarding stable in Michigan and I would like to get a quarter horse since I'm very familiar with the breed. My sister have had horses before but this will be MY first horse. i have a lot of questions so if you can answer just one then thank you! ( I do Western Pleasure / Trail and and I am planning on doing reining!)

1. What age horse should I get?

2. Should I join an Equestrian Team?
(I wanted to do 4H but they are no longer funding it in Michigan and
I want to be invlolved in a group with my horse. Would an eq team
be the best choice?)

3. Should i begin on an equestrian team right now?
( Before I get a horse that would be ideal for an equestrian team)

Thank you!
-cn'k
I would start by taking lessons, maybe at the barn you're at, and start showing and stuff on a school horse. Then once you've got YOU trained and ready, you can buy yourself a horse to go with you. Once you've gotten to a certain level, you'll know what age/training horse to buy.

Most equestrian teams that I'm aware of, you need your own horse and it needs to be trained to a certain level, as do you the rider. If you don't have 4H, then do you have POA or some other group?
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-25-2012, 05:13 PM
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It really doesn't matter what age you get, so long as the horse's personality type and training fits your personalized needs & abilities. My horse is 24 years old and by FAR the hottest horse in my barn... On the other hand, I started riding my friend's horse when he was barely 5, and he was the quietest little western/english pleasure horse in the world. It just depends on the horse. There are some very lovely horses who are extremely young and green, but soooo much more lazy/forgiving/courageous than horses twice their age.
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-25-2012, 05:38 PM
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I agree with Dreamcatcher. The horse that may be suitable for you now may not be what you'll want six months or even a year down the road. You'll be in a much better position to be an owner with some more experience under your belt. Really solid beginner friendly horses are sometimes had to come by but if you are good with an intermediate or advanced beginner horse you'll have more options.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-25-2012, 05:43 PM
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I don't know your riding experience, but I would recommend a horse between the ages of 8 and 18.

Its up to you if you want to join a team. I'd probably get a horse first, spend your money on lessons and then if it all goes well look at joining a team.

Perhaps a lease would be a good idea before owning a horse?
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