Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
Just for an example:
The first horse I rode was a 30 year old QH. He had to have hock injections to be comfortable, but he was so sensible that I literally got my fingers in his mouth accidentally when feeding him treats (granted, I was 7 yrs old) and he stopped chewing.
After a few more years, I leased a 23 year old Arabian. She was also sensible and had her age related issues to deal with too, but she'd get up and go for you too... without letting you get away with too much.
I also leased a 15 year old half draft who was a whopping 17.2 hh. He'd take me anywhere and plow through anything, but I couldn't canter on him. This was after 6 years of riding lessons.
I didn't get my horse until I'd been having lessons and leasing for about 10 years or more. I hope that puts things into perspective as far as getting the experience you need with the kind of horses you need to be a responsible horse owner. I'm still taking lessons. In fact I'm off to go have one right now and super pumped about it!
Last edited by Eolith; 07-27-2010 at 10:59 AM.