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post #1 of 9 Old 08-15-2013, 07:01 AM Thread Starter
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Question Should I?

My niece is looking for a beginner safe horse to ride, she is still very much a beginner. Her mom told her to pick the horse she liked,probably not a good idea, and so my niece came to me. I started a thread about a good beginner breed and with advice I turned my attention away from finding a bombproof and calm eventer,which my niece is interested in doing, to looking for your average calm beginner that has more miles then jump in it. Then the other day I went for a ride on my Morgan gelding realized then that this was the gentleman I was looking for. Bombproof, sound, unphased by mistakes, perfect height for my niece and remains calm no matter what. The bonus is that he can be ridden English or western and can also pull a cart, which my niece probably won't need. My plan is to lease Term to my niece, for free probably, until she is ready to advance to a horse more suited to eventing. I will do a contract and talk to my sister before having my niece ride him to see if he is good for her, a horse she w would want to ride. Do ya'll think its a good idea? Or, should I continue searching for another horse?
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Correct me if I am mistaken, but I don't think Morgans are jumpers? How old is he? Are you planning on having him for a few years for her to 'grow' with and then her mum will buy her something else?

In all honesty, if my daughter was starting to ride and show interest, I would look at local loans rather than forking out for a horse. I don't know how old your niece is, but she may change her mind about riding.

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He is my horse and he does do some jumping, not very high like 2' on a bad day, so she can learn how to jump but most of the local horses are ranch horses who've never seen a jump before, only cows. My niece has grown up around horses but the one my sister has now is not beginner friendly but I trust my gelding in her hands. Who knows maybe he can do eventing, he used to do endurance races and he is still in great shape. At eleven years old Term is dead calm and is steady enough for a beginner, so he could make a good horse for her until she is ready for a more eventing worthy mount or she may change her mind and do something else.

My plan on leasing Term to my sister could be better in the long run. No money lost on a horse she may not want anymore and I know him enough to trust him with her. So does it sound like a good idea or should I just give it up as a lost cause?
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-15-2013, 08:43 AM
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My apologies, I misread the post. I thought you were looking at, not that you already owned him.

I would say go for it! If you have the patience for her, and your boy is good then really do. You can't put a price on a safe horse, and it will give her a great start.

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" if the pupil is willing then the teacher will appear"


Once my niece is more advanced then she is, and still willing, I'll probably find a barn that centers around eventing. Just so she can learn from people who've done it before, I've never done it so it would be better. I have only ever really done show jumping with just a little bit of dressage. I'll be there to get her started but once I feel she is ready for more I'll find somewhere better for her to learn. The plus side is that my niece can ride Terminator,Term's full name, until she is to advanced for him or if she quits.

I did a show back in Georgia on my blind mare and won second place but first for "most guts". I'll teach her to the best of my ability but eventually my niece will need to go else where. Maybe she'll fall in love with dressage or show jumping and get out of eventing all together.
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I have a good friend who events (and drives) her Morgan, and also used to do reining, western pleasure, drill team, and who knows what else with him, too.

It sounds like it would be a fantastic arrangement!
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-15-2013, 01:41 PM
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I think it's a really good idea for you to loan your horse to her for a few years while she learns and finds out whether she actually wants to stick with riding. I've seen so many people go out and just buy a horse for their kid who wants to learn to ride and in a few years or when they graduate high school they lose interest and the horse is either left sitting in a pasture or you have to find a new home for it.
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-15-2013, 05:53 PM
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I think it sounds like a great idea. She can learn the basics and once she's "outgrown" the morgan she might be ready for a more advanced horse.
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