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post #11 of 19 Old 09-26-2010, 10:56 AM
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Are your parents already paying for the care of the mustang? Is it gentle? As you have already discovered just beng around the horse made you feel better about yourself so why not work with the mustang. As long as he isn't vicious you should be able to make friends with him/her. Depending on how well that goes you could progress to saddle training. I'm sure every one on the forum would be glad to help with advice and training tips. Training a horse isn't hard it just takes time and patience. And just imagine riding a horse that you gentled and trained yourself. And if he isn't suitable for riding maybe he could still be your friend. I spend about 10X the amount of time just caring for and being with my horses as I do riding.
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post #12 of 19 Old 09-26-2010, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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The mustang is "gentled" per say, but there is no way I could train her. I can pick up her feet, sit on her, at one point in time could saddle her, but there's NO WAY I could saddle break her. But trust me with her personality combined with age and intellect and my lack of horse training skills...It would be a great way to end up in a wheelchair. lol
My parents DO pay hay and panels though, so its a win for me They've just taught me to pay my own way, and I RESPECT that. Although I do feel broke more often than not.
TODAY'S UPDATE ON THE SEARCH FOR A TRAILHORSE: Someone saw my craigslist ad, and forwarded me an email a friend sent them. Apparently an older lady is hanging up the saddle, and finding a home for her horse. Of course, as is the way with word of mouth a few details were off. I called under the pretense it was an arab, but it turns out the mare is a grade, and the ad had said she was 11, and the owner told me the person who wrote the ad didnt pay attention..BECAUSE THE HORSE IS 16. The mare is free to the right owner, and honestly, I dont know if I WANT her that much. I never realized how freakin picky I was til I get offered something. I guess in my minds I have this bay arab mare, but that's definitely not what Im gonna be able to afford. Im slightly stand offish..cuz at 16 isnt she getting a tad too old??? Her only vice is if she's not the first one fed she kicks I honestly dont know from the description if I'd be a good fit for the horse, at least until I ride her. And the lady's like "I can meet you half way so you dont have to drive all the way." AND I'M THINKING...I DONT WANNA COMMIT IF I DONT LIKE THE HORSE AFTER RIDING IT!
So my options are at this point, TAKE THIS FREE HORSE. Or keep hoping something closer to my hopes. Or...I have about $1500 in savings right now..I could afford something nicer, but then I dont have money for ANYTHING. Not for gasoline, or contacts, or acne antibiotics. Im very torn.
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post #13 of 19 Old 09-26-2010, 10:49 PM
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Please, please, please, be VERY careful about "free" horses! Unless you are extremely lucky those "free" horses may cost way more than you'd spend buying a nice BTDT horse. Many are "free" because of the training, some because of the health issues.



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post #14 of 19 Old 09-27-2010, 08:49 AM
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No sixteen isn't to old. If well cared for a horse with good conformation is ridable up into their mid twenties. Also don't get hung up on getting a registered horse. Papers don't make a horse ride any better. Unless you are going to be breeding or going to breed shows papers are an expense you don't need. If you buy a horse spend that extra money on a better trained horse.
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post #15 of 19 Old 09-27-2010, 12:08 PM
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Poultry girl I swear I was reading myself in that post, well except for the one about issues with your sister. I am on my last year college and at home and it simply amazes me that so mangy galls give up there horses ( or any animal)when they go to college. I don't do much beyond school and my two jobs, after that I play with my dog and go out to the barn and mess with horses. :) Good to hear I'm not alone by being "unusual" lol.
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post #16 of 19 Old 09-27-2010, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the input about buying older horses. I realize there are some, many probably, that are perfectly sound healthy and will be still full of feist and life for another 15 years. But at the same time, after having a horse that died of cancer before she was 20, and also have a Walker gelding who developed cushings sometime after his late teens..I realize that many horses do start to have an increased risk of health problems.
But that's not really what's bothering me. I don't how to put it..But I keep replaying the conversation in my head about this horse...And im JUST GETTING THIS OVERWELMINGLY BAD VIBE. I don't know how to explain it.
I especially feel bad cuz the lady called back this morning during one of my classes and gave me directions and expects me to come see the horse tomorrow. Guess I'm gonna call and cancel here. I need to come up witha really good lie so I don't seem like a complete jerk for changing my mind about a horse all because I have an aweful feeling about this Im embarrassed.
Also..I know I want an Arab. Anything else I'd be settling, and I'd still be wanting one. So I REALLY hope that a an arab or arab cross mare in my price range appears soon. Craigslist dont fail me now! LOL
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post #17 of 19 Old 09-28-2010, 03:38 PM
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My favorite site is AtlanticRider.com - Atlantic Canada's Number One Home-On-The-Web for Horse Enthusiasts! but thats just for the maritime provinces for canada lol

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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post #18 of 19 Old 09-28-2010, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Well I cancelled on the lady that wanted to give me the free horse. She didn't seem to upset.
My dad had to fly some people somewhere (one of the things he does--manages a plane for rich people) and since I didn't have any classes today (my classes run a monday-wednesday-friday schedule) I came along and went to test ride a paint/arab cross I've been stalking on craigslist. lol. Could really use some advice and input. Read the thread HERE:
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