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post #21 of 22 Old 11-29-2016, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Acadianartist View Post
It may not be too difficult to sell a good, reliable, young horse, but selling a horse in its late teens or 20s is entirely different.
Actually a sound solid horse in its late teens is quite saleable, many beginners and children can use just such a horse. People are even looking for elderly pasture companions -- I know if I move out of state (which I may), leaving behind the other boarder in my pasture, I'll be scouting out a horse of that nature myself.

Every horse's story is different. I know someone who bought a filly hoping to ride her throughout her life and then peacefully retire together. Things went as planned (the horse was given professional training, they competed successfully in eventing), but before the horse was ten she had arthritis and hoof problems and by twelve she was barely rideable. Now my friend has a middle-aged horse who is taking up all her extra money in board and special vet care; she cannot afford to have a rideable horse as well. Horses live a long time.

My point is that it is impossible to predict where you or your horse might be in ten years let alone through the horse's entire natural life. You can plan to keep the horse until it passes from old age but you just can't know, so just keep adjusting your dreams to your realities.
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post #22 of 22 Old 11-30-2016, 08:15 AM
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I have basically raised and helped to raise a few foals and youngsters. The ones I have raised almost completely by myself are now yearlings, and for now they are a pretty decent bunch in terms of manners. I'm probably more than capable in a way, but the idea of having my very own youngster makes me break out in a cold sweat. There are lots of phases between a foal being born until the age when they are ready to be broken. Sure there are some that are a gift from heaven and the stereotype of an easy horse in the making, but nevertheless they will act like horses and try their place in hierarchy - some more than others. Personally, I have got nips, strikes, and climbing on my back (colt) or charging at me to play when I turn, and all kind of other more subtle signs of domination. And you will have to know how to correct them immediately. Every time you are with the foal, you are training him to become a good horse citizen. Everything you do will affect what she will become.

I do confess that I personally just prefer older horses because I like the stability. With youngsters there are hormones, temper tantrums through teenagehood, and a lot of things questioned - and a lot of repeating. I wouldn't advice a first horse to be a weanling, unless the person has some experience being involved in raising foals and youngsters.
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