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post #1 of 16 Old 01-29-2016, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Hey, we might get horses in the spring. We'll build a run through big enough for two horses and I'll ride them and exercise and bond with them every day. Mom said "If I'm responsible." Blah. But I am, so hopefully she'll see that. My secret plan is to get a mustang weanling. My mom doesn't really know but I REALLY love mustangs and I KNOW I can do it. I've read so much and I have experience with horses. Mom will probable say no, so does anyone have points that can get through my mom's stubborn mule mind? Thanks. And also, the fence has to be 6 feet tall right? Wooden, with 3 or 4 boards? Thanks, guys!
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-29-2016, 11:47 PM
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How much experience do you have? A mustang weanling sounds like a big project.
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you want us to help you figure out a way to talk your sensible mom into letting you do something that probably is not sensible at all? no thanks.
you should be thrilled to get ANY horse! best you keep your mom on your good side, if things get hairy in the future, and they will. they always do.
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You do not say what experience riding you have had but the way you put your question says to me that you are not very old and not very experienced at all.

The fact that you can probably walk trot and canter in a lesson/quiet horse does not give you an iota of the experience needed to train a yearling mustang or not.

You mother is not stubborn like a mule, she is as wise as an owl.

As for fencing, no it does not have to be six feet high nor of boards.
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post #5 of 16 Old 01-30-2016, 04:35 AM
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"If I'm responsible." Blah
How are you going to take care of / be responsible for a young horse when you won't even be responsible for yourself? Horses are cool, beautiful, kind, clever, fun. But they can hurt you in an instant without trying or meaning to. It even happens to people who know horses well. Its not just a matter of loving them like a puppy, they need a firm leader - that's you, their person. And you want to take on a wild horse whose rules are much more primitive, he outright sees you in the enemy camp until you prove otherwise, and he's not about to give in meekly. Give your mother a little credit for some sense and trying to protect you. Start now with some lessons.

Have you ever met a pilot? By the time they have flown 50 hours they believe they know everything. By the time they have flown 80 hours they know they don't.

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Hey, we might get horses in the spring. We'll build a run through big enough for two horses and I'll ride them and exercise and bond with them every day. Mom said "If I'm responsible." Blah. But I am, so hopefully she'll see that. My secret plan is to get a mustang weanling. My mom doesn't really know but I REALLY love mustangs and I KNOW I can do it. I've read so much and I have experience with horses. Mom will probable say no, so does anyone have points that can get through my mom's stubborn mule mind? Thanks. And also, the fence has to be 6 feet tall right? Wooden, with 3 or 4 boards? Thanks, guys!
I'd love to hear how you KNOW you can do it. What leads you to believe that? What experience do you have with weanlings? What experience do you have with horses at all? You don't even know what type of fence a horse "needs" - and honestly everything in the horse world varies so much, everyone's got an opinion.

Honestly, if my daughter told an internet forum (or anyone) that I had a "stubborn mule mind" she could kiss her social life - among other things - goodbye. That doesn't speak responsibility to me. And a "secret" plan will get you nowhere. It is your mother's (parent's?) decision. Not yours. I am not sure how old you are, but clearly not an adult so any "secret" plan isn't really in your hands anyhow.

On another note, it's all good goals to have. Someday. I can pretty much guarantee this is not something you should be thinking about now, or anytime soon. Maybe you do have some experience, maybe it's enough to lease or own a BROKE older horse, but I seriously doubt you have the experience and knowledge it takes to own a weanling and train it yourself. Prove me wrong, please. Please, get involved with horses the right way. Take some lessons if you haven't already. Volunteer at a local stable. Work your way up and soak up as much knowledge as you can (from a reputable trainer!). I have been riding horses over 23 years, some of those years have been spent coaching lessons, as well as starting greenies - I can safely say that I do not know everything, nor close to it. I have trained a few horses from the ground up. Would I do it again? No, probably not - not anytime soon at least. It's rewarding, but so, so difficult. Even after years spent coaching at starting greenies I do not feel I have the knowledge to correctly deal with a weanling. Could I do it? Probably, yes. Would I want to? Nope.
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post #7 of 16 Old 01-30-2016, 11:35 PM
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Hello. I am new too! I have had horses for only a year are so. It's a lot of responsibility! You have to feed them and everything. I am with you on wanting a mustang. But they are a lot of work. Here is a movie on mustangs https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...orse+wild+ride. I don't know if it will help but I hope it does. Hope with helps!
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Heya! You're probably around 12 or 13, huh? I got some advice for ya (because I was in your shoes at your age practically): Respect your mum, she knows what's best for you, even if it's hard to see that. Don't let the romance or ideals of having a horse run away with you. They are great, but it's not all rainbows and butterflies. My first horse, J.R., was a 9 year old paint gelding and he was a handful to me, and I had had experience with horses. And he was 9. Do as all these other people say and get into lessons first, if you're not already. If you are in regular lessons, ask your mom to talk to your trainer about getting your first horse. And put away the idea that you're secretly going to get a mustang weanling - 1. you can't do that secretly, because your mum would have to purchase it. 2. You not only have to tame the horse, but break it too.... which, to do correctly, requires that you've trained underneath other trainers. Reading is great, educate yourself, but don't think that just because you've read how to do something, you'll be able to execute it properly. Maybe in the future. If I were you, I'd be asking for a nice quiet older mare or gelding who will take you wherever you want to go. My favorite horse when I was your age (believe it or not, J.R. was not my favorite; I resented him for quite a while because we both were too green and he threw me a lot) was a big ol' leopard appaloosa named Dakota. He was quiet as all getout and anyone could ride him. Aim for a Dakota. Save the mustang weanling stuff for when you're older and have more sense and experience under your belt.
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Listen to your mom.
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post #10 of 16 Old 01-31-2016, 11:26 AM
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Having horses at home is great, but they're a lot of work and nothing like taking lessons at a barn where all the real work is done by someone else.

You're obviously very young, and we always have grandiose dreams as youngsters. That's good, because dreams are a necessary part of life. Just don't be too disappointed when your dreams don't match reality. That's call maturing and learning to compromise, which are also necessary parts of life.

You'll learn responsibility very quickly when you're faced with being the primary caregiver and chief mucker for two or more horses. You'll learn very quickly whether horses are actually in your blood, or if you just want to ride and have fun.

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