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post #1 of 5 Old 11-02-2015, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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First Horse Purchase! Any beginner advice?

Currently, I am taking my first riding lesson in my mid 30's. Learning how to tack a horse and groom. I'm going to continue with lessons and most likely lease a horse until we get a horse of our own. My husband and I are looking to purchase our first horse(s) in about 2 years.

What is the best tips/advice you can give me in becoming a first time horse owner?
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-02-2015, 07:19 PM
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If you could get your trainer/riding instructor to go look at horses with you, that could head off potential train wrecks! Even now as experienced as I am, I would take my trainer or another experienced horse person for a second pair of eyes. And most important......DO NOT I repeat DO NOT look the horse in the eye. They send subliminal messages of "buy me, buy me now" and you won't be able to resist!! LOL
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-02-2015, 07:51 PM
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I totally second take a trainer with you when shopping, so easy to find something that you really want to make work, you need someone who will point out all the reasons why you shouldn't buy it. It would of saved me a bunch of stress, money, and ultimately a bad accident if I had gone shopping with a trainer from the start.

Golden Rules from Golden Horse

1) Buy the horse that you need NOW, never make the mistake of thinking "This will be the ideal horse for me when I am fitter, thinner, a better rider, more experienced" No, there is a horse for you NOW, buy that one, and if needed in the future look for the next step.

2) No youngsters, in this partnership one of you should have experience, if you are lacking it, make sure your horse has it.

3) If possible have it clear in your mind what it is you want to do with your new partner, if you want to go cutting cows, a 17.2 hh warmblood, would not be your choice, but if you want to do dressage a zippy 14hh QH would not be your first choice.

4) Write a list of what you think you want, and talk it over with your trainer so you both understand what you are looking for.

5) Neither color or breed really matter, do not get set on one breed, neither discount one, just look for the type of horse you want, most breeds have all sorts of types, and discounting ..OHH Arabs, for instance, because they are crazy, could mean you miss a gem like my old Arab, who is definitely novice friendly.

6) While not a rule, it is good to keep in mind, Good horses aren't cheap, Cheap horses aren't good. No it isn't 100% accurate, there are exceptions to every rule, but for a first horse a good budget is helpful.

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-02-2015, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Great tips!!!! I truly am not set on one breed. I'm looking for a horse to trail ride, trot around the pasture etc. nothing crazy. My husband would like a trail horse as well but one that can go bird hunting with dogs. So that might a different horse altogether.

It would be wonderful to have a sweet loving horse to go out and adventure through the woods :). Hopefully that horse is out there waiting for me ????
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-02-2015, 09:27 PM
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Just remember that Lay's Potato Chips and Horses follow the same rules. You can't have just one. Horse math isn't quite as crazy, dangerous as chicken math because horses cost a lot more to keep. So, most people only end up with 2 or 3 horses, unless of course you have an 8 stall barn, then you end up with at least 10. Ask me how I know all this?

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