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post #11 of 17 Old 03-17-2015, 04:25 PM
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If you get that foal, do not do it alone. Unless you have prior experience raising and training young horses, you're going to need professional help. Hope everything works out well for you.
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post #12 of 17 Old 03-17-2015, 04:33 PM
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I know you are excited, but I agree with the others- I don't think getting this foal is a good idea.

Unhandled horses take a TON of time and consistency to train. It is literally some people's FULL TIME JOB to break horses. And if you are not the one doing it, it will take a lot of $$$ to pay someone to do the job properly.

You are excited. It's an exciting thing. But don't let your emotions cloud your judgement.
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post #13 of 17 Old 03-17-2015, 06:47 PM
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Forget about this yearling and if you still want to get a young horse spend some time with a good trainer who breaks horses first so you know exactly what to do based on first hand experience - and not just a Plan A to deal with things but B, C & maybe even a D as well
HF members love to give advice but when you're in the middle of a train wreck with this horse you can't drop everything and run to your computer for help
If your horse needs company an older well trained horse that doesn't mind being left alone when you ride would work better
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post #14 of 17 Old 03-17-2015, 08:18 PM
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This doesn't sound like a great idea.

There are going to be so many things you need to teach your yearling, and if you don't get it right you could easily have an untrained, unhandled dangerous horse. The questions you're asking, about how to halter train, how you're going to move him, if you're asking these questions its not the right situation.

If you do get him even against advice, try to get the current owners to at least halter break him. It would be worth paying for. If you can't do that, I think running him onto a horse truck/large trailer is probably a better idea than using a normal trailer. Also ensure you have a safe, small enclosed area for him at home (ideally something like a roundyard) so that you can work with him. Also, I'd look at starting to form a relationship with a trainer so you can call out for help when needed.
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post #15 of 17 Old 03-18-2015, 09:43 AM
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As a novice rider, I bought a 7 month old foal.
9 years later, I still own "the foal".

Now that I'm an intermediate rider, have a diploma in Equine Studies and run my own boarding stable, I can say that it was the single biggest mistake I have made in the horse business.

I will never, ever, ever own a baby again. A green 3 yr old? sure. An unbacked, unhaltered yearling?, no way.

I was lucky. At the time, my sister took the foal and worked with him every day - just little 10 minute sessions - haltering, picking up feet, general grooming....getting him used to things.

And then when he was put under saddle, my best friend is a pro trainer - looking back, both the horse and I would have been in serious trouble if she wasn't helping us - she worked with the horse four times a week from the ages of 3-5. Add that cost up!

I do not mean to be a Debbie Downer - but this does not sound like a situation that will end well for you or the horse. The hours and hours it takes to properly raise a horse that is trained is simply not worth it unless that is your business.

And, I had a halter broke 7 month old foal. You are looking at a 1000 pound 1 yr old that has never had one on? Has it ever been handled? How is it with the farrier? Does it pick up it's feet? The fact that the person you are getting it from did not bother to halter train it signals to me that they haven't trained it for any of the basics - and now the animal is big enough to get you hurt badly.
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post #16 of 17 Old 03-20-2015, 05:07 PM
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The first few months of a foal's life can set the tone for it's training. I always like to handle one a lot the first few months. I have waited until some are over 4 to "break' the horse. But they have always been handled. A young horse that has never been handled can be dangerous and takes a lot of time. And it is not easy. It is a lot of people's dream to have a horse that they broke and trained. But I agree with people here. Unless you have a lot of help and a lot of time. Stop and think. Do not try this as a first project without HELP!
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post #17 of 17 Old 04-04-2015, 05:31 PM
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I've started three horses and worked with several
yearlings on lunging and groundwork, but I would never even consider getting a foal at this point, even though I've been riding for nine years. Honestly, this is a huge no no. If you want a young horse to start, then wait until you are absolutely sure your riding skills are up to par and make sure you have a professional around to help. Don't let your excitement override good decision making, because it will be a huge mistake. Foals can be a crap ton of money to take care of too, with all of the special care they need. I'd say you should wait, or if you want to work with a foal that badly, find someone who has one and see if you can help them out with certain things.
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