New but kinda old
I'm a new horse owner, but have owned horses before. So I'm new and old?!
I grew up riding my best friend's horses, then had a couple of my own. So Ive got a microscopic handle on horse care. My husband and I bought a horse about 17 years ago and got totally taken. He was a 10 y.o. Thoroughbred gelding OTT. We went to look at another horse at a boarding barn and the barn's owner says to us "You don't want THAT horse, he's lame, you want THIS horse." He seemed good, handed the guy a wad of cash that took months to earn and he hands us a margarine container full of these enormous white pills and tells us to give him one "to help keep him calm". Well, not knowing enough, we took the horse home and didn't medicate him. We only owned this horse for about 8 months. He started out ok, but became extremely uncontrollable very quickly. Sold him to the neighbors...good riddance!
So, 17 years later, I'm a Vet Tech. I know a little more medically about horses. I know now that the tub of pills was Bute, the horse was in pain and I didn't know near enough about buying a horse! That horse hurt my husband, nearly killed my daughter, and made me sour about horses.
So I decided I wanted another go at it. I did a lot of internet research (lots of time on this forum). I work with a couple ladies who know tons about horses. My boss is a veterinarian that treats every species of critter large and small and has extensive medical knowledge of horses. I started shopping for horses. I wanted a beginner safe horse, one I could trail ride and pack on. I found a 12 y.o. registered paint gelding. He just spent a month and a half with a very reputable trainer in the mountains packing elk. He was well mannered, he felt good under the saddle, and he was the right price!
My first riding experience after purchase was good and bad. I had to keep Buckshot at my clinic for a little bit while I got my corral set up. He had a little pony and an orphan calf for company. I was riding him in the pasture, pony and calf were in a little adjoining pen. We had a great time (well, I did!). We did lots of walking over logs, side stepping gates, under trees, over irrigation pipe. The day stopped being great when the dr's daughter came to feed her pony and calf. Buckshot had a hard time concentrating on what he was doing. He wanted to go eat, I wasn't done riding. He started walking towards the corral, I turned him away and asked him to keep going. He did a little crow hop and the next thing I knew, I was laying on my backside thinking I had a broken pelvis. Once the pain subsided, I staggered over to him, had a few harsh words, dragged him away from the corral gate, and got back on. We did a few more turns around the pasture and when I decided we were done, I dismounted and was done for the day. That happened a month ago. I'm just getting back to healthy; the fall bruised my sciatic nerve and a couple ribs. Ive been spending a lot of time with him, brushing, leading him around, etc. Were establishing our relationship. He does what I ask. He has a few bad manners that he gets thunked for. I WILL get back on...
I look forward to learning from the posters here. I'm open to any and all info to help me learn and grow as a horse owner. This might be my midlife crisis happening. I guess its better than new boobs, a boyfriend or a motorcycle!