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post #11 of 14 Old 06-20-2014, 06:03 AM
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I would forget the youngster and the warm blood. You might as well get something you can enjoy.
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I'd say forget about babies and horses that are really unsound at 11.

What you want is a well behaved, well broke, sound horse.

Breaking a baby is extremely expensive if you compare the price with an already broken horse. Even if you think that a baby is cheaper, you'll have to pay for feed and vet care and farrier (at least for trims) for years, and then you might discover that your friend is not that friendly, that he/she can help you, yes, once a week, if he feels like doing it... so you'll have to spend more money on a real professional trainer, and I assure you that it'll be a lot of money.

11 yo and already so unsound he cannot be ridden regularly? It won't be long until he'll need regular meds for whatever pain he'll have. Think if he'll live like a normal, well cared for horse: 20 to 30 years. So 10 to 20 years of possibly expensive pain meds and who knows what else, other than... vet, farrier, food and so on.

Save money and buy something that you can ride now and worry about soundess issues as late as possible.
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post #13 of 14 Old 06-20-2014, 06:48 PM
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If you want a companion horse, get a companion horse. If you want a trail horse, get a trail horse. Depending on your area there should be lots of rescues with lots of horses needing companion type homes. If you're wanting to trail ride then why not narrow your search down to horses suitable for that (ie: not unbroke yearlings). ?
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post #14 of 14 Old 06-20-2014, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Tomorrow I am going to go look at a welsh cobb mix 14.4hh, broke, Ive seen videos of him under saddle and on a lunge line. He's beautiful and from the videos very smooth gait. He's a gorgeous dark color with grey muzzle, legs and a grey/white spot on his head and his mane and tail goes from dark to this gorgeous grey/white color.
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