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post #1 of 8 Old 08-07-2014, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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Raising Foals?

I'm considering buying a foal as my first horse. (No worries, I'm very experienced with horses, and have done several leases.) So that I can gain some more riding experience and still have many, many years with my horse.

And I was wondering how much it costed for vetting, and how much feed they need? As well as some general buying tips and red-lights? Things to look for in an eventing prospect? I'll take any info I can get.
Though I'm NOT concerned with training, my uncle does it for a living - and he said he wouldn't mind.
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Until you have been there, done it and won it multiple times, you are not ready for a foal to raise based off a few leases in your life. I am not opposed to a professional trainer doing the buying for a client, however the client rarely even gets to brush it in the first few years. The trainer does all the work. Foals are not like puppies and this is where people go wrong. If its not cute for a 1400 lb stallion to be doing, then its not acceptable for the foal to be doing either. Most ammy owners dont have the skill, strength or mindset to raise livestock properly. You only get one chance to get it correct, if you allow or create a vice, that can end your horses life as nobody with any common sense wants to buy a "Ted Bundy" in horse clothing.
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Until you have been around several foals, you are not experienced.

Raising a foal takes more than knowing about older horses, especially with feeding.

As for getting a foal vetted, there is not a lot a vet can do. He can test eyes and limbs but you cannot stress a foal enough to test either the heart or wind. Obviously heart at rest is possible.

I have raised many foals, I handle them for the first few days, then they are basically left to grow. What is done in the first few days they never forget and as soon as I want to do something with them they are fine.

Like Cherie, I have had many horses in door starting and the worse/hardest are those that have been 'handled' by amateurs.
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Add to this, if you want a horse for eventing then you are going to have to wait three years before starting it and then another three years before you know whether it is the right type to go eventing.

Far better to buy a four or five year old.
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I read your first sentence & immediately thought 'Nooo!!' But I do think it depends on the situation. The biggest thing I reckon, is your experience, as mentioned by others. As a trainer and with full management, not just a horse rider & feeder & brusher. Unfortunately, having leased a number of horses doesn't give much away as to your level/type of experience, but it, & other questions you ask does suggest it could be... a little light on. How much support from experienced people do you have? How old & well trained(or not) are you intending to buy? Where do you plan to keep the horse? Is he supposed to live alone or with other horses? Why exactly are you wanting a baby, rather than a mature or at least 3-4yo already started horse? Not meaning that to be sarcastic, but worth really considering carefully, if you haven't.
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Is your uncle also helping you handle and work this foal? if yes and you get an easy going foal, then I say why not. However if your uncle is not going to be in the picture with you until the horse is of a breaking age, then no I really don't think it's a good idea. Raising young horses is a lot of work, and a lot of young handling and training horse experience at that.

To me this sounds like disaster waiting to happen. Check in with your uncle and see if he could help you raise this said youngster.

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Please read, re-read and take to heart all the advice previously presented.

The fact that you would even consider this, tells me you don't have enough experience or knowledge to do it. (You don't know what you don't know. You don't even know the correct questions to ask.) I'm sure you are very well intentioned, but good intentions in this case don't begin to be enough.

I have 4 words of advice, meant very kindly: please don't do this.
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I, personally, have had horses for the last ten years. Last year, I bought a 3 year old. I have never been so dumb. Everything has worked out well, but I am extremely fortunate. That usually doesn't happen.
I would never suggest for anyone to buy a foal or even a horse under 5 unless they have a trainer who will work with them daily.
I believe that anyone thinking on taking on a young horse also needs to be able to commit hours a day to it. That's what I did and it has done wonders.

Perhaps if your uncle raised a foal and you assisted?
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