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post #1 of 17 Old 08-11-2016, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Should I buy Lydia's bestfriend?

My horses bestfriend is being sold and I really am thinkng of buying her, shes 1y2m old and will make 15.2h, I have not had a yearling before but I have been around and helped with many horses of all ages and breeds ect,
whilst i wait to break her in she can be an in hand show pony as she's already very well behaved, I know this as i have handled her quite often,
I can afford her, and she's absolutely gorgeous but i'm not too sure on buying her as i've not had hands on experience with training such a young horse even though I know what I should be doing,
Should I go for it?
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post #2 of 17 Old 08-11-2016, 07:44 PM
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Is your only reason for buying this particular horse because it's your horse's 'bestfriend'? If so, pass.
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post #3 of 17 Old 08-11-2016, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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i think that's my problem, i've fixated on that and talked myself into it
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post #4 of 17 Old 08-11-2016, 07:47 PM
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Well, since you've "talked yourself into it", nothing we say will change your mind.

Unless you want/need this particular horse for other reasons, then IMHO, answer is no.
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i think it's cause she is there, i know her, i've handled her where as i'd need to look and meet and see how it is with new horses
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i think it's cause she is there, i know her, i've handled her where as i'd need to look and meet and see how it is with new horses
I think this would be a good idea.
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post #7 of 17 Old 08-12-2016, 03:57 AM
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If you're looking into getting a second horse and she fits things you're interested in, considering your horse gets along with her, i don't see what the drawback is? You already have a riding horse so waiting for her to be broken doesn't seem too bad. Can you afford to give her the proper training if in any case you can't do it yourself?
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Well, I would if I were thinking of a second horse anyway and I have a riding horse already and I liked her. If you have enough knowledge to what you should be doing and the money for a good trainer if you run into trouble spots then I don't think it would be a big deal.

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If it's really what you want, go for it. If you do need help training her, you could always get some help with a good trainer. I say go for it, might teach you a lot of things dealing with a yearling!

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post #10 of 17 Old 08-12-2016, 10:59 AM
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If you're looking into getting a second horse and she fits things you're interested in, considering your horse gets along with her, i don't see what the drawback is? You already have a riding horse so waiting for her to be broken doesn't seem too bad. Can you afford to give her the proper training if in any case you can't do it yourself?
I think the problem is that the OP's current horse is on the verge of being, or already, too small for her. So, she needs a bigger horse to ride.

OP, I vote no on the yearling. I bought my gelding as a barely-handled 2yo and we started him as soon as I got him good on the ground (about two months after I bought him). I couldn't really do much because he was still so young, even though he was already 15hh and 1100lbs as a 2yo. That means it was a good year or two before I had a horse I could do what I wanted on. By that time, I had issues of my own (panic attacks when I go to mount...long story), so I wasn't ready to ride him. Now, he's a green 7yo who is sweet as can be, but doesn't have much on him in the way of training.

Think about it logically. You're too big for your current pony. You buy the yearling and you'll be waiting another MINIMUM year before you ride her, probably closer to two or three. If you want to compete, you're going to want to wait even longer before putting that kind of training on her, so it'll be another four plus years before you're really back doing what you want to do. In the meantime, you're still paying for her feed, board, farrier, vet, etc. All that time, money, and effort could go into an older horse who is already broke and doing what you want to do.

Don't take the easy way out just because you're afraid of a little effort.
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