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post #1 of 5 Old 09-22-2018, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on Buying a Colt/Filly?

Title is pretty self-explanatory. This would not be my first horse; I have three others. I also have the help of other riders and my trainer. I would most likely get between a 1-2 year old. I'm completely fine with waiting until it is at least 4 years old to ride. Until then, I would spend time with it and work on ground manners/soundness.

Questions: What do you think are the pros/cons of owning a foal/yearling?

Is the care any different from a gelding/mare?

Also, it would have the company of other horses and mostly live in a large paddock.
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-22-2018, 04:46 PM
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That's my preferred way to go as well. I'd rather start fresh than fix other people's problems. There's really not much difference from the rest of the herd. Feeding, hoof care, vaccinations, etc. The younger they are, you may need to supplement to support growing bodies. But if you've got the time and the money, go for it!
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You know what you are doing, you can afford it, and the new horse will have a nice home. If you also know how to pick a horse, or the assistance of someone who does, go for it. Mare or gelding is a crap shoot - there are geldings that act neurotic like mares and vice versa. Sound mind (sane) and body (athletic) are the only things I'd be looking for in addition to basic soundness.
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That's my preferred way to go as well. I'd rather start fresh than fix other people's problems. There's really not much difference from the rest of the herd. Feeding, hoof care, vaccinations, etc. The younger they are, you may need to supplement to support growing bodies. But if you've got the time and the money, go for it!
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You know what you are doing, you can afford it, and the new horse will have a nice home. If you also know how to pick a horse, or the assistance of someone who does, go for it. Mare or gelding is a crap shoot - there are geldings that act neurotic like mares and vice versa. Sound mind (sane) and body (athletic) are the only things I'd be looking for in addition to basic soundness.
Thanks to both of you for the replies! I'm super excited! It has been a dream of mine to raise a horse myself.

I'll definitely do as much research as possible and get help from others.
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I would say if you know you'll have time to dedicate to it, go for it! Working with and raising a young horse is hard work, but very rewarding!
Pros- you learn Soo much! And young horses are awesome to train cause they are a total blank slate! They're so eager to learn.
Cons- young horses can be alot of work! And they take time and lots of consistentsy. I started out my filly at 2, you said something about starting at 4, either way, you'll have to have the patience to wait a few years 😂 And if it's anything I learned from young horses, it's definitely patience!
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