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post #1 of 20 Old 11-04-2014, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all! So as you may know... I am totally new to horses, and this forum! It would be really helpful if someone could please tell me the basics of having a horse? I haven't gotten a horse yet (I won't for like 5 months...) but I am starting my research! I have an Encyclopedia of horses, and have gotten most of my research from that but I really want to know more about the basics. Questions that I have are... What size does a stable need to be? How can I get a stable? What is the best feed to use? What is the best forage to use? How can I tame the horse? What is the best breed of horse for beginners? If someone could answer these questions, or more, I would be so grateful! I am SUPER excited to get a horse!
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post #2 of 20 Old 11-04-2014, 09:59 PM
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You really should go down to your local stable and start taking some lessons from a qualified trainer. Make sure its both riding and on the ground. Horses are big animals and can be potentially dangerous. Really life experience cannot be substituted for reading books and googling. You need a real person giving you live feedback.
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post #3 of 20 Old 11-04-2014, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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You really should go down to your local stable and start taking some lessons from a qualified trainer. Make sure its both riding and on the ground. Horses are big animals and can be potentially dangerous. Really life experience cannot be substituted for reading books and googling. You need a real person giving you live feedback.
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Ok thank you. I didn't realize that I should probably get training. Thanks for letting me know! I appreciate it!
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post #4 of 20 Old 11-04-2014, 10:27 PM
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it's not like getting a kitten or a puppy. it's a much deeper commitment, more like having a child. please consider spending some time taking lessons and learning directly from folks who own horses already before you take on ownership .
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post #5 of 20 Old 11-04-2014, 10:34 PM
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I got my horse after 6 months of lessons. I wasn't able to ride him until almost a year after I got him. The only reason I got him then was he was my perfect heart horse, and a once in a lifetime opportunity that I couldn't pass up; more importantly, I was able to board him with my trainer. I think that's the best way for someone without much horse experience to keep a horse, that way you have someone doing the important taking care of stuff as well as mentoring you along the way. It's only 400 a month here, and I don't think keeping him on my own land would be much cheaper. (plus there is hours and hours of upkeep each day that I don't have the time for)
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post #6 of 20 Old 11-04-2014, 10:45 PM
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I jumped into horse ownership with book knowledge and very little riding experience stored in my brain. My first ride at home I had a bad fall and really lost confidence. So I agree with the others about getting some lessons to start! I self taught myself how to ride but with the lessons I've been taking for a few months, I've improved a lot.

So take some lessons to learn how to ride and also care for horses and handling, etc. You'll learn a ton!!

Breed for beginners does not matter. It's the horse's personality. While breed may matter if you want to do some type of showing, or size-wise. Once you are ready to own a horse (because you'll need to know how to properly handle and care for them, get the money for it cause they ain't cheap!) look around for horses for sale on ad sites or even ask if any stables around has any horses for sale!

I'd recommend going for an older horse. Mine was 14, now 18, and still a stubborn fella when he decides to be! 15hh is probably a good size, depending on how tall you are, or 16hh.

Keep going, keep moving forward. You'll get it together someday.
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post #7 of 20 Old 11-04-2014, 10:48 PM
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Once you find yourself a trainer ask them to help you find the right horse for you! Beginner horse owners are often taken advantage of!
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post #8 of 20 Old 11-05-2014, 12:14 AM
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it's not like getting a kitten or a puppy. it's a much deeper commitment, more like having a child.
I dunno about that. Not into cats, but now you've made me think about it, my puppies & my kids are probably a 'deeper commitment' than my horses, because they live happily in a paddock & eat grass, where as my kids & dogs need to live with me, rely on me for everything... Unless you're talking a greater financial commitment... horses def up there with kids then, above dogs & kitties!

Now, welcome OP!

How exciting for you! Good for you - & the horse you end up with - that you're smart enough to do your homework *before* you get the animal! Keep it up... because the more you learn, the more you find you don't know! And learn from everywhere you can, but careful not to take advice blindly, because for every 10 horsepeople you ask a question of, you're likely to get at least 15 opinions!

I second(or is it third??) the suggestion to go to local stables & such, to get some on-hand experience. Learning theories & principles from books & such is great, but there's a lot you can't learn that way, only from experience.

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What size does a stable need to be? How can I get a stable? What is the best feed to use? What is the best forage to use? How can I tame the horse? What is the best breed of horse for beginners?
Sometimes stabling horses is a necessity, and it's handy to have one, but horses are best kept more naturally. Paddocked with other horses. A large stable, with other horses around is best. Not sure about the 'how do I get a stable?'... Buy some timber, nails, tools? Employ a builder?

Horses are 'trickle feeders', built for small but near constant amounts of roughage going through their system. Rich, large & infrequent feeding can be problematic for them. So basic diet of free choice grass hay/grass is generally best. Depends on weight, workload, health, how you're able to feed, etc, etc as to whether/what else you may need to feed a horse.

By all means, learning about horse psychogy & training is important, but 'How can you tame a horse' shouldn't be something you really need to know at this point, but far more relevant than breed for a beginner is training - don't buy a horse you have to tame & train, buy an older, well trained 'been there, done that' type for your first horse. Best to have at least one of you knowing what's what, rather than you & the horse both being 'beginners' - that can be like the blind leading the blind!
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post #9 of 20 Old 11-05-2014, 06:07 AM
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Once you find yourself a trainer ask them to help you find the right horse for you! Beginner horse owners are often taken advantage of!
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Yes!!! I have learnt this the hard way
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post #10 of 20 Old 11-05-2014, 07:08 AM
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I agree with all the above. You need to learn a lot before getting a horse.

As was said, it is not like getting a dog. If you get a pup and haven't a clue how to train it the dog ends up pulling you all over the place. That is fine you can hang on.
If you have a horse and it starts to pull when you are leading it and it is not corrected then you end up with it getting away from you. They are so much stronger!

Lessons, learning how to handle them, how to care for them, the longer you do this for the better. Then take advice from your trainer on finding a horse.
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