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post #1 of 5 Old 07-18-2014, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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What to look for

I'm not new to horses or riding, but will be new to OWNING. I know I want a more laid back horse (not a dead head), but for a first horse, what age span would you suggest looking at?
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-19-2014, 04:10 AM
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Make sure you get a more experienced horse so that you can further your learning on it, it will also mean that you have a lot more fun because you possibly won't always have people helping you by your side. I would look for a horse which is over 12 and has been around done that! :)
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-19-2014, 09:56 AM
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Horses temperament is often pretty set regardless of age. While they do mellow in their later years, you can still get a horse that is very hyper, energetic, nervous etc in their teens or twenties, just like you can get a horse that seems dead quiet at three. So look for a horse with a right temperament, rather than just age.

Saying that, I would get one probably at least six or older, as younger than that they can still have the youthful silliness, and their temperament might not be as obvious. However, ideally I wouldn't be getting anything under 8, with 8-12 the ideal range, maybe up to 14.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-19-2014, 02:23 PM
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I've seen horses be deadheads at 4, and live wires at 24.

Get a kind horse, 6ish or so on lower end, and would be trying to stay around 12 at upper end, that would give you more time with horse as a riding horse. While many horses stay sound into their 20's, many don't.

And knowing what type of "using" a horse has is often harder past 12ish too.

Look for kind eyes, good head, good conformation as that will keep the problems down lower.

And well trained.

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-21-2014, 12:59 AM
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A good middle of the road age horse would be best, somewhere around 8-14 years.
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