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Question about horses
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Sammie    Posted 05-05-2002 at 19:08:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm toying with the idea of buying a guilded yearling from the people who run their horses in my pasture. I've never owned a horse before and would like to know more before I decide what I want to do. Yes, I have to get my house fixed first but hopefully, I won't end up paying for that one!! How much room, how much hay for winter, building for shelter, if I started putting a holter on him and leading him around at this age, would he be easier to handle when he gets bigger? Please tell ALL !! Maybe I should just get a goat? lol


LinsMom    Posted 05-06-2002 at 06:19:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was around 35 years old and I always
wanted a horse and after I got one I wondered
WHY I had always wanted a horse! LOL
We had to find unrestricted property which
in our area is hard to find good land in a
good location that wasnt restricted and after
all that I just had to have a young horse,
after all bonding with them would be better
when they are young, right? WRONG LOL
Unless you are a experienced horse handler
a beginner should never get a horse that is
not broken first :) I sure learned the hard
way hehehe After the horse bit me and reared
its big back end at me a couple times we sold
her and now I am scared of horses lol Which
any horse can sense! I also know now where
the saying eats like a horse came from lol
Good Luck! I still love horses but it stops
there!


Sammie - Thank you all    Posted 05-05-2002 at 23:15:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, the colt is in my pasture whether he is mine or the neighbors so I can still enjoy him but from what all of you kind folks have said, an older horse WOULD be a smarter choice. I'd like to thank everyone who responded to my question and your advice makes alot of sense to me.


screaminghollow    Posted 05-05-2002 at 22:18:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I first moved to my farm, I put up fences and went out and bought a horse. I bought a three month old filly. She was butt ugly, a draft cross, with thick clunky legs and feet, a small body and neck and a long skinny head. I bought her from an Amish guy. She had never been haltered or handled in any way. When I got her home in a borrowed trailer, I had to move her fifty feet to the pasture gate. It was the longest fifty feet of my life. She reared and bucked, dragging me upp hill and down hill. Each time we passed a tree, I wrapped the lead line around it and held on. At one point she backed across the wet dewey lawn dragging me as if I was water skiing. My arms and shoulders ached bad. About 45 minutes into this fiasco, she just laid down from exhaustion. I was so angry at this point, I wanted to get even for her dragging me around, so I dug in my feet and started to drag her across the wet grass. It was a miracle we didn't hurt each other. When I had pulled her half way to the gate, she got up and walked along through the gate of the pasture. The dumb twit ran through the fences three or for times, once getting all cut up and costing $300 and six months of bandaging her legs. I worked and worked with her and by her second birthday, she would lead perfectly, I could saddle her up and take my daughter for pony rides, In fact, I could put my six year old on her and just let the horse graze for hours. Little kids could walk under her and hug her legs, pull her tail and even hang on her head. I started getting on her back at two and a half. When I was just able to take short rides, she came down with potomac horse fever. The anti biotics saved her from the feverm, but not from foundering from the fever and we had to put her down. It was the saddest day of my life, even neighbors cried. The poor girl was all doped up and could barely walk 50 feet in a day, in fact, she'd lay down to eat and roll to a new spot for grass.
There will always be a soft spot for her, but the next year, I bought a seventeen year old plow horse. Dead broke and calm. My daughter who is now eight can ride her. No young horse fence running spells. A pleasure to ride and none of the hard training work. The others are right. Don't get the yearling. get an older well broke horse, even if you pay too much, its a better bargain than a cheap youngster and all the work and craziness. A well broke horse will teach you.


alysa montgomery    Posted 04-23-2003 at 07:48:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
how old can a horse live cause i got a horse that is 25 in may. he still has alot of enrgy. i want to be awar of what age he is definly going to die.


CC    Posted 05-05-2002 at 22:11:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Horses! Love em but they are a lot of work. Electric fence, panels, are a must. We get -degrees where we live and the 3 horses we have prefer the out doors. When the chil factor is drop below 0 we lock the critters up in the bar and it's against their liking. My dad use to say horses are good for two things eating and pooping. Since I have experienced riding I have travel and seen the top of mountains I'd never get to with out a horse. The views and serenity have been worth all the work. I started off with a 22 year old mare, she was perfect for me, she'd done it all and I learned a lot from her. I rode her until she was 30. Now I have a 9 year old standardbred pacer, resued off the track. She's a wonderful trail horses, takes me any where and gets me home safe.
The only words of wisdom I have for you is: Being a novice, don't ever think you can both learn and grow up at the same time.
Take some riding lessons and find a person who will help you find a good horse. If the person is a horse trader or sells horses...run away from them...and fast! And when you go to try out a horse insist the owner ride it first. When buying a horses never get on a horse without someone else riding it first.

Have fun! And good luck!


LH    Posted 05-05-2002 at 21:16:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Sammie I've had horses for the past seven years and they are my pride and joy LOL. Anyhow a yearling can be fun to handle and even a novice can train a young horse if you have the time and more importantly the patience. But to be quite honest for a first horse I would reccomend one in the 10+ year old age group that's already gentle and well trained t ride. Get someone experienced t go with you when you decide to buy and check for the disposition and any bad habits. Most folks like geldings because they tend to be more even tempered but if they weren't gelded right they can still have many stud like tendencies. A simple shelter is sufficient in all but the worst climates and even here with no grazing in the winter we figure about 1/2 bale per day for a mature horse, and a little supplemental grain. They aren't cheap to keep and are a lot like kids with expenses, etc. Drop me an e-mail at the above addy if I can be of any assistance. LH


kraig WY    Posted 05-05-2002 at 21:10:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sammy, if you are serious about horses get involved in the 4-H programs in your area. If you don't have kids them get to be a 4-H leader in horses. They'll teach you so you can help the kids. You'll be around horse people and you'll learn if horses are for you. They will get out of hand. I worked my self up to 10 horses and a donkey. I cut back to 4. I use the horse for work and pleasure plus my kids/grandkids are into 4-H and Jr. Rodeo. Its lost of work but worth it. Its hard to work cows without a good horse.


buck    Posted 05-05-2002 at 20:04:50       [Reply]  [No Email]

Been around horses all my life and I don't know much about them. My father was a horseman, loved horses and knew how to care for them.Your climate will dictate how much feed they will need. The breed of horse will also come into play. a particular horses temperment will dictate the type of feed it will want/need. The horse will also dictate what type of shelter it will need.Should you decide to get one for yourself do a lot or research and be true to yourself as to how you can care for it and how much time you can spend on it.Vets and ferriers can be expensive. Horses are not pets or toys.My daughters Saddlebred is very fast and can jump very high and boy does he look good doing it and she pretty much would let him have the reins on fences,fixed jumps and the like but one day on the approach to a fence he just stopped dead and she was thrown and then later a friend of hers was injured badly with facial scars which will be with her for life.One last thing I currently board a 2yr old Paint mare that is right at 15 hands and looks good. Needs to be broke and considerations given for furure breeding but the owner comes around about once every two months and my guess that given another year the horse will be worth about 1/3 of what was paid for her but I guess they can say they OWN a horse--shame.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-05-2002 at 20:14:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your right,To many people get horses and do not relize what they are getting into! It is a lot of work and they need a lot of care to ture out right. I was thrown once in my life and I tell you that hurt I was 47 and the tail bone was a hurten!! They did not have a sadle and said it was just fine with out one. The person said this was a real gentle horse too! I was checking it out for my daughter to get. That's when we desided to get cows instead. Mark H.


Sammie    Posted 05-05-2002 at 21:16:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess my thought was if I started out with a young horse, too young to ride yet and started working with him, he would be more used to me when it came time to start working on the saddle stuff. right now, he runs free in the pasture with the other unbroke horses and other than feeding time, the only person they see is me when I step out to pet them or work in the yard. What I would want in a horse would be a good mountain trail horse, not incline to taking off on me!! This one may not be right in that he is a thorough bred, just can't get the people to send the papers so they finally had him fixed. He's going to be a really BIG horse. If someone had the time and inclination to work with him now while he is young, wouldn't it be better than waiting til he is 16-17 hands high?


Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-05-2002 at 22:59:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sammie all horses do not make good mountian horses. Some of the best play day ones I would never trust my life on there back on a mountian trail! There have been some good posts so far about horses. You would be better off with a older broke horse that will do what you want. A older one is realy better for mountian use it has been around a while and rode a bit. Them young ones can be a handfull at times and I sure would want one I knew was OK then one I had to break and wonder if it would turn out OK. Go for a older one if you want one but do a lot of reading first about them and spend some time with some good horse people for a while. Mark H.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-05-2002 at 19:28:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Horses are expensive pets to have. Nice to ride tho! Depending on your winters we put up about a ton of hay for each one we had. Getting them shawed and shoed isn't cheap either. Last time we had it done it was around 50.00 a horse and had to be done several times a year. The vet bills add up too with wormin and things that can go wrong. Thats why we went to cows you don't have them as long and they are easier to keep around. They were a lot of fun when we had the time to ride and do things with them like camping, shows ect. Then you have to buy a horse trailer all the tack, big truck too. I am sure there will be posts that will help you more. We had them for 12 years and my wife had them all her life and still loves them. My back gets real sore riding now. We also got married on horse back and rode off into the sunset at the end. My horse blew snot all over the justust of the peice on the farm and got everybody laughing. I loved it when we had them and my wife to be took me for a 10 mile ride when I met her to see if I had it in me. Well both of us was real sore since neither wanted to give in and say we were sore! Heck of a test to give your future husband! See I met her at a Rodeo Dance in a little town called Roy, Washington. Mark H.


Sammie    Posted 05-05-2002 at 19:36:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thank you, Mark. Gave me some more to think about. You and your wife sound like truly wonderful interesting people I've really enjoyed reading your posts here. Do you two ever make it down Yakima way?


Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-05-2002 at 19:50:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't travel anymore now with all the animals around the place. Waiting for Shelby to run the place then we can travle around a little. Having to much fun at home to leave! Mark H.


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