> There have been lots of stories on this group explaining why young
> horses are not for inexperienced and especially not for young riders.
> Maybe you've just joined us. I've seen too many times that parents
> have bought that beautiful young thoroughbred for their daughter
> because the daughter just fell IN LOVE!!
2-yr-old Pinto Saddlebred filly. The breeder/trainer was all
encouragement ("SURE I can retrain her Western in 30 days", "SURE
you can ride her faster-than-light-speed canter"). Rita is in her
50s, a lovely person, but not very assertive, and she'd only been
riding a year or two (on a well-broke Western pleasure mare).
Rita paid a lot of money for a horse that nearly killed her. The
mare was not BAD, just young and athletic and creatively
disobedient. She sold the mare (5 years and many dollars later)
for 1/4 what she paid, to an experienced rider who loves Dreamer
to death. It took a good, well-broke, (boring!) horse to help Rita
Oh, a list of what NOT to do: buy a young horse at an auction with
no vet check, without riding it yourself, and without a more
experienced person to help you check it out. I did ALL of the
above, and to top it off I didn't have a place to take him or a
way to get him there! It turned out ok, but I had a lot more
than 17 hours in AND out of the saddle before I took the plunge!
I'd also been to *lots* of auctions, had a good idea of what I was
looking for (and what imperfections I could live with), had spent
several summers working in barns and taking lessons, and was just
waiting for the right horse to "grab" me. Which he did. Regis
has had plenty of problems and one major surgery, and there are
*still* days that I can't handle what he throws at me, but I
wouldn't trade him for anything. (I WILL, however, RETIRE his ***
as soon as I win the lottery and can afford to buy a 4th-Level
Mary and the Ames National Zoo:
Raise a Fund ("Regis", 8yo TB)
ANZ Sam-I-Am (4yo ACDx) & ANZ Noah Doll (11 mo ACD)
Emma, Gareth, Rhiannon & Sibyl (cats from h*ll)
more finches and fish every day!