Lifelife

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 06:27 PM

Anyone own or ever own a horse?

Considering one and have zero experience...

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Reply Anyone own or ever own a horse? (Original post)
TheShoe Jan 26 OP
def_con5 Jan 26 #1
TheShoe Jan 26 #4
def_con5 Jan 26 #7
TheShoe Jan 26 #8
def_con5 Jan 26 #9
okletstalk Jan 26 #2
TheShoe Jan 26 #3
okletstalk Jan 26 #6
Da Mannn Jan 26 #5
MumblyPeg Jan 26 #10
uncledad Jan 26 #11
Sundogs_Place Jan 26 #12
uncledad Jan 26 #13
Grumpy Pickle Jan 27 #14
Lowrider1984 Jan 27 #15
Jardinier Feb 2 #16
TheShoe Feb 3 #17
Jardinier Feb 3 #18
oldenuff35 Feb 3 #19

Response to TheShoe (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 06:34 PM

1. Yep

They take a lot of care and time, and they are expensive. I would suggest you volunteer at a stable to get some experience taking care of them, and learning how to ride.

If you don't board em, you get no time off,they need to be taken care of each and every day. And learn how to handle yourself around em, if you spook em, they can easily break your ribs if they kick.

Good luck.

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Response to def_con5 (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 06:40 PM

4. Wife has that experience

But never owned one.

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Response to def_con5 (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 07:08 PM

8. Where is the actual calculator?

Couldn’t find the link..

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Response to TheShoe (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 07:18 PM

9. Sorry bout that

The calculator is at the end of the article, more like a spread sheet. But it doesn't appear to add.

It will at least give you a feel for the type of expenses.

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Response to TheShoe (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 06:37 PM

2. Yes, I have owned one in the past, and my wife currently owns one

My suggestion is to start with a horse that is known for being gentle. Ask a lot of questions as to the horse's disposition. Horses can get a mind of their own, and you want them to know who is boss. There are a lot of videos and books out there that can help. There are also clinics you can attend if you have the ability to trailer your horse to one. We once attended a clinic by Dan Sumerel that was very good.

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Response to okletstalk (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 06:39 PM

3. We need a few steps first before we make the leap

There is the Colorado Horse Rescue nearby that has gentle companion horses. Maybe a good place to start.

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Response to TheShoe (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 06:47 PM

6. Go for a gentle one

You don't want to have to break any bad habits, especially if it's your first horse. You'll want to enjoy the experience and not have to worry about behavior. I think it would be best to know the owner and the reason the horse is for sale as well. Ask a lot of questions about the horse's behavior. Ask about things like: is this horse head shy? You don't want one that acts scared in any way.

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Response to TheShoe (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 06:42 PM

5. Does a Glue Stick count?

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Response to TheShoe (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 07:25 PM

10. socky has me on ignore.. someone tell him horses are awesome but one should always

buy them in pairs

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Response to TheShoe (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 07:28 PM

11. Yes. Several.

Quarter horses. Thoroughbreds. A Dutch warm blood.

They were all on the farm we lived on. Plus a pony and a donkey. And according to the wife, me, the jackass.

Lots of work. Lots of fun. Lots of expenses depending on what you do with them.

Big creatures who see things that are not there and can jump sideways under 2 seconds.

Big creatures who can pick you up by the coat collar, just because they can.

Starburst candy wins friends in the barn, just not in a shirt pocket.

Ponies are criminals who lead the escapes.

Any strange dog that gets close to a donkey gets a ride to the vet.

That banging sound you hear means someone is out of hay.

The horse blanket in the middle of field is not horse proof.

The vet comes to you, all your money leaves with the vet.

Never unload a horse trailer next to a Mercedes.

They are called police horses because fireman were smart enough to switch to dogs.

Gardens are tasty.

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Response to uncledad (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 09:01 PM

12. That was awesome. You summed them up perfectly, but I'll add, the gentle ones are great companions.

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Response to Sundogs_Place (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 11:58 PM

13. Absolutely... the gentle ones will take care of you.

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Response to TheShoe (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2019, 02:47 AM

14. Used to ride when I was younger.

They are beautiful souls.

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Response to TheShoe (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2019, 01:17 PM

15. Yep. I had three, many years ago.

My first wife was a horse lover. We had a Strawberry Roan Palomino Tennessee Walker mare (mine), a Bay Quarter Horse gelding (hers) and a Red Bay Appaloosa colt (ours).
Agree about getting more than one, they need company.
If you like dogs, you will LOVE horses! They act like big puppies when they get to know you!
Follow you around looking for attention, when they learn your schedule, they will be looking for you at that time.
They require DAILY grooming, especially their hooves.
Stalls must be kept clean at all times.
Expensive, but worth it.

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Response to TheShoe (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 11:53 PM

16. I've owned horse consistently since May 1970

and been riding them since 1963.

I can try to answer your questions if you are serious about getting one. I will say this, it's best to start out with one age 7 or older. That way you'll know his bad habits, if he has any.

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Response to Jardinier (Reply #16)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 12:40 AM

17. Weve taken the first step

Have a horse property, well will as soon as we close on it. Thanks for tHe offer. The plan is to get to know The horses at the Colorado horse rescue.

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Response to TheShoe (Reply #17)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 01:43 AM

18. You're welcome.

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Response to TheShoe (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2019, 10:35 PM

19. If there is someone you really hate, give them a horse and make them promise to keep it for life.

I'm ranch raised and we have had horses for most of our lives. Now I keep a few around but loan them to family ranchers who use them and they spend their money to feed the hay burners.

When we want to go packing and camping I get them back for a month or two and take them back ASAP when we are done.

I ride good horses so my cuz loves them. For him the upkeep is not even noticeable.

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