I Luv Horses & almost any kind of animal. We have 4 horses, Arab. mix, gaited, Tenn.Walker, a bratty dunn. My husband fell off his gaited and broke 2 ribbs, not he won't ride. I want a horse but have never ridden. I am older And could not take a fall. SO any Advise? (other than stay off a horse) I love to go to the barn an pet and talk to our horse. My sons horse go out an all I had to do was clap my hands an he came running, (in the road) but all was well. I am scared to ride, an I am sure they know that. We had an older horse I would have ridden, she was great, but she got sick an we had to put her down. Was a very Bad day. So any suggestions?
I would suggest an older Quarter Horse gelding. I had a 20 year old cow horse I taught my husband how to ride on, and the horse was wonderful and taught him everything he needed to learn. If you have a little extra $$$, a Draft horse is wonderful as well. They have great dispositions, and not to mention a real eye catcher, LOL! Belgians and Percherons are my favs. I personally love geldings. They are always dependable, and do not tend to get "bitchy" like a lot of mares.
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Honestly, if you can afford to fall off, then never get on. It doesn't matter how docile a horse is, or how bomb proof. They are still animals and at any given time can be unpredictable. 90% of fall are not the horses fault, they are the riders. If you are scard, the horse knows it, and it can make them nervous. Take lessons, and ride school horses. If you then want to buy one, buy the lesson pony you rode.
I have ridden horses of over 25yrs. I have owned, loved, and cared for everything from gentle school ponies, to nasty stallions. You just don' know what can happen until it does. I have had my back stepped on by a school horse, and thrown into a tree by a young quarter horse mare. I have been run into fences by a champion show mare. It all depends on what happened, and what may have spooked them. Sometimes it can be just a miss step and I wasn't paying attention, so off the side I went. Heck I have even worked abused horses for a rescue so they can be adopted out.
I have not been on a horse in 3 yrs due to a car accident. The back injury I suffered from the car accident may forever keep me off of them, I am unsure as of yet. I am thinking about a couple walk trot lessons to get me back into the swing of things.
The reality is, if you expect the unexpected, then the unexpected becomes the expected. End of story.
Oh I understand all about the unexpected happening. I know I would be scared to death for awhile. But it is my wish to ride an play the Banjo before I die. Hope to accomplish both. Have the Banjo. lol I have a 120 pound daughter who takes out our horse all the time. She has learned to use the tone with them that works. My sons Arab. Mix is a great horse for him. My son can lay on his back as he is in the pasture. They are like best of freinds an he loves to run. He is 16 but has alot of life. He has a bad eye is his only fault. He is kinda like a Chow dog. He like my son an not too many other people. He tolerates them but you can tell he doesn't really like it. He is calm an easy when my son is with him, rides great and runs like the wind. But I would never get on him. The gaited horse is just too stinken far off the ground for me. I am 5'. the tennesse walker is too. and the younger dunn is just a pain in the behind. She needs training. They all follow my husband around like puppies, tis funny. They like me cause I bring them apples. but none of us have had time to fdo much with them this summer an you can tell it. I use to go brush them but got hurt real bad 9 months ago an haven't been out much till just lately. I know it will be a danger but I plan on having help an stay in the coral till I cam sure I can do it. The last horse I rode by myself was almost blind. lol Better get one a little better. Thanks for any info.
There are a lot of horse rescue places that have horses for just riding around on. But it doesn't really matter every horse might throw you off for some reason or another. But they do have riding trainers everywhere. Horse prices are so low right now in Texas you can get one for 5 dollars at the sale barn. People have started dumping them like they do dogs. Because after you pay commission and coggins test at the sale barn you end up paying the sale barn more than you make. Since they closed down the slaughter houses prices have crashed. But now don't get me wrong for the really really good ones that are trained for stuff you still pay a pretty penny for them.
We paid $750.00 for our gaited horse. The tenn. walker is from good blood lines but she was given to my daughter when we had to put her horse down. The other 2 was bought all in a group with the older one we put down an we gave $650. for all 3. We have 2 inside cats, 5 dogs ( inside ) an a jillions barn cats that the coyotes keep thined out. an bunny. Our 4 acreas is getting smaller. lol
There are some places, such as ranches or other non profit places that offer horse rides. A good place to start would be one of those places. Pay a small fee, they will put you on an older horse with not much gumption, and will oversee the ride to try to avoid any issues.
This wold be good for you to have a nice experience and get confidence in the saddle before thinking about buying your own to ride.
LOL you don't need a horse. If you have horses and none of them are suitable, maybe you shouldn't ride.. The horse will sense your apprehension and one of two things will happen: 1. this horse will be anxious and apprehensive itself and be dangerous 2 the horse will sense it and take advantage of you and this will result in an accident.
If you just have to ride, I would get, like suggested an older more settled kid's quarter horse gelding. At least 15 years old. No younger! And then DO NOT RIDE THIS HORSE ALONE! ALWAYS RIDE WITH ANOTHER MOUNTED RIDER PREFERABLY 2 OR 3......NEVER RIDE ALONE You lack experience and knowledge of how to handle a spooked horse and even the most bombproof horse will spook on something. And on reveiwing, please get a horse from someone you know who has had the horse for a LONG time. Rescues tend to get horses from all kinds of situations and the horse's memory is LLOOONNNNGGGGG they never forget and who knows what could trigger something and down you go. Just get the message out that you are in the market for an older horse...lot's of folks don't want to auction off an old horse no longer suitable for their use but want it to have a comfy retirement. your situation would be perfect for just that horse. But please be sure you know WHERE THIS HORSE CAME FROM. Even rescues get desperate to find a home and will stretch the truth or omit details....
Honestly, I am Not quite that stupid. I have learned alot about horses from ours. I am usually the one who can tell if someone is going to be able to ride ours. I brush 2 of them and lead them sometimes. I broke our 8 year old from being phyco when the other horses left. She knows I won't take her nonsense. I'll just lock her up an she hates that. My daughter rides alone, which I hate her doing that. I would not ride alone and I have no intention of getting a rescue horse. Our neighbors had some an they were spooky horses. Not saying there are not good ones out there. There is an auction pretty close but I am leary of that also. I am keeping my eyes out but so far not much has turned up. I know with winter approaching there will be alot out there soon cheap. I don't care as much about the cheap as getting what I want. so far I have been right on target with the behavior of all our horses. I would ride the walker or gaited but the only reason they scare me is they are so tall an I am so short. lol If it is meant for me to have a horse one wil come my way. I can go riding at a state park where a lady I work withs mom runs the stables there. Just have not had the time. Any comments an advise is welcome.
You sound like you are pretty knowledgeable about horses, you just need to have your own . I agree with you on a rescue. One might not fit the criteria that you need. You really have a 50/50 chance. They can be perfect, just need a little TLC. Or you can get the total opposite, and get a horse so scared, it is dangerous. You will definately spend more on an older, well broke, gentle horse.
This is a great time to buy a horse. They are generally going for good deals right now. There are a couple of good websites. Horsetopia and My dream horse.com are two very good ones. I bought my Belgian on Horsetopia, and they have any state you can choose from.
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LOL every horse is dangerous by virtue of the size and strength. Most people get hurt for 2 reasons: 1. freak unforeseen accident 2. People forget these are HORSES NOT DOGS. they try to treat them as dogs, or respond as if they were a dog. These 2 species couldn't be farther apart from each other as mindset goes. And when you don't understand how the equine mind works, you're in for big trouble.
Well if you want to ride.. then do it.. never let anyone slow you down or tell you no!
Older Quarter Horse would be ideal. If you just want to trail ride, that's your dream horse. We have an old QH mare that's a trail horse.. she's awesome.. just deciding to sell her now because she lives in a show horse barn. I've been riding for over 20 years and have had all kinds of horses. Your walkers and arabs are probably too high strung for someone who is timid or scared. they are great horses, just a bit much for a timid person! I've had Apps, QH's, paints, etc and love them all.
Do you want to show or just ride? that will start to put in you the right direction! But you get out there and do it!!! so what if you fall, just get back up and try again!
Boy ILLUSIONMINIS did you hit the nail on the head - can't afford to get hurt, don't ride. That is just so true. I don't care how well trained you and your horse are, how reliable, how bombproof, blah blah blah. Every time you get on that horse, you are taking a risk. Plain and simple. You accept that risk and ride, or you don't accept it and don't ride. Every time I get on my very well trained 20 yr old mare for some trail riding I spend my entire ride on alert ready to brace myself if need be, and always scanning the area for a potential problem. Not exactly carefree riding, but I realize that if my mare spots that "Lion" hiding in the bushes just waiting to get her, then all her training will go right out the window. Instinct to survive will take over and she will flee. We have her and a 15 yr old gelding qh (she's an arab). I highly prefer older horses. Exposing your horse to every thing in the world that you can is priceless. My arab came from a rescue, and my gelding also came from a rescue but he was a broker owned/headed to auction horse. So yes you can get a good horses at those types of places. And let me tell you, you would be surprised at how many people pass themselves off as private owners selling a horse and they are indeed brokers who don't know the horse well at all. A lot of people out there selling horses will outright LIE to you. True rescues are honest with you because they really are concerned about the horse and know that if there is a problem with it that it will be returned so they are more up front about the horses. Just my opinion by the way.
Do it little by little get a horse that you can trust. First just get on you don't have to ride the first day just sit if you are really scared, not to be mean just sit there and if you feel alright start to walk around for a couple minuets and then get off do the same the next day but a little longer and every once in a while give that horse a pat for being good do the same but longer and so on. At the end of a class that you felt that the horse did good give the horse a carrot to tell him that is what I want from you. I hoped this helped you out. :);)
I would get an older gelding if i were you. i like looking at equine.com...they have lots of free companion and older horses on there to look at. I have a 38 yr old quarter horse gelding named Delbert, and he's just the greatest horse ever. He's like a big teddy bear! I trail-ride him a lot...but i mainly ride my 5 yr. old paint jumper pony Ollie:). Good luck finding a horse!