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1st May 2000, 07:18 AM
Hi my name is Chrissy and I need ALL THE INFO I can get on buying and caring for your 1st horse. I've read the books and everything, and now I need info from my friends. What should you be ready for?? What should I do when looking for my horse?? I want to do english pleasure with a little jumping. What will be costly?? What kind of veterinary procedures will my horse need every year?? How many times do you have to do worming? How many times every year to trim and shoe their hooves? I'm willing to do a long and hard search and I want to be ready. I have SOOOO many things to ask about getting my first horse and I REALLY need your answers. If you'd like me to write you an e-mail so I could ask you my questions, leave your e-mail address if you post something. Or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanx! I luv ya all!!
[This message has been edited by *Candy*Horse* (edited 01 May 2000).]
2nd May 2000, 04:33 AM
I have emailed you my address!
[This message has been edited by czar (edited 01 May 2000).]
2nd May 2000, 04:45 AM
First of all.... have you ridden before? Secondly, where do you live? (you might have mentioned but I have forgotten if you have) The farrier should come out every 6-8 weeks, 6 to be safe. If you aren't riding on mcadam or walking on gravel, the shoes won't wear as quickly. Then your horse will probably just need trimming and resetting. Depending on hoof condition, you might need special shoes (more $$$) or only front shoes. Worming is every 3 months, I think! The barn I board at does it for me and they send me the bill with board so I don't really know. Shots and stuff are usually in the spring, they vary with age and conditions, like this year there is a special mosquito shot because the mosquitoes are carrying a fatal disease. Teeth should be floated at least once a year, depending on age..... again, post your location and other specifics... it will help me give you more info!
2nd May 2000, 04:46 AM
here's my email
2nd May 2000, 05:32 AM
Hi! I have ridden for two years and I ride english and I've wlk/trt/canter! I really want to learn to jump really badly!
to find out where i live, click on my profile
keep the info comin' !!!
[This message has been edited by *Candy*Horse* (edited 02 May 2000).]
3rd May 2000, 03:48 AM
Keep the info coming! I really need this ASAP! But please don't feel that I need it this second!! LUv every1 alwayz!
4th May 2000, 01:53 AM
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8th May 2000, 01:50 AM
It's me again! I hope you get more information!
P.S Is there anything else you want to ask me? Just emial me if there is!
9th May 2000, 02:12 AM
Since this is your first horse, I would suggest an older animal that has had the training required to be "safe" for a green rider. It will cost you a bit more, but it is worth it, to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience. I don't know what type of breed you are interested in, but I have had several horses, and the most gentle breed I have had contact with would have to be an Appaloosa. (but it all depends on the individual horse's ancestry). I know it all seems confusing right now, but it will all come to you in time, and in a year from now, you won't beleive that there was a time you didn't know this stuff!! I promise! It will become like second nature to you. As far as shoeing, it all depends on the individual horse - I keep shoes on my horse year-round becuase she has a split hoof...but depending on the footing in your area, keep shoes on when you are going to be showing or riding your horse outside (gravel, pavement, rough terrain)- but for inside arena work, they are usually unecessary. Ask around and get recommendations for an equine veterinarian. I prefer a vet that limits their practice to horses - but that is a personal preference. Or, if you find a vet that YOU like, ask them for references (at least 3 or 4). If they don't want to give them to you, find someone else! Immunizations also depend on the individual horse, and what schedule they have been previously kept on. You may want to have the full round of shots when you buy your horse, and use that date as their annual immunization date. If the previous owner has kept detailed, accurate records, then you can go by THEIR annual immunization date...As far as dental work, usually have their teeth floated once a year. If the horse's wolf teeth have not been removed, you'll want to have that done - wolf teeth don't serve a purpose, and they can cause more trouble than they are worth...
Whatever horse you buy, whatever breed, young or old, it is a good idea to shell out the money to have it vet-checked BEFORE you buy, by a vet you've researched and that you trust - a vet will be able to tell you any problems they forsee, and what you can expect. From this first exam they can also tell you how well the horse has been cared for, (if it's teeth have been taken care of, etc...), but you may also want to talk to THEIR vet and find out from them what injuries, illnesses, etc that this horse has had...they may be willing to tell you something that the seller wasn't. I know this is all very overwhelming, and can be frustrating, just remember to be objective when looking at a pretty horse - don't grab up the first thing you see - do your research, and in the end you'll be glad you did. If you want to ask me any questions, or want to respond to anything I've said, my email address is: email@example.com
9th May 2000, 05:35 AM
Hi! Every1! Thank for the info! I really need all the info I can get becuase I'm making a book for home and once it's done I'm going to show my parents so they can read all the info and hopefully think more into it.
keep em' comin!
9th May 2000, 03:50 PM
here is my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
email me about anything, ill do my best to answer them and help you
10th May 2000, 12:18 AM
Good idea about a book, it shows you are serious!
13th May 2000, 06:00 AM
Yeah I'm very serious about putting together my book so it will be easier to read about info! I have like 40 million pages!!!! Keep the E-MAIL ADDRESSES COMING!!
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