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Scott: MHWF

10 Observations of being a horse person.

  1. Not everyone is cut out to be a horse person.
  2. Never use a bit as punishment.
  3. If you can’t afford to properly feed them and vet them, you should not have them.
  4. A round pen is for training, not punishment.
  5. Horses are not a tool of the trade, they are friends and companions.
  6. No, your stallion is not the next great thing and should not breed.
  7. Horses are easy animals to care for as long as you educate yourself and continue to learn.
  8. If you are not willing to put in the time, you will never have a good horse or be a good horse person.
  9. When things go wrong, don’t blame the horse. It was almost certainly your own fault.
  10. Don’t buy more tack if what you need is more feed or care.


Who else has one to add?

If you're an inexperienced rider, don't buy an inexperienced horse.
Kara B.
<3 <3 <3
Heike B
  1. No, your stallion is not the next great thing and should not breed.  Your mare either.
Yes, and I use the phrase "just because it has a uterus doesn't mean it needs to be bred" more often than a human should have to.  
Don't let your ego get in the way of asking for and accepting help.
Emma J.
If you don't have the space, look into boarding. If you can't afford that, try leasing or a lesson program! Or better yet, volunteer at a rescue to help work with horses!
If the doctor tells you no riding for 4 months that equals 3 weeks in equestrian time. 
Just because you can ride a horse doesn't mean you can train one.  
There is no such thing as a perfect free bombproof horse for a kid. 

Just had a woman contact me looking for a kid's horse but she doesn't have much money. She was told I had old horses and thought I might just give her one.  Obviously whomever told her that MUST not know me well.  [confused]
Regarding DEBR's post, see #3.  Grrrr!
...and that reminds me...  

The purchase price of a horse is the least amount of money you will be spending.  Horses are expensive creatures.  
Kara B.
Just because I have a horse does not mean I will let just anyone ride it... 

Also I do not particularly care to hear about the one time when you were a kid and you fell off your neighbors, uncles, pony.... 
Donna M
Lol Kara
Every time someone asks me if s/he can ride my horse I always ask if I can drive their Lamborghini. When they say “I don’t have a Lamborghini.”, I reply “I don’t have a horse you can ride.”.
That is unfortunate you don't care to hear about other people's experiences.  Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a horse.  You should be happy they want to hear about you and your experiences and want to show your horse some attention/affection.  Please do not "shut them down" when they want to share with you probably that only experience they have ever had with one.
The answer to "Can I ride your horse" can depend on various factors.

Is the person a friend or relative? Harder to say no, for sure. 

Just an acquaintance? If so, this may seem pushy or entitled.

Do you have reliable information about that person's riding skills/experience?

What kind of ride does the person expect?  A quiet walk around the round pen?  Or an unsupervised trail ride?

How does your horse do with strangers?

Have you got good liability insurance?

Scott: MHWF
Don't tell me you de-worm your horses every spring and fall. It says right on the de-wormer every 6 to 8 weeks. If you are not following those directions, then you should be doing fecal tests. Do not use "some horses only need to be de-wormed twice a year" as your excuse not to de-worm your horses. If you are not doing fecal tests, then you should be de-worming at least 6 times per year.

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