You’ve got beloved horses all of your life, possibly you probably did some path using as a young person and possibly you had the prospect to re-kindle your love of horses later in life. Then the day got here in your late 50’s you had a the chance to purchase your first horse. Are you to outdated to tackle this stunning, majestic, highly effective animal?
In my view, you aren’t, I say that as a result of I moved to the nation at 57 and purchased my first horse at 58. What did I think about once I was selecting my horse? First I considered what I used to be able to bodily, with that in thoughts I assumed I would not desire a horse over 15hh, something bigger than that makes for a much bigger fall and potential damaged bones.
My second consideration was the horses age and temperament, a pleasant outdated bombproof horse that I might ease myself again into using with. Then there’s breed I wasn’t fussed about breed, purely as a result of as a young person I rode loads of totally different breeds, and the way calm a horse is, is extra about how they’re educated and handled not the breed.
I used to be pondering Quarter horse or Standardbred, I leased a Standardbred in my late 30’s and he was very calm however he may very well be very cussed. One breed I by no means thought-about was a Thoroughbred, I assumed this breed could also be means over my head and from what I might seen watching horse racing, my thought was far too extremely strung for me.
After taking all of the above into consideration I began searching for my dream horse, and I discovered him. It did not take lengthy for me to fall in love with a horse I discovered in an advert on Fb. That is the place I began questioning my sanity, this horse is 16.1hh 11 yr outdated off the monitor thoroughbred, he hadn’t been ridden since his racing days and I did not even know if he was sound.
The reality is I did not care, I fell in love with the horse within the advert and I fell much more in love once I met him. Yeah so he is a thoroughbred, he wants re-educating and as a pleasure horse he’s inexperienced, however so am I. I used to experience feisty horses however I used to be 16 not 58… so I ask myself “What have been you pondering” my reply is I wasn’t pondering, I simply knew this boy was for me.
So now the subsequent query is am I too inexperienced and too outdated tackle this mammoth activity to get my horse sound sufficient to work with and ultimately experience. If I had no expertise with horses in any respect then maybe it might be too massive a activity for me. If there was no such factor because the web then once more it might be too massive a activity for me. The factor is I consider I can do that and I really like and belief my boy and I do know he loves and trusts me.
One other factor to think about is health, I’m not too unfit however to start out groundwork I must step up my health which I’m engaged on now. Age is only a quantity, in case you have the fervour, the love and the dedication nothing is unimaginable. Study to learn your horse and hearken to him and at all times make security a precedence, horses are massive highly effective animals and are able to doing us some severe injury, even when by accident.