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09-16-2002, 04:39 PM
i am thinking of getting a horse.i have a lot of questions to ask.:confused: can anyone tell me anything about Appaloosas?is it a lot of money to care for a horse?is it better to get an adult or baby?should i get a male or female?how much room does a horse need?what do i feed them?is an Appaloosa a good pet for a kid?what is a good starter breed?please if any info. doesn't have to be these questions.i am wanting to know anything about horses!!!thanx:)

09-16-2002, 05:32 PM
You need time and space to care for a horse, and money, too. They are not cheap pets. They need a place to graze, a shelter from the weather, they need their stalls cleaned regularly, lots to eat, and a very strong commitment from the owners. They are also pretty expensive to buy compared with smaller "pets."

You asked if an Appaloosa is a good pet for a "kid" - how old a kid?

09-16-2002, 05:48 PM
3 kids.ages 4,10,11. the care taker will be a 14yr old.that's me.my parents are paying for it all.about how much is it weekly.how much is it to get started supplies,horse,and everything else?:D

09-16-2002, 06:49 PM
It's really expensive. I used to have a quarter horse when I was younger and he was great, very gentle. My dad has a appaloosa mix, he's a little stubborn. I think you can get a saddle for around $250, think about spending another $100 or so on tack, then another $100+ on food. If you don't have a large enough area, they need a good amount of room, then you may have to rent a stable.
Here's a picture of me with Bubba Pal when I was around 12 or so, the quarter horse.

And here I am 10 years later with the Appaloosa mix

09-16-2002, 06:58 PM
your horses are beautiful! about how much room?is 3-4 acres enough?i may get a job to help with the expences.how much is it weekly for food?thanx,;)

09-16-2002, 07:02 PM
3 or 4 acres is enough room. I wish I could give you a good estimate on food, but I never really took care of those matter, but I'm thinking about 20 a week. If you are looking at getting a younger horse bake sure that he has already been broken (meaning used to a saddle). If not then an older horse if fine and usually less expensive. Bubba Pal was several years old when my dad bought him for me.

09-16-2002, 09:14 PM
is a mix breed horse less expensive? i live in the city now,but we are looking to move to the country. how long should i have the horse before i can ride? about how many pounds a day do they eat?:confused:

09-16-2002, 09:15 PM
For kids I would recommend an older, calmer horse to start with rather than a young untrained one. You may want to lease a horse before you buy one as a trial to see what is involved in taking care of one. Do you or the other kids take riding lessons? Do you plan to keep the horses at your own house or board them somewhere? You should look up local barns and ask them questions about how much it costs since it may vary from area to area. Good luck!

09-16-2002, 09:22 PM
Usually mixed breed horses are less expensive, I assume you just want a backyard horse not a purebred show horse. Here is a site that may help answer some of your questions
It is based in the New England area but it may be helpful for you to see the prices of horses for sale in the classified or to ask horse questions in their horse chat area (Equichat) I hope it helps.:)

09-17-2002, 08:38 AM
Yeah... You should get an older horse for younger kids... I got an Appaloosa/Quarter Horse, and she costs a lot of money... She is now 4 years old, but we didn't train her, so she isn't good for children under the age of 11... it would be younger, but she has been around people, so she is decent. I would definetly reccommend an older horse. Maybe one that is even trained... I know that was a hassle for us. If you get a horse that is trained, it will be easier to bond with. Is this your first horse? I learned my lesson to get an older horse for you first horse, but after you have had that horse for a while, and know a little more about what you have to do, then you could get a younger horse, and raise it.
Harley is a mixed breed, but still beautiful.

Hope this helps! :D

09-17-2002, 08:54 AM
There are many things that people feed their horses. Here is a list of some stuff and notes. :D
1. Bran Mash (Good for ill or tired horses/ponies)
2. Hay cubes/pellets (condenced grass)
3. Crushed/Rolled barley (Good fof winter feed)
4. Linseed (Makes coat shine, but is poisonous until it has been cooked.)
5. Suger Beet (Given to a horse that needs to be fattened up. It must be soaked in water overnight first.)
6. Oats (Given in small amounts because it gives a horse too much energy, and make it exitable.)
7 .You can also give your horse a salt lick for extra salt that they lose when they sweat.
8. Stabled horses are sometimes given chopped-up fruits and root vegetables to eat. Make it small enough so your horse dosn't choke.
Those are some that you can feed your horse.
Also horses eat alphalfa hay, it a hay net or holder. Can be found in feed stores.

There is a book that has all of this information and much more in it:
Superguides Riding bye Lucinda Green (Can be found at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com
Hope this helps! :D

09-17-2002, 10:25 AM
thanks for the help!!!:D please keep the information comming.
what about... halters,bridals,saddles.when should i put them on? horse shoes,vet bills???:confused:

09-17-2002, 11:25 AM
Here are a couple of other websites that you can do local searches by state to find out more about horses in your area.
and www.dreamhorse.com

Do you ride at a local stable already? If you do they could answer a lot of your questions about the equipment and food and cost of upkeep in your area. If you don't ride look into visiting some riding places in your area and if you find a horse you like it is important to try it before you buy it so you don't get any surprises!:)

09-17-2002, 11:34 AM
no i do not ride.i will surly look into it though. i don't know of any though.thanx for the links. what would you say is the most importaint thing about having a horse?thanx:D

09-17-2002, 11:58 AM
Lets see, the most important thing about having a horse is that they are a big responsibility. They take a lot of time and money for their upkeep but the love that you get back from them is priceless! As my childhood riding teacher used to say "They are like little kids that never grow up, you always have to take care of them day after day." If you are not ready for that responsibility then maybe you should board it at a barn that takes care of the housing, feeding, vet care etc. I don't want to discourage you, just want you to know what you are getting into.:)

09-17-2002, 05:29 PM
I recommend you take a couple years worth of riding lessons before you buy a horse- you might decide you like one style of riding over another and that will play a big part in the decision to buy a horse. Then you will be under the direction of someone who knows horses, and can help you find the perfect one.

You will have the opportunity to ride a lot of different horses if you take lessons, the more experience you have before you buy, the more likely you will buy the right horse. Believe me - if you buy the wrong horse, you will both be miserable.

But like the others said, horses are very expensive to keep (it's not the purchase price- it's the upkeep and especially vet bills!) and a big responsibilty.

09-17-2002, 05:58 PM
you would not discourage me.i just want to know how it is to care for a horse. boarding will be the best thing i am thinking. how about plants.,.,.what is poisonis to them?how can keep these plants out of the feild?

Desert Arabian
09-17-2002, 06:01 PM
If I were you... I'd go to the local library and check out every single book on horses!! See... you are also missing the very very very very very very very important things to owning a horse. Such as medical care!! Horses are susseptable (sp.) to many many different things such as colic,GVD, laminits, lameness, teeth floating, ferrier work, etc., etc. Horses need a lot of annual shots too, and let me tell you those aren't cheap!! I did over a year and a half of research and note taking on horses, before I got my horse. And just about everyday I discover something new! Good luck!

~*~*~ YellowLabLover*~*~*~*~ :)

Desert Arabian
09-17-2002, 06:09 PM
Here are some toxins to horses:

Deadly Nightshade
Black Walnut

there are over 100 toxic plants/trees to horses

** You also have to be careful what you feed your horses (stickyness etc), because horses cannot throw up.

09-17-2002, 06:23 PM
i've ridden a lot of Appaloosas and they are great horses.Just make sure you get the right one.I think they are good horses for kids.But,they can be expensive.Try the newspaper in the Horses and Livestock section or a 4-h or Pony Club.some1 in 1 of those groups may have a good horse they want to sell and pony club and 4-h horses are usually well trained and experienced.they also might be cheaper.I'd suggest getting a horse between 10 and 20 years old.A very young one might be hard work,and not as good 4 kids.

09-18-2002, 11:25 AM
I hope this won't offend you, but I feel I need to say this. Judging from your question you don't seem to know anything about horses, and that makes you very unfit to own one.

You can't just read up or ask questions and think you can take care of a horse, you'll still have school and other things to do, and just because your parents will pay for it all doesn't mean it's ok.

Take riding classes for a few years and just learn, learn and learn. And when you known enough about horses and their needs, THEN you can consider getting one.

Best of luck to you :)

Desert Arabian
09-18-2002, 12:56 PM
Amen Ann!! Exactly what needs to be said!! Like I said in my last post, I have been taking lessons for 6 1/2 years, and did over a year of research before I bought my horse. A lot of people think that you can buy a horse, shove it in a stall and feed it everyday, and it will be happy and healthy- OH Boy!! If only that were true! Post later.


Desert Arabian
09-18-2002, 12:58 PM
Here's my little opinion on horse age.

20 years old, is a little too old for buying a horse at that age.

I'd say get a horse anywhere between 5 and 15. Just my two cents. Telling a horses age can be pretty tricky too.

09-23-2002, 12:41 PM
For a first time horse owner a 5 to 10yo old might be too much for them. You would want to look around 10-15yo. A horse too young will in the end.end up hurting the person. That goes for adult and child. Everyone has this dream of getting this young spirited free horse and most times they do not know how to deal with the problems that come up.
You want to have the horse vet checked and look for any injuries and lamness. This is important as you do not want to be buying someone elses problems and end up spending a whole lot of cash on vet bills.
I would also recommend taking a riding instructor (or someone who is Very horse smart) with you when you go to look at the horse. You once again could be buying a bunch of problems that you are not able to handle.
You need to take lessons.. They cost money. I am a 4-h leader in our local horse club and i would highly recommend getting lessons for a few months and see if this is something you would realy like to get into. I have seen many kids get horses and lose interest.
There are many things to take into account..
Hay,grain, minerals, salt licks,shoeing(Which can be expensive),worming, shots,vet bills,blanets,tack, If you do not have land bording the horse at a stable can be very expensive..
I would recommend taking lessons learn how to muck out a stall and paddock. Learn how to feed them and learn what are important things to be feeding a horse. A horse on just an alfalfa diet might get to plump and founder. You need to know the limits and what will be best for the horse.. Get to know the appy breed. Try getting involved in 4-h or pony club. You need to know what style of riding you would like to do. And please always think saftey first!

Desert Arabian
09-23-2002, 03:03 PM
This weekend my mom and I went to Missouri for a giant Mule festival. There was a big appy mule there. He was the most gorgeous appy I have ever seen! I have some pictures of him but they are so-so (they don't really capture his true beauty). I would die to have a mule/horse with the coloring of that mule. It was a lot of fun. I have never seen that many mules in one place at one time.