Ohhh....nooooo....my non-horsey cousin got a yearling.
Why oh why do non-horse people get yearlings? I sent him a Facebook message after he posted a pic of her standing behind a barb wire fence, by herself. He asked me a few questions, but they literally know nothing, and I'm not even sure where to start. He asked me when they could ride her, and how to train her - - and I offered to put 30 days on her, when she was ready in year or two.
So, any thoughts? To make matters worse, they live in a really small town in Miss. that isn't close to anywhere. I was afraid to ask if he had a vet and farrier...
Maybe you should offer them 30days basic handling sessions! (It will save you a lot of trouble if this yearling is still there in 2 years and they ask you then to train it!)
I wouldn't be shy to ask if they do have a farrier, a vet and if the know what to feed this baby.
Last time I heard of non-horsey people getting a horse, they had to put it down after 2 weeks. They hadn't realised the horse wasn't drinking properly (apparently didn't like the taste of the new place's water) and suffered from many colicking episodes... Really sad.
Well don't overreact, for one thing. Sometimes these things turn out just fine. He's asking questions, mentor him and be helpful and respectful. Nobody was born knowing everything. At least if you keep the lines of communication open he might listen to you if/when they need to part company!
Can you edit the title of this thread to include the loacation, and maybe find cuz a COTH buddy in the area? Preferably a trainer with a lesson program. If he takes lessons for a couple of years, and cares for his horse properly, he could be ok by the time she's ready to ride.
A copy of Horses for Dummies and a congratulations card. Honestly I would point them to some good local help and step back. That book is actually pretty good and if you deliver it, you can do so with a hug and a smile.
Ya know, Fbird, this might be a fab opportunity for you. At least, that's the best way I can think of to make lemonade out of lemons in this situation.
Your cousin is lucky to have you as a resource - and hopefully you are in the neighborhood. At this point with a yearling you can practice halting, leading, grooming, picking up her feet and teaching her to be a good citizen on the ground. It's not terribly time-consuming.
Several years ago I was in the same situation with some non-horsey relatives. Can't say it was as dicey as them buying a yearling but I helped them find a suitably sainted older gelding that was a patient teacher to them. I had a really fun time hanging out with the relatives and helping them out, actually.