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post #11 of 39 Old 06-01-2010, 12:46 PM
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He looks like a great mix of draft, not too heavily built so probably good for riding. He doesn't look like he's 17-18 hds, just referencing him to the rider on him and the little boy next to him in comparison to my 18 hd. Gelding. I'm 5' 9" and my feet are several inches from the bottom of his stomach. Don't know if the size matters so much. Hope it works out for you.

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post #12 of 39 Old 06-03-2010, 03:20 AM
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He looks like a great mix of draft, not too heavily built so probably good for riding. He doesn't look like he's 17-18 hds, just referencing him to the rider on him and the little boy next to him in comparison to my 18 hd. Gelding. I'm 5' 9" and my feet are several inches from the bottom of his stomach. Don't know if the size matters so much. Hope it works out for you.

I'd agree, my Jack is 18.3hh and the girl riding him in this pic is 5'10

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post #13 of 39 Old 06-04-2010, 03:23 AM Thread Starter
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His height was one thing that seemed off to me, too; I've been around big horses before, who were in the 17-19HH range, and he didn't seem like he was that big. But, I figured, hell, the kids could be big...

I was, needless to say, wrong.

I went to see him last Monday, and I wasn't happy with what I saw. He was 16.2HH, at tallest, but probably smaller. Then there was how his owner handled him; when I got there, he was being kept in a stall (which was MUCH too small, really; 6x10, maybe). He wasn't sticking his head over the gate, so she lured him over; when he pulled away, she grabbed him by a few chin hairs to hold him still, put his halter on, and lead him out. He wanted out, and was, admittedly, a little pushy. She kicked at his legs to get him back, yelled at him, and then lead him the rest of the way out.

I'm making it sound worse than it was; she wasn't beating him or screaming at him. She just seemed to be rougher than nessacary, and if that's how she acts infront of a buyer (when she's told them he minds beautifully)...

She and I just didn't click, anyway, and a friendly seller matters to me. She kept saying he was a good deal, and drafts were expensive (she'd said this in emails, and I had already told her that he was the AVERAGE cost of a half- draft here with his amount of training, not that good of a deal, and shown her other examples. I'd thought that rude of me, but she'd ignored it).

Well, I petted him and checked him over, and he seemed friendly enough (a bit headshy at first, and a little twitchy) and likable. I rode him, and he wasn't bad (rusty, but I expected that).

I liked his temperment, and his appearance, but I really wanted a bigger horse than him. I offered $450, simply because I didn't like her enough to warrant paying her $600 (trades fell through), and he wasn't exactly what he was advertised as. She said no, so I left. Mind you, she'd already told me she NEEDED the money, wanted him gone, didn't need him and no one else had offered to look at him.
 
Oh well...

Should've told you sooner, but I actually forgot about my two threads here.
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post #14 of 39 Old 06-06-2010, 12:27 AM
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Well, I'll give this to you.... you were smart enough NOT to impulse buy. You obviously have a head on your shoulders and know what you are looking for. When you find the right horse (and previous owner), you will KNOW. Everything will fit into place and it will probably be love at first sight. Give it some more time. :)
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post #15 of 39 Old 06-29-2010, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Not to bump a dead thread, buuuut...

At the barn I used to board at, there was a draft/x... big boy, about 18HH, and sweet as can be. His owners are both truck drivers, and rarely even had the money/time to pay for his board, much less actually do something with him, meaning he's been in a stall (aside from when it is being cleaned), 24/7, for a year, only being ridden twice during that time period.

Well, I told the barn owner, if they sell him, I'd be more than happy to take him. He likes my horse (they neighbored and would stick their heads out towards eachother to socialize), he likes me (he let me do EVERYTHING I wanted to him), and he's a good horse over all.

Well, they're getting ready to sell him. They wanted $900, but the barn owner, Dave, convinced him he'd never sell for that much, and getting $350 would be lucky, because he apparently doesn't like them much and thinks he'd be happier here.

We're supposed to hear her final decision on whether or not she'll go that low soon, but hopefully she will!
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The price doesn't surprise me at all. The economy is so bad my farrier was about to get paid to take a horse! He sounds good and he looks pretty. I would ride him first and definitely get a vet to come out with you to examine him. Good luck! :]

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Barrel, are you talking about the horse in the first page, or the one I just mentioned?

We're getting Samson apparently, btw; paying $370. He's broke to ride and drive, and I already know he's healthy and that the two of us get along fine.
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Barrel, are you talking about the horse in the first page, or the one I just mentioned?

We're getting Samson apparently, btw; paying $370. He's broke to ride and drive, and I already know he's healthy and that the two of us get along fine.
The one on the first page, sorry for the confusion! :]

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post #19 of 39 Old 06-29-2010, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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No problemo!

I decided against getting the one on the first page (my reason why is earlier in the thread), but we're getting another one that I personally like better. Big black gelding, "derpy" looking (far set eyes and too-big ears) but adorable, sweet as can be, broke to ride and drive. Plus he's cheaper!
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That's awesome! Congratulations. I can't wait to see some pix.

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