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post #41 of 61 Old 08-16-2012, 03:39 PM
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First off I have to say I love the horse. Dressage doesn't have to be competetive it can be fun too.

And I really have to say I absolutely love my Wintec Pro Dressage saddle. It fits my horse wonderfully. Has the perfect amount of rock, clears her withers and really lets her move freely. And I highly doubt I could have gotten a good quality leather saddle that was almost new, hardly any wear, everything intact and with many many years left for the whopping price tag of $250. And it is the most comfortable saddle I have ever sat in and I've been riding for over 15 years. So comfortable that I am actually convincing people at my barn that my saddle trumps any western one in comfortability. And mine is flocked and doesn't move a bit on my horse and I never put the girth tight.
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post #42 of 61 Old 08-16-2012, 03:48 PM
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As far as a trial period, the rescue gladly takes back horses that are adopted out and just don't work out for whatever reason. (In fact, I think it's a requirement: if the horse doesn't work out, you have to return it to them). I would feel a bit bad about asking for an adoption fee back so I'd probably just let them keep it (adoption fee is only $500)... but honestly I would likely just see if she can go another direction if dressage isn't for me. :)
I would be very careful with rescues like this. I'm not denying it's a great rescue, but the buy-back clause creates a lot of problems for people, especially when they put a crapload of training on the horse only to have to sell it back for peanuts. If you can, I would highly recommend talking to people that have adopted horses from this rescue to see how their experience has been.

I do think the mare looks to be very forgiving and a typical heart-of-gold Arab. She looks to have a lovely disposition.
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post #43 of 61 Old 08-17-2012, 03:28 AM
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I'm glad to hear they have the animals best interests in heart, just look for any small clauses with in the contract that says they can take the animal back if they do not think living accomodation is unsuitable etc and lay out what that entails as different people have different views and I know of one person on another forum who was seriously bitten by that despite providing a good home for the horse.

I'm glad you like my little man though I can't say he'll much like me when I pick him up from the clinic on Sunday >

He was a lucky find. I actually got my dad to film my rides on any horse I tried out and posted a fair few on here. That way I could see how we fit together etc.

He was a find and a half.
I went to see another horse and we didn't fit, but fell in love with him when the owner/breeder brought him out.

He is a 3yo Hanno, from Don Frederico.
I bought him for 3700.

I am lucky to live in Germany, but anything under say 10k is classed as a 'freizeit' horse... happy hacker/family type that will do a bit of anything.

I've had offers from two people in my area who want to buy him for an outstanding amount of money. But he's here to stay... but you can find them!
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post #44 of 61 Old 08-17-2012, 03:35 AM
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I'm glad to hear they have the animals best interests in heart, just look for any small clauses with in the contract that says they can take the animal back if they do not think living accomodation is unsuitable etc and lay out what that entails as different people have different views and I know of one person on another forum who was seriously bitten by that despite providing a good home for the horse.

I'm glad you like my little man though I can't say he'll much like me when I pick him up from the clinic on Sunday >

He was a lucky find. I actually got my dad to film my rides on any horse I tried out and posted a fair few on here. That way I could see how we fit together etc.

He was a find and a half.
I went to see another horse and we didn't fit, but fell in love with him when the owner/breeder brought him out.

He is a 3yo Hanno, from Don Frederico.
I bought him for 3700.

I am lucky to live in Germany, but anything under say 10k is classed as a 'freizeit' horse... happy hacker/family type that will do a bit of anything.

I've had offers from two people in my area who want to buy him for an outstanding amount of money. But he's here to stay... but you can find them!
You are incredibly lucky! I've always heard people (more than once actually) say the Europeans sell their "junk" horses to the States of course we use to breed German Shepherds and people said the same thing about them! They are both still a pretty penny when they are imported. You are blessed to have the opportunity some of us only dream about, I would give my left arm (my shooting hand, very important for a cop ) to be able to train in Germany, even for the summer. You're boy is gorgeous
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post #45 of 61 Old 08-17-2012, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Here's the adoption contract, in case anyone is interested: http://www.equineadoption.com/application.pdf

It looks like the rescue officially owns the horse for the first five years...
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post #46 of 61 Old 08-17-2012, 09:48 AM
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Honestly I adopted my current horse and I will never adopt again. I have dealt with so much crap from this rescue and I really hate the fact that I am considered a co-owner. I will only ever own horses outright from here on out. I do not like the fact that after I spend thousands in vet bills on a horse that was given to me as "healthy" that they could take her back for whatever reason they want. Never again.

Edit: After skimming that contract I would run far away. They get far to personal in their questions, needing your height and weight?! That's going a little too far.
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post #47 of 61 Old 08-17-2012, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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It does make me a bit nervous but I have a friend who adopted her donkey from there and she has nothing but good things to say about them. I'm not planning on selling the mare once I get her... and honestly would be comfortable giving her back to the rescue if extenuating circumstances dictated it. I would then be assured she'd be well cared for and only be placed in the best of homes in the future.

I can understand the question about height and weight because if I was 5"1' and 350 lbs and looking to adopt a pony (or a horse with medical issues) for my personal riding use... that's a problem.

I have a huge passion for the rescue movement and honestly think that the horse overpopulation problem should be treated more like the dog overpopulation problem. Studs that are not breed worthy should be gelded, and people should take a lot more care when breeding horses: paying attention to confirmation, temperament and health. A large percentage of those people breeding horses out there would be considered "backyard breeders" in the dog world. When you adopt a dog, people are quick to pat you on the back but a horse... now that's a different story. There's even a story on this particular rescue's message board about a former adopter who refuses to acknowledge that her horse is from a rescue because people look down on her/her horse for it. Sad! If someone can find a horse that can help them reach their goals in rescue, more power to them!

Okay... I'll get down off my soapbox now. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I just don't feel right about buying a horse from just anybody. And... since I can't afford reputable breeder prices, I'd feel a whole lot better getting one from a rescue. I'd rather give a GOOD rescue my $500 than give it to someone who's going to use it to breed more horses (or buy/sell more horses as is in the case of some).

On another note: I have a lead on a good dressage stable that's about 45 minutes from my home... so that's exciting!
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post #48 of 61 Old 08-17-2012, 06:41 PM
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Fingers crossed that the barn is what you're looking for and has a stall for you. Let us know when you check it out.

And when are you going to go try Miss Mare?
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Just got offered a 14 year old OTTB (been off the track for several years) gelding with some dressage training... For free. The mare sounds like more what I want but I'll have to check out the gelding, too. The gelding is a lot closer.
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post #50 of 61 Old 08-18-2012, 10:30 AM
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Have you considerd "Western" Dressage? It is really becoming popular with western riders. Seems to me that it is merely Dressage in a western saddle. People are having fun with it and it is certainly good training. Might be a good bridge? Have fun!
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