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    08-18-2012, 12:50 PM
I'd honestly say go for her !
And I know alot of people are saying she probably wont make it for 2nd level... but I don't know... She could surprise you ;) that's just my opinion.
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    08-18-2012, 03:41 PM
I read that contract.

I would run to the other ends of the world.

No joke.

We have a law out here, which unless you aren't aware of it, can leave you in serious doo-doo.

I sell a horse. Naturally, being an honest person, I tell the new owners any previous health issues, and mannerisms etc.
If that horse turns out to have something that makes it incompetent of doing the job I advertised it as (no longer rideable, not fertile as a broodmare etc) then they return the horse to me.. I pay full money of the horse, stabling costs, vet fees and any lawyer costs.

For six months.

But FIVE YEARS?!?!?!?!

Oh my.

That is an awful long time. I don't understand why you aren't allowed to breed the mares either.

If I were you, I would look at her, and the 14yo and possibly any others. Get someone who KNOWS dressage to go with you and rule with your head and not your heart.

I was put off a horse by crazy owners. Sounds like her place is expecting a bit too much.

Try, try and try again. You want to get as many tried as soon as you can so you get a feel of what is right, and what fits, and not what you think fits because it seems like a good idea at the time.

Everything happens for a reason- I had a horse sold from under me, two fail vet checks and another I missed out on. In the long run, I paid 3k less then I was expecting too and ended up with a far better horse than I ever even knew I could have.

Wishing you the best of luck though :)
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    08-18-2012, 03:58 PM
The only thing that's holding me back from actually going and trying anything out now is two things have to happen:

1) My potential new employer needs to come up with a salary that will make me leave my current job and be able to comfortably afford another horse.

2) I have to find a place to keep a new horse. Sure, I could buy another one and throw it in the pasture with my retired geldings, but it's over an hour away with no arena and I wouldn't ever get to actually work with a horse. Plus, I definitely need an instructor if I'm going to do dressage.

As far as the two horses, I don't know as much about the gelding as I do about the mare, but here are my lists of cons on both:

She's a mare (I've only ever owned geldings).
I'm not keen on someone else (the rescue) owning MY horse for five years.

He's 14. That's definitely older than I planned. Still, he's only 3 years older than the mare.
He was returned after 10 months because he "doesn't do trials." Apparently it's something to do with the loudspeaker/potential memories of the track. I wasn't planning on showing formally but I'd rather the option not be taken from me.
The owner used words like "high strung" when talking about him.
    08-18-2012, 07:40 PM
Good reasons to exercise restraint. I do like the mare, and it seems that she is amenable. The OTTB, OTOH, sounds iffy at best, and he's getting a bit long in the tooth - "He's almost DEAD!" - comment from Hilda Gurney, 6-time Olympian, upon loving my DWB ex-jumper in a clinic and finding out he was coming 14. D'OH.

Frankly a 14 y.o. OTTB is "older" than an unraced TB or any part-bred, or any other breed, for that matter. A "high-strung" 14 y.o.OTTB who can't handle any excitement doesn't sound like an animal I'd want to invest my heart, time, and money in. JMO.

Just my 2 cents, but what have you got to lose by trying the mare, other than time? That way, you will know whether she's in the running. Though I do agree with you about the 5 y. Ownership - that is a big obstacle. But if the 2 of you click, you might feel that its worthwhile.
    08-18-2012, 09:18 PM
Originally Posted by Weezilla    
what have you got to lose by trying the mare
The only thing stopping me is the fact that they won't let me even inquire about her until I have an approved application... and I won't have an approved application until I find a barn. :(

It's about a 4 hour drive down there but I agree... worth the time!
    08-18-2012, 09:39 PM
Aah, got it.

A sticky wicket.

Hence your restraint. Well, fingers crossed for you with the mare...there's something about her I like. That said, you have endless possibilities - lotsa horses out there. No need to rush into anything. Do any of the dressage barns offer lessons on schoolhorses? A good Training level / First level schoolhorse(master?-the most carelessly-used description in dressagedom IMHO ) You can investigate the trainers and barns and dip your toes into the dressage pool at the same time.
    08-18-2012, 09:47 PM
Yes, there are a couple. I'm having sticker shock. Is $50 per hour standard?
    08-18-2012, 10:30 PM
Around here, NJ, dressage Mecca, $75 is the going rate, but it has been the same for a few years. BNTs can get $100/lesson and up on your horse. It is what it is. Sigh.
    08-19-2012, 12:14 PM
Originally Posted by nikelodeon79    
It looks like the rescue officially owns the horse for the first five years...
Actually, I don't like this part at all. I could somewhat understand 1 year, but 5 years! Really!
    08-19-2012, 12:15 PM
Originally Posted by nikelodeon79    
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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Just do PPE for SURE! Some of OTTBs have hidden issues (because of the racing).

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