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post #51 of 61 Old 08-18-2012, 11:50 AM
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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 ;) Thats just my opinion.
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post #52 of 61 Old 08-18-2012, 02:41 PM
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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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post #53 of 61 Old 08-18-2012, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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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:

Mare:
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.

Gelding:
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.
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post #54 of 61 Old 08-18-2012, 06:40 PM
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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 cant 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.

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post #55 of 61 Old 08-18-2012, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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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!
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post #56 of 61 Old 08-18-2012, 08:39 PM
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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.
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Yes, there are a couple. I'm having sticker shock. Is $50 per hour standard?
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post #58 of 61 Old 08-18-2012, 09:30 PM
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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.
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post #59 of 61 Old 08-19-2012, 11:14 AM
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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!

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

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post #60 of 61 Old 08-19-2012, 11:15 AM
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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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Just do PPE for SURE! Some of OTTBs have hidden issues (because of the racing).

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

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