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post #11 of 14 Old 05-02-2011, 03:58 PM
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You can find an amazing sport horse on CanterUSA.Org

If you do your due diligence, you can find a trainer that wants a solid, sound, willing TB to just get a good home. Sometimes they will give them to you, I have also seen them go for $500. The hunter champion in the state I ride in came through CanterUSA.org for $600 and he is a flashy boy winning all his classes.

Check it out!

Canter does have some really cute horses with a ton of potential! But remember that they're 5-600 at the moment. I guarantee that hunter champion you're talking about is worth a lot more then that now. A made horse is worth a LOT more then something off the track. Esp one that has the show miles. Tack on more if the show miles are extensive and successful. An off the track horse is NOT for everyone. If you are not able to put the proper training/rehab into an OTTB you'll need to pay to have someone else do it, and often for the same price you might as well get a made horse.
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post #12 of 14 Old 05-02-2011, 04:40 PM
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You are correct, they definitely aren't for everyone, and you do need to be able to put in the time and effort to training them.
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post #13 of 14 Old 05-02-2011, 06:12 PM
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If you want to show or have a nice horse, you don't have to board at an expensive show barn. You can board at a trail riding barn and still go to the shows!
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post #14 of 14 Old 05-06-2011, 08:25 PM
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As a forty something returning to the sport after 20 years away, I second the notion that you may want to make a gradual return. What you could do even 5 years ago may not be what you can do now.

I also think you'd be wise to work your husband into this gradually. Don't just say, "hey honey, I want to ride and show and it's going to cost us 100,000 or so!" Rather, you might want to lease a really nice horse at a nice barn, with a good trainer, and find out how much you still want to do this. Let you husband see how much you enjoy it and the benefits to him (wink). Then, if all seems good after 6 months to a year, you could begin to look for a horse. And if you are a top level rider who easily jumps 4', why not get a green horse or OTTB for cheaper and bring it along? It's all about the journey, right, not the destination...
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