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post #1 of 12 Old 07-16-2010, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Help! Advise on horse purchase!!!!

Hi everyone!

Need help deciding on purchasing a horse that was saved from a kill pen. He's a TB gelding in his late teens. Has dressage back ground and loves to jump. He was malnutrition and had strangles when the non-profit rescue obtained him back in Dec 09. He's now healthy and strong again and ready for a new home.
I'm just getting back into riding again after a twenty year break! I consider myself an intermediate- experienced rider.... Do you think this is a wise choice for me?

Thanks for any input!
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-16-2010, 09:19 PM
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First - riding isn't like riding a bike, it doesn't all come back so I'd consider you a newbie after 20 years.
Second - what does your trainer say? They can see you riding, and see what you need to work on to help you get where you want to go. I tend to stay away from TB's for riding... but that's because I've had bad experiances with TB's. Some are really great.
Thrid - I don't like that the horse had strangles. Sometimes that will come back.
Fourth - has the horse ever shown? If you're just getting back, you'll want a horse that will be able to teach you the ropes again without you feeling that you have to be perfect all the time.

Jumping a horse = Getting wings!
Why live on the edge when you can jump off?- Greenwood Horse Trials Tee-Shirt
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post #3 of 12 Old 07-16-2010, 09:33 PM
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I agree with stormyblues about being a newbie after a 20 yr break because I am a newbie because I had a 20 yr break. I bought by first horse after 20 yrs off and 2 kids later I am a totally different rider. Things I thought were fun bolting rearing a little buck and spin 20 yrs ago are not fun at all anymore. I own a TB who is a very well trained horse and I love him. I think a TB in is late teens is a good age but with a jumping background and some neglect his health/joints could be a concern. I truly believe rescued animals know they have been given a second chance and give all they can I have seen it to many times to think differently. Just make sure you are as secure in your abilities as you think. I found out I wasn't and it cost me alot in training fees that would have not been the case if my horse had been a good "beginner" horse.
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I agree with stormyblues about being a newbie after a 20 yr break because I am a newbie because I had a 20 yr break. I bought by first horse after 20 yrs off and 2 kids later I am a totally different rider. Things I thought were fun bolting rearing a little buck and spin 20 yrs ago are not fun at all anymore. I own a TB who is a very well trained horse and I love him. I think a TB in is late teens is a good age but with a jumping background and some neglect his health/joints could be a concern. I truly believe rescued animals know they have been given a second chance and give all they can I have seen it to many times to think differently. Just make sure you are as secure in your abilities as you think. I found out I wasn't and it cost me alot in training fees that would have not been the case if my horse had been a good "beginner" horse.
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Great advice....thank you. I've ridden here and there and everything comes back to me surprisingly . Had my last horse at 22 now 43. I've had a TB before and my last horse was a NSH. All bigger more energetic horses. I like to be challenged when I ride. Can't deal with poky mellow horses. I actually start back up lessons on a couple days. Will get assessed at that time where my abilities lay.
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post #6 of 12 Old 07-16-2010, 10:49 PM
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I can't wait to see pictures of the two of you together!

By the way - welcome to the dark side :)


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I can't wait to see pictures of the two of you together!

By the way - welcome to the dark side :)


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Ha! Thanks! Go to look at him tomorrow. Will post a pic of us if all goes well!
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post #9 of 12 Old 07-17-2010, 10:49 PM
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Woah woah woah, I was NOT offered cookies. >:( hahaha jk!

Jumping a horse = Getting wings!
Why live on the edge when you can jump off?- Greenwood Horse Trials Tee-Shirt
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post #10 of 12 Old 07-18-2010, 11:00 AM
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HAHA! I was :) lol *pats belly*

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