Lease vs Buy; What type of horse do I need?

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    08-30-2010, 07:21 PM
Lease vs Buy; What type of horse do I need?

So I'll be moving down to New Zealand in January to go to school (Eeeee ) and ride some horses. Unfortunately, that means I'll be looking to find a new trainer and losing the horses I am currently riding and leasing. I've been thinking about purchasing a horse so I can rid myself of the problems of dealing with leases (moving barns, contract issues, etc) but also don't want to get stuck with a horse and I don't really have a large budget for the initial price of buying (don't worry, I can support a horse fine, I just don't have 6k lying around).

I'm trying to get into eventing. I'm only jumping itty bitty BN type things right now, but I'd like to eventually move up. I don't want a horse that is going to be too much, but I also don't want something that's half dead and push button to ride as I'm a fairly competent rider.

So I can try and find a horse to lease or take out a loan to grab myself a horse and eventually upgrade if and when I move up the levels. I realize any horse can do the basics, but who can show me some examples of good horses for what I am looking to do?

Wow, I rambled a lot...
Here's some of what I've found, let me know if I'm totally off base:

StationBred Mare for sale - - New Zealand

** 16.1hh TB SCHOOLMASTER ** for sale - - New Zealand

Eye catching, black gelding for sale - - New Zealand

Arab TB Mare for sale - - New Zealand (Depending on how green she is)

So are these a good start or am I TOTALLY off base?

Cookies to anyone who got through that :)
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    08-31-2010, 12:36 AM
Pretty please?
    08-31-2010, 10:03 PM
Sounds like the "eye catching black gelding" might be a good place to start. The grey is only 14.3 hands. The school master runs the risk of being dead to your aids. The black gelding looks like he likes to jump and would be a good match for someone at your level. NZ has fantastic eventers. I'm sure they'll be able to help you out. I hear it's a wonderful place. I'm jealous!!
    08-31-2010, 10:10 PM
I figured I was small enough to ride the grey, but I REALLY like the black and I could actually afford him and I figure he has a basic enough start on him that I don't have to train him, but I won't just be a passanger either.

Thank you! I'm very excited about moving :) The horses down there are totally amazing.
    08-31-2010, 10:14 PM

EEEK I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! That is awesome that you are going to New Zealand! I have a few great friends there who are Mid Level Eventers, and I am impressed with their guts, their abilities and their education!

Personally me, if I were your Coach, I'd say go with the School Master for your level of Eventing and just getting into the sport - but, you have to go with what horse is compatable for you, your personality type and what it is that you want.

Some would feel confident on a School Master and learn alot, while others would be totally bored and want something more "challanging" so that decision is yours.

Personally, my opinion, for someone just venturing into the sport, I'd look for a horse with the experience and the know how and a horse who can pack his rider around to help them grow, learn and mature as an Eventer.

That doesn't mean he/she has to be a school master...but one with enough experience under their girth to help a "newbie" out.

Purchasing - IMVHO, I would lease. You aren't going to be living there, and there is that "one day" where you'll move back to the U.S.A, and will have to leave your beloved behind, and I think leaving a horse you own, would be far more difficult than leaving a horse that has a place to go back to when you cannot be there anymore....does that make sense?

I want to wish you all the best, and you have to promise to take lots of pictures and keep us up to date on everything!!!
    08-31-2010, 10:21 PM
I was hoping you would respond MIE. I'll be there for around 3 years and then hopefully going to grad school...In London. So I definitely don't want to get attached to one horse, so that makes sense.

As far as a horse, I like something that is slightly a challenge to ride, though at this level I need something that can put up with my errors (I still am learning proper release and not getting too forward. Really newbie stuff) but I am a capable enough rider where I don't want something totally dead either. I've ridden them in the past and they're kinda ehhhh for me. Guess I'll just have to get out there and start trying out some horses and find one somewhere that's not quite auto pilot but not a greenie either.

I just got back and everyone there is SUPER nice and willing to help find horses to ride, instruction, floating, etc. Five more months! You can bet you'll be seeing tons of pictures :)

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