Looking at a TWH

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Looking at a TWH

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    03-06-2011, 11:33 PM
Looking at a TWH

Ok, so my boyfriend said that he really wants to get a horse. Its probably not going to be til spring, but its coming quickly now and I can't keep him from looking and I am more knowledgeable about it so he has made me look. I was looking last night and came across this ad.

I emailed the owner with a few questions. He seems pretty good thought from the description of the ad. I just was curious as to why they rated him a three, which still isn't that bad. So I don't know much about TWH but I have seen Ivory Pal and he seems pretty awesome. Lol. I learned how to gallop and how to canter on a Paso Fino that was gaited so I thought a gaited horse would be a great horse for my boyfriend to learn on because they are so smooth and nice to ride. What do you guys think about it all?
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    03-07-2011, 12:08 AM
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From my understanding of those temperment ratings the lower the number the calmer the horse is supposed to be.
    03-07-2011, 12:30 AM
That is one really nice horse! Very well put together. So cheap, I wonder . . .
Around here, he'd be three times that price.
    03-07-2011, 09:16 AM
Probably a fair price for that horse in that market.

What's your boyfriend's riding experience?

    03-07-2011, 09:50 AM
He is a beginner but very natural. All I he wants to do is trail rides. But he wants something that he can learn and grow with. Something that when he learns and wants to gallop on he can, its not going to be a slow thing that can only gallop for a minute.

Tinyliny: That is what I thought! But that is super sweet around here. Everything that I have been looking at as far as middle aged trail horses have been around 2500 and I thought TWH were expensive horses in themselves. That has be a bit questionable.
    03-07-2011, 01:38 PM
I emailed and asked a few questions this is her reply. I bolded the parts that concerned me.

He is a super trail horse. Goes any place! I took him on the VQHA ride that was 4 hours long. He pretty much led the whole thing. He would go through pretty rough spots others didn't want to go through. He crossed bridges that were 20 feet in the air over large brooks. Walked between two big boulders. Those were there to keep the atvs out! He doesn't care if he leads or follows. He can go out alone or in a group. He is not herd bound. He comes to you in the pasture. He is an easy keeper. Gets no grain. He has super good feet.
Should never have to where shoes. Only requires a trim 1/4 as much as normal horses. He wears them down good on his own. He is suitable for an intermediate rider. He goes down the road no problem. He is not spooky. Very hearty horse.
Smooth gaits. Good ground manners. Picks his feet up. Trailers, ties.
I bought him off a lady in VT who was getting out of horses. She was an elderly woman that was inexperienced. She had two and I bought them both. Cheyenne hadn't been riden in a year. I got on him, and he never did anything wrong. I just need to find him a particular rider. I have had a lot of people like him and want to buy him, but they only want to give me $500. He is too nice of a horse. I like him and I have a blast riding him. He is not registered. I am located in Starksboro, vt. His name is Cheyenne. I do ride in the winter when I get the chance. I usually trail ride or ride in my arena. Let me know if you would like to come see him. His price is firm. Please call me with any other questions

And a couple of more pictures that she sent me. So what concerns be is she said suitable for intermediate does that mean he needs an intermediate or does that mean he is good for one because he has go when you want it. What does a particular rider mean? Does she mean a home that is good or a rider that is really good? Other than that I think he is awesome. Mason for sure has the money to buy him and care for him. He makes way more than I do and I think riding is something that would bring us together even more.
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    03-07-2011, 08:23 PM
Pass him by. Intermediate means just that, she's not saying it but to me that says he is either very forward (since she contradicts herself when she says he will go anywhere in a trail ride) for the fact he led the trail ride. Trust me a horse that makes you battle to keep them in a trail line makes for a very tiring ride. The reason she is only getting offers for $500 is the fact he is not registered and he needs an intermediate rider, in the area we live that is about the value of a non registered horse unless they have some fantastic training. The "3" rating is probably leaning a bit low, I would see if you could contact the previous owner who didn't want to ride him. That lady sounds like a beginner who got rid of him since he was too much to handle.

The other factor is I don't see anywhere his age is listed and I love to see what bloodlines a horse has as in walkers some are bred to be forward and some are bred to be good trail mounts. For a beginner I think the more you can find out about their pedigree the more you can tell what temperament you may be dealing with.

Horse prices really haven't gone up much at least in our area so I would just take my time and keep looking since I feel for 1300 you should be able to find a nice calm trustworthy trail horse that will give a beginner the confidence they need to enjoy the hobby rather than having an animal that will scare them off. If you don't have fun you soon learn to hate it.

Good luck in your search.
    03-07-2011, 11:20 PM
Yeah, I always try before I buy anyways. If I were to go look at something I would first try it, see if its ok, then put my boyfriend on the horse to see how he does with it. Sometimes people put intermediate there for a silly reason though. Like Gizmo she had as that because he doesn't neck reign super well at the time and needs a direct reign and he also doesn't like to stand while mounting, at least when I got him. I have been working on that lots. To me those aren't really intermediate things. Intermediate is a horse that is forward and doesn't like to be told what to do and has a lot of get up and go and little ho. But I have been riding since I was eight and I am 20 now so its been a long time since I was a true beginner like he is. All it says is the horse is middle aged. He was owned by an old lady that didn't want him anymore. She is a trainer person that takes in unwanted horses and then sells the to schooling barns and other suitable homes.
    03-08-2011, 12:19 AM
Sounds like he's a hot boy and they're trying to downplay it.

What's his gait like? Ridden improperly, a gaited horse can be the WORST ride of your LIFE.
    03-08-2011, 06:59 AM
Regardless a horse for a beginner should have a temperament of 1. You need the horse to be very forgiving of all the mistakes and miscues that may be given. Everyone's perception of intermediate is different. To me an intermediate rider should be able to handle a horse that is a up to a 5. Advanced is 5 and beyond.

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