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post #1 of 27 Old 12-24-2010, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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Spotted Saddle Horse info plz.

I am thinking about getting the mare listed here: Spotted Saddle Horse For Sale, Pennsylvania, Shippensburg

But, I've never owned/ridden a gaited horse before... so I have no clue if she's worth what they're asking or not? I'd also like to know if there's any special cues you have to know to get them to gait or is it natural or what? Sorry for the stupid questions but like I said, I've never ridden one before.

Please check out the ad and the ladies website to see who the mare is bred to... I would like to know if you think she's worth it or not! ;)

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post #2 of 27 Old 12-25-2010, 12:11 AM
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id say that she is worth it because of her color. you dont see many like that. $1000 is not a bad price at all. especially if you get to keep the 2011 foal. she is also trained to ride and drive. i dont know much about the special cues. but im assuming there is not any. i have rode many walkers and i have not had to use any special cues. but most walkers have the natural gait and not the ability to trot. like most horses. it is the smoothest gait you will ride. once you ride a gaited horse you wont forget it.

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Thanks for that! I was leaning towards getting her simply because of her color as I've always loved buckskin horses with pinto markings... although she's not registered the owner said she could be and so could her foal.. the sire of the foal is triple registered so I guess that means so can the foal? I dunno. They also stated that she's approximately 15 years old.. the thing I like best is that they're both vets who own her and they'll hold her for us too

I just wanted to make sure I wasn't being "taken"... although I was kinda doubting that as, like you said, she's trained to ride and drive and she's in foal... so I guess we're getting another horse! LOL

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Before you consider getting a gaited horse, I would go ride someone else's. The gait very different. It's a love or or hate it thing, and you can't gauge whether you love it or hate it until you ride one.

I wouldn't pay that much for her, but that may be me. That foal could be either a saving grace or a complete turnoff, depending on the stallion. If the stallion is just a pretty color, that foal will end up costing you more than you would make/he would be worth.

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post #5 of 27 Old 12-25-2010, 12:26 AM
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If she is well gaited, that is a really great price on a bred-back mare.

I am pretty sure that the foal would atleast be registerable through the half-TWH registry. Also if she is well gaited she could possibly still be registered as a Spotted Saddle Horse. I think it is still an open registry.

Shes put together quite nicely and if she does ride and drive well, she would certainly be worth the 1K

Good Luck! She looks adorable!
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post #6 of 27 Old 12-25-2010, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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Brighteyes, I'd like to know what is it about this mare that you don't like? I'm asking as a beginner for SSH's... although she looks pretty good to me. What are you seeing that I'm not?

corino- I'll have to let you know if she's got a nice gait on her as I haven't seen her in person yet.... but she's not far from us so I'll be taking her for a "spin" before I buy her. I got a few more questions for the owner as well.

Anything y'all think I should ask the owner about her?

FYI: I highly doubt we'd be selling the baby that she's supposed to be having as I have a hard time parting with any horse The only thing that would make us even consider selling is if we didn't have the funds to properly care for him/her.

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post #7 of 27 Old 12-25-2010, 01:54 AM
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I'm not too sure. I think I don't favor her for purely aesthetic reasons. Breaking her down, there isn't anything majorly wrong with her conformationally or otherwise. I guess it's just a brain tick that makes her strike me wrong.

Ask her owners anything and everything. Make sure to get a complete history. Know who owned and trained her, and her experiences with each of her owners. Know her medical history; ask for everything: bouts of colic, hoof problems (laminitis, corrective shoeing) ,leg problems (bowed tendons and such)... Anything.

Also, regarding special cues: people train their gaited horses in different ways. Some work almost exclusively off of seat with little leg; lean back and they speed up. My SSH is trained to take cues like a "normal horse". I lean back, she slows down; I click to gait (out of habit, I also say, "trot") and kiss to canter. Since the system isn't very standardized, it may take you a while to learn to push all the right buttons.

I understand wanting to keep the baby. I'd love to raise my own foal one day!
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post #8 of 27 Old 12-25-2010, 07:16 AM
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Just make sure your up for the challenges! I don't know much about gaited horses but don't you have to kind of show them how to refine or use their gaits correctly? And make sure you are able to handle mom and baby and all that comes with having babies.

A lot of work and dedication need to go into that. You'll need the room and know how. Raising a foal sounds like soooo much fun but it can be overwhelming. I don't want to sound discouraging but just want you to see a bigger picture.

If you do decide to get her, I wish you nothing but the best. Just be happy and ride on! Let me know what a newbie to gaited feels like. Good luck!
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The only thing I don't like about her is that she lives amongst Paints - Paints trot and who's to say the stallion this beautiful mare is bred back to really is a TWH? "Things happen".

She is the stout-built Old Timey looking SSH which is what I think an SSH should look like. They were tough little things (generally not more than 14H) and could carry a lot of weight thru muck and mire. Strong and hardy like the old time Morgans were.

Without this mare having papers, I'm not sure the foal could be registered, even if the sire is.

I THOUGHT SSHEBEA closed the books on grade parents but I could be wrong. If that is important to you, you need to check with them first --- assuming the sire really is the TWH they claim and you will have no way of knowing that until the foal hits the ground --- gaiting or trotting
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post #10 of 27 Old 12-25-2010, 09:26 AM
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The price is fair for mare. Does it include the foal? In some disciplines the sale of the mare does not include the foal. I know this sounds weird (it certainly did to me when I firse experienced it) so ask the question.

My major concern is the training and age. The age is not stated. Do you know how to age a horse from teeth? If not Google it and you'll find a number of good explanations.

Then there's the training issue. The ad says mare was "used to ride and drive prior to our aquiring her." This can be read in multiple ways. I'd ask a lot of questions and then require that the seller ride the horse and demonstrate all three gaits.

In truth you're not going to get a lot of trining in a $1000 horse, but this is also the kind of horse that can put your health insurance to the test. Be careful, ask questions, and require demonstrations.

Good luck if you decide to go forward.

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