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post #11 of 187 Old 09-07-2012, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, I'm also looking at a black mare, 6 yr. old, 15hh named Savannah on She is registered, has been used with beginners and looks really nice. She's also $500 less! What I want to know is how the heck to horse shop for what I want and still go to work each day?

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post #12 of 187 Old 09-07-2012, 01:06 PM
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She's pretty. My mare has some King lines way back, she can go all day.

Without video or even a picture showing her move its hard to say for sure, but her credentials show some god promise anyways. I prefer mares over geldings personally, but I own a champion gelding who you can take anywhere you just tell him to go -he is my hubby's horse and although goes like spit, is very quiet. I just like the dicussions me and my mare have, makes for a more challenging ride and I have found mares to show the most heart -although that could just be me.

I know what you mean about shop and work, earse history -erase history. :-p
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post #13 of 187 Old 09-07-2012, 05:36 PM
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Jet looks like a smooth ride, good looking too


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post #14 of 187 Old 09-07-2012, 06:10 PM
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you can find better priced horses. you may have to go look at several. find people around you that are into TWH's .. and not the ones trying to sell them but people plugged into a network. You should be able to find exactly what you want/need for about half of that price. with the drought hay/grain prices are going to go up. Ive watched horse prices for the last six months and I can tell you there is no need to impulse buy on one. There are plenty of them out there and they are more than reasonable. Alot of people will say you get what you pay for or the only ones that are cheaper but its not the case. I bought a 10 yr old with thousands of trail miles on him and a pedigree out of this world and I got him at a very very fair price.
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post #15 of 187 Old 09-07-2012, 06:10 PM
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What I want to know is how the heck to horse shop for what I want and still go to work each day?
That can get tough when the horses are so far away - lol lol I am three months younger than you and decided I'd had enough 9 - 5 in 2010. The last six years were part time but I'd still had enough and wanted to spend my time with The Boys.

While they are both gorgeous horses, the roan gelding sounds to good to be true and I would latch onto him in a skinny minute if he passes the PPE and his gait is comfortable to you. You've ridden enough gaited horses that, regardless of whether he racks or does a running walk, if it's comfortable for you - that's the most important thing

It would be great, as a conversation piece, if you get his papers; especially for that kind of money. All my TWH's are geldings and I have all their papers; I have the best time swapping bloodline stories, which makes the papers worth something - lollol

If you go see the Roan, I trust you're taking the trailer "just in case?"
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post #16 of 187 Old 09-07-2012, 07:50 PM
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I am not impressed. I love the way some folks hide a down hill horse by stretching the living daylights out of them. They can not even get her level without a huge stretch.

If your not familiar with down hill horses. They are usually not very balanced, tend to be very trip prone, and never make good athletes. Seldom do the stay in their gait, and are a real pain to keep retraining to stay in gait.

I would not drive across the street to try this rascal.


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post #17 of 187 Old 09-07-2012, 08:23 PM
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i dont think anyone is trying to hide anything. Some walker people just think they shoudl park out, they are demonstrating a traditional Walker trick they think people expect to see.
Looks like a nice guy, but overpriced in this market.
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post #18 of 187 Old 09-07-2012, 08:30 PM
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HON, ask for a video of the mare. I really like her.
I like the gelding, but he was pretty forward walking.
Not sure if it was her but I wasn't impressed, seemed a little antsy. Why on earth did she have her feet out of the stirrups?
Price, well right now REALLY good horses are still selling for a decent price.
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post #19 of 187 Old 09-07-2012, 09:02 PM
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well im not totally giving these folks a plug. but its a small world and I have heard nothing but good things about these folks. they even have a cabin you can spend a weekend in and ride the horses on trails to find the right one. i have been told that they ride these horses and know what they are when they sell them. they sell trail horses.

if i was in the market, not sure of what to get id at least go see what they had.

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post #20 of 187 Old 09-08-2012, 07:28 AM
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You're still getting lots of great advice but:

You're the person that's going to connect and be with this horse 24/7. Just make sure whomever you choose has a healthy conformation that won't cause it problems later in life.

My three Walkers are built different, have distinct personalities and travel different. Truthfully I doubt any of them would have been a choice for anyone that seriously critiques horses and are looking for absolute perfection.

The fella in my avatar was 16 when that was taken. He will be 25 next month and has been my heart horse for 22 years.

He was my first TWH and I was gait-stupid when I bought him ---- thank goodness because he's been a fantastic-no-fear-go-anywhere-back-down-the-male-llama-show-off-in-a-parade horse that I could ever ask for. I bath him without a halter and he walks beside me when I say "you're done, let's get in your stall". That has to be worth a dollar or two.

And he performs that dreaded stepping pace. He performs it every bit as smooth as my Generator fella that does a champagne-smooth running walk but, nonetheless, 99.9% of the population turn their nose up at his stepping pace and they refuse see his other qualities.

So to repeat myself, as long as the horse you choose does not have any physical issues, the gait is comfortable for you, and you feel like you trust and can build a relationship, then that's the horse for you.

That's not the "two cents" I would give to a novice 65 yr old rider but, you've got plenty of experience, so good luck.

As far as the $3,500 --- yeah that's an awful lot of moo-lah in this day and age of free and good horses with papers BUT, if you can swing it and this is the horse you want, you have earned the right in this life to spend too much money.

My life long friend and trail riding bud is a cancer survivor. She spent $5,500 on her KMSHA and another $3000+ on her custom-made Steele saddle for that horse.

She saved up her money until she had enough to go shopping for the horse and saddle she WANTED.

She's had the horse around four years (I've lost track and the saddle a year less. They go sloggin' thru the mud up in the mountains, have found themselves in the middle of motorcycle poker runs on the same mountain road.

The horse performs beautifully all the time for her. He's not what I would've picked. But who the Samhill am I to tell that woman, who has worked all her life and survived cancer, she's spending too much money on a horse that had issues early on and a saddle that she will never get her money back out of?

I didn't mean to write a book - but you get the point - do what's right for you and if you have that money ---- spend it on what makes you happy and brings you comfort Being crappy 65 years old has to have some perks for us - I sure don't know how I got here this fast---------------
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