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post #11 of 16 Old 02-21-2011, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Endiku View Post
I personally don't think either of those two mares are worth their asking prices. The chestnut- as everyone else has said- seems unfinished, antsy at the halt, and she's not doing a true four beat walk. Her rider is obviously being jostled a bit in the first video.

The black mare has a few faults too. First, I do not like her connection to the bit at all. She definately seems to be the type to move her head a lot as she is ridden, and she seems to both ignore some of the man's cues (you can see that he has to encourage her quite often to keep her pace) and be a bit nervouse/spooky. She spooked a little bit atleast once in the video.

If you're wanting a horse that doesnt spook, and you're giving up and selling the one you have had, I would say don't give the black mare a second thought UNLESS you're willing to help her along, and possibly finish her training as she still seems to elude the bit and leg cues more than she should. The chestnut depends. I definately would NOT pay 4,500. I also live in Texas, and I wouldnt pay much more than $2000 for her. She's a nice little mare, but she still needs a lot of work.

it also depends on if you're wanting a TWH specifically for their gait on if you should go ahead and purchase one of the two. They arent BAD horses, just not the definition of 'nice.' Have you seen them go through their other gaits also? Surely you wont ALWAYS want to go at that exact pace, wherever you go =] your decision should depend a lot on the choppiness and the figure of their other paces.

Good luck, and I'd personally say keep looking. You can find horses just as good as those two for less, or a better one for about the same price.
Were in Texas are you..Do you know of any for sale that you like?I rode both these mares and was not impressed either but i am going back out to were the black mare was and riding their gelding...He is priced at $3000 and NO i will not pay asking price for a horse so thats not the issue .Here is the gelding i am going to look at.

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post #12 of 16 Old 02-21-2011, 07:59 PM
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I don't know much about horses to comment on any one particular breed. But $4500 bucks is a lot of money. After looking around at horses for sale, there are many for a lot less.
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post #13 of 16 Old 02-21-2011, 10:58 PM
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I like the gelding's way of going a lot better. BUT he's only had 2 weeks of training and he's 5 years old already. Wonder why they waited so long? At only 2 weeks of training, they are not correct that he's ready to go on down the road. He hasn't been set in his gaits (although he's showing potential for a lovely running walk in his future) and there's no way with only 2 weeks training that he's mentally mature and exposed to things that you would expect. If you are trying to get a horse that's not spooky, this is not the one for you. Maybe in 3-5 years -- he seems more confident than the other 2 -- but it'll take a long time in the saddle. He is definitely not yet worth 3000 with only 2 weeks riding.
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post #14 of 16 Old 02-22-2011, 10:29 AM
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I agree about the gelding, he's very nice but if the reason you're buying a new horse is because you want one that is more...finished- he's not the kind of horse you want to buy.

I live in Katy, quite a ways from where you live. We don't really have many gaited horses around here- mostly quarter mixes and thoroughbreds- and it looks like you're mostly interested in TWHs. So I'm not sure I can help you. If you're willing to buy or atleast try another breed though, I'd be happy to help you look for one in your area, or as far as over here if you're willing to do the distance ^_^

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post #15 of 16 Old 02-22-2011, 04:33 PM
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I am not sure about the gelding either. Pusher lines can be hot and if you have the wrong person training them they can be VERY forward on the trail, so if you are looking for a solid trail horse and are really interested in him offer $1500 or less and obtain a good reputable trainer to finish him out your way. I understand your problem, the fact that to find a horse in another state can be very time consuming and I do have a friend who purchased a Rocky for a very good price and even with the training and transportation was still under $3k. Have you considered a Rocky or Kentucky mountain or are you dead set on a TWH.

I guess it all depends on what you want in a trail rider, do you want a horse with get up and go on the trail or one that will just mosey along and only kick it up when you ask. If you want one that is very forward, the gelding you showed last will fit the bill, but if you are looking for a good solid trail rider I think you need to look less at the horse and more at the stable and trainer the horse has had.

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post #16 of 16 Old 02-22-2011, 05:05 PM
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Pass. He's pacing in the first video and trotting in the second.
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