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    06-29-2011, 11:04 PM
Horse Shopping!

Ok like the thread states im horse shopping, not going for a particular breed, going more for the feel I get from the horse. Im going to look at a quarter horse on sunday, he's 14.3 HH, a stud, 5 yrs old, trained western & english, has done some jumping and dressage don't know what lvl or anything yet. He is bombproof but apparently with just enough piss and vinegar to keep an intermediate/advanced rider busy/intrigued, an easykeeper too, is on grass/hay only never colicked and is a muscular QH. Bay chromy he's papered, don't know his reg. Name yet but I'll get it from the owner.

Reason for this thread is that I want info from all you QH experts on what to look for in a QH. I'll post pics on sunday after I go see him.*istotallyfreakingexcited*
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    06-29-2011, 11:17 PM
Just remember, even if a horse sounds perfect, doesn't make it perfect. Look for those red flags. It's better to be over critical than not, therefore avoiding the crazy horse you wish you'd never bought :P
    06-29-2011, 11:19 PM
^ lol very true, that's why im asking for breed specific advice from some pro's, I know nothing about the breed standard for QH's. And no way will I get googoostupidgushy, he's going for 5k, so it's not chump change but he's not crazy expensive either. He needs to be melt in your mouth perfect for me to buy him.

I have a slight problem with being meticulous and a perfectionist lol, any animal I have owned has come from good quality stock with good bloodlines and great bone structure/confo.

So please people, gimme ammo, pics will be uploaded by sunday night the latest (y'all can then tear the poor thing to pieces lol)=)
    07-04-2011, 07:46 AM
Ok now for the update, didn't update yesterday since
1. I just started dressage lessons at a new barn.
2. The horse was really nothing special.
Personally boy bits should come off, nothing screamed "breed meh cause im hawt" when I looked at him. The only things he had going for him was his color (gorgeous chromy bay) and his temperment. Well hopefully the next horse I check out I have better luck with lol.
    07-06-2011, 08:53 PM
First of all.. Is this your first horse? If it is, I would not recommend getting a stallion. I would get a mare or gelding whose age is above 8. Good conformation and disposition is always a plus. If the horse has bad disposition, walk away. If it seems wild, walk away. I made the mistake of seeing a bad disposition horse and walked forward and bought her. Worst horse I've ever owned... Conformation always plays an important role in buying horses. Bad conformation, not a good thing. Quarter horses normally are laid back, good natured horses. What discipline are you wanting to do?
    07-06-2011, 09:25 PM
^yes it is my first horse, but i've been riding for 30+ yrs english.

Disciplines I want to do with said horse I want to purchase is dressage he must be 15-16 HH. (Yes it must be a male, either gelding or a stud)

I'm looking for a horse between the ages of 5-8 yrs old. Studs don't bother me as long as thier temperment isn't psychotic lol. For me its conformation > temperment > color. I will never buy a horse because he is OMGSOOPURTY

When I make an appointment to go see a horse I never give a time, I always say I will be there so and so day. Even though I have never owned my own horse I do know a few tricks:P

When I decide to purchase my horse I will bring my dressage trainer along, and yes he is very experienced.

The stud I went to see was a fluke go see I normally don't get all silly when I go see a possible purchase, but I have been looking for 4 months so far and have found nothing, his owner raved about him so I got my hopes up, I also thought she made an error when she told me his height, I was wrong she was right (bad me ). Next time i'll trust my gut before wasting my time.

But I do appreciate your input, thanks for the QH info, I have never ridden one and know nothing about the breed first hand, only what I have read. Any input at all is really appreciated
    07-06-2011, 09:34 PM
Okay. Whole different ball game then. Wow. Long time of riding. For me only 2 months of "riding lessons". Just been learning as I go. Has worked quite well. Anyway... You want a taller horse... I have kind of short horses. Except my gelding. He's 15.1. If you want a dressage Quarter Horse, look for a longer neck. I would not recommend getting a 'stocky' QH for dressage. Look for one with not so much muscle. The horse will be able to bend easier, from what I've seen. Quarter Horses are a dream to ride... If you get the right one. My 3 QH learn easily and adapt well to different training techniques. I've even tried English on one and she did pretty good. If you look at my horses, notice how Sadie doesn't have a 'built up' neck. She would make a pretty good dressage horse. Jewels might.. Still not sure on her breed. If you want a black in the winter, dark bay in the summer, Arabian crossed with something 10 yr. Mare that rears I gotcha covered! Lol
    07-06-2011, 10:02 PM
Keep at those lessons, I have never stopped taking lessons, and I doubt I ever will lol, there is always something new to learn^^ And yes bending is very important in dressage, so you are right I need something less bulky lol.

I'm not "fixating" on a particular breed, but I get the feeling i'll probably end up with a warm blood lmao.

Love your horses, I see what you mean about Sadie she's longer throughout her body, Rolex is quite the looker too! Aaah you have some purty ponies there hun

Horse prices here are still up there, I'm thinking of maybe importing from the U.S.A your prices are waaay low (im in Canada). Meh if I can't find anything up here ( I give it 1 yr) then i'll try the U.S.A lol.

I have nothing against mares, we just don't see stink eye to stink eye , I will love on them and pet them but I will never ride one again lmao. The few mares I rode were more stubborn then a mule, and only performed in the ring, they were hell while in training. So gimme a gelding or a stud and i'm a happy happy girl

Good luck with Jewels and her training, i'll cross my fingers for ya that her arabian side wins out when your showing her the ropes (arabians are sooo smart lol and willing!) And if you come across a omgdroolworthy dressage type horse let me know
    07-06-2011, 10:16 PM
I got a horse for you. He is a QH great blood lines jumps started eventing and dressage. Also dose western 6 yr old. If I had room I would buy him. He is my sister in laws horse. She is desprate to move him. He is worth way more than he is priced and is an awsome mover. His younger brother won the IBHA HUS 2yr World last yr.
    07-06-2011, 10:21 PM
I would suggest Tennesee walker, they're trots are great for beginners. Also, arabians rarely have serious problems. And yes, gelding is HIGHLY suggested for first time owners. Mares have bad temperments and Stallions, just no.

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