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post #11 of 25 Old 02-13-2012, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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The owner of the Saddlebred contacted me today. He had a couple come look at him. The wife had been bucked off her horse and they are looking for something mellow and trusty. The husband rode him around and they really liked him. They're going to think it over for a few days and get back to the owner. I might go look at him tomorrow, but I was going to offer less since he looks in rough shape and now I have competition.

I would prefer a more sensitive horse to a dominate one. That was the problem with the mare I was riding. She would test me with EVERYTHING and get so bossy and mad when you made her do something.

Like everyone said, I'll just take a look and see what he's like. Im in no rush and the worst that can happen is he isnt the one for me. I'll update after I see him.
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He looks cute and seems like a solid trail horse. I would certainly go look at him. Let us know how things go.
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when a horse is malnoureshed like that one he is going to be much calmer than he may normally be when he is fed properly.
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The owner of the Saddlebred contacted me today. He had a couple come look at him. The wife had been bucked off her horse and they are looking for something mellow and trusty. The husband rode him around and they really liked him. They're going to think it over for a few days and get back to the owner. I might go look at him tomorrow, but I was going to offer less since he looks in rough shape and now I have competition.

I would prefer a more sensitive horse to a dominate one. That was the problem with the mare I was riding. She would test me with EVERYTHING and get so bossy and mad when you made her do something.

Like everyone said, I'll just take a look and see what he's like. Im in no rush and the worst that can happen is he isnt the one for me. I'll update after I see him.
a dominant horse is a confident horse and they don't get upset and scared as easily. If you are not confident any horse will test you.
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If it doesn't work out, check Saddlebred Rescue.
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I went and checked him out today. He was pretty awesome! Mellow as can be, very polite, and a little on the lazy side, the way I like them. He rode in a hackamore and had a wonderful stop and moved out without hesitating. He was completely different looking then I thought he would look, and not very skinny at all. His feet need to be done pretty bad, and he was all bit up from the other horses bullying him, but other then that very sound. He was also much, much taller then I thought he would be, about 16-17 hands. He's also gaited and goes right from a walk to a slow loping gait. I don't know much about gaited horses so I couldn't tell you what the gait was, but it was smooth as glass and his canter was to die for. He rode out alone, and I even took him into the woods and he was completely level headed and calm.

I got him for a steal. The own breeds Percherons and doesn't want saddle horses, he only got them for his daughters who don't like to ride. He also had another horse, a 6 year old green broke Morgan he wanted to get rid of, and said he'd sell them both to us for $600. We said no thanks and he said how about $500 I need them gone, I'm running low on hay this winter, and I'll even breed her to my registered Percheron stud if you take her. We called a friend who likes drafts and she said she would take the mare if he threw in a breeding to her registered Percheron mare as well and he agreed.

So in all, we got my well broke gelding, the Morgan mare, and 2 breedings to a beautiful registered Percheron stud for $500. I think we got a good deal ;)

Now does anyone know what he is?? He doesnt look anything like a Saddlebred to me, more like a Walker maybe? I'll post good pics when we pick him up on Sunday.




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You lucky dog! I'm jealous! Everything is so expensive here. The horses, the hay. The gelding alone for $500 that would be a steal. Congratulations!!!!
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Thank you! I feel like walking up to random people to tell them I bought a horse today! Lol can I even say bought... I practically stold him!

On a scale of 1-10, 10 being an experienced horse person, I'd say the owner of the gelding was a 2. He didn't even know what a gaited horse was, or what the difference between reck reining and plow reining was. He just wanted to get rid of them and stick with his drafts.

I'm glad I found him and I felt very safe on him. The only problem is he's sooo big none of my other horse stuff will fit him!
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I am thrilled for you. I'd get his feet done, teeth checked by a vet and get him wormed. You should also have his sheath cleaned.

I tend to think he might not have had the best of care lately. Put him on some really good feed. He doesn't really need grain, unless later, you work him really hard later. Good hay and plenty of it, will put some weight on him at the moment. And remember, to start him slowly on whatever feed you decide upon. Start with what he has been used to and gradually bring in the other.

You might at some later date, have someone video you at his various gaits. Someone here will be able to tell you what he is doing. Saddlebreds don't 'lope' as such. That's more a western term. You can see the gaits of Saddlebreds here..

Video Clips of the American Saddlebred Horse

Now - do we all get to help choose a name for him?? If he has a name you don't much like, then you can always choose a new one for him. My old Saddlebred thought his name was "Where's my beautiful horse?"!!!

Did the seller tell you anything about where he purchased him. If you can go back far enough through owners, you might find out more about him and his background. To me anyway, he doesn't have the typical Saddlebred head, but that's just me.

I'm very jealous. Looks like you have a nice horse for the price.

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I am thrilled for you. I'd get his feet done, teeth checked by a vet and get him wormed. You should also have his sheath cleaned.

I tend to think he might not have had the best of care lately. Put him on some really good feed. He doesn't really need grain, unless later, you work him really hard later. Good hay and plenty of it, will put some weight on him at the moment. And remember, to start him slowly on whatever feed you decide upon. Start with what he has been used to and gradually bring in the other.

You might at some later date, have someone video you at his various gaits. Someone here will be able to tell you what he is doing. Saddlebreds don't 'lope' as such. That's more a western term. You can see the gaits of Saddlebreds here..

Video Clips of the American Saddlebred Horse

Now - do we all get to help choose a name for him?? If he has a name you don't much like, then you can always choose a new one for him. My old Saddlebred thought his name was "Where's my beautiful horse?"!!!

Did the seller tell you anything about where he purchased him. If you can go back far enough through owners, you might find out more about him and his background. To me anyway, he doesn't have the typical Saddlebred head, but that's just me.

I'm very jealous. Looks like you have a nice horse for the price.

Lizzie




We had to do some repairs on the fence, but we're putting him in the old small pasture that's not used (its maybe about 1/2 acre). The shelters still solid and its well away from the other horses. We want to keep him seperate till we get him checked and know he doesn't have anything the other horses could catch.

We already made a vet appointment to get an exam, his coggins, and his teeth floated. As it happens the other horses are due for a trim next week so he'll get done then.

I picked up some senior feed from the country store, dewormer, mineral block, and of course treats. Were going to supplement his diet with a good feed for a little while until he's 100% and ready to join the rest of the herd. One of the other geldings is pretty dominant so we need to introduce them very slowly.

The seller said he would give me the previous owners number, so we'll see what I can learn from them.

As for a name we all decided on Eros, after the god of love, since we bought him on Valentines Day :)
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