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post #11 of 17 Old 03-06-2011, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Chiilaa View Post
There is nothing wrong with wanting a particular colour. The down side is finding your ideal horse in that colour. If you are willing to wait for it, and not settle for a crazy horse that is a good colour, then sure, go for it.
This is how I feel about it. If you want a flashy overo, then look for one, but don't compromise on conformation, temperament, or training just to get the color you want.
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post #12 of 17 Old 03-06-2011, 08:11 PM
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I can't say that I wouldnt. But to be honest I have never really gone horse shopping... Ever.
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post #13 of 17 Old 03-06-2011, 08:18 PM
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Unless I'm looking to show (in breed shows) or breed, color really means nothing to me. However, if I were presented with two almost-identicle horses and one was a flashy color, I would pick the colored one.

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post #14 of 17 Old 03-10-2011, 12:24 AM
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If there is anything Ive learned over my 19 years of horse experience it is the color does not make the horse. I can see for show purposes how certain colors/patterns are more eye catching...but it doesnt necessarily make a good horse. Not to say there isnt just as many amazing horses with beautiful color. I just personally wouldnt purchase a horse based solely on color.

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post #15 of 17 Old 03-10-2011, 01:32 AM
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It honestly varies from person to person. Color was and never has been a factor for me one way or another and it should NEVER be your only consideration BUT if its really important to you then just add it to the list of critera for your perfect horse and be aware that you may have a long wait to find what you are looking for.

a friend of mine was bound and determined to find a "colored horse" such as a paint or rabicano or roan or something of that nature and she wouldn't consider a purely solid horse BUT when she did go looking at her "colored" horses she always tried to match training level and temperment to her current skill level. it took her 2 years to find a horse that was the "right" color for her AND was a good match for her experience level and what not.

when purchasing a horse for yourself only YOU can really set the crieteria for the type of horse you want. if there is a certain color or breed that you specifically want of course include it in you list of must haves but dont make it the main focus of your horse search checklist
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post #16 of 17 Old 03-10-2011, 08:24 AM
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I agree with luvs.

Color is on my list of what I would like, but I would not exclude a horse that was lacking in said color.
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post #17 of 17 Old 03-10-2011, 11:49 AM
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Not as a sole criteria.

If you are "set" on a certain color or pattern.. that's fine, but don't compromise the rest of the package for a pretty color. For me conformation and temperment always come first - regardless of the purpose the horse is going to have to me. (Training is less of a consideration for me... I enjoy training my own... but for most people it would be up there on the list ahead of color)

I waited 7 years to find my cremello Saddlebred colt. He's a stud prospect - provided he continues to grow into a quality horse all around. His coloring was the icing on the cake, and I was specifically looking for a double dilute to fit into my future breeding program. I would love to be able to breed quality, athletic, horses with that added bonus of a golden color. There isn't really anything about this colt I don't like - and that was my PRIMARY concern, so far his conformation is great, his temperment is great, he's easily trained - as time goes on he'll have to continue to prove himself before he's ever bred, but, I will admit that his color played a role in my decision to purchase him.

I have a cream champagne tobiano mare which is a similar story. She has great conformation, an absolutely wonderful temperment, she's smart, been a successful broodmare (in her previous home), and is doing well in training. When she's "finished" she'll be a broodmare for me... but I wouldn't have bought her without the temperment she has, or if her conformation wasn't up to par.
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