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post #21 of 35 Old 01-25-2012, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Got him!

OK, I made an offer and she accepted $1000 for him :) This is pending a vet check on Friday, where I'm going to have the opportunity to verify with the vet (whose wife is an endurance rider) that he's fit and built for endurance.

On the bridle thing, it turns out the breeder thought he'd had his wolf teeth pulled when he was gelded, but it had in fact been overlooked (probably because he was a cryptorchid so he had to undergo surgery). He's also got a few sharp points, so the vet is going to do his teeth and pull the wolf teeth Friday (at the breeder's cost). Overall, I feel like I'm getting a good deal here considering what I'm paying for him barely covers the cost of his gelding and having his teeth done this week!

On the second ride, I did indeed stay in the saddle a bit more, so I'm sure it will come with time - and a horse that's a little more relaxed in a "home environment" and "his person" rather than a stranger riding him in a round pen that was muddy and had a scary new tarp mound on the other side. Plus, I'm sure some of my apprehension over riding a horse I didn't know in less than ideal conditions where I didn't know the environment or the horse well enough to know what to expect. He did spook a few times (and who could blame him, their flock of geese chased me away yesterday!), but it was good to know what he felt like and did because it was not a big deal when he spooked and it didn't throw me off (literally or figuratively) at all.

I'm excited to bring Snickers home (how cute of a name is that?!). I'm not sure when that will be, though, because they're going to fix his bridle issue before I take him. From my understanding, they're going to wait until after the vet fixes his teeth before they try again. I'll post more pictures soon :)
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post #22 of 35 Old 01-25-2012, 12:06 AM
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Yay!! glad things are working out! :] He sounds like an amazing catch and you are definitely getting a good deal and from what seems like lovely people! :]

just a small town girl with a big town dream :]
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post #23 of 35 Old 01-25-2012, 12:21 AM
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That is so awesome! Sounds like as good a deal as any to me

Hope he passes the vet check, and gets more giving to being bridled ;)
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post #24 of 35 Old 01-25-2012, 01:07 AM
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Sounds like you have a good, conscientious breeder/owner who is most interested in the welfare of the horse. Good JOB! I'll be looking forward to hearing how he does on the PPE and after they work on the bridling issue.

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post #25 of 35 Old 01-25-2012, 08:59 AM
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I'm excited to bring Snickers home (how cute of a name is that?!).
That is funny his name is Snickers! It is an adorable name and my dog's moms' name was Snickers. (Chocolate Lab) So my dog's name is Benjamin Aiden (dad's name) Snickers O'Malley...lol
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post #26 of 35 Old 01-25-2012, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Pictures as promised!

Here are some from the first day I went out and saw Snickers. I'll post a video as soon as I can figure out how...
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post #27 of 35 Old 01-27-2012, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Good news!!

The vet brought his wife, an endurance rider, and she said Snickers was exactly what they would look for in an endurance horse and that she would have seriously considered him for herself if she was looking for a horse.

Turns out he didn't have his wolf teeth, just really bad hooks on his teeth that the vet fixed. However, after checking those, his ears, and other things, he said he thinks that the bridling issue is behavioral, then was made worse by the teeth (which makes sense since we were able to at least get the bit in at first), and now we're going to have to overcome it. They're working with him quite a bit and will fix it before I take him, though I'm going to go ahead and send the check. I guess her trainer has been lunging him a lot and then, when he's good and worked, putting the bridle on and taking it off over and over.

It wasn't an "official" PPE, but I trust the lady and have heard really positive things about the breeder and her horses from other breeders and people in our local Arabian world I've talked to. I did a little clicker training with him (I started a couple of months with my colt and it's been fantastic!) and plan on visiting and working with him myself while he's there too, so then we'll get a good feel for each other before I take him home. They've also taken his blanket off so he can fuzz up before then.

Finally, I brought out my English saddle, which is a little more padded than my Western for both of us, to see if it fit him. It seemed to be a pretty good fit and even pressure all the way. Plus, I don't know how well my Western fits him considering I bought it for my QH and Snickers is built quite differently haha. The English is a bit more flexible and seemed to fit to both me and the (old) owner ;)
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post #28 of 35 Old 01-27-2012, 11:13 PM
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Congratulations on your new purchase. When do you get to bring him home?

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post #29 of 35 Old 01-28-2012, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Bringing him home depends on two things: the check getting there and clearing and the bridle issue.

I'm sending the owner a check directly from my bank (yay for online banking!). I'm thinking she'll deposit it and it'll clear before we fix the bridle issue, so I don't think that will hold bringing him home up. She mentioned holding the papers until the check cleared - I don't think it matters to her if I actually take HIM home before the check cleared.

As for the bridling issue, only time will tell how long it will take to get him over it. They're going to work with him daily, and actually multiple times a day from what they tell me, to get it fixed. They're actually closer to me than where I keep my horses, so I have no problem going over there to ride and work with him for now. I guess we'll see how quickly he gets over this little hurdle!
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post #30 of 35 Old 01-28-2012, 02:15 AM
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:O well good luck to you! Is he your first horse or not? I hope to see some more pictures... congrats!
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