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Found a Few Horses I Like For Sale...What Do You Think?

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        12-27-2012, 02:54 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    To be honest I don't really like any of these horses. I guess if I had to choose one it would be the grey. But I would never pay $4k for him. The STB sometimes hangs his right leg over the jump even though they are tiny and looks very taxing for him just to get over them.


    I think you can find a way more athletic and better schooled horse for less the price if you keep looking.
         
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        12-27-2012, 04:01 PM
      #12
    Trained
    I like the first one and the last one the most. They look like they would be good horses. :)
         
        12-27-2012, 05:21 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    My price range is basically under $3500...is that reasonable for what I'm looking for? CanterKlutz, I'm interested to know what you don't like about the grey.
         
        12-27-2012, 07:40 PM
      #14
    Trained
    Im interested too, I didnt see any major flaws in the grey, and im betting they would take an offer.
         
        12-27-2012, 11:06 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    The grey does a bit of head wagging in response to the rider's hands. His trot is unrhythmical and makes me suspect he may be sore in his back or hind end. Then again it is mostlikely due to the way he is being ridden. I would definitely have an exam done though.
         
        12-27-2012, 11:10 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Those are all things that are probably caused by the rider. Unlike that 3rd horses bad canter, which can probably only be slightly improved upon.
         
        12-27-2012, 11:29 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Yeah, I actually noticed the headwagging too. But it made me think of Rusty when he was first in training. He'd cock his head to one side when we trotted but hadn't done that in forever once I learned to get out of his face.

    I've been looking some more but nothing else really good has come up. Iowa doesn't have that many jumping horses, and usually they're super expensive around here it seems like. You either find prospects or horses with exorbitant show records. I just want one that's generally safe. I can work with a horse some, but there's no way I have enough time or skill to train a horse fully.

    Also, the way the weather has been concerns me. Kinda hard to do a test ride outside if it's as cold as it's been...or maybe I'm being a wuss. Lol.
         
        12-29-2012, 05:36 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I thought the grey was nice, very smooth got lead changes, looks like he likes to jump and could excel in a lot of things but, I don't think he's worth $4,000. The STB was cute but he looked as if he had to make a LOT of effort to get over the jump, Hunter judges look for a horse that looks as if he is happy to jump and rider doesn't have to urge him on, a horse that is willing. I think that's what the grey one looks like and the grey seems like he could do Jumper as well so I would go with the grey one! :)
         
        12-29-2012, 05:56 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Id say the stb! Theyre a great breed! Although maybe a little nutty out on trails, you could always do some excersies to help that problem:) but the stb looks to be the best for your experience. That's the one id choose and im the same level rider as you.
         
        12-29-2012, 07:22 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    Yeah, I'm thinking the grey isn't worth $4000 either. But I do like him best.

    I was wondering, was the Standie bad over the jumps because he jumps bad or because his rider did not ask for enough impulsion?

    The Connemara/Thoroughbred cross is out for me. The windswept leg, what you guys said on her training, and frankly, I've got two geldings (the limpy and the oldie!). I think it would be best to get another gelding.

    I emailed on a few others too. I'll put up pics and vids once I hear back.

    OTHERWISE...I do have another option. I should add that I'm in community college right now and am going to university in the fall (moving out). I would like to have a horse to event with down at the college because there's an eventing coach nearby. I'd have to board, and I'm trying to get enough money to do so for the two years (instead of taking it out of my savings). My parents are paying for my college fortunately, so I don't have to worry about that. I think it would be good to have an outlet. But my parents worry that I might not have enough time for the horse. Input?

    Anyway, I have a neighbor who owns horses who also happens to be one of my managers at work. She has horses, but she's into barrel racing and western pleasure. It just so happens that she has this horse who she tried to train for western pleasure but is just too "English." He's an Appaloosa who was trained to jump before she bought him. Apparently he's got a bit of an attitude, but she said she's willing to let me borrow him for showing so he's just not sitting around. She'd never sell him; he's her baby! He sounds a lot like my Rusty. She said I could come try him and see if he works out.

    My riding coach has lesson horses, but most of them are already booked for the shows this summer. The ones that aren't include the lazy, fat QH, the hyper, mischievous Saddlebred, the lazy-beginner-tye/untrained right now to jump QH, the bossy and big jumper pony Mustang, the crazy OTTB, and the bucking bratty QH that is an amazing hunter when she's not throwing fits. ...I am not seeing any of these working out really. Besides, I'd like to have a bond with my horse, like Rusty and I did. It made everything more special. A once a week lesson just isn't as wonderful when the horse has different riders and when you don't know the horse muzzle to tail like you do when you own it.

    So...I'm at a crossroads here. That's why I'm tentatively looking. But I know if I want to buy I should do so no later than early spring so I'll have a great feel/bond with the horse before the summer shows.
         

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