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

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        12-30-2012, 02:32 AM
    The Stb was just, it seems as if he just lifts up the front and doesn't put the jump into it, I don't know exactly how to explain it, he just seems to have a slight hesitation before jumps. I don't know if anyone else agrees but that's what I think. :)
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        12-30-2012, 02:58 AM
    I haven't looked at the sale links, so I'm just going by the videos...
    I like the grey and the the standardbred. The mare seems like she would need more work. She is really heavy on the forehand, she has troubles with her transitions, she rides with her neck up... I think she'd be more of a project than the other two.
    The grey looked to be steady and calm, and he seems to know what he's doing. The standardbred looks like he has a bit less training/ not as sure, but he seems calm. He seemed honest over the jumps but he didn't jump as neatly as the grey. In fact to me he just doesn't seem to be as put together as the grey, probably because he has less training/experience.
    I think that it depends on how much work you want to put in- the grey would take the least, the mare would take the most, I'm willing to bet that she's missing some training... I feel like the mare would need a bit of re-training, while the standardbred already has solid training but not too much of it.
    I think these are all viable options, they all look to be calm enough, it's just a matter of how much you're willing to put into the new horse. Since you said you wanted a bit more of a challenge, I'm thinking that the standie might be more of a middle ground for you. Do you know if the mare is a good trail horse?
    Maybe narrow it down to two and go see them.
    These are my thoughts, I hope they're helpful. :)
        12-30-2012, 03:09 AM
    Originally Posted by Corazon Lock    
    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.
    I think the appy sounds like a good deal- I'm assuming you'd just be riding and taking care of him and you wouldn't be paying a lease or anything, so no basically no strings attached.
    Haha, I was in a really similar situation, actually- my heart horse injured his knee and became only sound for trails, and so I went looking for a new horse. I ended up with a 2 year old arabian colt and although he's a fantastic horse, I kind of wish I had waited and thought it all through more. Remember not to rush; the right horse will come to you. The appy sounds like a great plan B until you find another horse to own and really bond with; who knows, maybe he'll be it. Good luck!
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        12-30-2012, 12:51 PM
    Thanks. Yes, my manager says I could just borrow her horse if we "hit it off." I'm not sure if I would even really be caring for him, since she's my neighbor and has a better setup for horses than I do. We'll see in the spring. She's actually brought it up more than once, except she kept trying to sell him to me!

    I've decided that I need to get a second opinion on Rusty before I move forward with anything, just for a peace of mind. He's my heart horse, and it's not easy giving up on him.

    I also found a 5 year old OTTB that is super quiet and non-spooky, according to his owner. She rehomes ex-racehorses for a living - the terms are if I ever want to sell him, she gets first right of refusal, and if she can't buy him back, she gets to help advertise the horse in the resale process. He's jumping and sounds like a real gentleman. Maybe I will upload pics later.

    Any other thoughts guys? I love all the advice, so please, let me hear it!
        01-01-2013, 01:48 PM
    First, I'm so sorry about Rusty. I've enjoyed reading your posts about him, so I was so sad to hear about his injury. :(

    I'm a big fan of OTTBs, so I think it's worth checking out. They can be VERY athletic jumpers! However, I'd be curious about how much retraining he's had if he's only 5 (6 today?). Keep in mind that retraining an OTTB is definitely a different experience than your average horse. They're very willing and incredibly intelligent, but sometimes you have to think out of the box with them a bit. Does your trainer/instructor have any experience with OTTBs? If so, that would be incredibly helpful.

    Question: Would it be out of the realm of possibility to maybe travel a little ways to look at a horse? For instance, you will probably find a far broader selection of hunter/jumpers in the Chicagoland area. Not sure what part of Iowa you live in, but it might be an option to consider.
        01-01-2013, 01:54 PM
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    Originally Posted by MysterySparrow    
    I like the grey the best, but in the video his trot looks either restricted or like he is off in the hind end.

    Agree, he looks off or lame or possibly landing toe first.
        01-01-2013, 10:17 PM
    That made me cry, but in a good way. I didn't know anyone really followed my posts about Rusty. He is so super special (and yes, "special" in mutiple forms!) to me. I'm really trying to branch out in all directions. Tomorrow, I'm calling an equine expert in injuries for a second opinion type of thing.

    On Thursday, I am going to see the OTTB. Normally, I wouldn't consider one so young, but he just sounds like a really good match. His owner told me that he's a beginner-friendly type of horse. He trail rides, isn't spooky, and jumps xc jumps and regular ones. She said he doesn't have a mean bone in his body and that he loves being fussed over and groomed. No buck or rear. Of course, I know you can't trust everything you hear, but I do hope that's what he is. I figure looking at horses is good, too. I'm just waiting for a signal from God or something, but I know sitting around doing nothing isn't going to help matters. Besides, all this looking will help me learn more about the horse market and about looking at horses for sale.

    Otherwise, I suppose there's the Appy in my neighbor's (coworker's/manager's) backyard that I could borrow. But I just wonder about all the western training he's had. I guess he did jumping when he was young, like 3 or 4, but not since then. Plus, if something goes bad, I don't want to "mess up" the relationship my manager and I have, because it's a pretty darn good one (lol, I typed darm).

    So, hopefully my friend (who is a good horse person - I highly value her opinion) or my dad can get some pics and videos from the OTTB visit.

    Oh, and to answer your questions, my trainer has...4 OTTBs right now, and three of them are going lovely. Gypsy is a pighead, but oh well.

    I would be willing to look more outside the area. I live in North Central Iowa, so Illinois would be quite a drive. But, my dad is kind of my "road trip" buddy, so he might not mind so much.

    Any other thoughts?
        01-01-2013, 10:22 PM

    Okay, guys, I just have to ask you to critique Rusty over fences - would he have ever been as good I thought he would've been (which was pretty darn good, but I'm biased). Yeah, I was a little hard on the reins - it was our first show, and I was nervous and jerky. Plus, my two-point is...UGH. But look at him!

    Oh, I should mention...he also has/had problems with getting his right lead, but that was pretty much fixed this fall. And at the one fence he was trying to avoid the horse poop. He hates stepping in it!
        01-01-2013, 11:14 PM
    All your stories about Rusty remind me of the mustang I leased for several years. I loved that horse to pieces, and we taught each other quite a bit. So I definitely understand how you're feeling! Sadly, the mustang also had a bad paddock injury and chipped off a piece of his patella. I totally understand how you feel about Rusty... when I acknowledged the fact that I might never ride that horse again, I had a pretty epic meltdown!

    The TB you're going to look at sounds a LOT like mine! :) And if he is... then you have a gem on your hands! Keep us updated on how it goes with him.
        01-03-2013, 09:07 AM
    Anymore advice/a critique on my former hunter?

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