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post #21 of 31 Old 06-01-2014, 08:42 PM
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Honestly, I'd be looking for a new farm. It sounds like they're taking advantage of you. I just left (as in yesterday) the farm, BO, and trainer I've been with for five years because they decided not feed, water, or care for my horse. He was on the thin side (price adjusted accordingly) when I bought him, but he lost 100 or more pounds in a month. So he's now at a barn with an equine nutritionist as a BO.

It would be MUCH easier to find a new farm now and then buy a horse rather than buying a horse, having it lose weight, and then having to leave. Trust me. This feels like a really bad breakup.

Here's some more info on Noah, btw: Code Name Noah | Nearaway Farm

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post #22 of 31 Old 06-01-2014, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you now seeing the side view of Noah has me thinking that he might not be a good jumper he looks weak in the back end what do you think also his neck seems odd maybe more muscle would help.
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Thank you now seeing the side view of Noah has me thinking that he might not be a good jumper he looks weak in the back end what do you think also his neck seems odd maybe more muscle would help.
I think you got some great (and caring) advice. This is when the Forum really works.

My very best to you.
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post #24 of 31 Old 06-01-2014, 10:54 PM
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Wow thanks everyone is being a great help I looked on dream horse and saw the horse code name Noah and he caught my eye I watched the video of his canter and his back end seemed a little off in some way but he sure is handsome I wish the barn owner would help me but she is not much help.
Find a new barn with a trainer who, preferably, has no horses they need to unload on the first unsuspecting victim.

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post #25 of 31 Old 06-02-2014, 09:12 AM
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Yikes! I can't believe your BO is trying to sell you this horse for THAT price! I agree, time to look for a new barn! One that is interested in finding the right horse for you, not pawning one off for a totally ridiculous price!
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post #26 of 31 Old 06-02-2014, 09:33 AM
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I just wanted to mention that her spine could be due to injury or deformity, as she doesn't look classically thin in the walking photo (no pronounced ribs), but either way this is a problem horse which will require special saddle fit and no amount of muscle will change that. Don't buy with your heart, buy with your head. This is a $500 horse, not an $8500 one!
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post #27 of 31 Old 06-02-2014, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I know I should not buy her I have been looking at different stables and horses would it be okay to buy a 5 year old as a first time purchase if I have a trainer to help and take 2 lessons a week and ride at least 5 times a week. Thanks
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I like "Flashy" and "Milo", who are both ready to rock and roll. That Appy in the previous post (sold) is like the picture perfect frame and muscled up.
Honestly, all you really need is to be patient and make it you next job to find your horse. If you don't have a trailer, you could find a friend who does and go on a road trip. I would charge $gas, $hotel (yes, Virginia, you can park a truck and horse trailer in a hotel parking lot) and $meals to transport.
You should run the numbers, but settling for a hard keeper mare with no training in your sport (or would be sport) is buying problems.

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Yeah I know I should not buy her I have been looking at different stables and horses would it be okay to buy a 5 year old as a first time purchase if I have a trainer to help and take 2 lessons a week and ride at least 5 times a week. Thanks
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Hard to say without knowing anything about your skill level or the horse in question or its training. How long have you been riding? Do you have experience training green horses? It sounds like you would be better off buying something a bit more seasoned, but there are a lot of variables.
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post #30 of 31 Old 06-02-2014, 11:58 AM
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You would be a lot safer to slow down a bit and first find a new stable/trainer that you can trust. Once you are sure of your new trainer, ask for help in finding you the right horse for you. It is traditional to pay a trainer 10% of the purchase price for whatever horse you end up buying but trainers will usually be willing to travel with you to see several.

The barn owner you have now is obviously not to be trusted-this is a $500 horse in my area and for $8500 you should be able to find the horse of your dreams!

Be careful not to travel too far from home in looking. Ideally you want to ride a horse several times on different days before you shell out any cash.

We have had several Western Pleasure horses sold out of our barn by an abusive trainer that were completely broken down mentally and physically. They were all tranquilized and had their lame knees & hocks injected before potentially buyers showed up. I heard her say to one of the owners of a horse she sold "make sure you cash that check today". This trainer has left the barn but there is one more horse left for sale on one of the big sales websites for $10,500-he is permanently lame and bucks his owner off twice a week. In other words, just because a horse has a high price tag on it doesn't mean it's safe to buy it!!
This is injecting of horses unfortunately common practice in my area for all riding styles.
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