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post #21 of 28 Old 01-24-2012, 03:22 PM
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Talk to your trainer and find out if 4K in training is going to get you from unstarted to where you want to be, and then bear in mind that you'll be assuming a lot of risk based on your prospect's potential. I don't know what training board runs in your area or what your trainer charges, but 4K in training won't get you from unstarted to where the prospect you posted about is. (Not a good example, because I don't think this prospect was started or is being ridden correctly or well.)

So I am skeptical of this plan, but if you work out a reasonable plan with your trainer, if you find a very good prospect, and if all the stars line up correctly it might work, so I don't want to be a total buzz kill. It will be difficult to do, but not necessariy impossible.

Good luck, and do keep posting about yoru progress!
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Oh, I wouldn't be expecting the same level of training as some of the ones I've posted! With my trainer's help, I can handle a greenie (some of the horses I've looked at only had some months of training), I just can't start a horse, that's all...

Just would need training to the point an intermediate rider can take things along. So just broke in w/t/c with decent steering, that's all.

I'd rather not go this route (I'd rather see what's already there, instead of taking that risk that my prospect doesn't turn out as I thought it would), it just seems that what I'm looking for is not available in my budget. =( Trying to make sure I'm doing everything I can...

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If you feel something is wrong, and that is your gut feeling I would not buy her.

I do agree with the above posts, the hind end is weak. That just takes time, round pen work and working up hills.

I do see with time the horse has the potential.


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Oh, I wouldn't be expecting the same level of training as some of the ones I've posted! With my trainer's help, I can handle a greenie (some of the horses I've looked at only had some months of training), I just can't start a horse, that's all...

Just would need training to the point an intermediate rider can take things along. So just broke in w/t/c with decent steering, that's all.

I'd rather not go this route (I'd rather see what's already there, instead of taking that risk that my prospect doesn't turn out as I thought it would), it just seems that what I'm looking for is not available in my budget. =( Trying to make sure I'm doing everything I can...
SOme of this depends upon your own personal ability and goals. Talk with your trainer honestly. Look around your area at how much training board is. If you are expecting to do this yourself, (and I am coming from another discipline, but am in the process of training him) it is really difficult, and takes a long time. It can be very rewarding, yes, and you learn in the process. But, there are risks involved too, as has been said you don't know if a horse will do what you want to achieve at all. It is a risk. I can say from experience that $4k will not get you far at all for training board. Lessons, maybe. Training board where I am (and mine is extremely fair) is $800/mo. You very quickly spend a lot of cash. THe other thing to consider is that *heaven forbid* it doesn't work out and you have put $$ into training, but the horse still has a LONG way to go . If you have to sell, you will lose $$ big time. If you buy the one with the more solid training already, you have a chance at recuping your $$. JMHO. Something I have also given a lot of thought to, since I bought a $2k horse and have put nearly $10K in training on him-I could not sell him for half that, if I had to tomorrow. FOod for thought. Yes, I have learned a ton too, which will not go away, and neither will the training I have on him. He will always have a good solid reining base.

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I think you might be better off looking in a different area if your area hasn't very much that you like. You may be able to find an area where horses are going for less, travel to see several prospects, and have the one you like shipped home for less than what you would pay in your own area. Worth a thought anyway.
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post #26 of 28 Old 04-08-2012, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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This thread is a little old. I've found my dream horse already!

Has potential for mid-level, sweet as can be on the ground. He is extremely well-started, but still is a baby at 6 years old. =)

I couldn't be happier. Even my little vain hopes (like his colour) is perfect!!

I had looked in a 6 hour radius from my home, which included over the border. Nothing for 11 months. In the end, I ended up buying sight unseen and he is just what I needed!
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well let's see some photos! are you starting a new thread?
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post #28 of 28 Old 04-09-2012, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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I did do a little welcome thread for him, but I've still not uploaded pictures! XP Should do that ASAP! Maybe I'll start a picture thread for him. Hmmmmm.

Here is the link, anyways, to the previous thread!
My horse has come home!
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