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post #1 of 24 Old 10-14-2011, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Decisions Decisions.....HELP please

Ok guys I bought an 8 yr old paint gelding 15.2 HH about 3 months ago. He is dark chocolate and white, now looks more black and white I guess cause of weather change. I like him and has worked with him some since I have had him. Overall he is a good horse but has some things he needs worked out. For most part he is a good horse.

I over word of mouth and talking to people, came across someone who has alot of horses and I went to the website and saw one for a good price I want. Its the color I originally wanted all along. I wanted a paint and the one I have is, but this one here is the color I really wanted. Talking to the owner, it seems as if mine and theirs is almost in same category as far as the little habits they have , and needing some work or a tune up to bring them to pretty close perfection if I must say lol. The horse is around 15-16 yrs old though but looks excellent and I'm wondering if I should go for the older one since it is 8-9 yrs older than mine. I guess 8 yrs old I can look forward to having him a long long time as to this one is much older can I possibly maybe have the horse say another 10 yrs before It starts getting to where it will need senior feed and stuff.

I guess I always believe in most things are better younger , like cars not that old and less mileage, ect. Help me out guys. Also we are talking about maybe doing a swap or maybe mine and a little cash so this might be a can't miss deal for me. Also the owner mentioned the horse is used to being around other horses, I think they have alot of horses, so would it be hard to get her adjusted to being alone. My dad might get one maybe next yr and keep here but until then she will be by herself
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post #2 of 24 Old 10-14-2011, 10:13 PM
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Always stick with the known evil, you know what the one you have is like. You ony think you know about the other one. Yours is younger and your work will pay off for many years. Color is the last reason in the world to buy a horse. The grass isnt always greener.
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post #3 of 24 Old 10-14-2011, 10:33 PM
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Which one is trained better and what is your level of experience?

I think there's nothing wrong with selling your horse or swapping to buy one you want more. But there is more to the horse than colour and young is not always best. (Horses are not cars afterall and younger horses tend to have more temper tantrums than older ones).

Go try the horse out if you want. See if he suits your abilities and needs and then come to a conclusion.
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post #4 of 24 Old 10-14-2011, 10:41 PM
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I don't understand why you would want to trade your current horse for one that is that much older, unless the older one had something else more to offer like better training &/or disposition to better suit your riding needs.From what you say though sounds like the 2 horses are pretty alike as far as that goes.The only thing you seem to be able to list to be a bonus this older horse is the "color" you like. Hardly a good reason to base a decision on
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post #5 of 24 Old 10-15-2011, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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I don't understand why you would want to trade your current horse for one that is that much older, unless the older one had something else more to offer like better training &/or disposition to better suit your riding needs.From what you say though sounds like the 2 horses are pretty alike as far as that goes.The only thing you seem to be able to list to be a bonus this older horse is the "color" you like. Hardly a good reason to base a decision on
yeah, would be a plus if maybe they could let me keep her for a few weeks to just see how it goes. What feel for her I can get. I truly want to know that its worth doing and by spending time and stuff with her I',m sure I could get a hint of whats to come
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post #6 of 24 Old 10-15-2011, 03:36 PM
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I'll answer the senior part... It all depends on the horse you'd just have to check out the horses over all health when you go and see it, there's nothing wrong with buying an older horse, he could be with you for along time to come =-)
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post #7 of 24 Old 10-15-2011, 06:21 PM
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I think that swapping out a perfectly good horse for one "the right color" is about the dumbest thing I've heard today, quite honestly. I guess you aren't remotely attached to your poor horse?
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I think that swapping out a perfectly good horse for one "the right color" is about the dumbest thing I've heard today, quite honestly. I guess you aren't remotely attached to your poor horse?
Oh he is not perfect , trust me lol. He still needs some work no doubt. So yeah really rushing to buy him in the first place just going off of the one ride when I went to check him out, I would say that next time I would have did a little more work with him at the place first before I committed to buying. So yes almost 3 months in, I havent really fell in love with him yet and starting over wouldnt be a negative if that other horse shows me some good things and I will take alot of time around her checking her out, riding her, riding on side of roads. Giving her a good test. I didnt do that with the mines, I just rode hiim around the guys pasture and yard area and stuff
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post #9 of 24 Old 10-15-2011, 08:08 PM
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Let me get this straight. You have one horse that is just entering his prime - and will give you many excellent years once you work on the couple issues. With how young he is - these issues will be easier to work on as well.

Instead you want to trade it for an older horse that is actually about ready to leave its prime, and still has issues that probably by this time are ingrained habits and will require more effort to work out.

All because of color? That's crazy.

Now I could understand swapping out a younger horse that isn't well trained for an older been-there done-that well trained horse if it fit their skill level better. But that doesn't sound like its the case here.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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post #10 of 24 Old 10-15-2011, 11:33 PM
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Personally, I don't see what the big deal about swapping a young horse for an older horse. I recently sold my 2 year gelding to bring home a 16 year old mare. Granted, she is an extremely special horse to me and I just want her with me. My gelding deserved a home with people who would love him for what he was, rather than pining for a horse that wasn't him.

That said, selling a horse to buy one with a better color is silly.
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