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post #1 of 19 Old 09-05-2009, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Best Choice!??

I need help with deciding what kind of horse is best for me...

Between 2 things:

Professional Reining Horse


Bombproof Trail Horse

The reining horse, is 13 yrs old, 15.2hh. She is red dun with a dorsal stripe. She can spin, turn on honches, sliding stops, side pass, leg yield, flying changes, half pass, walk/trot/canter, circles etc.
She is $6500.

She is really friendly, bathes, trailers, good on trails, not spooky, but not suited to a beginner, as they confuse her.

^^ I really like her, I have never ridden a horse like that ever! She listens very well, responds to leg aids. I have never ridden with a reining bridle before, and it felt so awesome! She listened to me well, and even bent her neck beautifully for me, even though I didn't know what the heck I was doing :P

I am only 13 yrs old, so I am not sure yet of what I want a horse for..
I want a well-broke younger horse, that would be suitable for anything.. so if I ever change my mind about disciplines I want to do, my horse can with me :)
I am interested in doing a few fun shows at our fair once a year, but do I need a horse of that quality for that?
I might want to take up english, and do a bit of jumping, is it easy to train a reining horse to do that?

The other horse, is a bombproof 9 yr old gelding. Sit on his bum, stand on him.. he doesn't care. He is 16hh, bigg build!! Qh cross.. not sure of what he is.. looks kind of like a draft cross..
He walks and trots, but doesn't canter :/ As, he was used as a dude horse for 7 yrs, and all he had to do was follow the other horses.
He is $2000 obo.

Do you think it would be easy to train the gelding to be used in shows? Or not?

I need help trying to decide which is the better fit..

Also, I am going to look at a couple more horses next week, one is a 5 yr old mare, been to a gymkhana this year, good on trails, any level rider..

And, a 12 yr old blue roan gelding. Trails, jumping with old owner..

What do you think?
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post #2 of 19 Old 09-05-2009, 03:01 PM
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I think you should try the rest and then follow your gut. I wouldnt do the first,though. reining horses are expensive, and show best usually in reining comps. I think the blue roan my be good for you.
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Oh, I forgot the mention, the reining mare, is also western pleasure ;)
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post #4 of 19 Old 09-05-2009, 03:30 PM
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I'm sorry. I'm not going to be much help. This kind of choice is just too far out of my mind for me to help you with. I can't, just CAN'T get it around my head that people can spend that kind of money on a horse just for fun for a teenager. There is NOTHING wrong with that, but it's too out there for my experience. I am not in any way trying to judge you or your parents or whoever is paying for the horse, it's care, upkeep, etc. etc. or what your future may be. I just can't wrap my head around it. I still have a hard time with my own son spending his own money on things that I currently can't afford. I'm not right, but that's who I am.

I've been pretty much broke my entire life -- that's probably why.

You seem to be looking very carefully and trying hard to consider everything. Please try to think of what the horse's future will be in 5 years when you may be doing something completely different. Will you sell him? Will you board him and visit him after work/school/on weekends? Life changes, but the horse will still be there.

So, good luck with whatever you choose. Sorry that I'm a write-off on this one.
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post #5 of 19 Old 09-05-2009, 04:33 PM
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Im pretty much on the same page as Northen Mama.
I dont think you need a $6500 reining horse unless you want to rein. If you want to try differant things, find a solid little horse who you can mess around with or better yet lease.

Look for something less specialized than the reining horse, and more solid (able to canter) than the second.
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post #6 of 19 Old 09-05-2009, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you spastic dove, that was really helpful :)

What do you think of this one:

or this one:

Thanks <3 :)
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The first guy seems overpriced. He's cute, but he's only 5. How experienced are you with training horses? It says his temperament is a 2 so he could probably be fine, but Id prefer a been there done that kind of horse for you to play with different disciplines that wouldn't be bothered by switching back and forth, etc.
The second I like a bit better.
What is your search area?
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Yeah, they are a bit expensive.. but, we can negotiate.. haha
My whole family are big fans of paint/pinto horses... so when I show them that gelding, they will wanna buy him! lol

BC, Canada..

preferably in one of these places:
kelowna, vernon, oyama, armstrong, westbank, penticton, peachland, summerland, salmon arm, kamloops, lumby, falkland

Thanks xD
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I would go for the first horse Jag Sky or the other mare, I mean even if you aren't going to do reining they seem like higher quality horses. However if you are doing different disciplines you will want a horse that has already done some of that discipline. As long as they listened to your aids and aren't confused or something I would say that is the better choice. I own an overpriced 5 year old gelding as well, some days he is worth his price and others he is not xD although he is a dressage horse. I have to warn you as an english rider that horses that do dressage/jumping etc are generally more expensive than a western horse, so if you want to do those in the future you may just want to get a all rounder now or lease an all rounder now and buy an english-only horse later if you're serious about it.

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Heres some from a quick search of just BC (Not sure of any specifics you're looking for):

Well Broke Smooth Gaited Mare for Sale.

This guy is a little green, but I like him: Reg. QH Gelding out of Dolls Union Jac, Price Reduced!

Has a weird neck, but it may be the angle. A good drill horse, I think, could adapt to pretty much anything: Ebony Jewel Thief "ace"

Flashy, Friendly and Ready to Shine

I really like the sounds of this girl, but it says intermediate-advanced rider. I don't know what you are: Very Built,quick Learner,ropeing/rodeo/ranch/jumping

Gorgeous QH 10 yr Monty Intelligent Well Broke

Lovely, Willing Mare
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