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post #11 of 44 Old 10-06-2011, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Don't be upset, it is much better to do what you are doing and take your time and get the right horse.
I get attached too when I am horse shopping, you need to force yourself to keep a sane head about it.

I am glad you are going to pass on this one, I would too!
Thank you Alex. Its encouragement like this that keeps me going. I've been at this for months and time and time again it just seems to end with me being discouraged and upset and not wanting to look anymore. I'm going to try as hard as I can to not get attached to any more horses because it seems when I get attached my heart gets broken.

Back to square one.

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post #12 of 44 Old 10-07-2011, 09:36 PM
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Aww, chin up. Your heart's not that broken, because you were only attached to a dream, not a real horse. You still have your dream, and some day you will have your dream horse! Horse buying is not for the faint of heart. It is long and disappointing, especially when funds are limited. I'm sure you were right to pass on this guy. Once you are truly attached to a real horse, then it might be heart break time.

Keep looking, and don't be afraid to ask the sellers lots of questions! YOur horse IS out there ...

I looked for mine for 6 months, then once we bought him it was a hard slog for 6 more months to be able to ride well enough that we were a good match (he was "too good" for me at first). Finally we are in love with each other, but it's been a long road.
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No matter how hard it is, stand your ground and don't lose sight of what you need your horse to be able to do - barrels are hard on a horse, and getting the horse that is built correctly is the first step in keeping him sound.

- trust me, this I know as my horse sits in his stall due to a lameness issue...

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post #14 of 44 Old 10-09-2011, 10:30 AM
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Pleanty of horses with imperfect feet and legs have become amazing athletes; if his temperment matches yours I would overlook the foot and buy him if the asking price is right. He'll only have problems down the road if you train him wrong.
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Pleanty of horses with imperfect feet and legs have become amazing athletes; if his temperment matches yours I would overlook the foot and buy him if the asking price is right. He'll only have problems down the road if you train him wrong.
So you're saying that poor conformation would have nothing to do with a potential break down later on, even if the horse was to be used for something as physically demanding as barrels?

If so, that's news to me...
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post #16 of 44 Old 10-09-2011, 11:57 AM
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Pleanty of horses with imperfect feet and legs have become amazing athletes; if his temperment matches yours I would overlook the foot and buy him if the asking price is right. He'll only have problems down the road if you train him wrong.
I greatly disagree - conformation means EVERYTHING for a horse being able to do a sport, or not do a sport.

That's rediculous.

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post #17 of 44 Old 10-09-2011, 12:35 PM
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Phantom I admire you for being strong and taking your time to find the right horse, I know what you mean about falling in love and thinking you have found THE ONE, just through an ad.

You have a lot of great advice and support here, and of course you are right to pass on a fault like that, if you are buying an athlete then you don't buy obvious problems.

Any advice that buying a horse with a defect, and then blaming yourself because it goes wrong later because you trained him wrong is frankly totally ludicrous. That is a very sweet looking horse, and if you were looking for a trail buddy then I would maybe overlook it, but barrels is hard on the soundest of horses.

I wish you all the luck in the world with your search, I hope you find THE ONE soon
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Phantom,

I believe your assessment was correct and you've made the right decision. I have a horse with a much less obvious problem who is only suitable for light riding. The whole reason I have him is he would not have stood up, soundness wise, to anything other than light riding, and rather than risk it and break him down, his owner found him a suitable home.

Yes, we've all known horses with glaring confo flaws who were non the less successful within a discipline, but we know about them *because* they're exceptions and the other 9 horses with similiar confo flaws just didn't make it.

When you're looking and buying is the time to be very, very clear about your needs and expectations. After you have them in your barn is too late.

Stick to your guns and keep looking. The right horse is out there somewhere.
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post #19 of 44 Old 10-09-2011, 05:19 PM
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Phantom you are making the right decision on skipping this guy.
Many things can be overlooked but not a front leg confo issue,
Especially for a barrel horse.
We had a huge barrel mare that we put tons of money in and she
Abcessed in her front right. Did everything possible to get her
Right but her foot turned out. We eventually got her fixed up
But her barrel career was over, she's now a fine broodmare/trail
Horse. Keep up the looking, you gotta kiss a thousand frogs before
You find the prince!
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post #20 of 44 Old 10-09-2011, 06:59 PM
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I greatly disagree - conformation means EVERYTHING for a horse being able to do a sport, or not do a sport.

That's rediculous.
that is ridiculous. In fact, it's so ridiculous, it's REDiculous!
I'm sure she's not looking for a barrle horse to take to national comps. I stand behind my statement that if she trains/uses the horse right on the barrles, he'd be just fine.
However, skipped out on him, so no harm done, anyways, right?
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