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        07-10-2008, 11:05 AM
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    Foal
    deciding between two horses

    I am getting a horse and have seen and riden a lot in the past 3 weeks. So far its between two horses but I can't decide, they each have their own positive points and each have a negative.

    Im looking for a horse for mostly trail riding, and I would like to start taking lessons agian. Also any horse I get has to be ok with a beginner on so when I ride with my friends who havnt riden a lot, they can ride my horse. I also need to make sure any horse I get can be riden about 6 days a week.

    Horse #1 Bobbi's Girl, she is a 7 year old dapple grey thourghbred mare. Hasnt been riden in about a year. The owner has had her for about two weeks and got her from a friend of his who had too many horses, he has been working with her for the last two weeks, about 8 hours a day. She has great ground manners, very sweet horse, who just wants love. I rode her and on the trail portion of the ride she was perfect, went under tunnels,passed other horses who came up on her a little fast, and was fine when these kids rode around her on a bike. The one negative about her was I rode her in a very very large public arena where she has only been turned out in, not riden in. I was the first to ride her in there and once I asked her to trot she just wanted to go go go and I felt it was hard to pull her back. It could have been the large arena or the fact she had a very gentle bit on. So I am going to try and ride her in a smaller arena and see how she does. I also think that with regular riding she might be fine too, but like I said before she was fine on the trail part.

    Horse #2 Is a 16 year old thourghbred gleding, who knows dressage and has been worked/riden almost everyday for the last year, so he is in shape. He seemed very relaxed on the cross ties, but when the owner put the saddle on he put his ears back and started grinding his teeth, he didnt try to bite her or anything he just didnt like it, he didnt even try to bite her and kept standing still to let her finsih tacking up. He has mild arthritis and she said he is fine as long as he is warmed up before any exercsie. I watched her ride him to warm him up and he seemed great, he did spook a little at this one corner. She said that sometimes he might spook, not a lot, but when he does he is easy to get back under control. I jumped on him and he was surprisingly very responsive to my leg, he did seem to be slightly hyper and kicked out once with his back leg, but nothing that made us stop. His negative is his age and his mild arthritis.

    So Im not sure which one to get, Ill be riding both agian this week.
    What do you guys think?
         
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        07-10-2008, 11:30 AM
      #2
    Started
    If you are just looking for a trail mount, I'd take the mare.
         
        07-10-2008, 11:45 AM
      #3
    Banned
    I'd say the mare also. The arena problem can be controlled and if you mainly want a nice trail mount she'd be the best choice IMO
         
        07-10-2008, 11:51 AM
      #4
    Green Broke
    I would say the mare. The going too fast problem can be corrected with training, whereas arthritis cannot. As the gelding gets older, he will need more and more treatment for his legs...the mare just might need a good tune up once in a while.
         
        07-10-2008, 12:02 PM
      #5
    Showing
    1st one for sure. 2nd one sounds like a possible pain.
         
        07-10-2008, 12:08 PM
      #6
    Trained
    Go for the mare!
         
        07-10-2008, 12:27 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    Pick the mare!!
         
        07-10-2008, 02:25 PM
      #8
    Showing
    I would say neither. The gelding is basically unsound and the mare needs some remedial training at the least.

    Concerning the mare, trying to stop a horse by pulling on the reins without the other aids will only make her go faster - she will get the bit and use it to balance. That is how race horses are taught to run. You need to take a few steps back in her training and learn how to use your seat in conjunction with your hands to teach her to halt. Going to a stronger bit is not the answer. This is not a horse for a beginner - at least not for quite a while.

    If you were my daughter, I would advise you to take some more lessons, as you planned on doing, and keep looking. The right horse may be just around the corner.
         
        07-10-2008, 02:53 PM
      #9
    Showing
    I agree with the above post. The gelding does not sound like he is sound enough to do much of anything, even just flat work. Won't be good for him to go on uneven terrain etc. As for the mare...nothing worst than a horse that isn't trained enough or settled enough to handle trail riders. Won't be fun for her, won't be fun or safe for you.
         

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