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post #1 of 10 Old 10-31-2011, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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A little assistance needed...am I even looking at horses that are right for me?

A little back ground...I am getting back into riding after a 20 year hiatus...used to ride hunter/jumper schooling shows, was confident jumping. Now am learning low level dressage and for some reason, am thinking I may want to try eventing in the future. The horse I lease now is great for now, but in the next year I would like to own a horse that can do dressage, if that's all I decide I will do, or potential for eventing. I consider myself a rusty intermediate rider. I have my confidence back and now want to start identifying what to look for in a horse...

So, I browse dream horse every few days to see whats in my price range and if I should change my expectations. If I go to see any of these, I will for sure be taking my trainer/instructor.

Knowing this info...what do you all think of these three horses? I don't have them in order of my preference...want to see if my idea of these horses matches others opinions...

DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1664982 - Slew's Seaworthy

DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1681128 - Mark Me Fast

DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1739548 - Tizzy

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post #2 of 10 Old 10-31-2011, 06:03 PM
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Tizzy REALLY caught my eye, I'm not much for conformation but I like her age she seems like she would be perfect and she is really striking. Mark me fast would be my second choice, overall looks like a really nice horse, age is quite decent. Slew's seaworthy I would rule out, not only is he young but he just doesn't strike me. I think Tizzy would be the best option. Good luck with buying a horse =)
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-31-2011, 08:13 PM
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You're me a few years ago. 20 years off, a little rusty but ready to get back into the saddle. I like 1 & 3. #2 looks high strung just standing still. He looks like too much effort for the enjoyment. The most important part of the horse to me is the mind. Sure conformation and good movement is great, but a horse with a good attitude is gold, especially when we don't bounce so well anymore. Go take a few test rides. You'll know which one is a fit for you. To me it looks like you're well within your element as far as horse choices.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-31-2011, 08:55 PM
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Tizzy of those 3 would be my pick she is the most easy going & schooled, also has ring presence. Wasn't as fond of the mark me horse,wasn't as relaxed,her rider was thumping on her most of time,movement just wasn't spectacular to watch. The Slew horse has potential but still pretty green,liked his movement better that horse 2.Didn't watch whole video,but the fact he was needing so much support from the martingale didn't like.
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Until I knew the pedigrees of 2 & 3 I won't comment on them but I would rule out Seattle Slew breeding right away. I saw way too many of his get coming off the track just totally broken down so would run the other way if I were looking for an eventer. JMO

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I am 42 and started training in Dressage after 25 years of NOT riding. I would say look beyond the TB's-especially if you are just learning. Many of them are hot and a little hard to hold back, and you would rather have something at this point to kick a little forward in order to build your confidence and learn on. I would say in your price range you certainly should have a lot of horses to consider. I have ended up with a solid black registered Paint horse-one that is built uphill and is a decently fancy mover. He is a perfect gentleman and has truly helped build my confidence. I have only had him since July, and have been riding since June and we are entering our first schooling show in December. Attitude truly is everything when considering a horse.
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-31-2011, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I am most interested in Tizzy, then Markie, then the greener horse...I should have mentioned that my lease horse is a OTTB, and though I know they run a little hot and fast, I just have a passion for the breed, and have always dreamed of owning one.

I'm so excited to meet other riders that have a similar background as mine!

More comments welcome...I'm trying to convince hubby we need to go take a look at Tizzy.
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Until I knew the pedigrees of 2 & 3 I won't comment on them but I would rule out Seattle Slew breeding right away. I saw way too many of his get coming off the track just totally broken down so would run the other way if I were looking for an eventer. JMO

Good to know...being from the Seattle area I loved that he had some Slew in him...but didnt know how they were off track.
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the first one is so big. Big horses sometimes have more problems staying sound, harder to fit in trailer, may require bigger shoes ($), and on and on.

I like the chestnut. She has some real push. She does almost paddle a little, tho.
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All are utterly amazing, but if I had to pick one I would pick Mark Me Fast, because any horse that has Irish Sport Horse in it is wonderful. He's a good age, very flashy and attention getting. He looks like he could be wonderful at dressage mainly, but there were only flat pasture pictures so it's hard to conclude. The first one was way too young, and the last one only did dressage. So I would pick Mark Me Fast.
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