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post #1 of 12 Old 01-24-2010, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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meet Hank...

Ok so this is a horse I'm interested in. He is not exactly for sale yet because he still needs to put weight on, but in the meantime I am leasing him. I took a picture of him a week and a half ago (Jan 13th) and just took a picture today (Jan 24th) I think the difference in a week and a half is just amazing! He is awesome to ride, and very tolerant of my 'getting back into it' bouncing around and whatnot. So, what is your opinions of him? I'm going to post both the first picture and the picture from today

also from today but a little different angle
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-24-2010, 03:20 PM
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Is he a rescue or why is he so thin and not yet available? With some TLC I think he woll make a nice looking horse
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post #3 of 12 Old 01-24-2010, 03:32 PM
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I wouldn't personally be riding him while he is so thin. But that's just my opinion.

He's super cute, can't wait to see him fat and healthy.
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-24-2010, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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yes, the woman that has him got him from some people who, apparently, just left him out at pasture and 'didn't notice' he had gotten so thin. Then didn't have the money to bring him back. So, she is fattening him up and I am just riding lightly so he can start getting a little muscle tone back (2x a week, nothing big). I know that she will be asking $2500 for him, as she has him listed on her 'for sale' board at that price...but hasn't been advertising him
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post #5 of 12 Old 01-24-2010, 04:40 PM
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I think he's going to be just darling with some more weight on.

Honestly, I just don't see $2500 there.

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post #6 of 12 Old 01-24-2010, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I believe there is an 'unspoken 3 tier' pricing. I looked at another horse she has for sale but he just wasn't for me. When I looked at him I asked her how much, she said she was asking $1800 but would take $1500. He is on the board for $2000. So I'm sure the 'asking' price has plenty of wiggle room. She gave me a picture of him that the previous owner had taken when he was in shape. Unfortunately it is a blown up large 'paper' picture so I can't load it into the computer to show people.
In any case, he has done everything I've asked of him. I've taken him on trails and he doesn't spook at anything and went over every kind of terrain I asked him to. So I really like him for what I am looking for a horse for, something I can feel safe taking out on my own or riding in the arena.
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post #7 of 12 Old 01-24-2010, 05:15 PM
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He is looking better after some TLC, with more he will look pretty cute I think. I would let him get some more weight on him before riding him myself too. You can lounge him and work him in different ways to help him gain muscle without actually riding him. But i guess thats personal preference. I dont know how long you have known him but doing ground work to build muscle will give you more of a chance to build a bond with him and for you to see how he reacts and learns. Just a thought, but he will be a cutie for sure!
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post #8 of 12 Old 01-24-2010, 08:14 PM
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Even though this is not as fun as riding, but instead of riding him, I would just lunge him. That puts on nice muscle. And it won't be as bad on his joints since you won't be on him (if, God forbid) something were to be wrong with his joints. Please do not take what I said the wrong way, I just kinda re-read what I said and I don't want you to think that I think your big in anyway. Not to mention I havn't seen any pics of you lol so please don't take it personal. Just do some lunging.

Also, I do think he is very cute, and will be even more cute when he is in 100% good health. :)

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post #9 of 12 Old 01-25-2010, 01:01 AM
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My opinion: He's definitely not worth $1500. Even when the economy and horse market were good he wouldn't have been worth $1500.

Originally Posted by rottenweiler View Post
In any case, he has done everything I've asked of him. I've taken him on trails and he doesn't spook at anything and went over every kind of terrain I asked him to. So I really like him for what I am looking for a horse for, something I can feel safe taking out on my own or riding in the arena.
Another thing to consider is that he might not be this docile once he gets some more meat and muscle on him. When I got my mare she was several hundred pounds underweight, and docile as a kitten whenever I started riding her. However, once she packed on the pounds, she became a little more spunky and fresh because she was feeling good and had more energy. He could just be too weak to really care one way or the other about what you're asking him to do.

Do you have any idea if he has any training or not? If you're "just getting back into riding" and you're willing to drop $1500, you can get a pretty nice, been there-done that horse that will really take care of you. That way you can just learn and not have to worry about training the horse or it having any sort of mental issues often associated with rescues.

If you're dead set on getting this horse, good luck.
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post #10 of 12 Old 01-25-2010, 01:10 AM
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I definately agree with RomanticLyric - Wait until he is up in shape to decide to buy.. he could have ALOT more energy than he does right now.. and may be ALOT MORE horse when he is up in shape. And I definately wouldnt be working him much at this point.. he needs all his energy to get healthy and he needsl those calories to gain.. I would worry about the muscle tone after I got him up in wait some more. And why is she wanting SO MUCH for him? Is he professionally trained? how old is he? is he registered? Is there something Im missing here?
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