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post #1 of 3 Old 08-18-2009, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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Possible New Horse, need advice! Thanks!

Im looking for a second horse, im training my 3yr old AQHA, Felicity, but my mom wants a horse to ride and I want a dependable trail horse to play around on and maybe compete at small things with. This guy is free to a good home, APHA registered, 15 years old, well behaved and broke, 14.3 hh and supposed to be sweet. The lady is bringing him to the ranch this weekend for me and my mom to look at. Do you have any tips on what I should look and feel for when I'm meeting and riding him? what are your thoughts on his looks? Thank y'all for your replys ahead of time!

-I know these arent really conformation pictures but its the only ones I was sent.

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He looks good - and 15 isn't old. Why is he free? That could be some cause for concern - he may have some bad habits his current owner can't deal with. I know the old saying is "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth," but... Just be careful?

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-18-2009, 08:51 AM
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Best case scenario would be to have your vet present to give him a basic check-up, failing that:
Questions: Has he colicked or foundered in the past? Is he a cribber? When was he last vetted, floated, wormed?
Touch him ALL over ( including ears, around the muzzle, on the belly) - do you feel odd lumps, bumps, see scars - if so, ask for an explanation. Look in his mouth - are his teeth reasonable for a horse his age? While you are feeling him all over, how are his manners about that? Does he have "no touch me" spots? Ask him for some basic movements on lead - backing, yielding, etc. Walk, trot on lead and see how he moves with no tack/rider (have someone else do it so you can watch him move to/away from you or have someone else be the watcher). Repeat this with tack on and again while mounted. Then do a lot of basic maneuvering at all speeds. Does he have a consistent and reliable stop? Is he responsive to your cues?
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