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        05-27-2011, 09:02 PM
    Potential purchase?

    Hi there,

    First, I thought I'd say this would be my first horse. The horse is advertised as a dressage horse with a good and forgiving disposition. I'm pretty sure I'm moving ahead with the purchase, but thought I'd see what you guys see if I show you some pictures.

    No video is available, but I have more pictures if it'll help, but no proper conformation pictures.

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        05-27-2011, 09:26 PM
    Green Broke
    Is there an ad for this horse?

    What exactly are you looking for?
        05-27-2011, 09:38 PM
    I'd rather not post the ad as I'd like to keep my location anonymous. But he is a 14 year old thoroughbred, who was schooling third level before his training stopped due to owner health issues. Described healthy, good manners, kind and forgiving. I have also already seen and rode the horse and will be seeing the horse again this sunday.

    I am a fairly novice rider (I have been riding for three straight years now) and am looking for a safe and experienced mount. I'm not interested in showing.

    Just wanted to know if anything stuck out from the pictures.
        05-27-2011, 09:41 PM
    Green Broke
    Can you post the words in the ad and cut out the location?

    If you are not interesting in showing, why a higher level dressage horse?
        05-27-2011, 09:55 PM
    I hadn't been looking for such an advanced horse, but rather one more advanced than me with a kind, forgiving nature so I can learn further. Just happened he's just that more advanced than me. I'm very interested in dressage, and do want advance, but I'm just not competitive by manner and doubt I'll ever show, except for maybe a schooling show if my coach pushes me.

    Ad doesn't really say much of temperament, I had got more information by contacting the owner, and I learned a lot more when I went to see the horse.

    14 year old Thoroughbred gelding. He is 16.1 hands; dark brown/black; low mileage; best work ethic; willing; fantastic potential.
    This horse had his first basic training with Shannon Oldham Duke (winner of many dressage medals including individual Silver at the 1997 Pan Am Games)
    He and his current owner trained with Jacqueline Oldham ("S" judge). We also took lessons from Lisa Boyer (Whidbey Equestiain Center). We had clinics
    With Linda Zang ("O" FEI Judge); Willy Arts; Bert Rutten's top trainer. He is trained through 3rd level dressage.
    This horse has not been ridden due to health issues of the rider/owner. Is healthy; good feet and legs; has had no major
    Injuries. He is very recluctantly for sale as I cannot ride any more.
        05-28-2011, 12:00 AM
    Green Broke
    Just look or did you go for a spin?

    How did you feel about the horse? Now that you have time to sit back and reflect, was there anything that you did NOT like?
        05-28-2011, 12:33 AM
    The horse looks very nice to me. The first rider brings out the best in him, the second rider is waterskiing with stirrups too long and horse is not as happy.
        05-28-2011, 03:11 AM
    I did ride him (walk, trot and canter) and I LOVED him. He's obviously more advanced than I am, and I did need lots of help from the owner at first (horse responds to subtle aids only, not the sort I'm used to with schoolhorses-- he refused to move unless I asked correctly) but by the end of it, I was getting the hang of it.

    It was so lovely to ride a horse that so obviously loved his job, unlike the schoolhorse I ride. I guess I kinda worry that maybe I'm wasting this horse's potential...

    Tinyliny, would you believe me it's the same rider? Must've been an off day for her.
        05-28-2011, 03:30 AM
    I think maybe you are buying more horse than you need. I personally am more worried about your budget.

    Of course you should want a horse that you can learn on and can teach you, but at the same time, do you need a horse at this level?

    It's your call, if you can afford him and you want him, then go for it, he certainly is lovely.
        05-28-2011, 04:27 AM
    Surprisingly, this horse is not nearly as expensive as you'd think... Age is probably also working against him, but he's a lot more affordable than many other less advanced horses in my area!

    ...but at the same time, do you need a horse at this level?
    =( That is my personal worry.

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