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        06-26-2011, 03:33 AM
    It sounds like you want this mare - so go ahead and get her.

    I am lucky with my horse, but he is not abnormal either.
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        06-26-2011, 07:48 AM
    I don't think she is as terrible as she seems to have been made out to be. Really, a lot of arabs get way better when given a little breathing room and calm, consitent training so that they actually understand the concept rather than just being forced into a "frame." She seems to have 3 workable gaits (although, as has been pointed out they will need work), and I can't see any major conformation flaws from the video.

    I don't know where you live, but around here $500 is nothing for a horse (and no, I am not rich at all). For five hundred here, you could get a 20 plus yr old trained horse that has health issues, or a completely unruly youngster with MAJOR issues. I would probably buy her, as long as she has a good personality and you feel confident enough to work with her and understand that her issues will take a little time to sort out.
        06-26-2011, 08:31 AM
    I would pass but only for your expressed lack of experience and her serious need for retraining. In my area you can find a lot more horse for $500 if you take some time and look.
        06-26-2011, 10:45 AM

    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    I would pass but only for your expressed lack of experience and her serious need for retraining. In my area you can find a lot more horse for $500 if you take some time and look.

    You can't here I can't believe how soft the market has become though. I paid 675 for my 7/8 Arab in January. She was about to turn 13. I had to have someone haul her her to me (Being 20 and never being allowed to go anywhere sucks) She was several hundreds miles from me. When all was said and done, I had an $1100 horse that has hardly been ridden her whole life, but has a generally gentle personality that makes it work (as long as you don't let her have ANY alfalfa). Also..the joy was finding out about her old leg injury that the owner and VET I had PPE her never disclosed was amazing! Given her lack of training and miles, injury, age, etc..I would now pay no more than 400ish for my girl. Although I love her to pieces, and will never part with her for the rest of her natural life. (I'm going to stop blabbering).

    My point is people in Arizona still think horses are worth more than they are. I'm just wondering if a weekly session with a trainer (and both my girls), a daily warm up lunge and ride would be all it takes to fix her. I do really want her, but I don't want what's not healthy, ya know? I mean, I don't want something that wants to kill me.

    Maybe I wouldn't feel so invested, butI've been corresponding about this horse for a month .I wanted to see her from the beginning, but there was always a reason my parents wouldnt let me drive 2hrs by myself (you really would think I'm 9 and not 20.) in the truck I bought and paid for and have had for years. It's always "lets make a family trip to phoenix! Then I can hit up the malls!" and then the day of the trip "oh...I have a little girl coming over. You're going to give her a horse back ride" or "I'm just not feeling like driving far today." That was a few weeks ago. Now I have two jobs and work 7 days a week. And even when it's not a full day, I can't go down before an afternoon shift, because what if I got a flat

    It gets frustrating, especially because ideally, if I loooked at this horse, I would go ride her, take conformation shots and video, process it all, go home and sleep on it, THEN place a deposit and THEN return with the trailer. But with pushy people who know nothing aobut horses (my family) controlling my life, and I have ONE shot to go see this horse. If I don't take the trailer then, I'm screwed.

    Do you see my dilemma? Lol. Sorry to rant. Wasn't trying to vent. It just happened. I'm just frustrated. Because I feel like it's a danged if I do and danged if I don't position.
        06-26-2011, 01:48 PM
    I really, really dislike that horse.
    What the heck is with all that crap on her face? She's going to need to be basically re-trained because she is going to have no idea what to do with herself when she has nothing to fight against. I'd pass, and would never look back.

    As AlexS said, a calm and young horse is NOT that rare. Proper training can overcome age and "hotness". You can find a nice quarter horse for the same price that is level headed and goes in a simple snaffle!
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        06-26-2011, 02:02 PM
    Ummmm..I couldn't find a "nice quarter horse" for the same price. I found a grade that was green broke and didn't neck rein, an hours drive rein, but that's about it.
    I've never liked Quarter Horses. Not to offend anyone, but I've never seen one that impressed me. At all. They've all either been jugged headed, deadhead dumb#&$=$, or way overbred expensive ones that people believe are worth a fortune because they're related pocopeppy banana peel five generations back :p nothing use to piss me off more than when someone would say" what you need is a nice, registered AQHA gelding". Because that's exactly what I didn't want.

    I live in the middle of no where basically. Anythings going to be a drive.

    It's the same reason I bought a German Shepherd Puppy after having labs--sure, they're both dogs, but they fire on completely different cylinders.

    On a different note, my arab started limping last night.
    Im just starting to wonder if based on everything everyones said..if this mare is eve worth driving to look at anymore. :( like I said...im basically having to use up all my brownie points just to be allowed to go look once..and I just wonder if its even worth anymore. Sad day.
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        06-26-2011, 02:56 PM
    Chin up hun, don't give up! Can you take a friend with you, maybe that would make your parents more comfortable letting you go 2 hrs away?
        06-26-2011, 03:20 PM
    That woman rides like every other novice trainer out there, using gimmicks to force false collection. This little mare can & will collect the proper way very easily if someone would ride her correctly. I love her, and for $500 I personally would buy her. Here in my area, there are no $500 rideable horses in that age range, $500 is rock bottom meat prices, here her asking price would be about $2000 if she is papered, Canadian dollars which is worth more than US currency.
        07-04-2011, 08:48 PM
    Very cute horse too bad about the way she was ridden...
        07-04-2011, 09:04 PM
    Would you consider finding a trainer here in Phoenix and paying THEM to go look at her? Could save you a LOT of time and money, plus you can get an idea (from a trainer) what it feels like to ride her and their take on retraining needs. Where is this horse?

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