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.
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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.