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        08-19-2009, 04:29 PM
    Trying Out Trail Horse-help!!

    Tommorow, I am going to try out a trail horse.
    He has been ridden 1 or 2 per year since these people own him, as they have young horses to train.

    His old owners rode him in mountains, trails, packing trips etc.

    I am 13 yrs old, and I am extremely shy.

    What sorts of questions should I ask when I go try him out?

    What should I do while test riding a trail horse that is out of shape?

    I have looked at lots of horses before, but I had an experienced horse person with me to ask all the questions.

    This time, I am on my own.. with my mom.(who knows nothing about horses)

    Don't get me wrong.. I know tons about horses.. but I am SOOO shy.. I am scared to ask questions (unless email), and I tense up when I test ride, because I don't like people watching me :(

    What should I do??
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        08-19-2009, 04:37 PM
    Don't forget to ask everything about like... what training he has had and what he knows how to do and what he doesn't and if there is anything he is scared of.
    Are you leasing him?
    Make sure you ask everything to do with financial stuff... what will happen with the vet, farrier, food and board. Whose responsible for what, and how long do you have to commit. Common sense questions really.
    Can you ride him in bad weather? Does he get freaked out?

    ... I don't know anything about trail riding. But when something comes to mind ASK IT.

    This is no time to be shy.
    I understand.. I used to be incredibly shy. I didn't come out of my shell until I was about 17.
    But you've got to push yourself to say something when you have a question.

    But there'll always be things you forget to ask. So if you remember them after, just drop these people an email and ask it then.
        08-19-2009, 04:41 PM
    No, I am not leasing him.

    He is for sale, and I am going to look at him ;)

    It's good to know someone else shared my problem :P
    I hate being shy :( it ruins my life

    Okay thank you :)

    I was wondering.. what should I do while I'm riding? Like circles, canter/trot/walk?

    The owner said he was only cantered once this year and is really out of shape, so I dunno if I should?

    What should I look for health wise?

    Anything else?

    Thanks again :)
        08-19-2009, 04:41 PM
    Green Broke
    Right now, get a sheet of paper, and a pen, and write things down that you want to know. And bring it with you tomorrow. I have never really test rode a horse for buying before, so I really don't know. Just be as calm as you can, you will be okay. And even if you do tense up a bit, just tell them that sometimes you get nervous riding new horses for the first time. They will understand I am sure of it!

    Edit: And yes, you should walk, trot, and ask them if he would be okay to canter. Do some circles with him. While you are tacking him up, make sure he picks up his feet ALL 4 of them for you, touch his face a bit, run your hand down his spine and rump, just to make sure he doesnt have any type of vice related to touching his body. Hmm, Ask them how he is with other horses, by himself, ask them if he has any vices, like cribbing, pacing, nipping, ect. How is he around young kids? Bikes? Dogs? Cars? Is he scared of anything?

    If it is possible could you have your trainer or riding instrustor, or someone who knows a lot about horses go with you??

    Sorry this post is SO long.. Just write it down if you need to!
        08-19-2009, 04:45 PM
    Thanks Jillyann.

    That's a good idea to bring a piece of paper along.

    I pretty much know everything I need to so far, by email.. so, its going to be awkward silence..

    I always feel like a complete beginner and a ****** when I test ride horses.. cause I forget everything I know, and become freaked out that people are staring at me.
        08-19-2009, 04:49 PM
    Green Broke
    Yeah, I hear you. Even if you know 'everything' from email, just ask them again anyways. It wont hurt to just be 100% sure about everything. And if you ask them something that they told you about in an email, and they give you a different answer, they could be lying about something.. so make sure you look out for that too.
        08-19-2009, 04:59 PM
    That is a good idea :)
    Thanks again!
        08-20-2009, 03:34 AM
    Originally Posted by horseluver50    
    It's good to know someone else shared my problem :P
    I hate being shy :( it ruins my life

    Oh my god, me too. TOTALLY ruined my life. Being over it (or somewhat over it) is the most freeing feeling there is!

    You'll get there one day. Both after meeting my crazy outgoing boyfriend and moving to a new city where I had no friends, I became a lot more outgoing. (I still don't have many friends here after a year... because I am not OVERLY outgoing... but at least now I can lift my eyes off the ground in public. Haha)
        08-20-2009, 12:52 PM
    I hope I loosen up in highschool.. im just too strange :P

    OH! The horse sold :( a lady came and looked, and bought him :(

    Thanks though, for everyones help :)

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