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post #11 of 16 Old 08-24-2009, 04:45 PM
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Also understand - If I had the $$, I, too might take the chance. I've purchased horses at auction. Got burned badly when I purchased a beautiful leopard app gelding - who turned out to be proud cut and crazy mean. (I think he was drugged at the auction, because he was very quiet there!). Got a great deal on my beloved Sugar - she was a wonderful mare. She had her faults, but was my pride and joy for years. Bought a shetland pony for my daughter when she was three and the baby was only a year or so old. Pony was a babysitter when they were little bitty, and had enough spunk to keep them happy until they were just plain to big for her. She went on to become a baby sitter for the neighbor's grandkids for several more years, until she passed away when she was nearly 40!

Bottom line - horses are pretty much always a gamble. You could try to bargain the owner down a bit on the price...?

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post #12 of 16 Old 08-24-2009, 06:05 PM
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550 seems like a little much, but if you go on some horse-for-sale websites, there are people on there with prices a lot more ballsy than that! People want to get as much as they can, and you can't blame them in this economy. At least with this one (as opposed to auction) maybe they will let you ride her. You'll know a little more of what your getting into. And then have grounds to talk 'em down.

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post #13 of 16 Old 08-24-2009, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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I asked my instructor if she thinks shes nice enough to at least look at. Personally, I like the way she looks and most rescues charge $500 for horses that arn't broken so at least shes green broke.

The lady seemed pretty knowledgeable.
We'll see!

Anyone have any critiques on how shes built?

Is 12yr too old to start training for low level dressage and jumping?
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post #14 of 16 Old 08-25-2009, 02:48 PM
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I say go out there and look at her. she my be exactly what you're looking for, or she may not.
I thought I had found the perfect horse, until I went out and saw him.

And they are asking $550, if you offer $500 (or less) they may just take it if they cannot support 3 horses on their field.
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post #15 of 16 Old 08-25-2009, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I asked her about whether she may know if the horse was an ex rodeo bronc..her reply..

Wow, I sure don't think she was a bronc. If they recognize the brand, there is always a possibility. However, I don't think rodeo stock contractors hobble their broncs. Not the one's I've met anyway. She has some scars on her lower pasterns that look to me like they came from long use of hobble straps. She was really opposed to having her feet handled when she first come to us, and I don't blame her. If every time some one touched your feet you were being strapped up, I not want anyone lifting my feet. She had improved a ton since then though. Did I tell you her other vice is fly spray. We are working on that and making progress there too, but still a challenge.

Let me know if your friends recognize the brand, I'd be interested to know. If you have any other questions, let me know.

I'll talk to my instructor today about possibly going out and seeing her this weekend.
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post #16 of 16 Old 08-25-2009, 10:48 PM
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Is 12yr too old to start training for low level dressage and jumping?
No way! I got my very first horse, a 12-year-old barely broke Percheron mare, in June. She couldn't even steer at the trot, didn't know how to canter, and had acceptable ground manners.

She has already come so far, and I'd only consider myself a good beginner/early intermediate rider. She's doing trot poles and little crossrails without hesitation, which are things she's never seen before. She learned the canter from scratch (she had been trained not to canter, as she was a working harness horse before) and will now canter with only a kiss and the smallest amount of leg.

With the right attitude, no horse is too old to train!
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