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        01-15-2010, 01:47 PM
      #11
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by LisaG719    
    So, it sounds like that is the key. If I decide to try and take her on I should be signed up with a professional trainer to get us to be a better skill match for one another. What should I be looking for in a trainer? I am assuming that the BO that trains children/teens to ride isn't going to be experienced enough to help us.
    Look for a trainer who has a history of making good riding teams out of different horses and people. If he/she is good, they should be able to put you in contact with plenty of people who can give them a glowing reference.

    They don't have to be the highest priced or fanciest, just be able to prove to you that they're able to take two disparate individuals, and make them into a good partnership.

    Most professional trainers don't do it 'on the side'; it's usually their livelihood. Whether or not your BO is capable of training you, I don't know. I would think if she's not doing anything except the basics, she won't be a good candidate to fine tune you and a horse.

    The fact that you realize you're not capable of doing this yourself tells me you're already ahead of the game.

    If Sophie really is the horse for you, then she'll come to you. If she's not, the right one is out there.

    I wish you luck in whatever you decide. You certainly seem to have a good head on your shoulders.
         
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        01-15-2010, 02:13 PM
      #12
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    If Sophie really is the horse for you, then she'll come to you. If she's not, the right one is out there.
    I agree. I am forcing myself to sit back and consider all the variables. That's why I let her slip by the first time. Now that she's back I am "chomping at the bit" to make her mine.

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    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    I wish you luck in whatever you decide. You certainly seem to have a good head on your shoulders.
    Thank you! I appreciate the compliment.
         
        01-15-2010, 02:51 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    She's lovely, go for it!
    Oh and we are all 'always learning'
         
        01-15-2010, 02:54 PM
      #14
    Trained
    I just watched part of the video. What I see is a well trained horse who is willing and able to go what is asked. This is the type of horse I like. I want a horse how is "up" but not hyper. One who has a lot of controlled energy and that is what this mare looks like she has. I would go look at her ride her and see how you fit. However I would also make sure you get with her owners and learn all her buttons and such. If not it might make her hard to ride.
         
        01-15-2010, 02:58 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by speedy da fish    
    she's lovely, go for it!
    Oh and we are all 'always learning'
    LoL you sounds like the little Devil on my shoulder. I am definitely going to call and talk with her. She sounds fairly straight forward in the ad and I want to get some more information as to why Sophie needs an experienced handler. If she has a lot of 'go' I don't mind working with her but if she has rearing/bucking issues then I am going to steer clear. There is another grey Arab on dream horse in my area that is listed as "Beginner Safe" and I should be looking into that as well. But, something about Sophie...
         
        01-15-2010, 03:03 PM
      #16
    Banned
    It sounds like you have a good plan.
         
        01-15-2010, 03:14 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
    I just watched part of the video. What I see is a well trained horse who is willing and able to go what is asked. This is the type of horse I like. I want a horse how is "up" but not hyper. One who has a lot of controlled energy and that is what this mare looks like she has. I would go look at her ride her and see how you fit. However I would also make sure you get with her owners and learn all her buttons and such. If not it might make her hard to ride.
    Oh boy, you guys are getting me all excited about her again. That is just what I want. I don't want to feel that I am pushing my horse to work. I like having a girl that is happy and excited but not dangerous. I think a lot has to do with the rider though. The owner appears to know exactly how to handle Sophie.
         
        01-15-2010, 07:51 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I finally spoke with the current owner! She has owned Sophie for pretty much her entire training. She picked her out of a pasture where she had been left unattended and untrained as a filly. Her faults are that she is extremely hot. I qoute "She is like riding a firecracker". She doesn't head toss or buck but will prance and snort when she wants to go faster. And she hates having her ears touched/clipped. The owner was very up front and sociable. She wants her horse placed in the best home possible and is selling her due to financial reasons. I briefly talked to her about working out a trial period in order to make sure we are a well fit pair. She gets back in town on Monday so I have the entire weekend to make up my mind as to what direction I want to go.

    Should I be concerned about the price? Is that too much to ask in this economy for a so deemed 'hot' horse?
         
        01-15-2010, 08:03 PM
      #19
    Trained
    I think that is not a bad price for the amount of training the mare seems to have. Hot is relative. I am sure some would think my reiners are hot. They are not they are what I would call "UP". As long as you can ride you can control their energy even kids ride most of them.

    However she might be a horse that you need to ride quite often and not let sit. So that might be a consideration for you too. I like the one you can get on and go no matter how long it has been since they where last ridden.
         
        01-15-2010, 08:21 PM
      #20
    Started
    I think she is wonderful. Loved the video, too.
    Hope it all works out!
         

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