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        01-15-2010, 08:22 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    OMG she is adorable. When I got my horse she wasnt even trained and barely halter broke and scared of everything. No lie. I worked with her everyday and she has become a great horse and I can do just about everything with her. People think she is really hot but she isn't anymore. I think that Sophie might be a great horse for you.
         
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        01-15-2010, 09:14 PM
      #22
    Foal
    This horse has a whole lot of ground manners and while watching the video I was wondering why you would be hesitant of getting her then she put a saddle on and she completly changed. I would say that this is not for a beginner, but if you have the money and ability to get proffesional training for both of you so that you are both learning it may no be so bad. But if you buy this horse and don't control her she will win each and everytime and all you will have is a fight which can be a real struggle and gets real old real fast. GOOK LUCK! Everyone has had great suggestions.
         
        01-15-2010, 09:23 PM
      #23
    Super Moderator
    Wow! I adore her. She seems like she could probably benefit from a bunch of walking under saddle at first (Lacey was very similar in all that wanting to go stuff at first but once we walked and did more walking, she got over it) but she seems like she has a great head on her shoulders. Just wow. I wish I had that kind of money! Haha

    If you get her and need an "exercise rider" I'm totally there to help you out!
         
        01-15-2010, 10:20 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Thanks for all the feedback! Keep it coming!

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    Originally Posted by Wallaby    
    Wow! I adore her. She seems like she could probably benefit from a bunch of walking under saddle at first (Lacey was very similar in all that wanting to go stuff at first but once we walked and did more walking, she got over it) but she seems like she has a great head on her shoulders. Just wow. I wish I had that kind of money! Haha

    If you get her and need an "exercise rider" I'm totally there to help you out!
    If you are anywhere near the Portland Metro area I would definitely take you up on that! :) Heck if you are local we should totally ride together whether I get this horse or not!
         
        01-15-2010, 10:29 PM
      #25
    Super Moderator
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    Originally Posted by LisaG719    
    If you are anywhere near the Portland Metro area I would definitely take you up on that! :) Heck if you are local we should totally ride together whether I get this horse or not!
    Yup! I live in Gresham and Lacey lives in Springdale/Corbett. We totally should! I'd LOVE to meet a fellow HF-er.
         
        01-16-2010, 07:47 AM
      #26
    Banned
    An additional point to consider, along with what the other posters have mentioned:

    This horse is *fit* - she was conditioned to do a 25 mile ride recently.

    So if you're looking for a horse to amble down the trail while you gossip with a friend, this is probably not the right horse for you.

    Everything about that video indicates that the owner put quantity time in her; both time on the ground work and time in the saddle - do you have that kind of time? What kind of horse will you have if you don't put that kind of time in her?

    I can absolutely see why you'd want her, but I think you need to do a very realistic evaluation of what you want in a horse, and the kind of time you can spend in the saddle.
         
        01-16-2010, 10:54 AM
      #27
    Foal
    I figured I'd just put my opinion in, although its not 100% necessary as people have all voiced some excellent points and I know you have a lot to think about now... This is more my personal experience.
    I had taken a few year hiatus from riding and owning horses (well not riding 100% as I still would ride every now and then but no competing, no lessons, etc) and then when I got back into it I ended up purchasing a horse that to be completely honest I had no business buying! He was an unbroke 3 y/o that was just to the point where he was ready to go undersaddle... As I loved his ground manners and he seemed like a big angel (and he was in my price range....) I ended up bringing him home. NOT the horse I thought he was and it was a tough journey. I ended up investing way more money than I had ever thought as he was terrifying and couldn't be started by anyone I knew, so I had to hire someone to start him for me... and ride him for a few months until it was safe for anyone else to get on.....
    Long story short, I know your horse is not the same situation here, but be careful with your choice and definitely think into the future. Its a good plan to work with a trainer but consider all costs and what you will be missing out on while your waiting for you and your horse to mesh. I have been very patient with my horses training and I'm glad that I have and how far he has come is amazing, but theres many times I wished I could partake in stuff over the years that we couldn't due to us not being ready. Looking back I did not make a good choice and should have continued looking for the perfect match instead of falling in love with my guy. It would have been a lot easier on everyone, but at this point I wouldnt trade him for the world.
    Good luck with your decision, she looks like a great horse, but there are many great horses out there so just be sure that you are comfortable with whatever you decide!
         
        01-27-2010, 07:08 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by maura    
    An additional point to consider, along with what the other posters have mentioned:

    This horse is *fit* - she was conditioned to do a 25 mile ride recently.

    So if you're looking for a horse to amble down the trail while you gossip with a friend, this is probably not the right horse for you.

    Everything about that video indicates that the owner put quantity time in her; both time on the ground work and time in the saddle - do you have that kind of time? What kind of horse will you have if you don't put that kind of time in her?

    I can absolutely see why you'd want her, but I think you need to do a very realistic evaluation of what you want in a horse, and the kind of time you can spend in the saddle.
    Great points, Maura. I think this would be an awesome horse for the right rider being used in the right way. I had a mare that wasn't hot but had a lot of energy and it litterally would take me 45 minutes of long trotting to even get her breathing hard. Since I am limited with my riding time, I never got to completely enjoy her because the time I had to ride was used to just get her to a point she relaxed. If I took her on a trail ride, we were constantly having to stop and wait for everyone else to catch up because she walked faster than my friend's horses. I either has to find different friends to ride with or get a different horse.
    Evaluate what's important to you in a horse and what you will be using the horse for, and then see if this horse fits the bill. If so, go for it. If not, don't try to make her work into your plans because she's a pretty horse.
         
        01-27-2010, 08:09 PM
      #29
    Showing
    In all honesty, I would take her for a trial period. Horses act differently with different owners....I learned that lesson the hard way with my now unhandleable, kicking, biting, Clydesdale gelding. He was docile as ever with his old owners, with us? Not so much.
         
        01-27-2010, 10:02 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    I would also look at that beginner horse and some others, at least for comparison. I think it is easy to give the horse the benefit of the doubt if you are only looking at one. It might help you be more objective to at least look at a few others.
         

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