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        08-19-2009, 05:33 PM
      #11
    Showing
    As a new rider I think you are making a mistake with the younger horse. Since you don't have to buy either of them you can go with the older horse which, as you said, makes you very comfortable, and after you get a lot more experience, move up to a younger horse.

    3 months is not even a drop in the bucket of experience. Go with a "confidence building been there done that and I'll teach you" horse.
         
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        08-19-2009, 05:51 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    I agree with iride. (:
         
        08-19-2009, 11:15 PM
      #13
    Trained
    Lazy horses bore me senseless, but it all depends on what you're comfortable with. If you're not experienced at handling spooky horses, at best you'll get your confidence shaken and at worst you'll get hurt. Maybe just sign a short term lease on whichever one you choose so you're not stuck if you decide it's not the horse for you.
         
        08-19-2009, 11:29 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Hey not to be weird but I noticed you said you live in Vancouver. What part? I live in South Surrey and if you're want I have an older pony that NEEDS some exercise. She's by no means lazy, is well broke and loves to jump. It'd be free as she needs some more work and between working and my other horse I don't have as much time as I'd like for the sweet old lady.

    We're close to trails, have a ring and jumps etc. Come try her out. She's a fun little ride. She is only 13.2hh but is a stocky little lady.
         
        08-20-2009, 02:14 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    Hey I live in South Vancouver.
    So I'm about 40 mins away from you.
    But if you you just need someone to excersise her, and you wouldn't mind maybe a really flexible schedule, I'd love to! I'll PM you.
         
        08-29-2009, 02:31 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Sooooo I didn't go back to the older arab because of the lack of the indoor ring. And because he's not the greatest jumper (He over jumps a lot)
    But when I went to ride the stb on my own with no one around she was horrible. Did nothing but back up.
    So I called the owner out to lunge her and she reared and bucked and kicked and wouldn't lunge until her trainer came out.

    So yep.

    I am just going to keep looking. I went and looked at a few horses at this one place with a great indoor ring, but the people were quite... errr... stuck up. And the woman said she'd require me to have a lesson on my lease day... but doesn't want the horse worked for longer than an hour... so I couldn't have any free riding, and uhg. Just no good.

    On Monday I am looking at 2 andalusians. But no indoor ring :( The owner sounds very nice though.
         
        08-29-2009, 03:14 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    I think you're smart to keep looking. Neither horse sounded really that great for you, both for different reasons. I'm a student, so I know how hard it is to part with $100 a month- I also lived in seattle for 10 years and can tell you that having an indoor ring is invaluable. I would go months without riding my leased hanovarian because it was simply a complete mud bog for 6 months out of the year. What a waste of your leasing dollars! You really don't realize just *how* much it rains there until you're watching your money go down the drain...
         
        09-01-2009, 02:34 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    Yeah I'm really having a hard time finding places with the right people, right horses and right facility all in one package!

    Today I went and saw the andalusians. The one was perfect, and the woman doesn't really care whether I ride 2 days or 5. She says if I have the time and no one else is riding her, I can come out as often as I'd like.

    But again no indoor.
    The arena is sand, according to her it's not so bad in the winter... but I'm not quick to trust what people say when they are trying to "sell a product."
    I agree... the rain is bad... and not only do I not want to ride in it... driving in the rain sucks too (my light little compact car hydroplanes ALLL OVER the road in the rain)
    We will seeee....
         
        09-01-2009, 10:46 AM
      #19
    Super Moderator
    I'm sad that you're not having great luck. =(
    About the sand thing, have you ever been to the beach? Wet arena sand is going to be just like wet beach sand, even though it's wet you can still get tons of traction.
    As long as they have good arena drainage, which if the person said it doesn't get too bad I'd think they probably do, an outdoor sand arena should be too bad.

    Good luck in your search!
         

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