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        01-26-2010, 12:53 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Need advice and a good smack in the head to set me straight.

    So, here's the situation: I have been offered a free horse. As we all know a horse is never truely free but there is no inital cost for me to take her over. It would be a matter of picking up the bill for her board/feed/etc. I have been riding her for a few months now and am starting to get attached to her. She is 14yrs old and sound/healthy as of today. She can be a bit of a challenge to ride but in a good way that keeps me learning and on my toes.

    Here's where I need a smack in the head. My brain is telling me to take the horse that I am familiar with. There is nothing wrong with her and she is already a part of the barn so she has her own stall and schedule. But, I can't help but look at horses for sale. A part of me wants to buy a younger horse with better conformation, breeding, and training. I found three awesome horses for sale in my area right around the $2500 mark. This is obviously quite the commitment on my part so I am trying to see the situation from all angles. What would you do in my place?
         
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        01-26-2010, 01:23 PM
      #2
    Showing
    My first question would be, will a new horse do for you what the current one doesn't/can't? Then ...... is the difference worth $2,500 and the challenge/unknown of a different horse? Lastly will that $2,500 be better spent in getting your current ride to where you want him to be?

    You know what you've got, you don't always know what you are getting. (But the hunt is fun!)
         
        01-26-2010, 02:33 PM
      #3
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    My first question would be, will a new horse do for you what the current one doesn't/can't? Then ...... is the difference worth $2,500 and the challenge/unknown of a different horse? Lastly will that $2,500 be better spent in getting your current ride to where you want him to be?

    You know what you've got, you don't always know what you are getting. (But the hunt is fun!)
    That's a very good point. Right now my biggest frustration is that my current horse isn't the best on trails. I am already trying to 'despook' her so to speak. I find myself looking at horses that have more trail experience and are better looking. But in the end aesthetics shouldn't be the main reason to buy a horse. My biggest fear is spending that amount of money and ending up with a horse that isn't what I thought it was. But, the petty side of me has this ideal horse in mind.
         
        01-26-2010, 05:05 PM
      #4
    Showing
    No horse is perfect - even Secretariat had problems. It took me a long time to find my current trail horse (Hollywood). He has the training, looks, and trail savvy I was looking for but he can be a little spooky. There is always a trade off. It comes down to what you can live with!
         
        01-26-2010, 09:34 PM
      #5
    Foal
    I would take the free horse ( If I liked him/her enough ;D ) That way you could spend the extra money on stuff that horse needs
         
        01-27-2010, 01:26 AM
      #6
    Foal
    Its up to you how you feel about this horse really,and depending what you want to do and if this horse is capable etc. But if youve become attatched to him and like riding him and he's able to do what you want with him then why not keep him :)
         
        01-27-2010, 10:08 AM
      #7
    Foal
    You said your horse isn't very good on trails. How is this horse on trails? You also said this horse is a challenge to ride, and you are trying to de-spook your horse. Maybe take this one and have a friend ride your horse a lot on trails. Your horse might learn from this horse that everything is not trying to kill it and turn into a better trail horse, while this horse becomes easier to ride. Later on down the road I bet you could find someone that really wants a horse but doesn't have much money to buy one, then you could return the favor and help someone out. Why spend $2500 on the unknown if you have something to work with already?
         
        01-27-2010, 11:25 AM
      #8
    Foal
    Well, why don't you go try out the horses that are for sale. Then you will be able to compare them to the one you are currently riding. That way, you can make the best decision becuase you know how each horse actually rides.
         
        01-27-2010, 11:26 AM
      #9
    Foal
    You guys all bring up great points! I am definitely going to take a step back and continue working with the free horse. There are always going to be great horses available. It's just too much fun shopping and dreaming. *sigh*
         
        01-27-2010, 12:07 PM
      #10
    Foal
    Do you guys feel 14yrs old for a Thoroughbred cross is old? Most of what I have read and seen says that Thoroughbreds tend to live to roughly 20yrs old and crosses being slightly longer. I was thinking that if I am going to invest the money into owning that maybe getting a QH/Arab cross that is a bit younger (7 yrs old) might be the way to go. Or am I just over analyzing? The other side of the argument is that having an experienced 14yr old probably fits my level of expertise better. Oh the questions swirling around my head never cease. Lol
         

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