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post #11 of 18 Old 01-27-2010, 12:11 PM
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I don't think 14 is old at all. It also really depends on the horses past though..

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post #12 of 18 Old 01-27-2010, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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i don't think 14 is old at all. It also really depends on the horses past though..
My understanding is that she was found emaciated and abandoned in a pasture when she was roughly two years old. Since then she has had atleast 3 owners. She is being well taken care of in her current situation and has been with them for almost two years. From their experience with her she has been sound and healthy. She has a ton of spunk but I have concerns about her long term. But, the flip side is that I may not know what type of history the others horses have experienced and here I do.

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post #13 of 18 Old 01-27-2010, 12:25 PM
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Lisa I get the feeling that you have not gone out and bought a horse before.

You've got one known quantity standing in front of you and it is free but you are thinking of going out and choosing from who knows how many horses, one that you think might suit you, as and when you have got it home and it is used to you. And you have paid for it.

We Brits have a saying "Never look a gift horse in the mouth" - now you can
Take that to mean anything you want.

If you can agree to give the freebie back if you don't get on, then it has to be a good deal.

But welcome to the Horse World - this won't be the first difficult decision you have to make.

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post #14 of 18 Old 01-27-2010, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Lisa I get the feeling that you have not gone out and bought a horse before.

You've got one known quantity standing in front of you and it is free but you are thinking of going out and choosing from who knows how many horses, one that you think might suit you, as and when you have got it home and it is used to you. And you have paid for it.

We Brits have a saying "Never look a gift horse in the mouth" - now you can
Take that to mean anything you want.

If you can agree to give the freebie back if you don't get on, then it has to be a good deal.

But welcome to the Horse World - this won't be the first difficult decision you have to make.

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You are absolutely correct Barry. This would be my first horse purchase ever. The family has already said that part of me taking on the free horse would mean that if I ever decided I no longer wanted her that she would come back to them. They weren't outright looking to get rid of her but we kind of stumbled into a connection. The "Never look a gift horse in the mouth." comment certainly hit home. I have a feeling I am doing just that with my second guessing of the situation.

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post #15 of 18 Old 01-27-2010, 02:13 PM
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You are absolutely correct Barry. This would be my first horse purchase ever. The family has already said that part of me taking on the free horse would mean that if I ever decided I no longer wanted her that she would come back to them. They weren't outright looking to get rid of her but we kind of stumbled into a connection. The "Never look a gift horse in the mouth." comment certainly hit home. I have a feeling I am doing just that with my second guessing of the situation.
Understandable. All other things aside, and if you had to buy the horse you were offered, would you?

Another think to consider is that the time of the year is such that many good horses are not even on the market right now. Work with the horse you were given but now with a different mindset. You are now working with your horse, not working a horse that belongs to someone else. After a month with that thinking, you can reassess that horse and decide to keep him or give him back. In the mean while, more horses will come to the market and the ones you are looking at may even go down in price.

Don't over think it.

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post #16 of 18 Old 01-28-2010, 11:38 PM
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The way to look at it is this:
What are your goals?
If you simply want a trail horse then 14 years isnt too bad because in 4 years the horse will be 18 but still able to do trail.
Now if you wanted to jump, your level would increase while your horse's decreases, thus, you would surpass your horse.
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post #17 of 18 Old 01-29-2010, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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iridehorses: I think you are correct. I am totally over thinking the situation.


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The way to look at it is this:
What are your goals?
If you simply want a trail horse then 14 years isnt too bad because in 4 years the horse will be 18 but still able to do trail.
Now if you wanted to jump, your level would increase while your horse's decreases, thus, you would surpass your horse.

I just ride for pleasure. No competing so trail and leisure rides work perfectly for me.

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post #18 of 18 Old 01-29-2010, 10:53 AM
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The way to look at it is this:
What are your goals?
If you simply want a trail horse then 14 years isnt too bad because in 4 years the horse will be 18 but still able to do trail.
Now if you wanted to jump, your level would increase while your horse's decreases, thus, you would surpass your horse.

Yes, age doesn't really matter unless you want to jump big. I ride a horse that turned 37 TODAY (happy birthday Fireglo!) and he still goes out on trails. The vet has thoroughly looked at him and he says that it is actualy better for him to be ridden a few times a week! So I wouldn't be discouraged too much by her age. I would base it more off of her health. You will be the one paying for the vet so you want a horse that is very healthy. Good luck with either choice you take

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