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        04-12-2013, 07:48 PM
      #21
    Nya
    Foal
    Thank you so much! goodnight then! I'll keep you updated on Hollywood! (He comes from Hollywood Jac 86, they say it's a good line, but I can't tell)
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        04-12-2013, 07:50 PM
      #22
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    When he goes to your place, will he have any other equine companions nearby?
         
        04-13-2013, 07:15 AM
      #23
    Nya
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    When he goes to your place, will he have any other equine companions nearby?
    Yes, there are more or less 30 horses there, he won't surely feel alone! The paddock is only his, but he has the neighbours around him! And in the stables he can see and smell the horses next to him, since they have half wooden wall and half iron bars!
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        04-13-2013, 08:00 AM
      #24
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Nya    
    Then, I should see how quiet he is when he arrives, and decided upon that, what do you think?
    They used him 99% for trails, since it's the only thing they could do, living in the countryside and having the horse at home with no closed space to work in.
    yes you should see how the horses and use common sense .he should be acting normal if he is trained like you think and it shouldn't be a problem though but yes read the horse and be safe
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        04-13-2013, 08:07 AM
      #25
    Green Broke
    If you think you're going to be nervous and intimidated when you get a horse home I would consider taking some riding lessons and waiting on a horse purchase . If you did purchase this horse I would set up a lesson schedule right away so you have help immediately before you get in over your head
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        04-13-2013, 08:50 AM
      #26
    Green Broke
    Some horses do get spooky and act stupid when moved to a new home. They have been taken away from familiar surroundings and have to figure out where their safe zone is. Since he's been a trail horse, he should be just fine because that happens most times you trail ride. You go to a new place to ride.

    He may do some calling out to his lost mate but having others there will help.

    Just from my experience, I've seen horses that were taken to a completely new place and act better than in familiar surroundings. After I started Ghost, we took him on vacation to a national park. It was his first big ride. We had only rode in an arena and out on the roads so far. He did great. He actually rode like he was pretty well trained. When we got back home and rode, he acted like a green horse does.

    Just a fair warning, especially for a novice and a first horse. Once he does settle and is comfortable in his new place, he WILL test you. It could be a week or two or it could be a month or so. This is why you should have a trainer helping you. You'll need to know how to correct him. Almost all horses will do it. It's part of them figuring out where they are in the herd pecking order. If you don't correct him, he will assume a spot higher than you and you'll get more problems. I'm not trying to scare or worry you but let you know that there is a lot to learn about owning them, not just how to ride.

    When you move him, it sounds like he will be stalled, correct? He may not be too bad if he is handled by experienced people on a daily basis.

    Anyway, good luck. He does sound like a great horse. I wouldn't worry too much about. He'll probably do great for you.
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        04-13-2013, 03:58 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    I agree that he sounds nice from what you tell.
    But there are two things that I would take a second look at and get checked out very thoroughly.

    First - She got him 7 years ago, and he's 9-10 now, so she would have gotten him at 2-3 years of age. However, she said she had a bad experience with another horse and then wanted to get something nice and quiet. It doesn't really add up for me why she would want something "nice and quiet" and then get a 2-3 year old that was most likely not even broke...

    Second - make absolutely SURE, whatever you decide, that you get a thorough pre-purchase exam from a vet. This should include x-rays of the feet! Please, please, please don't cut corners on this. 9-10 is the perfect age where problems crop up that can e.g. Come from starting a horse on too much work too early. You will most likely not see arthritis in a 5 yr old, but at 9-10 years you might.
    Many people buy horses without a PPE cause they "really like the horse" and they don't care at the time, or want to save the money, but it sucks to be stuck with a 12 yr old horse that has become unrideable.

    Good luck with your purchase!
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        04-13-2013, 05:42 PM
      #28
    Nya
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by usandpets    
    Some horses do get spooky and act stupid when moved to a new home. They have been taken away from familiar surroundings and have to figure out where their safe zone is. Since he's been a trail horse, he should be just fine because that happens most times you trail ride. You go to a new place to ride.

    He may do some calling out to his lost mate but having others there will help.

    Just from my experience, I've seen horses that were taken to a completely new place and act better than in familiar surroundings. After I started Ghost, we took him on vacation to a national park. It was his first big ride. We had only rode in an arena and out on the roads so far. He did great. He actually rode like he was pretty well trained. When we got back home and rode, he acted like a green horse does.

    Just a fair warning, especially for a novice and a first horse. Once he does settle and is comfortable in his new place, he WILL test you. It could be a week or two or it could be a month or so. This is why you should have a trainer helping you. You'll need to know how to correct him. Almost all horses will do it. It's part of them figuring out where they are in the herd pecking order. If you don't correct him, he will assume a spot higher than you and you'll get more problems. I'm not trying to scare or worry you but let you know that there is a lot to learn about owning them, not just how to ride.

    When you move him, it sounds like he will be stalled, correct? He may not be too bad if he is handled by experienced people on a daily basis.

    Anyway, good luck. He does sound like a great horse. I wouldn't worry too much about. He'll probably do great for you.
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    Thank you!! All of your advice is so much appreciated! There will be more than one expert to help me, but the more, the best :) Now that I know that he will try to test me ad that it is normal, I'll surely be much more confident. The vet told me to give him one or two days to settle him, the owner said I can ride him as soon as he gets off the trailer. I think I'll listen to the vet, anyway..!
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        04-13-2013, 06:02 PM
      #29
    Nya
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Regula    
    I agree that he sounds nice from what you tell.
    But there are two things that I would take a second look at and get checked out very thoroughly.

    First - She got him 7 years ago, and he's 9-10 now, so she would have gotten him at 2-3 years of age. However, she said she had a bad experience with another horse and then wanted to get something nice and quiet. It doesn't really add up for me why she would want something "nice and quiet" and then get a 2-3 year old that was most likely not even broke...

    Second - make absolutely SURE, whatever you decide, that you get a thorough pre-purchase exam from a vet. This should include x-rays of the feet! Please, please, please don't cut corners on this. 9-10 is the perfect age where problems crop up that can e.g. Come from starting a horse on too much work too early. You will most likely not see arthritis in a 5 yr old, but at 9-10 years you might.
    Many people buy horses without a PPE cause they "really like the horse" and they don't care at the time, or want to save the money, but it sucks to be stuck with a 12 yr old horse that has become unrideable.

    Good luck with your purchase!
    I noticed that too! Anyway, I know the breeder, they are serious people, and usually their horses are broke at 3 years, so it should be fine... She says the horse was as quiet as now! What I saw is a well trained, safe, sane and sound horse.. So I hope for the best! Thank you! The vet was really careful with the visit, and this week he will go on with further exams. We already decided, if everything is alright, it's a YES!
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        04-13-2013, 06:08 PM
      #30
    Nya
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by churumbeque    
    if you think you're going to be nervous and intimidated when you get a horse home I would consider taking some riding lessons and waiting on a horse purchase . If you did purchase this horse I would set up a lesson schedule right away so you have help immediately before you get in over your head
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    I already have been taking lessons 2-3 times a week quite intensively in the last year, and I decided to take lessons even from some really good trainers, so I can have advice from more than one point of view. I feel a little nervous because he's going to be my very first horse, and he's so sweet I really don't want to make mistakes. I will do my best, I really care about it, It's a life dream, and I'll be super serious. :)
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