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post #31 of 46 Old 12-01-2012, 03:01 AM
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Pre Purchase Exam. The mare I have now I got at an auction with no PPE, and she is awesome......my wonderful old arab gelding that I had for years I bought for $500 with no PPE. The one mare I did have a PPE on, as well as a 2 week trial period, turned out to be one of the most difficult and awful horses I have ever delt with. I sold her after 6 months and never looked back. IME, with horses, it is *always* a crap shoot. Just keep your fingers crossed that you get along with them, and if you don't, after a reasonable amount of trying, find 'em another home. Life is too short, amd riding is supposed to be fun
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post #32 of 46 Old 12-01-2012, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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I think its the equivalent of vetting. Horse is vet checked and scored before purchase.
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post #33 of 46 Old 12-01-2012, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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The dumbest thing that I have done recently, as an adult that supposedly knows better ---- After FORTY years without a horse, I decided to buy one. I decided to do everything right - checking out lots of horses, PPE, possibly a trial. I was in absolutely NO hurry. I wanted a 5- 10 year old well broken 'bombproof" gelding trail horse. (I know my bones just aren't as limber as they used to be.
What happened: The first horse I went to see was a 2 year old filly. I have no idea why I even went to see her. Anyway, I saw her, fell in love, and bought her. No PPE, didn't see anyone ride her or even tack her up or anything!!!!!!. It was an hour and a half from the time I first saw her to the time she was delivered to my daughter's house.
AS a side note, she is PERFECT - calm ( she has never even spooked at anything) , wise well beyond her years and loving. Also totally sound !! Boy is that dumb luck or what? Below is a picture of my baby the day I got her.


The dumbest thing I have done ON a horse is jumping a large tractor on a dare when I was 14. I had been training for a 'back alley' jumping course and things sort of got out of hand.... Of course my parents qualified for 'dumbest" when they bought me that horse. Again, no PPe or riding first. We never even touched him before buying him. We got him for $100.00. He was a 3 year old unbroken ridgeling Quarter horse and I was an 85 lb 11 year old. ANyway, he turned out perfectly, too. He never hurt me, and he took me to the national level of show jumping. I have been VERY lucky and VERY blessed to have two great horses!!
Loved your story because it sounds like mine. I bought both my horses from photographs and videos. I was 49 then 50! Should know better. Anyway, when you see something I think there really is a gut feeling. I didn't get either horse vetted, just liked what I saw and though I would take a big risk. Don't regret one minute. Both my boys are 'perfect' horses for me as they are Clydesdales. And I am not suggesting that anyone ever buys a horse without seeing it or having it vetted/PPE. I took a big risk and this time it paid off. I may never be as lucky again.
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post #34 of 46 Old 12-01-2012, 12:59 PM
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Ohhh right, Pre-Purchase Exam, Vet check, Thanks. Familiar with the term, just not the abbreviation. Thank you!
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post #35 of 46 Old 12-05-2012, 01:46 PM
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The stupidest thing I done lets see where do I start. Ok when I was 9 years old I was watching a old cowboys and Indian movie. The Indians were riding the horses with nothing but a rope around the nose of the horses. I thought humm I can do that. I went out and caught my horse ( high strung out of control Welsh quarter horse cross) Put a rope around his nose and hoped on bare back as always. He took me for a good ride at full speed all the away around are 10 acre pasture. He then headed for the barbed wire fence at full speed ran straight up to it put his head down and came to a nice sliding stop. I was luck that time and flew through the fence like superman> I went straight through the fence and only got my back cut from my Head to my waste line. I still have the scars. So that's not the stupidest thing I did. The stupidest thing I did is when I was all healed up I went to the pasture and caught my horse and put this little rope around his nose. This time I got the same results but did not get so lucky with the barbed wire. I had to hang in the fence and wait for family to come cut me out.
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post #36 of 46 Old 12-05-2012, 03:20 PM
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Hahahahahaha!!! WOW!!! Through the fence? That's incredible. Lol
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post #37 of 46 Old 12-05-2012, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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The stupidest thing I done lets see where do I start. Ok when I was 9 years old I was watching a old cowboys and Indian movie. The Indians were riding the horses with nothing but a rope around the nose of the horses. I thought humm I can do that. I went out and caught my horse ( high strung out of control Welsh quarter horse cross) Put a rope around his nose and hoped on bare back as always. He took me for a good ride at full speed all the away around are 10 acre pasture. He then headed for the barbed wire fence at full speed ran straight up to it put his head down and came to a nice sliding stop. I was luck that time and flew through the fence like superman> I went straight through the fence and only got my back cut from my Head to my waste line. I still have the scars. So that's not the stupidest thing I did. The stupidest thing I did is when I was all healed up I went to the pasture and caught my horse and put this little rope around his nose. This time I got the same results but did not get so lucky with the barbed wire. I had to hang in the fence and wait for family to come cut me out.
Ouch, wince, ouch!
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post #38 of 46 Old 12-05-2012, 11:23 PM
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When I was ten my friend and I went on a trail ride near our barn. I was on my brand new pony and it was her first trail ride with me. We went down a really steep hill and got off our horses at the bottom where there was a little creek. Why we got off? I can't remember. Anyways, when I got back on the pony she decided to bolt back up the steep swerving hill! I hung on to her mane for dear life totally stirrup-less until we reached our barn. She then promptly came to a halt and then bucked me off.

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post #39 of 46 Old 12-05-2012, 11:47 PM
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After hurricane Katrina my (ex) step sister and I saddled up and went out to check out the trails... This was a couple weeks AFTER the storm but the power had just came back on. The creek was up, way way up.

We rode our horses out onto one of the trails for a ways until the water came up to our thighs then turned and went home, on the way back we saw several water snakes swimming across the trail in front of us.

Very stupid and risky, we could have been bitten or the horses could have been bitten or hurt worse by debris. That is my stupid story.
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post #40 of 46 Old 12-08-2012, 11:41 PM
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A few years ago I rescued a mare and found out she was in foal....delivered a beautiful lil filly and when the foal was about a month old I decided on a whim to let my son ride the mare......he had never ridden a horse before....i was talking him through it as I was trying to take a picture. Her filly decided to go out of her sight and the mare trotted after her into a lean-to with a low roof. My son ended up getting closelined...did a backflip off the back of her and wound up landing on his feet! Great dismount...son!!! He turned around and looked at me and started crying....poor kid.....he was 14 yrs. Old
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