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post #1 of 4 Old 05-23-2011, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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When buying a riding horse, what do you look for?

I've decided to give up on a young project and just go with a calm, quiet, well broke trail horse. I have a horseless horse-fiend where I board my horses and I'd quite like a riding buddy. I'd be ecstatic if I could take Red out on the roads and trails more, and with a calm, quiet partner I could.

Red's well broke, but not beginner broke (he needs the finesse and feel of an intermediate to advanced rider). Loki is going to be re-trail-broke, but I doubt he'll ever be suitable for a beginner. Divo's getting broke this year hopefully, but he too has that 'getupandgo'.

I figure I can always get a nice project colt again after I finish Red's training and sell him. He's really a GREAT horse, I just don't like him very much We don't click, so to speak. Get along fine, he rides like a show horse (just needs some more miles to polish and shine), just don't have the 'connection'.

SO! What do YOU look for in a riding horse? I'm keeping my horizons as open as possible and trying to focus on the 'Calm and Quiet' section. I like my horses with spunk and jazz, I see the calm, quiet, push-buttony types as, well....boring.

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Nice horses at nice prices. One was a mule, ridden by a child, but standing over 16hh. The other a REALLY nice looking paint gelding, sounded perfect, except for an old injury to his hind leg causing a limp.
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I just found a great one. A solid paint bred three year old mare sired by A Big Gun. Sold unbroke, but he said he had a few rides on her. I have had her for two weeks. We are now walk/trot/canter and took her down the trail sunday night - not a single problem yet. Tonight my non-horse hubby rode her in the arena.

What did I look for? Nice head, big soft eyes, great ground manners and a respectful manner about her. I was actually, like you, looking for a broke, older horse, but she was so cheap I dropped my mother's day breakfast and went to look at her and wrote the check on the spot. I wasn't ready for another project as I have a hot four year old, but she has proven to be exactly what I was looking for. Hope you find the right one for you!

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when looking for a horse its not about their personality or energy levels. you really want to focus on tempermant and conformation. the points to consider looking at when buying another horse are the eyes, the feet, the head, neck, shoulders, withers, forelegs, elbows, knees, connon bones, fetlocks and pasterns. make sure to look at hindquaters as well.
also ask to see how the horse moves under a rider as well on lunge.
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