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post #21 of 27 Old 04-07-2011, 11:49 AM
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If it came from a trainer I trust, my coach approved of it and an independent vet in the area was satisfied with it I would. I would probably want to ride it first as I pick my horses based a lot on feel, but for something exceptional of course I would give it the benefit of the doubt.
For example, had I the money meliano on dressage daily would be mine.
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post #22 of 27 Old 04-07-2011, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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This post is something of an update and a little bit off topic, so sorry in advance for that. Btw, i'm not confused about the gender of the horse, just trying to make sure the seller stays anonymous on this forum

I found a horse in my area that has a experience in what I want to do and won't cost me an arm and a leg. However, the seller told me in an email, "
******* is a horse that is safe, and willing. S/he can sometimes have his/her "baby" moments, but most of the time its NOT something to try to hurt or get his/her rider off. His/her regular rider, age 62, has ridden him/her from the age of 3. Sometimes ****** can buck while lunging, but he/she does not do it when riding, and its more of a playful thing .... "
" S/he likes to jump, and is honest and bold. Since s/he is younger, I believe that you would be a good match, as you can learn while fences are low, and s/he can re-learn too. "

The seller also told me that the horse works better when being ridden regularly, which is what I planned to do anyway (riding 5-6 hours a week, 1 hr/day). The catch is that the horse hasn't been ridden all winter and isn't in "work mode". I'm a little bit concerned about the bucking thing when s/he starts working because I have never experienced anything like that and I'm not sure what I would do in that situation. However, other than that, the horse seems to be alright for what I want to do (eventing) and has been trailed extensively.
What do you guys make of this situation? The only reason I am skeptical is because I know that while on older/expereinced horses (the only horses I've ridden are school horses) I am confident while riding, but I have no idea how I would react or what would happen should this horse get excited.

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post #23 of 27 Old 04-07-2011, 01:05 PM
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I bought Persia without seeing her first. I was on a tight budget but still wanted a draft type. There just weren't very many draft horses in my area and definitely not any I could afford. I live in Arizona and I bought her from a rescue in California. I wouldn't have bought her from a private seller, even with a vet check people can be shady just wanting to get rid of their horse. I trusted that she was a sweet horse and everything turned out fine. She was untrained and still is but I have no doubt she will do great at whatever we do with her.
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post #24 of 27 Old 04-07-2011, 01:07 PM
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No, I have to meet any animal I might have and see what my 'gut reaction' is.

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post #25 of 27 Old 04-07-2011, 01:49 PM
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Depends on the situation. If I was rescuing one or buying from an auction, sure. But not if I was looking for a horse to actually compete on or do any serious riding on. Which I don't usually do.

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post #26 of 27 Old 04-07-2011, 05:51 PM
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For me, it would depend greatly on what I was looking for, whether the horse was trained, and what I wanted to do with it. I have bought several unhandled horses sight unseen and have yet to be disappointed. However, if I was looking for a horse that was trained, I would certainly not buy one sight unseen. I am too particular about how I want my horses to handle and have serious trust issues with a horse that someone else has trained.

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post #27 of 27 Old 04-07-2011, 06:32 PM
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I have bought young horses from auctions... which has had mixed results. One ASH filly was wonderful, but had to be put down - snakebite. The other filly, an arab X TB X QH could kick with incredible accuracy.. she crushed a coke can in a guy's hand because the sun hit it... and there were a few other times with shiny objects and other things, but that's the best example. She was bad tempered and I resold her to someone who wanted her conformation (which is why I bought her) but thought she'd breed nice cow horses, whereas I wanted her as an eventer and hack.

Also from auction I bought a BEAUTIFUL TB mare who turned out to be in foal (bonus!) and was wonderful under saddle. She was low in cond, so being a TB I turned her out into an agistment paddock to get a nice grass belly before she got too far along - and she was hit by lightning. So no mare, no foal. I was devastated.

So no more auction horses for me.. they're bad luck!

And I'd definitely want to at least ride a horse that's broken before I bought it.

We bought our (then) unbroken mare Rosie from the paddock, we'd seen her there in a roadside paddock since she was a foal, someone we knew had had no problems with her half-sister, and Christian was already in love with her and was determined to buy her anyway, so when she came up for sale at $500 (her sire's stud fee was $800, it's $1300 now) it was an absolute no brainer. When we went to pick her up, what a mess... she was boisterous, had her owner bluffed with her big tough fat filly act, and it took us hours to catch her, then get her into the float, we ended up having to get her mother on too (this was a 4 year old horse, and it was my 21st birthday, fun!). Next time I'm not buying anything not at least properly halter broken, she was supposedly, but I very much doubt it, she had zero respect, and was difficult to control, either on top of you or trying to get away.

The only good buying experience I've had was Rusty. Bought him from horse deals, went and rode him, and then bought him. Wonderful. Easy (besides the 4 hour drive) simple... thank god!
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