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post #1 of 26 Old 12-19-2012, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Any funny/bizarre stories from you went horse shopping?

Once when I was still looking for a horse, living in the central valley CA, I checked out this arab/morgan cross for $600. The add bragged about the wonderful disposition *child safe* and the pictures of the horse showed a small black blur very far in the background.

Well, I check the horse out, ride it - sort of - you can't even lay your legs on the horse with out her bucking. You had to stick your legs strait out in front of you and she only had two speeds: a panicked walk and gallop. I got right off.

Oh, and the horse a chunk of its neck missing because it was attacked by a mountain lion.

Anyone else have any interesting stories?
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I drove 2 hours to see a horse, get there the horse was brought out to me and it did not resemble the photos I was emailed at all. Was a completely different horse.

As the horse is being led out to me:
Me - 'erm that's the not the horse you sent me photos of'
Seller - 'oh I know, I didn't have a camera at the time, so I just used photos of a horse that looked like him that I found online.
Me - 'please tell me how a paint draft mix resembles the TB you sent me photos of'

I got back in my car and drove 2 hours home.
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I drove 2 hours to see a horse, get there the horse was brought out to me and it did not resemble the photos I was emailed at all. Was a completely different horse.

As the horse is being led out to me:
Me - 'erm that's the not the horse you sent me photos of'
Seller - 'oh I know, I didn't have a camera at the time, so I just used photos of a horse that looked like him that I found online.
Me - 'please tell me how a paint draft mix resembles the TB you sent me photos of'

I got back in my car and drove 2 hours home.
ROFL, where'd you leave the body?

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post #4 of 26 Old 12-19-2012, 12:48 AM
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We once looked at a Belgium, big big dude too. Was on a dirt lot. Was told he was great mannered and rode and drove all the time. He was seriously thin. They brought him out so we could check him out. He planted face first in the grass and stayed there. Boots to the jaw wouldn't budge him. We kindly said he wasn't for us and left them to get an 18hh draft to listen.
Posted via Mobile Device oh, and another one. We were looking for a horse for the little ones. Found a gorgouse paint. Was supposed to be dead broke. Scared of nothin and the gal was military. Why wouldn't we go see it. Get there, horse is obviously young like 4. I get in pasture to just check it out and it's nervous. Lead it around and it's Geeking. Put our girl on bareback. It was not happy! Nothing mean but it dang sure wasn't what it was said to be.

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post #5 of 26 Old 12-19-2012, 01:11 AM
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Alex I had a similar experience!
Wasn't finding what I wanted so I decided to throw out a CL ad detailing my "dream" horse list. Who knows right? Put pictures up of my barn & fields hoping to entice an on the fencer but needing money seller.

So I get this email... Showed a drop dead gorgeous buckskin QH, trail extordinare, bomb proof, you name it. Talk, all is good but the age, younger than I wanted but man was he a looker!

So I drive two hours to go see him. Show up and there he is standing by the fence in his 16hh glory! What does the guy pull out? An unbroke, gangly, never seen a farrier, never backed, ewe necked, TWH!!!!! The TWH was in the BACKGROUND, blurry, and you could hardly tell it was a horse! Then he proceeded to hop on his back to show me how great he could be and the horse practically SAT DOWN!!

The QH horse was his buddies, the TWH was being pastured there and was a handful and needed to be gone ASAP.

I was the only one gone ASAP. Didn't say a word.
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post #6 of 26 Old 12-19-2012, 01:27 AM
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First horse I tried out was a green broke paint mare that belonged to a friend. I knew the trainer, vet, farrier, breeder, background, and figured she was a pretty safe bet. I went to get on her to try her out, and she threw me before my butt ever hit the saddle. I got some serious air time. Trainer came over to help me off the ground and the first words out of his mouth were "Well at least now you can say your're a real cowgirl."
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post #7 of 26 Old 12-19-2012, 02:04 AM
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Oh boy...

Lets see, there was the "dead-broke" paint that literally bolted on me. According to the seller my legs were making her nervous, you had to ride her without your legs coming into any contact whatsoever with her. Ummm ok!

The mustang that was "treat-trained". Complete sweetheart and would do anything you asked IF you dispensed treats constantly. Literally, you could only get 4 strides of any gait before he screeched to a dead halt and the head whipped around for another treat.

The slightly lame TB who had one speed.... dead halt. With much whacking of a crop I was able to walk and trot, forget a canter. My TRAINER barely got a canter out of him and she was practically breaking the crop on him!

The pony who spent the whole ride trying to scrape me off on the wall.... I guess I really can't complain, my trainer ended up buying him and he is a dead-broke, bomp-proof pony that takes amazing care of my girls. Don't try and ride him with any contact though, whoooweee..... turns into demon pony who bolts, bucks and scrapes you off on the wall.
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Took a mare on a test "trail ride", more like back roads around a neighborhood. The owner and his son joined me as well. Going along fine and we come across a horse in a herd in the distance grazing. Looks up and comes barreling towards us. At first I thought whatever it just wants to say hi.

Well...apparently this was a stud and of COURSE the mare I was riding was in heat at the time and to make things better he was contained in a really crappy barbed wire fence that was low. He ended up jumping the fence and comes tearing after me. My horse starts to trot to get away from him and he's trying to mount us with ME on her in the meantime. So I'm slapping and kicking this stallion away while she mare is freaking out under me.

And here comes the two other guys plodding down the trail like nothing is happening. They don't think it was a big deal. They happened to know the owner and the stud followed us back to the owner.

At the beginning of the ride he was telling me how trained she was and she could do all sorts of things, like backing! So he turned around to show me, yells at the top of his lungs repeatedly to back and starts beating her up in the face. Well of course she's going to back up when you're doing that!

Needless to say I didn't buy her.
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Sheesh! I think the stud charging would have made me need to clean my saddle after! Goodness!
We don't have any massively crazy stories... Looked at a decently cute/built paint gelding, looked good in pics, sounded decent on phone... overpriced, but figured we could talk down, as they were trying to sell his color, ya know? Get there, he has the highest heels and shortest toes I have ever seen on a horse- I mean he was almost doing ballet every step he took. I was floored at how that must hurt him! I mention it to the girl- 'oh no, the farrier comes regularly!' Gee ya think, no way he could get his own toes that freaking short. Lord knows how fast he would breakdown with legs like that! Oh and let's not forget the fact that she mentioned he was a bit shy to getting the bit in the mouth, I am ok with that- I can work with it. I watch while she bits- no wonder- he is missing his front teeth, and another one is broken and jammed sideways.... and she didn't know!! So who knows what other pain was in his mouth.
None of the other horses were as considerably screwy as that guy... He had a great heart too, I think. But I was afraid to touch him- who knows what damage those feet caused or had been hiding for his whole life, and to never have even checked his mouth... sheesh!
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Took a mare on a test "trail ride", more like back roads around a neighborhood. The owner and his son joined me as well. Going along fine and we come across a horse in a herd in the distance grazing. Looks up and comes barreling towards us. At first I thought whatever it just wants to say hi.

Well...apparently this was a stud and of COURSE the mare I was riding was in heat at the time and to make things better he was contained in a really crappy barbed wire fence that was low. He ended up jumping the fence and comes tearing after me. My horse starts to trot to get away from him and he's trying to mount us with ME on her in the meantime. So I'm slapping and kicking this stallion away while she mare is freaking out under me.

And here comes the two other guys plodding down the trail like nothing is happening. They don't think it was a big deal. They happened to know the owner and the stud followed us back to the owner.

At the beginning of the ride he was telling me how trained she was and she could do all sorts of things, like backing! So he turned around to show me, yells at the top of his lungs repeatedly to back and starts beating her up in the face. Well of course she's going to back up when you're doing that!

Needless to say I didn't buy her.
This is one thing I hope I NEVER experience!
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