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post #1 of 11 Old 12-17-2011, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Buying a Horse You Can't Ride

Hi, so I tore my ACL recently, and I can't ride for months. I had an idea that I could buy a cheap, young high quality prospect, and have my trainer train him up while I am rehabbing my knee. Then, by the time I could ride, I could have a well trained high quality horse for less than the price of buying a made one, and it would give me some kind of riding type thing to do while I am rehabbing.

What do you guys think? Do you think it would just drive me absolutely insane to have a horse and watch him get trained up and not ride? My trainer is a pro at finding prospects and making them great, a horse she bought a few years ago as a 2' 4 year old is now showing 3'6 rated at 7 years old, hoping to move up to 4', and currently priced at almost 100,000 dollars.

What do you think?

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post #2 of 11 Old 12-17-2011, 02:39 PM
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Sounds to me like a great way to spend your recovery and to motivate yourself to do all you need (physio?) to recover well! Good luck with your new horse and your recovery!
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Sending a horse for high quality training for months... is cheaper than just buying a already trained horse?

Guess I just don't know about these sort of things, seems kind of weird to me. Good luck to you though.
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I wouldn't send the horse for training, I would bring the horse to my barn, where my trainer is very very involved in the boarders. It wouldn't be as official as sending away for training.

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I wouldn't send the horse for training, I would bring the horse to my barn, where my trainer is very very involved in the boarders. It wouldn't be as official as sending away for training.
I know, I know, it still just sounds like a lot of money to me personally, when you could just outright buy one that is already trained. (Since you aren't doing it to be the sole trainer of this young prospect.) Not judging, it just sounded odd to me Anyway, I hope it all works out, if you do get a new little horse I'd love to see pictures!!
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Haha well around here the kind of horse I would want runs around 30k and a younger model only around 7-10. So it would definitely be worth it.

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Haha well around here the kind of horse I would want runs around 30k and a younger model only around 7-10. So it would definitely be worth it.
8l Sweet baby Buddha.... I don't even know what 30k looks like

Yeah, when you put it that way I can see your point.
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for 30k he'd have to be trained to get the campfire going, make coffee and cook dinner and breakfast, and drive the truck home while I sleep in the trailer.
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for 30k he'd have to be trained to get the campfire going, make coffee and cook dinner and breakfast, and drive the truck home while I sleep in the trailer.
And walk the dogs when we get home.
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post #10 of 11 Old 12-18-2011, 02:53 AM
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Considering that Kathryn is most likely looking at a hunter horse, and not just a "trail horse" 30K is quite normal, for an average to good horse.

In a way it does sound like a good idea to get a prospect... But you were also looking at getting a lease horse this previous summer to try and understand what a "competitive" horse would feel like.

To me, it would be worth saving the money of months of a prospect training, to get a lease horse to learn off of for a year.


Of course, in the end, it is your choice, and your money. But think about what you can learn off a packer versus what you can learn off of a "green" horse.

Cost isn't always everything/

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus
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