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        01-15-2009, 01:16 AM
      #11
    Foal
    Lucky you getting your first horse.

    Absolutely do not buy and OTTB. Apart from the psychological issues over 60% of these retire unsound. Hesitate with Arabians. (don't yell at me I know there are good ones out there)

    Take an experienced person with you.......repeat repeat repeat. Somebody good with beginners or people just starting out not joe next door who owned 1 horse 10 years ago.

    Order of importance.
    Temperemant
    Soundness (does not have to be sound enough to do three day eventing to be a good first horse.
    Make sure the horse has had beginner riders on it before. Some horses that have always been ridden by experienced, balanced riders do not take kindly to anything less.

    Very rarely will a great first horse last you for long.
    Do not be fooled by the we will grow up together thing. Very bad idea.
    Accept the fact this horse is a teacher and if he is good you will have no problem finding him another great home to teach somebody else.
         
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        01-15-2009, 05:17 AM
      #12
    Foal
    Thanks.
    I'm going to ask my riding instructor to come with me when I do find a nice horse. She's been in the business since she was born and owns a horse stud, so she's experienced, and I'll be getting a vet check also.
    And I'm staying away from OTTB's and arabs, but I have ridden an Arab / welsh or maybe arab / riding pony... I forget and it wasn't too bad.
         
        01-15-2009, 07:33 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    There is always the exception to the rule, I learned to ride on an Arab and I love the breed, but I agree that it is probably a good idea to stay away from Arabs in general. But don't rule them out completely. You may be surprised.

    Getting your first horse is a very exciting experience. I learned so much just through the process of finding my first horse. It's very good that you are bringing your instructor along with you. It is VERY important that when you go to look at a horse you do your best to leave your emotions behind. That sounds kind of cold but I'm telling you from experience, your emotions can get you into a lot of trouble. Don't buy a horse just because you experience the "Love at First Sight" syndrome. I did that. I ended up with a horse that was abused, untrained, and frightful. I loved him very much and he taught me a lot, but I only was ever able to ride him about seven or eight times, I fell off twice, and the last time I broke me arm. Even though I still feel like we had a special bond on the ground and I loved him very much, he was not a good choice for my first horse.

    Best of luck to you. Keep us posted on how things go.

    Jubilee
         
        01-15-2009, 10:56 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Thanks for the advice.
    Nothing much is really happening lately because of all the flooding and rain, and school starts again soon. Anyone have any suggestions on horse selling
    Websites / magazines? I'm mostly using Horse Deals magazine and website.
         
        01-15-2009, 11:18 PM
      #15
    Meg
    Foal
    DreamHorse.com - Horses for Sale - Dream Horse Classifieds
    Horses for Sale - EquineHits Horse Classifieds
    HorseClicks - Horses for Sale - Horse Classifieds
    And of course,
    craigslist classifieds: jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, events, forums which is where I found my Arab gelding. Wonderful temperment. Good luck with your search! Exciting, isn't it? :)
         
        01-15-2009, 11:31 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Yep, sure is.
    Thanks for the sites
         
        01-15-2009, 11:35 PM
      #17
    Showing
    I agree with what JDI posted. My first horse was an older mare at the age of 15. She had done it all and was essentially a packer. That mare taught me most of what I know today. Older horses like that make it easier on you as they are trained enough to save your butt from time to time and they will be the ones teaching you about life more so than you teaching them which at this point is all about learning for you.

    Do you have a trainer you are working with? If you do not have a trainer I suggest getting one or getting acquainted with one to get the right help in finding the right first horse for you.

    Have fun with the shopping
         
        01-17-2009, 03:10 AM
      #18
    Foal
    I thought I might post this here as well, since everyone's been so helpful. Are Showcraft "Masters" Boots, jodhpur boots? And can you wear chaps with them? I know it sounds stupid on my behalf, but recently someone said they weren't jodhpur boots and I'm just confused. All help welcome,
    Thanks
         
        01-17-2009, 11:48 AM
      #19
    Trained
    I think that Crankyhorse gave some VERY solid advice and I completely agree.

    Don't hesitate to look at the older horse. (12-18 yo) They have been there done that and it seems there is usually a market for those "good horses/babysitters"

    All in all, you'll most likely only have this horse 2-3 years if you continue on with lessons, you'll end up needing to "upgrade" as your skill level increases.

    I would stay away from anything, regardless of size, younger than 8. JMHO.

    Good Luck and have fun....There are LOTS of great, reasonably priced, beginner's horses out there!!!!
         
        01-17-2009, 06:43 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Thanks, I've seen lots of suitable horses, but since there isn't lessons for a while we haven't been able to talk to my instructor, so things will be on hold for a bit.
         

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