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        04-24-2014, 04:49 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Unhappy Can't find the right horse.

    Hello all so I have been searching for a horse on and off for over a year now with no success. I have leased multiple horses and even taken one on trial, but none of them were the right fit for me. I am looking for a horse under 10 and over 16hh and my price range is only up to 3k. I'm getting really discouraged because I have probably looked at over 15 horses and none of them seemed to be the right fit for me or had a major issue for example one of them had really bad claustrophobia and another was a major cribber. I also scout out craigslist, equine.com, equine now, facebook groups and any other horse sight I can find just about every day. What are ya'lls thoughts how did you find your first horse and how long did it take you to find him/her?
         
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        04-24-2014, 05:04 PM
      #2
    Weanling
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    Oy... I know exactly how you are feeling. While it hasn't been a year it has been months. The horse selection close to me plain sucks, I've driven well over 1,000 miles to look at eight horses. For my budget and criteria, I think I finally found one. Don't be scared to have doubts, it's completely normal! I've made some poor decisions in the past concerning horses and this time around I've kept that in mind handily. As a result I think I will feel nervous about any decision! I'm also a worrywart by nature which doesn't help. Just keep in mind the things that are must haves and others that you can be flexible on. For instance I want a gelding under ten, under 16 hands with trail experience, nice hooves and no soundness/injury history. However I did look at a mare, a gelding that was 11 and another that was 13, and one more that was 16.2.

    Edited to add I've seen some stinkers. One horse I couldn't even ride because his owner didn't have a saddle for him, mine didn't fit and he freaked. Another one had scarring around his stifles, under weight, and had a club foot. You think his owner could've mentioned that? One other you needed a constant leg with spurs to keep him walking (I like a forward type). There was another that was quite nice, but idk... He kind of had a nervous nature to him and could be face shy. Plus he was older. Sooo hang in there I know it's hard!
         
        04-24-2014, 05:22 PM
      #3
    Foal
    If I were you, I would extend the area you are looking. I know traveling to look at horses can be a pain, but if you can find several in a nearby area/state it can be totally worth the trip. Also, you may need to revamp your list of requirements, and take some off. Right, now you described the horse that most everyone I know is looking for, and in supply and demand you can definitely expect the larger, younger horses to be more expensive even if they're not worth it.

    If you're set on your requirements, it may just take more time. The perfect horse for you is out there!

    You should let us know your area and what you are looking for so we can do some searching as well!

    Oh, and one last thought, are you working with a trainer? Trainers often times understand what you need better than you and be VERY beneficial when looking for horses and may see something in a horse that you don't.

    Good Luck, and don't get discouraged!
         
        04-24-2014, 05:31 PM
      #4
    Foal
    [QUOTE=SarahHershey;5248738]If I were you, I would extend the area you are looking. I know traveling to look at horses can be a pain, but if you can find several in a nearby area/state it can be totally worth the trip. Also, you may need to revamp your list of requirements, and take some off. Right, now you described the horse that most everyone I know is looking for, and in supply and demand you can definitely expect the larger, younger horses to be more expensive even if they're not worth it.

    If you're set on your requirements, it may just take more time. The perfect horse for you is out there!

    You should let us know your area and what you are looking for so we can do some searching as well!

    Oh, and one last thought, are you working with a trainer? Trainers often times understand what you need better than you and be VERY beneficial when looking for horses and may see something in a horse that you don't.

    Good Luck, and don't get discouraged!

    Ok yes I will try doing that my parents are also starting to think this horse searching is becoming a waste of time and they don't want to travel over 1 hour, which I can understand since we have looked at so many horses and none worked out. :/ I do have a trainer and I have asked her a couple of times if she knew of anything and she said she would look still haven't heard anything. Also that would be great I am located in apex NC.
         
        04-24-2014, 05:47 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    What level rider are you and what discipline are you searching for?

    If you're a beginner, you may be looking too young and might have more luck if you would consider some teen aged horses that have been there done that.

    If you're intermediate and looking for an English horse, have you checked out the agencies that rehome OTTBs? They're good budget horses, and most fit the under 10/over 16hh/under $3k criteria. An intermediate rider working with a trainer should be able to handle one.
         
        04-24-2014, 05:54 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    Could it be perhaps (not trying to be rude!) that you are being too picky? NO horse is perfect. They all have issues either physically, temperamentally or with their training. When I was younger I went through several horses until I found the right one and it's not that she is so much more perfect than the rest. It's moreso that i've grown and my ideals have changed as well as my experience level.
    Claustrophobia is a problem that can be trained out of a horse, as can most any training-related issue. You should not let minor fixable things deter you from a good horse because horses are prone to changing with their environment as well as picking up and losing bad habits very easily.
    You therefor have to be willing to work with your horse and fix his issues or atleast get someone to do it for you or the horse experience will be nothing but a dissapointment.
    Trust me. I know what it's like trying to find the mystical "perfect horse". It does not exist. You have to be prepared to turn him into your perfect horse or else stick to riding those owned by others.
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        04-24-2014, 06:06 PM
      #7
    Foal
    I was in the same position and I found my girl at Camelot Rescue in NJ. She is the most perfect fit for me and is an amazing girl! She was only $500 and registered with zero health problems and great temperament! You should check out their facebook page, Camelot Weekly and see all the horses they have for a great price! This week they have some great looking horses, but they always add new horses on their page every Thursday just in case you don't see one you like. People on the facebook page transport all over the country too! :)
         
        04-24-2014, 10:48 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    I have almost the opposite problem......I love just about every horse I meet.

    Over the years I have gotten a bit wiser and a bit pickier in my selection process, but I am still known to take leaps of faith in a horse purchase. I only had two that didn't work out.....and they came together and couldn't be ridden apart. I learned a big lesson with that! Now any horse I buy MUST ride out alone (I trail ride).

    But other than that, gee, I just want to take them all home with me!

    My "musts" are more along the lines of will ride out both alone or in a group, must be sound, prefer barefoot, prefer large bones and large healthy hooves, no buck, no bolt, no rear, and must be able to trail ride.

    I have done the "no horses over the age of 12 thing" and "geldings only thing" and have broke both of those rules with the last horse I purchased. (I love my current mare) No size requirements other than large enough to carry me. So what do you do when you want to buy them ALL?
         
        04-25-2014, 12:56 AM
      #9
    Foal
    With all due respect: why are you limiting yourself to the under 10 age group? Maybe your perfect horse is 11 or 12 and just waiting for you to show up.

    Honestly, I think that you're focusing on the second-tier incidentals - height and age - rather than the first-tier attributes like discipline, mind, training level. Getting caught up in color, height, breed, papers, gender - those are beginner issues. What you need to concentrate on are intangibles rather than superficialities.

    The same is true of humans: we cannot control the year in which we were born or the color of our eyes or whether or not we were born into aristocracy. What we can control are the important things - like attitude, willingness, experience, etc.; and those, IMO, are the most important attributes to consider when purchasing a horse (or finding a lifetime partner).

    Just my two cents.
         
        04-25-2014, 01:36 AM
      #10
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by TrailTraveler    
    With all due respect: why are you limiting yourself to the under 10 age group? Maybe your perfect horse is 11 or 12 and just waiting for you to show up.

    Honestly, I think that you're focusing on the second-tier incidentals - height and age - rather than the first-tier attributes like discipline, mind, training level. Getting caught up in color, height, breed, papers, gender - those are beginner issues. What you need to concentrate on are intangibles rather than superficialities.

    The same is true of humans: we cannot control the year in which we were born or the color of our eyes or whether or not we were born into aristocracy. What we can control are the important things - like attitude, willingness, experience, etc.; and those, IMO, are the most important attributes to consider when purchasing a horse (or finding a lifetime partner).

    Just my two cents.
    Excellent advice!
         

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