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post #11 of 12 Old 04-25-2014, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by TrailTraveler View Post
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.
Yes I really wish that I could look at a shorter horse because there are so many wonderful 15hh and 14.2 horses in my criteara. However the reason i am looking for a bigger horse is because I am almost 6.1ft and I look and feel extremely awkward on the shorter horses. Also I have been trying to look for something younger because I am looking to work with this horse with my trainer and my goal is to do some jumper shows and maybe work on some eventing. Thank you though.
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post #12 of 12 Old 04-25-2014, 07:58 AM
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My advice would be.. don't settle for second best!!

There WILL be the horse out there, you just have to keep ears and eyes peeled.
Do you lot advertise in the paper? Have a look there, too.

What is your experience with younger horses, riding in general, and your time scale?

I was totally not with this initially, but someone was badgering me about getting a younger horse, greenbroke. I didn't have the confidence in my riding. This person has never seen me ride in person, but plenty of videos. After trying 15 horses over a three month period, I tried a 3yo stallion as he was at the same yard another horse was. The other horse REALLY didn't work out, and the owner offered me a ride on this one.. I was totally against it initially.

I walked away with my Dubai, and was very very lucky. I didn't take my trainer, I used my knowledge and linked videos to here where there was positive, but slightly mixed responses. I would advise you take a trainer, though ;)

Speak to your trainer.

I was lucky, I found a talented and amazing natured horse. They aren't all like that, but it may be an option.

Best of luck!
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