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        04-23-2012, 10:09 PM
      #31
    Foal
    Why are those people drawn into the horse world to begin with? I'll never understand....
         
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        04-24-2012, 01:09 AM
      #32
    Started
    I have just had the best of luck.. My very first horse I got was a mini that they promised was very well behaved, perfect little pony. Almost killed me. Missouri Fox Trotter/Welsh Pony, supposed to be healthy and 12 years. Vet said worst case of worms I have ever seen and he is 30 years old.. I was very young then, and could not identify a horse with worms (and obviously wasn't ready to own a horse anyways). There was also the appy that was used as a camp horse and supposedly great for kids, only thing sometimes a little carried away at canter, but never bucked. Well, the camp assistant told my mom (when I was riding) how many times she had been bucked off this horse. Couldn't get him to stop cantering, only reason he stopped was that he got tired. It was awful. And then Casey.. Casey's owner was the best, most truthful person!
         
        04-24-2012, 01:49 AM
      #33
    Started
    Wow. Makes me grateful that the guy I bought my (kind, sane) horse from mostly just pointed out which ones were for sale and where the tack room was. I felt a bit overwhelmed/alarmed about the LACK of info, but at least there were no lies!
         
        04-24-2012, 08:59 AM
      #34
    Showing
    I just don't get it. What's so hard about being honest? It's just not worth it to risk human or animal to make a buck in my eyes.

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    Originally Posted by waresbear    
    Horses that can safely carry a child aboard are worth their weight in gold. When you price them accordingly, parents deem them "overpriced".
    That's the kicker here, wares. They aren't concerned about paying for what one is worth. This horse, I wouldn't have given 1/4th of asking price on a good day.

    The search continues....
         
        04-24-2012, 09:07 AM
      #35
    Weanling
    What's the old saying?

    "Buyers are Liars and Sellers are Thieves"

    I think it's not just the horse world. There are TONS of people out there trying to get something for nothing (especially a top-of-the-line something for nothing, or practically nothing). And there are tons of people trying to get top-dollar for a worthless piece of junk.

    Be careful always!
         
        04-24-2012, 09:21 AM
      #36
    Yearling
    What exactly are you looking for MH? I know you want a good kids horse, but what are the other qualifications?
         
        04-24-2012, 09:23 AM
      #37
    Showing
    Going to pm you Jacksmama. :)
         
        04-24-2012, 10:34 AM
      #38
    Foal
    I looked for a horse for over a year and a half. Oh the stories I have and the miles I put on my poor car! More than half of them were lame! Oh course the owners would pass it off as nothing that wouldn't heal with time. I would bet some of them would have, but I wasn't taking the chance. One horse wouldn't even move when I got on him and he was a highly trained dressage horse! The horse I ended up buying was one that was laying in the pasture when I went to go look at him. The guy gave me the opportunity from the start to see how the horse was. I caught him, lead him, tied him up, groomed him, tacked him up etc. The guy was doing his own horse and leaving me alone, but close by if I had troubles. A year later, I do not regret taking the time to find a near perfect horse.
         
        04-24-2012, 10:55 AM
      #39
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
    I have decided no more buying "used" horses..only "new" ones....tee he
    That is pretty much the philosophy when it comes to my family. My niece grew up on a horse that my brother bred, raised, and trained. Nephew used to ride a horse that Jason bought unhandled and trained himself (until they lost Zippo to a rare inflammation of his intestines). Braden will likely be riding Jesse whenever he rides now. Jesse was trained when I got him, but I know the folks that rode him all his life. He's really broke, just not super well trained (will pack anything but doesn't sidepass, doesn't know his leads, etc). My youngest niece, who will be 3 in July, is going to get to ride Olen, my mini burro that I rode when I was her age. He's now 28 years old and will be a perfect starter mount for her until Jason can get another horse trained that will be suitable for her.

    Jason and I both grew up on horses trained by our Dad, at least until we were old enough to train our own...and we always had good horses.

    People are just jerks. I have a small issue when I sell horses, I tend to be a bit too honest. The little paint gelding that I trained and sold a few years ago went through a stage where he would get pissy and go to bucking. He only did it a handful of times in the early stages of his training, but when it came to selling him a few months later, I told the buyer exactly what he'd done...even though it had been months since he'd even acted like he wanted to buck.

    I'm sorry that you had such a bad experience, MH. I hope you are able to find a good horse for the kid.
         
        04-24-2012, 11:01 AM
      #40
    Started
    Hmmm, after reading several posts it seems like 2 hour trips are a tip off!
         

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