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    01-30-2013, 11:20 PM
deciding between lease horses

So I have finnally been able to check out two lease horses.
I am asking for your guys input on which horse is a better match.
I have a horse that I fully support so as a teenager working part time I can only look at free leases.
So far I have found two. I have tried them both.
Warmblood/TB 12 years old. 16.1hh. Many years of eventing experience. He's bold over jumps, good on trails. Jumping up to 3'3 when in competing shape. (Which he is not right now) he's a bit quirky. He needs to be ridden consistenly 3plus days a week or else he gets a bit spooky and crow hops on his canter transition. He is safe, and has neverhurt his rider. He's also been know to freakout in stalls where he can not see outside. But I don't attend any shows with those types of stalls. The owners offered to give me as many free lessons as I need.

2nd horse. 7 yo quarter horse mare. 15.2ish
She's much greener, but more quiet in personality. She needs work. Very huntery in her stride and jump (never shown, very little ex.) she's inconsistent with her head but she tries hard. Nice trot. I like her confo better then the gelding but its like comparing apples to oranges.
I like both horses and I am going to try them both again. But im already so conflicted!
A little about me: I have been riding western (reining) for 5 years. And started english last november. I have jumped for about 4 months and want to do some local showing and jumper shows on an english horse. I have competed on a really bold draft cross in a few shows and I want to start a lease.
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    01-30-2013, 11:52 PM
If you were interested in showing I would consider more strongly the warmblood. Working with his owners with those free lessons, they could help get him in that show worthy shape. He has experience and I think that's what would help you get in the ribbons! As long as you think you can keep him ridden enough during the week to keep him going strong, I would pick him:) You should post pics! The mare would be a good horse to learn to train a horse with but I don't feel like that's what your overall goal is at the moment.
    01-30-2013, 11:56 PM
I would say, choose the one you would feel the most comforatable with. Are you worried about the crow hopping and could you correct it right away? The freaking out in the stalls could get worse, and you don't want to be stuck re-training the horse for its owner! Or would you prefer a greener horse that needs work but isnt quirky? The free lessons is a benefit!
A second test drive with both will probably help seal the deal! Keep us posted with which you choose!
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    01-31-2013, 01:57 PM
Hi! I will get pictures up ASAP!
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    01-31-2013, 03:12 PM
I would choose the warmblood more oppertunities
    01-31-2013, 03:38 PM
Do you think you'll ever want to show reining or western again? If so can the quarter horse be an all around? How tall are you? Is 15.2 too short for you for english riding?
    01-31-2013, 08:28 PM
Originally Posted by Wolfetrap    
Do you think you'll ever want to show reining or western again? If so can the quarter horse be an all around? How tall are you? Is 15.2 too short for you for english riding?
I have a finished reining horse, I still ride western and he can go English but he hates it
    02-01-2013, 06:04 PM
Then try something totally different. Go with the warmblood cross!!
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    02-01-2013, 06:47 PM
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I'd say the WB cross would offer you more opportunities. If I lease a horse if prefer it to do its job then to pay someone to train their horse.
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    02-03-2013, 01:01 AM
Thanks guys. I will get the pictures up soon, just for kicks. But I have pretty much made my decision after riding both of them again.
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