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post #1 of 7 Old 09-30-2012, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all! I have recently been debating on whether to add another horse to my life. I have been looking, though not seriously. Recently a horse has fallen into my lap. He is an 8 year old QH/TWH cross. 15 hands. He is a black roan gelding, and absolutely gorgeous. He is well below my price range, because his owners are trying to get rid of him as fast as possible. They don't have the available land to keep him, and don't have the time to ride him as much as he needs. I have already done a PPE on him, and he checked out fine.

My goal for him would for him to eventually serve as a trail/fun show horse. Which is he is fully capable of doing both. He leads well. Will tie. Stands for farrier. Picks his feet up. He is great on the ground.

My main hang ups are two major ones. He won't load well, and he is buddy sour on his mom to the point where they cannot get him to ride far away from her (reason they are selling). I know how to deal with these problems, because i faced the same issues with Drifter. Its not a question of if I can work with him, but whether if I WANT to. Getting Drifter over his buddy sour and trailer issues took a long time and a lot of sweat and tears. His owners have told me that if you manage to load him and you take him away from his mom, he is a saint. They told me they would give me a week trial in order to show me this. I take that with a grain of salt though because in my past experience (drifter) it didn't take the horse very long to find a new buddy to attach to.

I am just looking for more horse people to discuss it with. My barn friends keep telling me to go for it, that he would make a great trail and fun show horse, but they were not around for most of Drifter's antics when i first got him. They keep telling me what a great horse he has turned into, but they didn't see the hours I cried that led up to that point haha.

His seller is a great man. He never minced the truth for one second and I really appreciate that about him. He was up front with me about Thunder's issues from the very beginning when I first called. I was really pleasantly surprised by that since I feel like that is so hard to find in some sellers now a days. Here is his ad:

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What is yalls thoughts/opinions?
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-30-2012, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody at all willing to say what they themselves would do?
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-01-2012, 12:04 AM
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Well first id like to say he isnt roan he looks to be greying and looks to be a brown not black. However honestly if you feel like you are willing to work through his issues go for it but if you aren't wanting to deal with them again then pass and find something else although you'll be hard pressed to find a cheap horse with no vices. Also depends on his extent of trailer/ buddy issues go check him out and of he is to extreme then pass but he could just be mild and the owners think its actually way worse because they haven't experienced it before.
so no harm in trying him out for a week he looks cute :).
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-01-2012, 12:05 AM
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I have dealt with those exact issues with my boy so i know exactly what your talking about. It is alot of hard work, what I would ask myself is: do I feel like the time and work to put into him is worth it? I know, through all the tears of the issues with my boy, that it was worth it and i dont regret it at all. Ask yourself if you will have the same reaction when all works out.

By the way, he is HANDSOME!!!!


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post #5 of 7 Old 10-01-2012, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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barrelbeginner- he looked like a bleached black when I went to see him the other day. And I figured that was a roan pattern as well. I don't know too much about roans though so I could see me being wrong.

And I am not looking for a 'cheap' horse. He is way below anything I was planning on paying. So not being able to find a 'cheap' horse with little no vices isnt really a decision maker for me, because I am not only looking for 'cheap' horses. I paid $1000 for Drifter, and he had those same vices.

And he is pretty freakin' crazy. He acted like he was going to tear the trailer down when they loaded him to show me. And when riding him without their mare he is attached to he tried to pop up a few times. Disengaging his hind quarters and driving him forward kept it from happening, but he was definitely wanting to.

I just need to do some more soul searching and decide if I really want to go through it again.. Eck
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-01-2012, 12:27 AM
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He is definitely grey, for what it's worth. I know colour doesn't matter to everyone, but if it does matter to you, it's good to be informed about this stuff Especially since he will end up white, and hard to keep clean lol.

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-01-2012, 12:31 AM
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Honestly if you feel like you arent sure why not try him for that week just to see if he does in fact mellow out id also have them use their trailer so he doesnt do damage to yours if you decide to do that.
If he does in fact latch onto another horse and you feel you don't really want to go through all the stress again you can give him back. Maybe he just needs to regularly be worked with or maybe he will turn out to just be attached to his mom.because they were nevee separated never know unless you try it.
And about the color he could be bleached but where he is brown honestly makes me think he is brown going grey as roans have solid heads unless he is varnish however not being appy im.not sure that is a possibility so I'd say ge is in fact juat going grey.
Good luck though :)
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