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    07-22-2012, 07:51 PM
Fingers crossed for me?

So, I heard back from the woman who had the TB mare (7y/o grey with jumping experience) and apparently she's on trial.. which is a bit of a bummer since I've had slim to none success finding many other horses who are what I'm looking for, in the price range I have. (up to $4500 max) I've found two horses in the past few weeks, and that's after searching about a dozen horse sale websites and websites for barns in NB and NS. One of the two is a bit buck-kneed, which although I read isn't too bad depending on severity.. but I'd rather start out with a horse who has decent leg conformation, as I want to get more into jumping and even try out dressage eventually.

It makes me wish that I lived in Ontario or BC perhaps, there seems to be many more horses that could fit my wants/needs for a horse.

I'm also dreading the moment when I tell my trainer how I'm not going to buy Major, even though there's a well-respected Western trainer who told me to tell her that she's very interested in him if I don't take him.. plus another girl wanted him for cattle penning and gaming. (I'd like to see anyone try to turn him into a gaming horse haha) Basically, my instructor doesn't think I'll click with any other horse. Little does she remember, I never clicked with Major for months so I don't see it as a problem. I'm just trying to find a horse that will be suitable now, and at least five years from now.. since it'd be easier than just selling Major and buying a different horse when he doesn't suit my needs five years from now.
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    07-22-2012, 08:20 PM
I hear your pain. I'm from NS, and you're always hard pressed to find a half decently trained horse for sale in these parts. Most people have mixed breed or quarter horses, and the majority are unbroken or green studs and they want 1000 for them. (Not dissing quarter horses by the way, just saying that its hard to find anything other than qh's,drafts, or mixed breeds).
I looked for months for a well trained horse, and ended up getting a $700 underfed, untrained young gelding as he was the only thing that I could find that was decent and had a good attitude.
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    07-22-2012, 08:24 PM
Also, check some of the ranches and camps in the area. Most of them have different breeds, and most of their animals are always for sale for the right price. Try Hatfield farms in NS. Brian always has horses for sale, especially before winter. Also check with Kim and Ed at the hampton bible camp. They may have something that has good potenial. Don't diss them because they are trail horses. Most of them come from well trained background. There was one horse they had that was an amazing reiner, and others that went on to excel in jumping and dressage(including my sister's quarter horse).
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    07-22-2012, 08:38 PM
Thanks! And yeah, it's been pretty hard so far.. so I'll be praying that the mare is still available after the trial.. of course, there will be a pre-purchase exam if she still is, but I'm being pretty picky about a horse.
    07-22-2012, 08:49 PM
Come here to pa! Youll have 20 horses to pick from
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    07-22-2012, 10:43 PM
Its a little narrow minded of your instructor to insist that you'll never click with another horse outside Major. Maybe she honestly feels that way, but really, she may just be trying to press you into buying him.

Don't take the bait. If it doesn't feel right, it isn't right.

You may have to settle for "less", so to speak, in findin a horse that suits your wants. I want a horse that can already team pen and has a lot of cattle exposure to it, but I don't have the money to buy a horse like that. So I got the horse I have now and am doing the training on her. If you want a horse already "made", you gotta pay the figures. Otherwise, you have to settle for a horse that needs some more "making", and do the work yourself.

Theres no rush to this game. You have a lot of time to pick and chose and decide. Check out the other qualified horses and go out and see them, just to get the experience with horse shopping. You may find that one of the horses you view is your horse, you just overlooked it before because the price was low and turned you away.
    07-22-2012, 10:48 PM
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    07-22-2012, 10:53 PM
I really feel like that's the case, as I've quite enjoyed most horses I've worked with. And yeah, I don't mind having to put in more work with a horse except my trainer is in the way of that. She thinks that, although I'm accredited with most of Major's more advanced training, that he was just a special case. In fact, she was the one who told me to lease him cause she knew I could handle him.

The only reason her say is so important to my dad is because he's not too experienced. I just really feel like she doesn't want me "spending my money elsewhere". I just hope my dad will trust me in the end, because ultimately, it's my dad and I's choice. If she doesn't like it, I'll change barns.. which I've been thinking about anyways. There was a 3y/o TB mare I liked, who already had the basics down but my trainer said no way.. so my dad skipped over it.
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    07-23-2012, 12:00 AM
Well, he can listen to her all he wants, but in the end, you're the one who has to be happy with a horse...and would he buy you a horse you weren't happy with?

You have the end say in it, not your trainer. She definitely wants your money, everybody does. However, a good trainer will help you find the right mount, even if the right mount isn't what she has.
    07-24-2012, 07:22 AM
Yep my fingers are crossed! Do what's best for you, not your trainer!

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