My sister and I went and looked at a horse today that she is thinking of buying. The people described the horse as being really quiet and gentle..they said she walks fast but other than that...shes really good. Well when we went and looked at her she was stalled up. She tried to push past the man to get out of the stall. The man then told my sister she could come back tuesday and ride her...but my sister insisted that he ride her today. She would not stand still to be saddled...he finally got her up against a wall to get her saddled. When he went to mount her...she wouldnt stand still either. While riding....she seemed a little spirited...he rode her down the road a little ways. The whole time she was nickering. It seemed as though she started acting up when he got a little ways away..but we can't be sure because he turned her around and came back towards the house. He said that she will be better when she hasnt been stalled up, and asked us to come back tuesday and ride her. My question is...can all this behavior be explained by her having been stalled up? We do have horses...but we don't keep them stalled...so we don't know. My sister is looking for a really really quiet horse that she can just jump on and ride. I will be riding with her most of the time...but she does want a horse that she can ride by itself if she wants to. The horse is 10 years old if it matters. I personally feel that those behaviors are red flags...but idk...should we go back tuesday and give her another chance or look elsewhere?
It sound like to me that this horse has barn sour and buddy sour issues along with not being well trained. If you are just looking for a horse to buy, I would keep looking elsewhere. Some spiritedness can be caused by being stalled if the horse is getting too much feed or if they are not used to it. If you want to go ride her again, then do it by all means but if she acts the same, then I wouldn't buy her. Also, just a word of warning. When/if you go back to ride her again, if she is very calm and has her head down, sluggish, seems lazy, then check to see if her pupils are dilated because I have known more than one person who bought a horse they thought was broke after the test ride but when they get it home, it is completely out of control. I don't know if the seller is trustworthy or not but I just want you to be aware that some will drug the horse to make it seem more docile. Good Luck with your search.
It could be...but it could be that the seller was lying.
Personally, I'd pass...only because even my horse who hates a stall isn't like that...even if he's left inside for a night. But that's just my opinion
Don't waste your time going back on Tuesday. This is not what I would call a quiet horse. If the owner has problems even taking her out of a stall, you will most certainly have the same problems with the horse. It should not matter if the horse was stalled and isn't used to being stalled. A quiet horse will not try to run down a person. A quiet horse will not nicker to their barn buddies as they walk down the road. A quiet horse will stand to be saddled.
Keep on looking (and don't think you or your sister can "save" this horse). She doesn't need saving. She needs training. So unless you can give her the training that she needs, go find what you are looking for....a quiet horse.
Although I have to agree about passing up on this horse, I have gotten many good horses that were that way and after being turned out for a week turned out to be great horses.
It's a chance that I wouldn't take if I were you. I would really wonder what he is going to do between now and Tuesday to quiet her down.
I try never go to look at a horse when the seller expects me. I want to see her as she is normally. If I have to see the horse at an expected time I'll ask that the horse not be ready to go. I want to see her taken out of the field or stall and watch her being groomed and tacked.
There are a lot of good quiet horses out there right now and at bargain basement prices. Don't rush, and use your head not your heart.
Just my opinion, but with all the finished show horses (healthy, well-bred, good looking, athletic and WITH points) available out there today at rock-bottom prices, you can do better (maybe for less). Not sure what you're looking to spend, but your dollar will buy more now than ever.
There are so many good horses out there, without signficant 'issues'. Unless you're looking for a project, for the learning experience or just because you like the challenge, I'd pass and keep looking.
Even if the horse had been in the stall it should still stand at the door till it is lead out...not try to push people out of the way. Also by him telling you to come back on a certain day he could either drug, or really work down the horse before hand. I like to see a horse that has had a couple days off and comes staight out of the pasture/stall when I get there. Gives me a sense of how the horse really acts. Anytime you buy a horse from someone you don't know you can't always trust 100%... I would see the horse more then once before buying. Id pass on this one