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post #1 of 20 Old 10-16-2011, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Is he for me?

Hello everyone. I found an 8 year old QH gelding that Im thinking of buying. He was used for breeding from 2 to 6 years old (gelded at 6) then put in a pasture till now. He's a little rough around the edges (mane has been rubbed off, tail has a bit of broken hair and he had some sores on his belly). Mane and tail will grow back and the sores are healing very good. He has about 2 weeks of training, ridden a few times and is doing good but still very green. I really like his build very stout. Theyre asking $5500 negotiable for him. Now as for me Im a beginner and this would be my first horse. Do you think he will be to much for me and do you think the price is fair?
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post #2 of 20 Old 10-16-2011, 01:40 PM
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The price is way too high for a gelding with no real training. And from past experience, green on green makes black and blue. It is a combination that doesnt always work well and so I wouldn't reccommend it.

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post #3 of 20 Old 10-16-2011, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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"green on green makes black and blue" <--- I like that. I thought it was priced really high myself. He's under going professional training right now and it will continue till he is sold. I was worried he would act like a stallion since he was used for breeding and was gelded later than recommended but he is actually very calm.
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post #4 of 20 Old 10-16-2011, 01:59 PM
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No way :/ For that price you could find a really really nice professionally trained horse around here! You might want to look around a little more....
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post #5 of 20 Old 10-16-2011, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Would it be a good idea to negotiate something where the price includes a couple of months of training? Or should I stay completely away? Also Is he being started to late (8 years old)? Is that something I should worry about?
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post #6 of 20 Old 10-16-2011, 02:06 PM
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It may be something to worry about, yes. I only say this because it takes years, not months to make a horse beginner safe. They could train him up and sell him to you and you could find he developes really bad problems really fast afterwards.
For that price, as another said, you could find a super broke horse. In fact, honestly, you could probably find one for cheaper!

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post #7 of 20 Old 10-16-2011, 02:17 PM
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I would never buy that horse for a beginner. The price is ridiculous in this market and I would never buy a horse from those people ever! They should be trying to make a good match...not just a great deal of money. You need a very broke horse that has "proven" to have been tolerant of a beginner. I could go on ..on.. about what you should be looking for and staying away from, but I will leave it at "STAY AWAY FROM THAT PURCHASE"!

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post #8 of 20 Old 10-16-2011, 02:22 PM
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Let this one go. YOu are already emotionally attached and that is not a good way to chose your horse. Look around. Pretend you are buying the horse for a friend, who you care about, and who is a beginner.
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post #9 of 20 Old 10-16-2011, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Tinyliny you hit the nail right on the head. I fell in love with this horse right when I saw him and became attached instantly. Im going to take every ones advise and hold off on this horse for now. The trainer is a really nice gal she's suppose to call keep me updated on his training. If any thing changes ill fill you guys in. Thanks a lot everyone. And my search continues... (looking for a QH, 15HH or taller, stout build)
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post #10 of 20 Old 10-17-2011, 06:22 AM
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i'm also looking for my 1st, but I always look for something at least 10yrs old, a school mistress/master would be perfect, also try to loan the horse before you buy, here in the UK the owner usualy agrees as they love the horse and want it to be happy too.
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