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        09-15-2012, 05:00 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Help Me Choose a Horse!

    Hello- As the title says: Help me choose a horse. I have several different options. I am looking for a horse that I can use for barrels. However, there is no way I could afford a finished barrel horse or probably even a started barrel horse so that means I have to get a horse with the potential to do it. The other qualification is that the horse gets along with my miniature horses (I have two). I am not going to be doing anything super competitive as far as barrel racing and just want a good, all-around horse that I can ride on the roads, trail riding, bareback and just have a good time. So here are my options so far.

    #1 Is a 9 yr. Old Paint that is only "partially broke to ride" but registered. He hasn't sent me pics or a price yet so I can't tell much about him.

    #2 Is a 3 yr. Old bay filly who is 13hh and growing (I'd need to wait for her to stop growing before starting her on barrels). She has lots of trail miles on her, trailers, leads, and doesn't buck or rear. However she is buddy sour on her pasturemate.

    #3 Is a 7 yr. Old tri-colored Paint gelding. He is 13.1hh and is "green broke" but the owner thinks he has been trained to pull a cart. He doesn't neck rein or anything like that. He has been out to pasture with several minis. I have not got pics of him yet. At my max price range.

    #4 Is a 9 yr. Old Appaloosa. He is 15hh and is well broke. He stands tied, picks up his hooves, has no bad habits. He just had his teeth floated in May and is up to date on dewormer but didn't get his vaccinations this year. He loads out of the trailer fine but just recently started having a problem loading into the trailer. Not always, just sometimes and the owners are working on it. He gets along fine with other horses, has been going barefoot and doesn't have any bad habits (except the trailer issue obviously). The owner said she would come down $150, therefore being just at my max price range.

    Please let me know what you think. I know it looks like I'm leaning towards the Appy, but that's just the owner I've talked to the most so far. I really want to get the right horse. Barrel racing is important to me and I want a horse who'll be able to do it. I don't want to buy the wrong horse and get attached (which I have a bad tendency to get attached) to it because I can't afford to get a second horse. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
         
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        09-15-2012, 05:55 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    Why do you think any of these horses are going to have potential as barrel horses?

    How tall are you? 13hh is pretty small unless you're quite tiny.

    To be honest I don't particularly like any of them.

    1. Partially broke at 9 years old? Not a good sign. Why would someone only partially break a good horse? And no experience... not good at all IMO.

    2. Very small, if you're okay with that then, I guess no problem. But 13hh is pretty much considered child size - and if you ever want to sell her or have friends over to ride things might be difficult.

    3. Again tiny and doesn't have any training/experience.

    4. Probably, as a riding horse, the best move (on paper). Saying that though I don't like him, his rear pasterns/hind legs look off to me and I wouldn't feel comfortable with them.

    There are plenty of horses around, I think you should wait until you find something more suitable. If barrel racing is important to you get a barrel racing horse, or at least one with breeding or conformation to suit. Just getting any random horse isn't a great way to find your barrel horse. And as far as random riding horses go I don't know how keen I would be on any of these.

    If you don't have the money then wait a while and save the money you would spend on keeping this horse. I'm not saying get this really expensive, well bred, well trained horse, just something that seems a bit more suitable and good, not just for barrels but for general riding.
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        09-15-2012, 05:55 PM
      #3
    Started
    I say the last one. Sounds like the best well trained and looks well formed (look at those big boned legs and big feet!). Please do go and visit your favorites before you buy- you don't want to end up with a horse you don't get along with.
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        09-15-2012, 06:54 PM
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    I would steer clear of any horse without vaccines. I just think it speaks to quality of care. Why would you do the teeth and deworming and not the vaccines? Afterall, the diseases prevented by vaccines are often the most expensive to fix. I would also avoid the 13 hand horse, if you are planning on her growing. At three she is going to put on inches not hands. All of these horses are pretty young and or green and that's a project in and of itself. What sort of training are you planning on doing? Are you going to be working with a trainer? What sort of facilities do you have access to? Your facilities are going to impact what kind of training you can do.
         
        09-15-2012, 07:40 PM
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    I would really like the appy if his feet weren't so long. Is that just an optical illusion? Because it sure looks like his toes are exceptionally long, which makes his hind legs look horrid. I'd pass on him, because those legs have probably been under incredible strain for a while, and they might or might not get better.
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        09-15-2012, 07:49 PM
      #6
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    Rookie, alot of people are afraid of vaccines because of some of the horrible side effects they may cause or the future diseases they may or may not cause. Sometimes people take the best care of their horses but choose not to vaccinate them for personal reasons, like people who don't vaccinate their children for fear of autism and other issues.

    That being said there is a minimum every horse should have - rabies is pretty freaking important.
         
        09-15-2012, 09:24 PM
      #7
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rookie    
    I would steer clear of any horse without vaccines. I just think it speaks to quality of care. Why would you do the teeth and deworming and not the vaccines? Afterall, the diseases prevented by vaccines are often the most expensive to fix. I would also avoid the 13 hand horse, if you are planning on her growing. At three she is going to put on inches not hands. All of these horses are pretty young and or green and that's a project in and of itself. What sort of training are you planning on doing? Are you going to be working with a trainer? What sort of facilities do you have access to? Your facilities are going to impact what kind of training you can do.
    I don't vaccinate mine, does that mean I am a horrible owner and I don't take care of my horses properly?
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        09-16-2012, 01:49 AM
      #8
    Trained
    I don't vaccinate my horses either.

    Personally none of them scream "barrel horse" to me. But, any horse can run at a low level area. I would choose the appy.

    I have to chime in on the height thing :)

    My girl is reining bred, 13.3hh and I am 5'3''....She is a consistent 3D horse but she has had runs in the 2D and even the 1D and getting faster....Crazy little pony.

         
        09-16-2012, 07:18 AM
      #9
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by aforred    
    I would really like the appy if his feet weren't so long. Is that just an optical illusion? Because it sure looks like his toes are exceptionally long, which makes his hind legs look horrid. I'd pass on him, because those legs have probably been under incredible strain for a while, and they might or might not get better.
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    I'm not sure as I have not gone to see him yet. She just got him in February and she said "Had a round of abcesses in feet but hasn't had any since April. Feet had been neglected." Could that have anything to do with it and could the abcesses affect his ability to barrel race? Thanks!
         
        09-16-2012, 07:28 AM
      #10
    Green Broke
    I wouldn't go with the Appy and his back legs. Maybe for light riding but I wouldn't want him to do anything more than pleasure.

    I mean he might be fine.. but why take the chance?
         

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