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    09-28-2011, 07:37 PM
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Foal
Honest opinions of this description?

"15,2hh gray mare 12yo forward going but safe horse, weight bearer.
Has done Hunting, XC, Riding Show Classes,Pleasure Rides,beach
Happy Hacker is what she's happiest at! Dislikes show jumping, according to a previous owner.
Perfect stable manners, 100% shoe, clip, never bucks, kicks or rears, and safe for smallest child to work with. Used to being turned out, at least during the day.
She is a very nice mare she works well in a outline, and is a very safe forward ride but no "tanking" off with you!! Energetic, with a bouncy trot - short coupled and sturdy. Rather pony like action.
For sale as I don't have the time for her. Very very sad sale. Good home only. She is sold sound, and open to vetting."

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What are your views on this description? Are there any red flags, or would you consider it worth a call? There are pictures of the horse in question but I can't get my confounded machine to upload them
Just curious really...
     
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    09-28-2011, 07:59 PM
  #2
Weanling
I think it sounds like a solid ad, worth a phone call. The picture didn't work though.
     
    09-28-2011, 08:06 PM
  #3
Foal
Yeah, my accursed iPad won't upload images to forums, I'm afraid.

I decided to call the owner. They were very talkative and seem honest; mentioned that the mare is very forward going, dislikes coloured pole but is fine with xc, etc. I got the impression that they are genuinely sorry to be selling, which is probably a good sign.

NB - Let me know if I've posted this in the wrong section; I'm a noob with forums, I'm afraid, lol!
     
    09-28-2011, 08:55 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Do you mean "tanking' or 'taking'?

Otherwise it sounds alright.
     
    09-28-2011, 09:14 PM
  #5
Foal
She doesn't "tank" off with her rider, apparently. Good brakes, so to speak. Her action is described by the owner as quite fast and a bit bouncy feeling at the trot.
     
    10-02-2011, 09:51 AM
  #6
Foal
This is a very good example of a misleading advert! This was the first horse that we went to view, and she was not suitable for several key reasons:
Bad manners on the ground; bullying to get treats, nipping and treading on toes, etc.
Although her movement is in fact not pony like but typical of a 15.2hh, this mare was not sound! She was very tense under the saddle due to having badly shod feet that were in poor condition.
Poorly schooled and under exercised; less than half an hour a day on average.
By "forward ride", read "impatient and fizzy due to lack of exercise and schooling". Did in fact "tank" off up the lane with me and had to be one reined into a halt. Glad I knew how to do this!
So all in all, this mare needs a competent rider with the time to completely re-school her and will also need extensive work done to her feet.
Had her schooling and temperament been better then I would have discussed the foot issue with a farrier and a vet. As it is, I don't want a project horse who "might" someday be safe to ride.
Back to hunting for one. I just hope that the owner gets those hooves seen to soon
     
    10-02-2011, 11:25 AM
  #7
Green Broke
Very forward, and bouncy trot are big red flags for me. Any negatives in add you have to multiply by ten also this was mentioned again in call. This translates to me as , royal pain headstrong horse that wont slow down if life depended on it, will break into a trot the minute you relax. If held to a walking speed because of other horses and narrow trails starts bouncing up and down in place. COnstantly has to be in the front and gets uptight if it isnt.
Sorry I had a horse like that described as "forward" no fun at all.
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    10-02-2011, 11:55 AM
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Foal
Yes, that was her in a nutshell! As I say, it could be down to her not getting ridden/schooled enough too.
The bad feet definitely weren't helping matters either; she was not just fizzy but physically uncomfortable.

Fifteen minutes up the lane and back, with a brief unasked for trot thrown in. I let her trot on for a few metres before reining her in as there was no way she was for stopping at first. So I pushed her into a collected trot and then halted her. After that she started paying attention properly to me instead of jogging about.

Got back to the yard and told her owner that I felt the mare needed more exercise and schooling than I could give her at the moment. (I'm wanting to buy a happy hacker type.) I mentioned her feet too, but she said that her farrier hadn't seen the point in "doing much with them, since the mare wasn't being ridden regularly"...WTH?!? Sorry but no foot, no horse, and as far as I was concerned, no sale!
     
    10-02-2011, 01:51 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Good for you, to many people buy horses on emotion and "potential". They fall in love with an add and overlook everything. Lots of great horses out there, and great for me may not be great for you, It's just as easy to fall in love with a trained suitable for you horse as it is a pain in the rear horse.
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