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post #1 of 10 Old 11-16-2011, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Question Horse buying dilemas

Quick recap, I'm in the process of selling some of my pasture pets and ornaments, because I have to many horses without a job, and I need A horse for the job I want.

So, this older, larger, sometimes brave, sometimes not old broad is looking basically for a dressage partner, to do training level next season, and then move up to first or *gasp* possibly second level over time. Although I ride locally, as local as you can get out here in the middle of nowhere, and show with a very small club, in a very friendly and informal, atmosphere, we do video the tests and they get assessed through The International Riding Academy , which means little old backwater hicks like us are judged by video by such people as
Linda Whetstone
Dr. Cesar Parra
Charlotte Trentelmen
Alison Hughes Martin

which is quite a thrill

OK, back to the horse shopping, my head, and some of my advisers keep suggesting very sensible horses for my needs, but looking at a lot of them nothing 'floats my boat' enough for me to want to go see and try them.

The horses that I like the look of are often judged unsuitable....*le sigh*

and the one I really really like is not liked by a lot of people *double le sigh*


How important is the smile factor to people?

Obviously when I get around to going to ride and try out some of these prospects I will not buy anything that I don't feel good on, or that worries me at all.


Say there is one that makes me smile, feels good, looks right and is obviously going to do everything I want, how do you balance that against one who may not be so suitable, but just puts that huge great sh1t eating grin that some horses give you?

I know that there is no right and wrong answer, just looking for peoples own views
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-16-2011, 01:59 PM
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I say go for the one that gives you the big sh1t eating grin. You obviously know what you want and based on your previous posts, are more than willing to do what it takes to achieve those goals (i.e. training, time). If you find a horse that gets you excited to get in the ring then you have that much more going for you!

If you find that it isn't working out you can always make changes (as you are doing now).

Best of luck!
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-16-2011, 02:03 PM
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Sometimes you have to listen to your heart instead of your head. If it feels and looks right, then go for it. Like Sahara said; you can always make changes

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Look at me and Aires, GH. The last thing I should have been looking for was an unbroke two-year-old that wasn't gelded. And yet, here I sit with an absolutely wonderful, gorgeous, responsive horse who I wouldn't trade for the world. And all because I listened to my heart and not my head.
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Why are they deeming them unsuitable? Are they actually LOOKING at the horse, or just dismissing it based on a pre-conceived notion?

I bought a Morgan last year to do dressage with. My trainer absolutely loved him and when I was on the fence about buying him, she suggested her trainer consider him as she was horse shopping for her daughter. Her trainer told her she was crazy, there was no way a MORGAN would be a suitable dressage prospect and refused to even look at him. I am now working with her trainer (mine's on maternity leave) and guess who is busy eating her words and sad she didn't buy him before I did!

If the horse will physically be unable to do what you want, it would put you back in the situation you are in now. Otherwise, think about why exactly they think it would be unsuitable and what you could do to correct that.
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post #6 of 10 Old 11-16-2011, 04:59 PM
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An "unsuitable" horse could lead to a lot of frustration and unhappiness. A suitable horse that doesn't make you grin now may make you grin later if they help you reach your goals. Go and try them, you may be surprised. Think about your goals, your budget, and what it will take to get you where you want to be. And be realistic.

That being said, take your time shopping. It may take 6 months - and maybe a suitable horse who makes you grin will turn up.
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Since you have pretty clear goals in dressage, and I think you already have some horses that you got 'cause your heart told you to, then my suggestion would be to let your trainer or another person who knows your skill level and temperament, choose the candidates for you. Keep the goal foremost. The grin will come once you know the horse, because to know it will be to love it.

So, I would say, if it comes down to following "head or heart", so to speak, follow the "head".
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Hm, a lot of people here have points. If following your heart hasn't worked out in the past....maybe it is time to follow your head?
I followed my heart...I'll let you know how it works out in a couple years xD
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It's worth meeting suitable horses even if their ads don't thrill you. Sometimes the spark doesn't happen until you give them a chance, meet them in person, or mount up. And that way, at least, you can get a good idea of what a 'suitable' horse is compared to the 'heart' horse and have a better shot at finding both in one.
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