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post #1 of 5 Old 02-28-2009, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Horse hunting stories-share yours!

The good, the bad, and the ugly, share stories from when you were searching to buy a horse.

Today, My parents, trainer, professional rider, and I drove 90 minutes to see two horses. She wanted youth friendly horses that knew their job (my confidence is kinda down the drain thanks to my current horse). One of my trainers biggest things was that they needed to be uphill and light on the fourhand, I'm ninety pounds and have soft hands, so horses heavy on the forehand don't mix well with me. What they brought out was...

A 7 year old gelding that was "dead quiet, very sweet, knows his job and is easy and comfy" in their words. "dead quiet" and yet he needed 30 minutess of lunging first, had tight side reins to stop his bucking when being lunged, and bucked like crazy when asked for the canter when their rider got on. His form over jumps was just horrendous, and the owner started talking about all the different bits she suggested because he was just "slightly" heavy in front. Umm, yeah, "slightly".

Our pro rider didn't even want to get on (not worth getting hurt for a horse that wouldn't work), but she hopped on, rode for ten minutes and got off, telling my trainer he didn't steer, bucked, leaned forward, tried to bolt, etc. Needless to say I didn't get on. The whole time the owner went on and on about how great he was, and it was just a "bit" of a bad day

The next horse was much better, but the barn owner (not same woman) kept bragging about her great automatic lead changes. Our pro rider had to haul on her mouth and really kick her and circle her to get even half a lead change!
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-01-2009, 12:01 AM
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Ugh, horse shopping can be really really fun or really really disappointing! (very rarely is it in between for me!)

I went to go look at a pony that was "kid friendly, bombproof, won in the show ring", etc but hadn't been ridden in a few months so his auto lead changes were "rusty". I got there to find out this horse was a complete maniac and didn't even have a left lead! When I asked about his lead changes she changed her answer to, well, he's done them a few times before so I think they'll get to be auto with some training... Um, yeah, not the same thing. Every time I asked about something he did his owner would change her answer. "Is he always this fast?" "oh, well, yeah, i guess he can be... ". The barn was was several hours away so the trip took ALL DAY and we came home with an empty trailer, which my friend and I decided is one of the worst feelings. I have more stories, but i won't bore you. :)

I just don't get why people would lie about their horse's abilities. If you're going to exaggerate a little, fine, whatever. You're trying to make a sale. But once I get out there and ride your horse, the truth is going to come out and I'm going to find out he doesn't have a lead change at all... why waste everyone's time???!
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-01-2009, 11:45 AM
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All i can say is i have been through 6 horses. 4 out of the 6 i got screwed .
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-01-2009, 11:56 AM
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So far I have suffered bruised ribs and sternum while searching for my first horse.

Needless to say I am done looking for awhile.

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post #5 of 5 Old 03-01-2009, 07:16 PM
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I guess that I can count myself fortunate. I have never been horse shopping. All of the horses that I have were gotten either purely by coincidence or bought by my dad.

Denny was a horse that was sent to Dad to be trained because he was "dangerous" HA! I started him when I was 14 and never looked back. Then owner couldn't pay the training bill so I got the horse as payment.

Dobe was just kinda stumbled upon. I was talking to my dad one day and he said "Oh, I have a new project for you. I just got us a couple of horses. One is a 5 year old paint stud and the other is a 3 year old mustang stud....................and neither has ever been touched."

Koda was offered to me. This friend of mine had adopted him as a yearling from the BLM and done a little groundwork on him then turned him out until he was 3. Then she sent him to a trainer for 30 days and the trainer sent him back saying "That horse can't be trained. I couldn't even get a halter on him after working with him for a month." The owner said that she just wanted her adoption fee back of $125 and though I could manage him. I looked at him and he was ugly and cute at the same time but looked like he had some potential. I gave her the money and then took him home where he was turned out to pasture for about a year due to my time constraints. By the time I had time to mess with him, it was August of '08 and he was 6. *Wow, real problem* it took all of about an hour and a half to get him out of the pasture, get him saddled, and start trotting circles on him. Has never even acted like he wanted to buck.

That is why I have been fortunate. Definitely got my money's worth on all 3. $275 for all three of them ain't bad at all. I don't like buying "broke horses" because they tend to be the ones with all the serious behavioral problems.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog:
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