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post #1 of 20 Old 04-14-2012, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Horse-Shoppin' Day!

Hey, guys! It's been awhile since I've been posting and making topics here, - I have been so busy. Butah! Today is the day! My mother and I are spending all day looking at horses to buy; we're also bringing along a horsey friend of mine (been riding horses all of her life.) Hopefully if we find a horse worth looking at for a second time, my instructor will be able to come the next time and give us the okay or no. I need for my friend and I to both to agree on a horse, since both of us are giving it a joint-ownership (well...I'd suppose 'technically.' It'd be own by me, considering paid by me, but of course I would let her ride!)

Wish us luck :)
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post #2 of 20 Old 04-14-2012, 08:58 AM
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I wish you guys luck! Horse shopping must be so exciting! I'm glad you're bringing along a friend who knows horses and later an instructor, that's the way to go. Tell us how everything went when you come back!
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post #3 of 20 Old 04-14-2012, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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It really is exciting! I just love walking through barn aisles and smelling the horsey smell, hehe. Poor owners must think I'm nuts to be walking down the stalls, and sniffing the air/looking at the available horses. Today, the first on our list is at a white (kinda gray-ish, really) gelding. Fingers crossed! It's 8:02 and we go to check him out at about 10. Ugh, the impatience. He sounds so perfect! And very cheap...only 300. Hopefully there isn't anything wrong. Perhaps this is the one :) Some of the cheapest horses just turn out to be the best, haha.

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post #4 of 20 Old 04-14-2012, 09:08 AM
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good luck, waiting for that stuf is the WORST. like worse then "there is still 56 minutes untill the bell rings and i can go to school" waiting :/

but remember: if you are paying for it, MAKE SURE that you get the final say in the horse, NOT your friend, if its too advanced for you, and perfect for her...its not the right horse. (: something similar happened to my friend, and she is scared of her horse and has the "joint-owner" working/training/riding the horse for free.

Im sure you will be fine! good luck, keep us UTD on how it went!
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post #5 of 20 Old 04-14-2012, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Aw, eek! I hadn't considered that...thank you for the warning I'll definitely try to keep that in mind. I mostly invited her for her good eye. She once helped another good friend of ours pick out a horse (said friend almost picked a crazy gelding, until the friend I am bringing insisted that she take a vet check because he seemed a bit out of it LOL it wasn't funny, truthfully, but I just have to giggle because I went with them and he WAS a bit...out there. Kinda in lala land a little bit when I think back to it; at the time I didn't even consider it.) I'm also good friends with her grandfather, so perhaps he might be able to pitch in. She leases a horse and was taught everything by him/a few other instructors wandering here. It was I who asked her to come, and she eagerly agreed. Any chance to see a new horse, that girl...x)

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post #6 of 20 Old 04-14-2012, 11:02 AM
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I will always go with friends when they need to look at horses. They always want me to go because I used to train and show and I always want to go to look at any new horse :)
I wish you luck. Remember though just because you are looking does not mean you have to buy today. There are thousands of horses looking for the perfect person. Don't settle. That perfect horse is out there looking for you!
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post #7 of 20 Old 04-14-2012, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by BikerChickk View Post
Remember though just because you are looking does not mean you have to buy today. There are thousands of horses looking for the perfect person. Don't settle. That perfect horse is out there looking for you!
Couldn't have said it better myself!

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post #8 of 20 Old 04-14-2012, 12:34 PM
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Good luck! Keep in mind that what "perfect" means to you today can change! I started my search looking for a 17hh TB Gelding, anything but Bay. I'm about to purchase a 15.3 hh Bay Morgan Mare...and she's absolutely perfect for for me.

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post #9 of 20 Old 04-14-2012, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys for the support <3 We just got back. We actually went to see two horses before Remington (the white gelding), and liked what we saw but it just was not it. After Remington, we saw three more. Now that we're home and chilling with some sodas, we both agree that Remington (who is right here actually Big Walking Horse! and Misty, a black quarter horse) were just about perfect!

Gosh, I could gush for hours about Remington mostly though. He was my FAVORITE. He was definitely tall (NOT KIDDING! I barely got on, but he was such a gentle giant!) but kind. He's a Tennessee Walking Horse, so his gait kind of threw me off at first. I actually thought I wouldn't like him when we first got there!! He's a bit underweight, but that is because he's a rescue they just got. The place where we went/he is, is a trail riding place (with a side of weddings, parties, etc. It was very nice.) and he has that fast pace, even at a walk, so that's another reason they couldn't keep him. Because you know, little kids and people who just want a...dead-broke horse to ride, I suppose, are daunted. It's such a pity because I adored him. So calm and level with us. Interested, bright eyes, ears pricked. Kat, the friend I brought, loved him. She wanted to take him home right there! x) I had to remind her (reluctantly) that we had others to see and we have to be careful of impulse. This would have been bad, but the people there agreed, haha! They were so nice and treated us like family. I wanted to just get a lodge there (yes, they have that too!) and stay with them forever. They joked with us and everything. Remington was a dream to be on as well. I wasn't sure if I could test him out, so Kate did and she definitely didn't want to get out of the saddle. It was funny :P She cantered him around a bit, and his tail and mane...ah. Just amazing. He was the main that stuck out, aside from Misty. Misty also was perfect but she was short, made for roping cattle and such :( I was disappointed; we both liked her, but my mother had to tell us to be careful since we might outgrow her (we're both about the same, 5 feet haha shorties!) I would definitely be bummed if we got her, enjoyed her, and then grew out of her. Whatever the case, we're still keeping her in mind.

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post #10 of 20 Old 04-14-2012, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Just realized the time. Goodness, left out at about 8:30 and it's 12:40 now. But I forgot to add that we actually had no intention of buying DIRECTLY today (though Kate was so close to changing her mind today about Remington), we mostly wanted to test the waters if that makes sense. Just to see what's out there, the possibilities, etc. The playing field, in so many words. We also wanted to get a feel of the sellers as well before buying, and also I wanted to bring my trainer out to see how she felt about the ones we liked, anyway We were lucky and picked the diamonds in the rough when it came to the sellers. Each one was honest (and the one about Misty was completely; she said she wasn't going to lie and say "Oh, yeah, she's dead-broke and you can do anything with her," and then someone got the bad end/ended up hurt.) and any questions we asked, they all answered promptly without hesitation, and each met our eyes, etc. -- just telling us how it was. I honestly appreciated it more than words could say!
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