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    01-24-2013, 12:15 AM
  #2791
Yearling
Is there a good site to order halters from? I normally go to Peavey Mart... They don't have that big of a selection though. If I went online I might have more of a selection for colors. Also, is there any particular brands to stay away from?
     
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    01-24-2013, 04:59 AM
  #2792
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Tessa, I like black tack, too. And I like to combine it with dark/forest green. Snickers' rope halter is black with dark green speckles, his lead line is black, my whips are black (one with a dark green, detachable string), except for a bright orange lunge whip (and it's really a lunge whip, not a carrot stick ), also his headstalls and saddle are black. I have an old, red nylon halter, which I'm looking to replace soon with a navy blue one, and I like to experiment with saddle pat colors - currently I have a purple one, a carbon one and a dark yellow one. I'd looove to buy an Escadron saddle pad, but they are so expensive... Last a lifetime, though.

With turqoise I meant something like this (found this image on the internet) -

     
    01-24-2013, 03:51 PM
  #2793
Super Moderator
Sorry for the double post, but..

So excited! I have a friend whose teenage daughter is leasing a horse in our barn. The mare she is leasing is wonderful, yet a bit too opinionated and fiery for this rather timid girl, so they are looking to buy her a horse of her own, a more gentle one. So they've asked for my help in horse hunting and Saturday we're going to check out a nice, 9yo, gray mare and I get to ride her first! This will be my first time checking out a horse like this - I bought Snickers after having leased him and I hadn't exactly searched for him, he just found me.

So, I have asked for the mare to be left in the pastures when we come, so that I can check how she is when caught, lead and groomed. While grooming, I'm going to check her all over, check her legs for any past injuries, check her back for soreness, check her feet, check if she lets me touch her anywhere. Then I'm going to see her owner ride her, then - get up myself, and the girl will get to walk her off. Is there anything else I shouldn't forget to do/ask?
     
    01-24-2013, 05:17 PM
  #2794
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Saranda    
Sorry for the double post, but..

So excited! I have a friend whose teenage daughter is leasing a horse in our barn. The mare she is leasing is wonderful, yet a bit too opinionated and fiery for this rather timid girl, so they are looking to buy her a horse of her own, a more gentle one. So they've asked for my help in horse hunting and Saturday we're going to check out a nice, 9yo, gray mare and I get to ride her first! This will be my first time checking out a horse like this - I bought Snickers after having leased him and I hadn't exactly searched for him, he just found me.

So, I have asked for the mare to be left in the pastures when we come, so that I can check how she is when caught, lead and groomed. While grooming, I'm going to check her all over, check her legs for any past injuries, check her back for soreness, check her feet, check if she lets me touch her anywhere. Then I'm going to see her owner ride her, then - get up myself, and the girl will get to walk her off. Is there anything else I shouldn't forget to do/ask?
Nice! I'm horse shopping right now too!
Something that is really high on my priority list: trailering. A horse that won't quietly hop into a trailer is a nightmare (no pun intended) even if you don't trailer often, think about emergencies like fire or flood. Ask to see her load into the trailer.
Ask for the vet and farriers numbers and ask their opinions of the horse. Third party opinions may be more revealing.
I usually open their mouth and check and see how they are with letting you look in there, I also check for scarring on the bars. I looked at one horse about 5 years ago that had horrible scarring on her bars. Turns out someone had tied her with the bridle and she spooked and messed her mouth up pretty bad.
Ask about issues/vices. No horse is perfect.
Resist falling in love with the first one! Always sleep on the decision and it's wise to look at several horses, even if you do end up coming back to the first one.
Good luck!!
     
    01-24-2013, 05:27 PM
  #2795
Super Moderator
Thanks for the useful advice! :) And I am quite certain I am not the one who will be falling in love - I'm going to be the rationally thinking one. After all, we're horse shopping for a teenage girl. Her first horse. It's going to be tough.
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    01-24-2013, 08:47 PM
  #2796
Weanling
Aww, that's so exciting! I can't wait to hear how it goes =] And I agree with Tessa7707 about the trailering; I was told that my Arab trailers fine yet when my parents went to go pick him up (I had to work so I wasn't there), he was rearing up in the trailer and throwing a massive fit. I had to work with him for every day for a solid week about a month after I got him (I figured it would be easier to trailer train him if he trusted me), loading and standing in the trailer. He would load fine, and stand fine but as soon as I went through the escape hatch he'd freak out and start rearing =[ I eventually found out that if I just went out through the back he'd be fine, haha.
Also, see how the horse acts with just you and not the owner(s) around.
Not going to lie, my Arab is the first horse I saw when horse shopping and I fell in love ;]
     
    01-24-2013, 11:53 PM
  #2797
Yearling
Saranda, about the turqoise, that's an awesome color! I might even look for it for my black gelding! For Ruby I think I am going to go with a darker color.
I hope you have a lot of fun helping with the horse shopping! I did that once! It was a lot of fun! I was the one that always got on the horses first (we were looking for a few at the time), and then one of the others would get on. It was a confidence booster for me. I don't normally like to get on new horses with out a lot of ground work and even then I am usually a bit nervous (too many rides on green colts).
     
    01-25-2013, 06:25 PM
  #2798
Super Moderator
It will be a confidence booster and lots of good experience for sure! Still excited, it's so soon already! I hope I make a good impression to the owner of the horse.

And GAH! Why does it have to be so that when I browse online tack shops and at last find a bit that I would prefer for Snickers, it costs over a hundred euros! No doubt, it's good - a Sprenger, after all. No wonder I liked it... Is it so much to ask for a french link snaffle with egbutt rings AND for a reasonable price?!
     
    01-25-2013, 07:06 PM
  #2799
Yearling
I can't find a french link snaffle with egbutt rings for a reasonable price here,either;they're ridiculously expensive!
     
    01-25-2013, 07:21 PM
  #2800
Super Moderator
I really don't get it, why do only single linked snaffles are exclusively granted to have egbutt rings... I don't want a single link and I don't want to pay enormous amounts of money for an egbutted french link. :(

Overpricing-very-much... - http://www.horze.eu/Sprenger-KK-Ultr...efault,pd.html - I understand it is a very nice Aurigan bit, but I would live perfectly well with an ordinary steel or copper bit, just give me the model I want!
     

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