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    12-20-2009, 09:40 AM
How did you know he/she is the "one"?

I have been horse shopping and am looking for an advanced beginner trail riding buddy. I have looked and looked, drove 3 hours one way a couple times...and finally found a very nice horse that I believe I can work with. Well, after making arrangements for a 1 week trial (very nice of the seller) all of the sudden a old work friend is selling a gelding that sounds absolutely perfect for me!
I made the decision to stick with plan A and give the first gelding a try even though the second one sounds so great. Now I am starting to re-think that choice, and I am wondering if I should go and look at gelding #2.
I really like gelding #1 but there are no fireworks in the sky or anything, and he will need some refresher work...on the other hand gelding #2 is well trained and ready to go....both are the same price.
When you got your horse was there a "feeling" that you just "knew"?
This is my first horse purchase, by the way!
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    12-20-2009, 10:03 AM
Lol no sparks for me. I used to ride cutter when he was a lesson horse, but I didnt want him. I wanted a 4 year old egyptian arabian that I had trained from day one, but sadly the owners who were moving to a different state couldnt bare to sell him, so they sold me their other horse (cutter) for cheap. I almost turned them down and then last minute decided to buy cutter with no vet check or anything, just cash and I kept him in a friends backyard until I found a barn to board at. He needed alot of training, but now he's like my soul mate. He's the best horse I could have hoped to have, he's wonderful. So, I don't think there necessarily needs to be a 'spark" at first, relationships grow
    12-20-2009, 10:19 AM
There was a definite spark between me and Penny when I first laid my eyes on her. I knew right away that she was the one. Even when I saw her ad and video I couldn't stand the wait until we could go see her. We have an incredible bond now, but it's always going to be different for everyone.

What are the ages of the two geldings? You probably don't want anything too young and spooky for advanced trail riding, and definitely not anything too old that's not capable of rocky slopes, logs, water crossing, etc.
    12-20-2009, 10:21 AM
Gelding #1 is 8 years old, #2 is 12 years old.
    12-20-2009, 11:02 AM
Have you ridden #2 yet ?
    12-20-2009, 11:32 AM
They both are at great ages. Try them both out and go from there :)
    12-20-2009, 11:43 AM
I felt exactly the same with my Drummer Boy as AnnaLover described. I just think you know the right horse when you see them
    12-20-2009, 11:56 AM
I was 14 and didn't know any better. The only thing registering in my immature little mind was, "Look how shiny he is! Look how thick his mane is! Look at those beautiful, dark eyes!"

I didn't know enough to pick a horse wisely back then. Getting Vic was a huge mistake at first, but it's turned into a blessing. Now he's my other half and my partner in crime.
    12-20-2009, 01:16 PM
I haven't met #2 in person yet, but I think I need to!
    12-20-2009, 03:05 PM
I think you should definitely met #2 before you get too worried that #1 isn't the "one" lol

I was only 7 when I got my mare, but I knew I wanted her after I rode her.... I was riding her in a halter and lead around the property, and I just "fit" into her back like I belonged there. My mom was terrified of her because she was a high-strung arab... She spooked at everything, and wouldn't even go near water puddles ;). I still have her 16 years later... But I have bought horses since then, and I couldn't use the same "strategy" lol. There was this TWH I bought when I was 13 and she seemed great, fast, high-strung and all... but I learned quick that she was high-strung in the WRONG way... I think I came off that horse more than I've come of my mare in the whole 16 years I've had her... so it really depends on the horse completely.... sorry for the ramble, just try them both out, you'll know between the 2

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