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post #1 of 29 Old 06-26-2013, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow How much would you pay for this horse?

Ok, so just came across this horse ad today and it struck me as odd that they were asking $6,500 for a groundwork/trail horse. Also, it kinda surprised me that such a high energy horse was being advertised as a trail mount? (Watch the video) ) I'm also curious how a high energy, uphill built horse apparently isn't considered a good candidate for jumping? Lol, idk, was just wondering after all these questions popped into my head how much you would spend on this horse if she was listed as "make an offer" or whatevs! Tehe, done with my randomness for the day!

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post #2 of 29 Old 06-26-2013, 11:15 PM
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I don't think she's high energy at all- just stubborn.

To be truthful- I would pass her by.. theres too many good broke horses going for free out here for me to be interested- definitely over priced for a horse here. They have a few high pointed wp halter horses for sale here for under that amount- but I don't know horse prices there.

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If she's registered maybe $2000. If the horse knows her gaits already, is registered, has a solid mind, and checks out with a vet then she might be worth what they are asking, but judging by the video she looks like a project horse. The mare seems to fight the bit a little and the video doesn't do a good job of showing the different gaits.

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post #5 of 29 Old 06-26-2013, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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She's not registered and in the advert is says "She is gaited but her gaits have not been worked". I'd honestly be a bit nervous that she is a 2007 mare but based on the description she's already been tried over jumps enough that they've decided it's not for her?

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Thatd make her 6 years old- old enough to be jumping-- by 'not for her' I think they mean she aint very good at jumping-- our gaited horse don't jump at all, lol.
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I don't see her as too "forward" for trails AT ALL. (You should see my Missouri Fox Trotter! Some of us find forward horses fun!) Gaited horses, as a whole, are often quite forward. Nothing wrong with that. That's how you cover some ground.

What I DO see is a gaited horse being ridden as an english style horse, trying to be forced into a frame, and posted on to boot. The horse does not look happy. If she does have a gait, she is being forced away from it. Like someone trying to make a lefty use their right hand. Maybe you can force a lefty into using their right hand, but why not go to a horse's strengths rather than their weaknesses?

I think a change of riding style will do this mare WONDERS and help her relax and learn to gait. I hate seeing her forced into a frame. Sell her to a trail rider and let her strengths shine!

As for price? Well, in our area probably anywhere from $500 to $3500. A good gaited horse, set in their gaits (which this one is not) will bring the higher end of the spectrum. Heck, I've known people who have paid a lot more for gaited trail horses. Going out of state, paying tons of money, way more than $6500. But I don't think this poor horse ridden incorrectly for her breeding is of that caliber....yet anyway.

I got my lovely Fox Trotter, who isn't set in her gaits but more fun than a barrel of monkeys, for $500.
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Oh, I just meant that being quick and young she may be more likely to spook, and on rocky or mountianous terrain a horse needs to stay in control, i'd just say that seeming forward and since some people have mentioned her seeming stubborn, idk how acheivable that would be! I've ridden forward horses before, and form my experience, they are the spooky ones!

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I also think a less dressage-like rider or non-competitive one would be great! Not someone that wants a cute little jumper that goes easily into frame!

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I wouldn't pay more than $3,500 for her, honestly. Too young, and since I'm a hunter/showjumper, (even though i'm not very experienced), not really the ind of horse i'd look for anyway. I'd definetely be open to training though.

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