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post #1 of 16 Old 10-13-2010, 04:06 AM Thread Starter
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I feel like the more horses I see the pickier I get?

My craigslist ad endeavor has been going on for well over month now. I've been offered a lot of horses...seen a lot for sale. But it always seems there's something wrong. And I also seem to be getting more picky as the hunt goes on.
I now know that I want: An Arab or arab cross mare. Don't ask why, but I do. Anything less, I wont be happy camper. ahaha. I want something for $1500 or under. Preferably under. This has to do with being a financially fragile college student, who would rather pay less on aquisition, so I can afford for such things as lessons with a trainer and said horse, and essentials like text books, vet bills, chicken egg incubators, car insurance and the gasoline my truck guzzles, etc.
I also know I now seem to be color biased: I am not very fond of chestnut, sorrel, or gray horses (and yes this may have something to do with Mardee Gras--My now deceased arab--being a gray. Idk). I like paints, black bays and every other color imaginable.
I want a registered horse. Unregistered doesnt seem to spark my attention as much, which is a shame since unregistered horses sell cheaper. I blame allpredigrees and ancestry.com for creating this habit. HAHA. I would consider a grade horse, but then again, how exactly do you know exactly what's in a horse if you dont have the papers to prove it? Also..if you have a sneaking suspicion a horse is registered, but cant "get ahold" of papers...Can you send a DNA sample into the registry and find out?
I also have concluded I want one that doesn't want to murder me. This type of horse seems ot be lurking in for sale ads more often then neccessary.
I don't know why I'm getting so picky. It does me no good. Thank you for letting me vent.
OH..AND ONE LAST THOUGHT...People keep offering me saddlebred/arab crosses...A yay or nay? Wouldn't that be a more..well.."hot" cross?
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post #2 of 16 Old 10-13-2010, 08:46 AM
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Don't worry about being picky. When I was looking for a dog I was very picky about my purchase. Why spend money on something if its not what your looking for? I spent a year finding a breeder that I liked and was satisfied with the dogs she produced.

When I buy I horse I plan on doing the same. At least in the aspect of the breed I want definitely a paint.
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post #3 of 16 Old 10-13-2010, 10:09 AM
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Saddlebred/Arabs are National Show Horses. I'm guessing the breed, which never really did catch on all that well, has fallen completely out of favor.

Are they hot? They can be. Doesn't mean any particular horse will be. Besides, if you're already looking at Arabians, a little more hot blood shouldn't deter you if you really like the animal.

If the horse is registered but being sold without papers, there's no way the registry is going to transfer ownership to you based on sending them a DNA sample. DNA samples have to match what's on file under the horse's registered name. If you don't know it, then you're SOL.

If you do know the animal's registered name, that still doesn't mean you'll get a transfer of ownership. There are a lot of hoops the AHA requires an owner to jump through before they'll change ownership of a horse on its registration papers.

If you absolutely must have a registered horse, then make sure you're dealing with someone who has the papers in hand and is willing to sign off on them when you take possession of the animal.

One last thing; a good horse is never a bad color. If you let color prejudice make you blind to certain horses, you may be passing up the animal of a lifetime.

I don't like grey Arabians. I particularly don't like fleabitten grey Arabians. My trail horse is a fleabitten grey Arabian gelding.
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post #4 of 16 Old 10-14-2010, 12:41 AM
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maybe try not looking on craigslist. try equinenow.com or equine.com

i noticed while looking on my local craigslist there was nothing or very unsuitable horses. broaden your search engines and you'll find more horses and you won't need to be so picky.
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post #5 of 16 Old 10-17-2010, 06:24 AM
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After reading this thread, two things came to mind (I read your other thread first, the one about CL people flagging ect).

1. It's GOOD to be picky, vs jumping at the first horse you see. You DON"T want to settle for less than what will WORK for you :)

2. You ARE picky about things that don't matter for compatability other than what you LIKE. There is NOTHING wrong with this, except two things: 1. it will take a lot longer (as you're finding out) to find what you want and 2. If you get frustrated and buy something else, you may regret it and always be wishing you waited for the perfect horse. So, if you decide to settle for less... be 100% POSITIVE you're ok with it! :)

Good luck!
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post #6 of 16 Old 10-17-2010, 08:58 AM
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Do not worry about being to picky. My friend sent me horse for sale ads for almost 2 years before I found my first gelding. I saw the ad, and went to go see him the same day, and he was at my house the next day. I wouldnt trade him FOR ANYTHING! Yes, i was very picky, and you know what...he wasnt even EXACTLY what i "thought" i was looking for, but something about him drew me to him, and when i rode him i knew he was the one....so when you see the one, you will know.
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post #7 of 16 Old 10-21-2010, 01:49 PM
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Like most everyone else said, there's nothing wrong with being picky! Sure, you'll pass up a lot of good horses. But a horse is a huge investment, both in time and money. Why settle with something you're not perfectly happy with? Dumping money and time into something you don't fully love will burn you out (I know, I've done it). Hold out, stay strong, and get that dream horse!
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post #8 of 16 Old 10-21-2010, 02:11 PM
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Definitely try equine.com or dreamhorse.com, they are much better than Craigslist. It's good to not want a horse that wants to kill you, but I would rethink the color issue. You'll pass up alot of compatible horses that way! If they meet your other standards except just the color one, look at them anyway and you might just change your mind, but you also might not! I've always been into bay horses but when I saw Jester (grey and brown paint/TB mix), we just clicked and I wouldn't trade him for the world!

Good luck on your search and it's a GOOD thing to have standards instead of just getting a horse to say you have a horse.
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post #9 of 16 Old 10-21-2010, 02:26 PM
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There isn't anything wrong with being picky, but I don't think being picky about color (of all things) is really a good idea. What is your perfect horse is a sorrel? Are you even going to look at them? Or it's a gelding? Or its not registered?

I will say this again (and yet again). My horse is a dun QH. I was NEVER a QH person, not in a million years. I liked TWH, TBs, Warmbloods, Arabs, blah blah you get the point. I didn't really like the dun color, I mean I don't hate it, but it's not really my thing. Blame it on my English background, but I LOVE bays, sorrels, grays, preferably with minimal white.

I have a dun QH who I love more than anything. He is an incredible horse and is an absolute blast to ride. If I would've been so picky about breed and color I wouldn't have ever even looked at him. Fortunately for me, I got a chance to ride him for months before he was for sale and realized that he was a darn good horse no matter his breed or color. It's funny because now I like duns, though they still aren't my "favorite" color and I love QHs.

The only thing I think you need to be picky about is personality, training, and health. The pickier you are about things like sex, registration, and color the higher your end price is going to be.
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post #10 of 16 Old 10-21-2010, 03:24 PM
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Alright, I'm going to comment on here again just on the color aspect, since I didn't mention that before and it's turning into quite the topic!

Yes, I believe great horses come in all colors. And yes, there might be a horse near your house that fits ALL of your requirements except for the color. And I don't think it would hurt to go look at him/her. BUT there might also be a horse that fits ALL your requirements INCLUDING the color! There's plenty of horses out there, so I'm sure it's possible. So I wouldn't completely disregard your taste for color just because everyone says it's stupid. We all are drawn to some colors more than others. There's nothing wrong with it.

Besides- You've only said three colors you DON'T want. There's TONS more colors out there, so you're not limiting your choices that much.

Get what you want.

I'll shut up now.
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