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    07-17-2011, 10:00 PM
I test rode a horse today... good idea or no?

I went to see a horse today that I'm thinking about buying. She's a 15.1hh 12 y/o pinto mare. Here are my thoughts:

- She's an easy keeper.
- She's in my price range.
- I like that she's sensitive and it doesn't take much leg or rein to get her doing what I want.
- She can jump, which is a plus (seeing as I'm planning to event).
- She's not spooky and is great on the trails.
- Main complaint: she is very forward and is a fast mover. I think a lot of it is her past owners, I watched her current owner hop on her first and what happened was she walked her around for like 10 seconds and then got right into trotting and cantering.

So, my theory is that if I work with her regularly and take lessons (which I need anyways) and work with her the way I was taught--to spend a good time walking and not rushing into work--she will in time calm down. I also think that the more I ride her, the more I will get used to her pace. She and I were pretty unbalanced at a trot, but I blame some of that on the fact that I haven't ridden in almost 2 years.

So basically what I'm saying is, I think she has potential. What I would like your opinions on is, do you think it's worth it?

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    07-17-2011, 10:07 PM
Can't say if she is "worth it". Too many variables. I will agree that with work, she will no doubt start to calm to meet your style a bit more . I'd rather have a horse that was too forward to start with than one that wasn't forawrd enough.

Are you going to get a prepurchase vet check? Should probably seriously consider this.
    07-18-2011, 12:40 AM
Yeah I would really get a vet check as tiny suggested (if you haven't already). So important if you want to event. Sounds like she could be great! How's her conformation?
    07-18-2011, 12:27 PM
Buying based upon potential is always a bit risky, unless you are a very good trainer.

Your baseline should be whether you are comfortable with her now. If so, then any improvement you can make will make your pairing even better. If you are not comfortable with her now, then it is a gamble whether you will be a good match in the future. Personally, I would rather see a good match up front than have a horse constantly changing hands...
    07-18-2011, 12:50 PM
Well I'm not very experienced with telling conformation, but on her registration papers it said she's a pleasure type. As for a vet check, do you think it's necessary? Because she appears in good health and she comes from a barn that's really good about taking care of their horses. I guess it can't hurt to make sure, it'd just be a little more trouble since the horse is about 5 hours away from where I live. What do you guys think?
    07-18-2011, 01:12 PM
I think a PPE is always a good idea. It costs just as much to keep a lame horse as it does a not lame horse. You might as well start out with one that you know is not lame.

If nothing else it gives you a baseline to work off of if something has changed in the future.
    07-18-2011, 01:43 PM
I would do the PPE. The horse I just got seemed to be in good health and the barn is great but the vet was able to point out a few things to watch later on that his owners didn't even know about. The vet will do more than just normal handling so it can help reveal problems others might not see.

You can have the vet do the exam the day you pick her up? The vet can also tell if she's had any surgery in the past such as colic. Our vet discovered lucky had a hernia surgery before the people who sold him to me got him. They didn't know it had happened. Its worth the money to mitigate your risks.
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