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    04-26-2012, 09:59 AM
If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is...

First things first... ever since I got Jaxxon, after I got him healthy, people have wanted him. My neighbor's specifically want him because they love his looks and personality. They've asked me to sell him several times and have offered to trade horses for him.

Last night I was talking to my neighbor and he asked me if I would trade Jax for his mare. I didn't even know my neighbor had another horse besides the gelding he keeps where he lives. So, I decided to humor him and asked a bit about his mare...

Appaently she is bay, a Morgan, big, and has a rearing problem when you go to get in the saddle, but once you get on, she's good as gold. She's also in training with my neighbor's cousin, who has studied horsemanship for four years (following Clinton Anderson and Chris Cox)... However, and no offense meant to my neighbor, but I heard some red flags when he went off talking about his cousin...

Apparently the man has just became 'professional' and has recently been made trainer over some stable in another county. He doesn't yet have the facilities to board horses for training, and instead comes to your house to do the training on your horse. He charges fifteen dollars per ride instead of a monthly fee like most trainers... and his method's can be a little 'unorthodox'. (For example, my neighbor's mare with the rearing problem... this trainer is using a rope tied from her rear legs to her neck so that whenever she rears, she jerks her back legs out from under her...)

My neighbor mentioned that if I wanted Jaxxon professionally trained, then I should look his cousin up. When I asked what disciplines the man trained, my neighbor just said 'basics'. Sorry, but if I pay for training for any of my horses, I want them actually learning a discipline, not bits and pieces...

When it sounds too good to be true... it usually is...

For the record, I'm not trading Jax, either.
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    04-26-2012, 10:05 AM
You stand a very good point. There are too many people who think that their trainers because they sat on a horse a couple of times.
The same goes for horse buying.

I bought a registered, black grullo, 10 year old mare about a year ago. She knew poles and barrels, she was bombproof, kidsafe (my 4 year old niece rides her) and she rode bareback with just a hackamore. We paid $400.
We ended up, about 11 months later, having a foal on the ground beside her. Figured out the reason she was so cheap!
    04-26-2012, 10:29 AM
Wow... Two for the price of one, huh...

Bet the foal was a cutie, though.
    04-26-2012, 11:13 AM
Haha, I'm always of the opinion that you get what you pay for, and there's no such thing as a free horse. :)
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    04-26-2012, 11:26 AM
Ain't that the truth! I got my boy Jax for free two years ago and I've probably put a couple thousand dollars into him already due to accidents and other stuff...
    04-26-2012, 11:47 AM
Originally Posted by oh vair oh    
Haha, I'm always of the opinion that you get what you pay for, and there's no such thing as a free horse. :)
I paid $100 for my TB mare and she is awesome! My dressage trainer thinks she has great potential and the correct conformation for dressage. The reason she was so cheap? The woman that owned her had her home forclosed on and had to move. She was looking for a good home for her horse. We never met in person. We found each other through a breeder of quarter horses that I was in contact with. We talked on the phone and via email. I bought the horse from a couple of pictures and a not so hot video. When the mare arrived, she was so beautiful, very well cared for and the biggest sweetheart I had ever seen.

Sometimes we are just at the right place at the right time and sometimes people want what is best for the horse instead of making money off of it. I know I am extremely lucky with my mare. Just wanted to say that sometimes a cheap horse isn't a bad deal Hope this didn't sound rude as I wasn't trying to be. You just never know how it is going to sound to others.
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    04-26-2012, 12:11 PM
This thread make me beleive MY rule #1 is right. Never trust a horse person.
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    04-26-2012, 07:17 PM
Wow! I got a free horse and he turned out to be the best horse I ever owned. I rode his guy for 5-6 years before my aunt gave him to me and I rode 6 to 7 times a week. He did everything I asked. We jumped in an english saddle first time ever for both saddle and jumping and got to his chest without knocking. I could ride him bareback and no reins. And showed in games, and beat younger horses with far more training.

He was 16 when I got him and 15.2hh strawberry roan, gelding and just a darling.

We spent a lot on him but he was worth it. No horse is free you got to get them thing ;)
    04-26-2012, 07:27 PM
I was given Sky by my previous boss as a very green, unhandled in a looong time, spooky, kind of dangerous, skinny, mentally not all there, project...

Best horse ever. But I have spent a great deal of money on him from vet bills to farrier to other needs. So he wasn't free.. but I wouldn't trade him for the world :)
    04-26-2012, 10:20 PM
Originally Posted by RodeoBarrelRacer    
I bought a registered, black grullo, 10 year old mare about a year ago
Wow, lucky!! A little off topic though, is she black or grulla? From the pics she looks black, but I'm guessing she 'could' be very dark grulla? Pretty either way, and I hope you weren't to disappointed in the foal.

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