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    03-10-2013, 10:51 AM
I woul like the horse to be around 15 hands .for age plus or minus anywhere between 6 and 12 .for training like I said before I want the horse to do barrels and poles but whe the horse sees the barrels or poles he wont take off so if I decide to go to a show and walk the pattern he or she will do it very willingly
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    03-10-2013, 10:52 AM
I would like a quater horse
    03-11-2013, 12:51 AM
I'd steer clear of any places that have a lot of horses for sale- they're probably horse traders who are more interested in earning $$ than actually pairing you with the right horse.

The best way to find a horse that's right for you is to establish a relationship with a trainer (by taking lessons with them, for example) and have the trainer help you find a suitable horse.
    03-11-2013, 01:18 AM
What is YOUR experience level, OP? I don't mean to be offensive, but from the nature of your posts it sounds like you're a beginner looking for your perfect first horse. Which is great! But difficult to do. Lots of people are 'shady' in the horse business (and lots aren't, don't get me wrong) and the type of place you're talking about sounds like one of the shadier types. While there are dealers / traders and then there are sales barns, both have the intention of getting your money, even if they also have good intentions and want to pair you with the right horse, certain things may be overlooked in an effort to sell you an animal, especially if you don't have enough experience to pick up on a horses bad habbits.

Have you taken lessons? Before you purchase a horse at all I suggest you take consistent lessons for a couple of months with a trainer in the discipline you would like to get into, once you have a good relationship with that trainer and once they know what you need in a horse they can help you find the right horse for you. Many trainers have connections with lots of different sales barns, and know the reputations of other trainers and other individuals selling horses.

Have you considered leasing first instead of buying right off the bat? Have you ever experienced caring for a horse 24/7?
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    03-11-2013, 07:18 PM
Actualy I've owned four horses and im leasing one now and have been riding for 8 years now .i know theres not perfect fairy tale horse all im asking is does any on know a good farm in florida that has horses for sale
    03-11-2013, 07:30 PM
Larger breeders usually have a good inventory of horses of various ages, training, and disposition. Look for one that's been in the business for a long time as a good reputation and word of mouth is the core of their business. Good ones will not sell you the "wrong" horse for you.
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    03-11-2013, 07:40 PM
You sound very young, so I'm surprised that you have already owned four. What happened to them? Why were they sold?

I presume you meant, "Quarter" horses. Have you owned one before? If so and you liked one of them, what were the bloodlines? Maybe the breeder of that horse is still breeding. You could easily find the bloodlines you like and those who breed, by doing a google search on the net.

Where did you take lessons? Could your current or previous trainer, help you find a suitable horse? Seems to me, that if you have been riding for eight years, you should have built up quite a lot of friends who might be able to suggest a new horse for you.

You say you lease a horse at the moment. Who bred that horse? If you like this horse, seek out the breeder and see what they have.

Have you searched all the classifieds on line? If so, why not post some of them which appeal to you, here? What exactly is your riding experience? Riding for eight years, tells us nothing about your true abilities. We need to know more. Have you only been trail riding, competed or? Tell us everything and maybe some will be able to point you towards a suitable mount. Also, we need to know the budget you have for another horse.

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    03-11-2013, 07:46 PM
Well my first horse we had to sell her because she was to green for me being only 5 . Second horse came up lame 3rd horse recently just passed away 4 th horse my farrier letting me keep her at my house cause I need a horse to ride.i realy like the horse im leasing but she's a decsendant of impresive
    03-11-2013, 07:58 PM
Meaning she's HYPP positive? Not all Impressive descendants are HYPP positive......
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    03-11-2013, 07:59 PM
Impressive obviously isn't the only line in your horses breeding, that would make for one VERY inbred horse. What are the other lines? Sire and Dam will be the most helpful information, if her breeder is still breeding, you might be able to talk to them, but it's a long shot.

What is your budget? You sound like you want something dead broke, you might want to look at something a bit older, unless you have a higher budget. How old are you, OP? How did your 2nd horse come up lame? Permanent issue?

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