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        07-28-2012, 02:49 PM
    Is your trainer going to charge for a percentage of the sale? Most do, and that's a good motivator for finding a horse for you. A trainer found and brokered the sale of the horse I purchased this spring. She received a percentage of that sale. Another option would be for you to find horses you think are suitable, bring copies of the sales ads to her and have her pick which you should go look at, and pay her for her time to go with you.

    Just an observation, but your last post suggests that perhaps you don't have the time to own a horse right now. Starting college in the fall is going to take a huge amount of time, and if you can't find the time in the summer to get to a lesson while not in school, then you may not have the time it takes to own a horse at the moment.
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        07-28-2012, 09:11 PM
    I was wondering the same thing as GRACE. It sounds like your plate is pretty full and maybe your finances are a little tight as well. I don't know what the sale price on this horse was but the sale price is usually the LEAST expensive cost of owning a horse. When you consider board, supplements,tack, flyspray,dewormers,vet bills, shoe bills,training/lessons, and anything else that crops up it becomes$$$$$$$ fast. Maybe you could do a partial lease or just take lessons until you graduate from college and secure a career. JMO...also I think that it will be a stretch to not neglect your studies or not neglect your horse.
        07-29-2012, 12:16 AM
    There are a lot of kids here in college that manage horses just fine.... most of them have student jobs to pay for it themselves instead of asking mom and dad. No reason to be harsh about that... not all college kids are irresponsible and do just fine in school and with a horse. But definitely think real hard about those responsibilities. :)

    I say check with the rescue, try the horse out, you never know. However THEY may not adopt out to college I don't know some may have certain requirements.
        07-29-2012, 12:31 AM
    Who was being harsh? The reality of how much work and money just going to school takes, leaves very little for much else, that's just reality.
        07-29-2012, 12:43 AM
    I didn't feel you were being harsh, I understand the cost of buying the horse itself is the cheaper part that has been expressed in the past to me by my parents during a time when it wouldn't have been able to work out. Just because I can't get a $5,000 horse (the horse I tried out was $5k), doesn't mean I can't afford the rest of the costs. My instructor didn't show any concern for what I was looking for price wise, she knows trainers that are selling in my price range. Of course it's also a matter of making sure the horse is right for me. I also do have a good paying job that I promised a good chunk of what I make would go towards the horse.

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        07-29-2012, 12:49 AM
    I didn't read all of the responses, but your trainer will take a % of the price of the horse you are looking to buy. As the one that she took you to see was out of your budget, I am guessing that it's not worth her time to look at horses that you can afford.
        07-29-2012, 01:09 AM
    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    I didn't read all of the responses, but your trainer will take a % of the price of the horse you are looking to buy. As the one that she took you to see was out of your budget, I am guessing that it's not worth her time to look at horses that you can afford.
    I have a sort of gut feeling that that's the issue. If that is, than it's unfortunate and quite frankly that's not worth my time. She may have a lot of clients, but I should have heard something back from her by now, even just about lessons. I do (and I hate to use this word again) understand she's busy but still..
        07-29-2012, 01:45 AM
    Why don't you call her up and find out if that's the issue? If she didn't think your price range was realistic or if she needs more pay or some similar issue she should have been straight forward about it and told you.

    Either way I think calling her, figuring out a lesson plan, and being sure you are clear on whether or not your price range is reasonable, ect. Is a fair plan. You can ask, without arguing, what she thinks about you going and seeing other horses, including rescues. You can suggest you see them once and if you think they fit then you schedule a time she can come out too to help you see any potential problems.

    Just talk it out. Be very clear and be sure you get clear answers. Either you can figure everything out with a simple phone call and everybody's happy or you can realize it's just not going to happen, in which case you can move on.
        07-29-2012, 01:19 PM
    I do plan on giving her a call probably tomorrow since it's Sunday and everyone deserves to have their weekends.

    First things first, getting a lesson schedule worked out. Then, once it's figured out talk about the horse situation. And @srh1 like you said, if the situation causes it to not happen or happen the way I'd hoped, I'll move on.
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        07-29-2012, 01:30 PM
    She is probably keeping an eye out for your horse, but hasn't seen one yet other than the higher priced horse. Did she know you have a budget and how much you're willing to consider over/under? You realize she will be compensated for her help and time in your purchase of your horse? My coach charges roughly 500.00 but she does lots of legwork in addition to trying them out. She mentioned she likes to have a 3-6 month window if possible to get the right match.

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