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    10-16-2012, 11:49 PM
  #1
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Needing opinions/insight on what direction I should go when looking for my first

I've been working hard trying to plan everything before aquiring my first horse and I have a few questions I really can't think of the way I want to go with.

I don't yet know what I want to pursue outside of pleasure riding/trails, and hunting. I live in Montana, but locally there are very few horses for sale it seems (by local I mean within a 2 hour drive), and the ones I do see don't always impress me at least conformation-wise. I'm not looking for perfect of course, but I want one whose going to be heathy down the road. I am not ready to purchase now, but will be in the next couple of years.
Doing a lot of research on breeds, I keep coming to the conclusion that an appaloosa may be extactly what I'm looking for as far as versitility, toughness, and endurance, as I would love to try out various western sports as well as english, and of course the trails, camping, and packing I know I want to do. I prefer the look of good foundation lines over the quarter horse type.
My question is, should I stick with what I can try out locally with experiance but possibly not what I may want in the end, or buy a younger horse bred well that fits me and work with my trainer to start it off the way I want to?

Whatever I go with it will be boarded for the first few months so my trainer can iron out any wrinkles, if I don't buy one from her directly. Because it will be my first, one safe and experianced would be nice but I worry that as I advance I may be asking too much or heading in a direction it can't take. Or do I find a horse which every direction I go I end up with this breed to best suit me, but it may be young.

I am 26 years old, have been taking lessons for awhile now and am willing to wait and work with whatever I end up with and have a great gentle yet firm trainer full of patience. I'm just worried about having to sell to get a step up since I know it will break my heart. In a perfect world I'd find an appy well trained looking for a new home, but I haven't come across any here yet.
     
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    10-17-2012, 12:13 AM
  #2
Yearling
It's good to research, and if you have narrowed it down to an appaloosa, then my suggestion would be as follows:

Pay the money up front for a been there, done that, PROVEN horse in the discipline you feel most attracted to (which may be different in a few years).
Your first horse should be able to forgive your mistakes and let you figure out how you ride without worrying to much about how he moves...

While a young horse to grow up with sounds good - it often isn't. It can be much, much more expensive to keep a horse in training instead of just hauling to a weekly (or monthly) lesson. In addition, green horses are continually throwing things at you that you just wont have to think about with a veteran, which can turn a pleasurable ride into a nerve wracking ordeal.

The best part of a teenage horse is that when you are ready for a step up horse, these calm horses can always find a home.
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    10-17-2012, 12:28 AM
  #3
Foal
If I can't find exactly what I'm looking for out here with an experianced horse, how bad is it to buy one out of state without having seen it in person?

On a side note I keep looking at Ghostwind's appaloosas and nearly have a heart attack each time. How I would one day love to have one as pretty as their to call my partner!
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    10-17-2012, 12:55 AM
  #4
Yearling
Well if you find one out of state, you can always ask or pay someone (like a trainer ) to go and check/try him out for you. There are always people shipping horses to and from many places, you can always share a ride. You will also need to decide if you want a mare or a gelding. Do you have a prefrence? Because you are not buying now, write everything you want in a horse and when the time comes, go over your list and see if that's what you still want.
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    10-17-2012, 12:57 AM
  #5
Yearling
If buying long distance, I would be very, very careful. I would want many videos, pictures, and a vet check from an independent vet.

I just got George the pony for my daughters and took my trailer when I drove down to see him. He was about 3 hours away, but his owner had sent me a video and pictures and we talked on the phone and emailed quite a bit... and this was for a free pony. I felt confident when I went down there, but would have came home with an empty trailer if he wasn't perfect - because there is no such thing as a free horse, or pony.

He ended up being perfect and I would have paid 1,000 for him... because the girls can make mistakes and he'll take care of them - and I know they will grow up loving horses because of their experience with him.

This is what you should look for as well. Luckily you have some time, and can window shop at your favorite breeders while saving up and getting ready :)
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    10-17-2012, 01:18 AM
  #6
Foal
Now you've opened up a whole new door for me, off to go look at out of state classified ads!
     
    10-17-2012, 01:45 AM
  #7
Banned
I would never buy a horse that I had not seen. Some people can do it successfully, many do not. If you were an experienced trainer, and could have the horse vet checked - then maybe.

But for your first horse, please don't buy without seeing it in person.
     
    10-17-2012, 01:57 AM
  #8
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You'd be surprised how many people buy long distance and ship after doing all their homework and have great success.
Especially when you live in areas where good horses are scarce it's sometimes better to do your homework, employ a good trainer, employ a good vet and do a whole pile of skyping......sometimes it's worth it rather than buying a mediocre horse, just because it's close to where you live.

In an ideal world making a road trip is perfect, but not a option for some.

A friend of mine just shipped a 3 year old to Germany, for a grand sum,....vet checked cleared, DVD and photos plus references from some top trainers.....

If you have the know how and you dot your 'i's' and cross your 't's' it can be an awesome way to buy exactly what you want rather than settling.......
     
    10-17-2012, 02:35 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by TwistedSerpent    
If I can't find exactly what I'm looking for out here with an experianced horse, how bad is it to buy one out of state without having seen it in person?

On a side note I keep looking at Ghostwind's appaloosas and nearly have a heart attack each time. How I would one day love to have one as pretty as their to call my partner!
Thanks!

My personal preference has always been to buy younger horses. Why? I know exactly what I am raising and it is trained the way I want. WHen it decides to one day start acting off I don't have to GUESS why it might be doing it. I know the horses history.

There are downsides to buying a young horse/foal... mainly.. THE WAIT! My very first horse nearly 20 years ago was a freshy weaned foal. That horse is STILL my favorite horse to ride. SHe responds to the smallest cues I give her and is SOLID! I had been riding a few years when I got her and by the time she was ready to train.. I was ready to do it myself. There is a great accomplisment coming from raising your own.

That being said.. sometimes the best horse for now is something you can start riding/working/etc. THere are a lot of great horses out there right now for sale for a reasonable price. Im sure you wont have a hard time finding one

Buying something out of state? You should be able to get videos etc and plenty of video from the owner. I've bought nearly every horse I own from pictures and videos only.. i've only had buyers remorse once... but ended up really liking the horse later :) Despite her not being what I was sold as.

Anyways. I'd be more than happy to answer any questions you might have about foundation apps. They are the best. JMO :)
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    10-17-2012, 06:15 PM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by TwistedSerpent    
If I can't find exactly what I'm looking for out here with an experianced horse, how bad is it to buy one out of state without having seen it in person?

On a side note I keep looking at Ghostwind's appaloosas and nearly have a heart attack each time. How I would one day love to have one as pretty as their to call my partner!
100% agreement, I would be happy to have one of Ghostwind's appys
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