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        10-18-2012, 12:14 AM
      #11
    Foal
    Now that's the thoughts that keep passing through my head when looking at older horses coming from the hands of others. I know there are plenty of wonderful horses out there, there's just a very small amount of horses for sale out here, most for sale are only green broke anyways or have been sitting in the pasture for years, I really don't want to deal with someone elses problem. I used to manage a dog rescue and I know all about other people's problems. I'd almost rather start off new to create the horse I want then to fight breaking old habits.

    When I'm ready to buy one I'd also have been riding for a few years then, and I have no problems at all waiting, as impatient as I am to have one!

    As far as the breed goes, it seems most people who dislike their personality have only been on them temporarily and not actually have owned one. From what I'm reading most have to and want to form a strong bond with you to be willing to work, which to those who havent gained it can be described as stubberness and such. Am I along the right lines with that idea? I also have read and heard a lot that they are so much more sensitive to the slightest pressure and cure compared to many other horses. A client of my trainer has one they trained that is exactly like that whose training quickly excelled the level her owner is at, but it's really something to see this horse adjust herself to take care of her owner, I keep thinking to myself that that's what I want in a horse.
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        10-18-2012, 08:46 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    The registerd Appy I had also had Arab & QH in him. That was an interesting combination. He had tons of training-was used as a 3-day eventer,& was an excellent trail horse. Unless you wanted to walk by a turkey! A friend leased him for fox-hunting & I used to give dressage examples to groups that had never heard of it. He was a fun horse.
         
        10-18-2012, 09:41 PM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by TwistedSerpent    
    Now that's the thoughts that keep passing through my head when looking at older horses coming from the hands of others. I know there are plenty of wonderful horses out there, there's just a very small amount of horses for sale out here, most for sale are only green broke anyways or have been sitting in the pasture for years, I really don't want to deal with someone elses problem. I used to manage a dog rescue and I know all about other people's problems. I'd almost rather start off new to create the horse I want then to fight breaking old habits.

    When I'm ready to buy one I'd also have been riding for a few years then, and I have no problems at all waiting, as impatient as I am to have one!

    As far as the breed goes, it seems most people who dislike their personality have only been on them temporarily and not actually have owned one. From what I'm reading most have to and want to form a strong bond with you to be willing to work, which to those who havent gained it can be described as stubberness and such. Am I along the right lines with that idea? I also have read and heard a lot that they are so much more sensitive to the slightest pressure and cure compared to many other horses. A client of my trainer has one they trained that is exactly like that whose training quickly excelled the level her owner is at, but it's really something to see this horse adjust herself to take care of her owner, I keep thinking to myself that that's what I want in a horse.
    My first appy that I trained from a baby is named Kansas. I competed with her in EVERYTHING. Distance, English, Western, trail. Etc etc etc. That horse would do ANYTHING I asked of her. We did some dressage but I was never interested enough to compete in it. All of my appys have hard feet and have never been shod. Even when I was riding my mare 20+ miles a week I never had to shoe her. That to me has always been a plus in a horse.

    She knows when kids are on her back. Dead walk no quicker.. calm as can be.. but knew that when I was on her she could move out. I really just can't say enough about their willingness to please. However I think the "stubborn" comment can be used with any horse... My personal view is that appys are SMART. They don't like to be bored and are not appreciative of bad riders. They WILL test you. Any smart horse will. Many of mine are so willing that they can be lead horses in any situation. Very confident and not easily spooked. And I do believe that a lot of that is upbringing.


    I just lovemy apps :)
         
        10-18-2012, 09:49 PM
      #14
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by GhostwindAppaloosa    
    ..However I think the "stubborn" comment can be used with any horse... My personal view is that appys are SMART. They don't like to be bored and are not appreciative of bad riders. They WILL test you. Any smart horse will. Many of mine are so willing that they can be lead horses in any situation. Very confident and not easily spooked. And I do believe that a lot of that is upbringing.


    I just lovemy apps :)
    you just described my appy to a "T". The only beginner he gives a hard time is my newbie husband. When the gelding has had enough of my spouse's flopping around trying to post the trot he dead stops and turns his head around to stare at my Hubby.

    Then he ignores my spouse trying to steer him and walks to wherever I am in the arena and puts his nose in my chest and kinda wiggles his muzzle. Plain as day "get him off me please"

    I truly love the breed.
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        10-19-2012, 12:36 AM
      #15
    Foal
    Just remember you aren't stuck with whichever horse you choose. Look for a horse that should hold its value (make sure you do that vet check!), then you can make a decision without worrying that you're stuck with it. If it doesn't work out you can always sell it and move on.
         
        10-19-2012, 07:10 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Remember you don't need 100 horses - you just need one horse. So even if your area only has a handful of horses, that doesn't mean one of them won't be the best horse for you.

    When I was looking for horses I looked in a city area that hand loads of horses, different quality, prices, training etc but I didn't find anything that suited. Then I found my horse in this tiny town in the middle of nowhere, I've never seen another advertisement for a horse in that area, but there was just one there and one was all I needed.

    If you're not looking for a couple of years then don't worry about it for a couple of years. Look at the horses available then and you might find something perfect.

    If you live in a largish area and are noticing that all horses are of generally poor quality they might be selling elsewhere. An area I lived in would sell a lot of the horses through word of mouth and club advertisements, and only the horses that wouldn't sell that way would be advertised publicly.

    Still, you don't need to worry about this for a few years. In a few years you could be living elsewhere, you could get out of horses, you could want something totally different, so its really pointless worrying now.
         
        10-19-2012, 11:14 PM
      #17
    Foal
    I don't want to have to go through the buying and selling process multiple times if I don't have to, and being a small horse area trying to sell one kind of worries me.

    The town I'm in is one of the larger ones in the state, but small compared to everywhere else, and is mainly an air force town. I've been thinking and planning about owning my own since I was a child and am now actually in a position to where I can make my dream come true. I just can't forget about it for a couple of years and then try to figure things out.

    Another reason why I keep thinking of appaloosas is just that, even if in a few years I change what I want to do one would follow me along with it.
         
        10-20-2012, 01:10 AM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Personally, unless you're going to breed show, I think particular breeds are kind of meaningless.

    I've seen really different horses within each breed. There are certain breed standards but the attributes and temperament of any horse within any breed can vary wildly. My advice would be to focus more on a "type" of horse you want, and keep an open mind about everything else.

    The more specific your lists of wants the easier it is to overlook a really good horse that is just a little bit off. If you must get a certain breed be prepared that it might take you far longer, and cost you a lot more to find something that ticks all the boxes.

    I've met many Appaloosas and they varied a lot. Different temperaments, conformation, ability etc. So just because a horse is a certain breed doesn't mean that they are a certain way.
         

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