I'm new, so first of all Hi :) I'm 26 and from Peoria,Il..
I have a rant, and some questions.. I'm contemplating buying a horse.. She's "green" so he says, she was totally broke but until today she hadnt been ridden in a little over a year. We trailered her,she goes in and backs out like a dream.. Get her saddled up and once he's on she gives a tiny little half buck.. I wouldnt even call it a buck.. More of a tap dance with her back feet :)
Anyway.. She's definantly a little green... I would say I'm an intermediate rider at best.. I owned a gorgeous QH in my teens but if you do the math, that was quite awhile ago.. :) But, I'm talking to the guy who says he was asking $600 for her ( which to me was astounding, because she rode just fine) BUT---- that if I wanted to put her under a professional trainer of my choice, he would gladly knock it down to $300..
At which point Im pretty sure my jaw dropped... She is coggins free, up to date on shots.. He does her hooves himself so they are in good shape.. I'm just baffled that he's selling her so cheap.. He says basically he doesnt have time for her anymore, and he's more concerned with getting her a good home than he is making a buck off her back..
So.. Any thoughts on this?? Can anyone think of other things to ask about/try before buying? I know she isnt buddy sour or anything because she left them behind just fine when we left to ride..
Now my rant...
I was looking at a local stable at a couple of their horses, one in particular that she stated was 16.3 and about 1200 pounds..
Now I'm FAR from a skinny gal.. I've put on a bunch of weigh this last year because of a medical condition that I only just got put on medication for last month ( and have thankfully dropped 12 pounds since being on it.Woohoo)
But.. Far from skinny.. but I'm also not 300+ pounds.. Well.. We'll just throw it out there I'm 5'9 and 235 pounds.. Now everything I've read.. And most horse people I've talked to, have said your average horse can carry a quarter of its weight without problem..
This woman had the nerve to tell her sister ( on the phone that is, she didnt realize I was there in the room listening) that she didnt want to put me on one of their horses because I was just "too big" ...
Now.. If you don't want to sell me a horse.. Fine.. that's your perogative... but do we really have to act like high schoolers? Just tell me, you don't think any of your horses are a good fit for me.. and I go on my way..
But am I correct in my thinking? About a quarter of the horses weight is acceptable/fine for the horse?
Anyway.. Sorry this was so long.. I had so much going on today and none of my friends are horse people, so I really wanted some input :)
Thanks for reading!