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        11-03-2010, 06:31 AM
    Cool Opinions? I'm horse shopping. lol

    After a several year hiatus from horses, I am looking again. I would really like an unbiased opinion...

    I went and looked at a gelding that is 6 years old, he's cute, looks mostly qh. Was pleasantly surprised that his conformation was quite nice. Has been under saddle but no real training. Seems they let family, friends, kids just jump on him ever so often.

    He's pretty quiet, tolerant. Didn't seem to mind me messing with his feet or tail or ears or anything. Kept at pasture 24/7 since birth (at this place). He has never been loaded in a trailer, never clipped, probably never bathed or tied. Total backyard horse with several other pasturemates. Owner says he will hop the fences occasionally.

    I was pretty much okay with this guy until owner told me about the fence jumping. Owner is willing to let me take him for a bit and try him out and then either buy him or return him. That honestly gives me a false sense of security and I should know better. Price shouldn't be a factor, but I was looking at this horse as a cute and fun project to turn into a nice little horse and maybe a future mount for one of my kiddos. I appreciated the owner's honesty about him.

    Trailering, clipping, tying, bathing - to me, all training issues and I don't have a huge problem dealing with this stuff. Everything takes time, I'm in no rush.

    The fence jumping scares me. I'm already imagining phone calls at 3am from my horse running amok. Am I overreacting? Would a nice visible strand of electric at the top be a solution to this?

    This horse has never been stalled - and winter time here in Oregon, they are stalled alot. What if he completely freaks about his newfound confinement and tries to tear down the place? (had a mare do that before!)

    So, I'm trying to go with my gut on this and it is sitting at neutral. I don't mind a horse who needs a bit of work, but I've had my share of horses who dare me to sleep at night thinking all is safe and intact at the barn lol.

    He's not the first I went and looked at, and I've got a handful more horses to look at this week. But this guy has been sticking in my mind alot. I liked him, I admit it :)
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        11-03-2010, 06:39 AM
    Welcome to the forum.

    Can not even start to answer your question with out having some clue as to the set up he is in now and why he is jumping the fence.
    I personally would not make the leap from jumps out of his fence to can not be stalled.
        11-03-2010, 07:39 AM
    I really don't know what to tell you but, just in case you do get him, you could always just lead him in the stall and walk out an strt gradually introducing him to the thought of staying in there for a period of time. Also, make sure that you make it a happy place for him to be in (stall = food, praise, etc). One thing that concerns me is that he's six and has absolutely no training.
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        11-03-2010, 07:52 AM
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    There are other horses out there, I would still keep looking. If your not in a hurry as you said. One thing about this horse is the jumping fence thing, we had a horse who did the same thing and she broke several fences and hurt herself in the process. We had to sell her. It was terrible.
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        11-03-2010, 08:31 AM
    My gelding as a 2 year old was the same way. Would occasionally switch pastures (as the owner put it). It didnt deter us. We put him in a 12x12 stall made of round pen panels. Came out one morning... he had jumped out and was eating in our back yard.
    The thing that finally broke him of "switching pastures" was electric wire. He had a tendancy to check the fence out before jumping... well when he checked it out... he got a good zap. And wouldnt even go near the fence after that. And this was.... oh 7 years ago. He'll stay in a strand of haystring now.
        11-03-2010, 08:35 AM
    I would also keep looking. As one who has taken the hiatus and returned, it is not as you think it will be. I am concerned about the "greenness" of this one, unless, of course you plan on working closely with a trainer. BTDT.

    Cannot give an opinion about the fence jumping-guess Iwould also ask why? I have one that used to go absolutley bat $*&t if left alone. He had one 4' fence in him a day...after that he plowed right thru.
        11-03-2010, 12:55 PM
    I have a little guy at the moment and he has my nerves frazzled with his fence jumping it is a pretty hard habit to break(my guy is a pony so impossible I spend my life finding new holes in the fince)

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