04-28-2011, 11:52 PM
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Well you've narrowed down your search enough to find something - so now all you need to do is keep looking out, asking around for a TWH that is a quiet schoolmaster for you to learn on. By the way - are you after a TWH because you would like to get involved with gaited horse disciplines? (sorry, I don't know the technicalities, I'm an Aussie and we don't have much in the way of gaited horses here let alone competitively). If you are just wanting a general horse to learn on, don't limit yourself to breed or you'll be looking forever.
Once you find a horse that appears possibly suitable for you (again, don't limit yourself. Look at everything that sounds even mildly suitable as you may be surprised!), go and have a look. Bring an experienced friend or trainer along with you and have the owner ride the horse first. See what you think of the horse under saddle, and if you feel confident enough to ride, then jump on and have a play.
Ideally you'll ride the horse more than once to get a feel of it. It's very difficult to make up your mind from just one ride as you don't know each other yet. Ask if your trainer/experienced friend can ride the horse as well for a few minutes and see what they think. Have them put the horse under some mental pressure to see if it's brain is good.
Buying horses is a long and difficult process - but remember, a bad horse costs exactly the same to keep as a good horse. So don't rush into anything if it doesn't suit you because the owners have forced the issue.