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post #1 of 13 Old 04-28-2011, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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how do you find the perfect horse that suits you? I've been looking for a while but mostly online which isnt really how i wanted to go about doing it but i dont know that many people who own horses and I want a specific breed (Tennessee walking horse) and i need it to be something that will help me build my confidence... something i can learn on
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-28-2011, 09:50 PM
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You really want know a horse is right for you until you ride it. Once you find one on line that is what you think you want, ask to ride the horse. More than once if possible.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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post #3 of 13 Old 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.
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Find online ads that pique your interest a little and ask to meet the horse and/or ride it. You most likely won't know until you've actually seen the horse.
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post #5 of 13 Old 04-29-2011, 03:20 AM Thread Starter
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well I'm wanting to learn to show flatshod eventually
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post #6 of 13 Old 04-29-2011, 05:39 AM
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It would help immensely to have a trainer to help you along in finding your horse and in ultimately helping you reach your goals with your future horse. At the least it would be extremely helpful to have at least some very experienced horse person to help you search and sort through the horses you see. As you continue looking online and elsewhere, look for horses that are described as well-trained, great for beginners, experienced, etc., with calm temperaments and go out to see a lot of them. If you are serious about buying it is always best to look at and test ride as many qualified horses as you can to figure out what is really best for you.

I'm not familiar with your situation, whether you are experienced with horses and just looking into a new discipline or new to horses, but either way you want to be sure to get a horse that will already know his job well and not need you to try to train him while you are being trained in this discipline, yourself.

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post #7 of 13 Old 04-29-2011, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
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I've not ridden in years I took lessons ages ago and have been looking for a place near me that offers lessons with no success so far the place i use to go has stopped giving lessons and i dont really know anyone near me that knows about horses i have a couple of horse friends that live like 4 hours away but no one close enough to actually help
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post #8 of 13 Old 04-29-2011, 05:51 AM
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it has taken me so many trys to find marlea, 12 horses on trial, 2 horses i acctaully baught but turned out horrible, the first one was drugged and 28 when we thaught he was 16 and the second had cancer in his eye... im so glad i put up with it all though cause marlea is my little ddream pony :)

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post #9 of 13 Old 04-29-2011, 05:53 AM Thread Starter
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I'll want a horse vet checked at my vet before i buy anything
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post #10 of 13 Old 04-29-2011, 05:55 AM
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this drug is new... and completley undetected by vets, and the cancer, was a pure and honest mistake, the lump only came up the day we baught him

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