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post #1 of 15 Old 01-22-2014, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Potential First Horse?

Longish post ahead so, beware. :)

I've been wanting a horse since I can remember although, I haven't serious looked into purchasing one until a few months ago. My riding instructor and I have been all across town looking for the perfect match. We have met some amazing horses but I just didn't "click" with any of them. I soon decided to put the search on hiatus and just continue with my lessons until some new horses start to appear on our online searches.

In the meantime, I leased my instructors older standardbred gelding, whom she offered to sell to me for only $900. The lease only lasted a month. This horse, Jerry, absolutely adores my riding instructor and they have been together for a long, long time. He accepts other riders but it is completely smitten with my instructor. I did not want to break that up so I passed.

Jump ahead a month (a.k.a last Monday), I had my usual weekly lesson. Afterwards my instructor asked me what my "dream horse" was. I told her I wanted something small (13hh t0 14.3hh) yet stocky. Color? Doesn't matter too much but I do favor pintos. For personality, I am looking for something calm, yet brave.
After I finished my list, my instructor mentioned that one of her boarders is looking to sell their Chincoteague pony, Tango. I am somewhat familiar with this horse but never truly met her. She is 7 years old, 13hh (very stocky) and of course, a pinto.

The plan is to give her a test ride this coming Monday if the weather warms up. Then, I can make the decision if I want to pass, lease or purchase.

I honestly hope she is the one but, I am prepared for her not to be. I would love to finally own a horse but I have to remember not to settle.

Anyways, I just wanted to share my excitement and hear any tips that you all can give me!

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post #2 of 15 Old 01-23-2014, 02:10 AM
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She looks lovely, let us all know how it goes. Not sure how old you are or whether you are still growing but that could be a factor if you possibly outgrow her in the future.

Not sure of your riding level either as she is fairly young but you have an instructor which will definitely help if any issues arise. Good luck and hope it all works out well!
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post #3 of 15 Old 01-23-2014, 03:16 AM
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She has terminal cuteness, and you will fall for her, don't ya know?!
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post #4 of 15 Old 01-23-2014, 03:43 AM
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just by seeing her I am in love with her! SHE IS SO ADORABLE! More pics please!
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post #5 of 15 Old 01-23-2014, 07:30 AM
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Be still my heart! I just want her in my barn.

Please let us know the test ride goes with her!
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post #6 of 15 Old 01-23-2014, 07:42 AM
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She is adorable! Love her name also, maybe she wants to be a snowbird & come to AZ? She's a perfect size for me-haha.
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post #7 of 15 Old 01-23-2014, 08:27 AM
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What a lovely forelock she has. Waiting has definitely worked out in your favor. She's a cutie.
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post #8 of 15 Old 01-23-2014, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone! She certainly has passed in the cuteness factor. Now, fingers crossed this ride goes well! :)

As for a little background on me. I am 20 years old and stand in at exactly 5ft with an average weight for my height. I have been riding on and off for about 9 years now and I am currently using a headstrong pony in my lessons.

While I wouldn't consider myself an "advanced" rider, I do feel I have a fairly solid seat and have ridden a handful of stubborn horses.
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post #9 of 15 Old 01-23-2014, 04:53 PM
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She is so adorable! Hope the test ride goes great! Praying y'all will click :)
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post #10 of 15 Old 01-23-2014, 05:42 PM
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She's really cute. Good luck!
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