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post #1 of 53 Old 07-08-2013, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Should this happen?

So I found a mare on the local Craigslist and she's a nice mare I really do want her but she needs alot of work and I plan on getting my experience up with her maybe going to riding school with her I know everyones like oh dear I can see this going bad already haha.Shes not hard to work with she's just.... well.. a mare LOL! And her surroundings in her pasture are horrible! Theres glass and metal everywhere :/ when I went out to meet her she was fine but then after a month of not seeing her I went back out to see her (i was on vacation that's why I couldnt see her) she had cuts all over her that seems like they were two weeks old the only recent cut was on her udder... I talked with the owner and she wants to move her to my place (with my agreement) so its safer I have a larger area where she can be stored but for now I want to put her in the pasture with a fence inbetween my cousins horses and her so just incase they don't agree with eachother I probably wont have any major vet bills since our fences are proper not barbed wire. (not that theres anything wrong with barbed wire just... it can leave missing fur patches and I hate that lol) Everyone else is saying for a 4 year old who hasnt been worked alot of the time except once a month 1.2k is a bit much but the price isnt a problem for me the only time it would be a problem is if it was going to be 4k for the horse my limit is 1.5k that's it. The mare has only bit me once and that's only because she was hungry and theres no grass out there within the area of metal and glass :/ should I keep looking?
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post #2 of 53 Old 07-08-2013, 01:35 PM
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YES. Walk away, no offense, but I get the impression you are new(er) to horses. And from what I could understand from your description of the horse, you ARE NOT a good match.
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So you're a noob who wants to buy a horse with issues, and bring her home? Is that the gist of it?
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I would walk away. I don't think price is really the real issue here. I know that it's hard seeing a horse in a crappy place, and we all want to "save" them, but not having a lot of experience, and getting a young really green horse is a really bad idea. You say she bit you because she's hungry, well I doubt that's the case. I'm sure she may be hungry and not getting fed enough, but a horse won't bite you for that. They'll bite if you have treats and they haven't learned respect and personal space, or if they are upset, don't like something you did. Only once may be a fluke, or it may be that there are even more issues that will come out after you get her. There are also no guarantees that you'd be able to find her a new home if she did prove to be too much. You never want to get a horse to "learn" with that's green. If you are new to horses, you want to get a nice calm horse that you can learn with, but that you aren't also trying to train while learning about horses and riding yourself.
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Keep looking. There are plenty of horses out there that will suit your needs rather then risking injury to the horse and yourself getting a horse that is too much for you to handle (by the sound of it)
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post #6 of 53 Old 07-08-2013, 01:52 PM
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Keep looking. Horses do not bite because they're hungry and trying to eat you. This match is a mess already in progress. Save yourself the trouble!
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post #7 of 53 Old 07-08-2013, 01:54 PM
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Walk away. I understand you feel the need to take the horse in to give it a better quality of life...but with her being as young as she is...and having issues...and you not having the experience/knowledge needed to deal with the issues, you'd end up spending much more on a trainer for both of you than that horse would ever be worth. AND, she may not be a good match for you even after all the training.

You'd be much better off finding a more mature horse (around 10, maybe a little older) that has been there and done that and is safe for inexperienced riders/handlers. That way, you can learn what you need to know without the risk of being hurt by an untrained or spoiled horse.

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O.o okay... im only a newb at buying a horse i've had some riding lessons and the only reason I say she bit me because she was hungry is because she kept wanting to eat and she was in the middle of eating hay when we took her out of her pen O.o. She didnt bite me like she left a mark it was like a nip or something it wasnt hard but it wasnt soft either
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She bit you (yes, she did bite you. Nip, nibble, whatever you want to call it, it's a bite) because she's disrespectful.

Can you work with a trainer and get some horsemanship and horse keeping lessons? I think it would be very beneficial for you.
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im only a newb at buying a horse i've had some riding lessons
Unfortunately, "some riding lessons" is just enough to get you hurt when trying to take on an inexperienced horse who is already showing major signs of being a disrespectful spoiled animal. Especially since you don't even see the biting as a respect issue.

This is NOT the type of horse you want as your first beginners horse. You want a well trained horse you will gain confidence with as you learn, not one who is already trying to hurt you.

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