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    04-29-2012, 11:45 PM
Should I Buy This Mare?

Hey guys, if anyone has been reading my recent posts you will know that I have had confidence issues lately while horse back. While I should have stopped my search for a new horse because of this, I found one that I think might be a good match.
I found a 15 y/o tb mix that I think is a good match for me. She was used by the Michigan state polo team for a year and it didn't work out. Now the team manager is offering her to me for a very good price. Her name is NoSe, she is about 16 hands and has wonderful ground manners. She is the only horse that I have not been scared on. I have been out to look at her more than once.
The only concern that I have is that she gets antsy when ridden. When I first mount NoSe she does well and will stand until cued to move. It's when we start going that she wants to trot. She listens well and will turn and stop when asked while trotting, but she won't walk. Her walk is very bouncy and it looks like she is running in place.
I was thinking that she has pent up energy and needs to be worked a little before riding. She doesn't know how to lunge at this time and gets no warm up before riding. I know I am not highly skilled, but I really like this mare. It has nothing to do with the way she looks. I just feel very calm on her, unlike other horses I have looked at. I taught my Arabian how to lunge and am confident that I can teach her as well.
Let me know what you guys think.
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    04-29-2012, 11:52 PM
I would definitely suggest finding a trainer to help you work with her, and help build your confidence and get her controlled at the walk and taking her on a trial. She does sound like a good match for you, though, if you are so comfortable on her.
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    04-29-2012, 11:56 PM
I do have a trainer that I can get help from. Also the owner offered to come out for free and work with her.
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    04-30-2012, 12:15 AM
Have you seen someone else ride her and does she do the same for them? If you feel and in control then I would go for it. I know when I was looking for a confidence builder my friend that had more experience and was helping me look steered me away from an ex polo horse. She said something about their training and how in her experience they don't always have a 'stop' button but that was just her opinion. I think if you have a trainer to help you and have trialled her in as many situations as you can (trail, road, arena etc) then it should be fine.
Good luck!
    04-30-2012, 12:16 AM
Sounds good to me
    04-30-2012, 05:45 AM
Green Broke
I don't know, doesn't sound like a bad horse but the "antsy" behaviour might not make you feel confident if it continues. Nor do you want a horse that you have to work before you ride.

I've never ridden a polo pony, but my old old horse did polox which I imagine is similar as far as riding horse goes, and he had a tendency to get antsy, throw his head a little, cut corners etc. If I hadn't been super confident on him over time I might have felt a little nervous.

What do you feel in your gut?
    04-30-2012, 09:29 AM
Whenever I see a thread like this {should I buy this horse, should I get that horse, etc} I always feel like the answer should automatically be "NO!".

If you have to ask, it means you have some doubts, some hesitation, some niggling little thought that you don't quite feel comfortable with - and instead of trusting your gut, you'd really REALLY like us to make your decision for you.

You have confidence issues. OK - not the end of the world.

Now, you have found a horse that you feel confident to long as the horse can be trained to lunge, you work with a trainer, and she is worked before you ride.

I think if you have to put conditions on anything - it's not a good deal. [eg - I love the car, but the sun roof as long as it doesn't rain, or I can keep it in the garage, or ride my bike in bad will be PERFECT!]

Why not find a horse that doesn't require a long list of conditions before they are "perfect" for you ?
    04-30-2012, 10:29 AM
The only reason I am asking on here is because I was always told to think with my brain, not my heart when it came to horses. In my heart I very much like her. But I wanted other opinions about her trotting.
I feel that with work she can be slowed down. It isn't a respect issue as she listens well besides that. Also I don't know much about polo horses and was hoping to get some insight about how they generally are.
    04-30-2012, 01:01 PM
Originally Posted by bnayc    
The only reason I am asking on here is because I was always told to think with my brain, not my heart when it came to horses. In my heart I very much like her. But I wanted other opinions about her trotting.
I feel that with work she can be slowed down. It isn't a respect issue as she listens well besides that. Also I don't know much about polo horses and was hoping to get some insight about how they generally are.

I didn't mean to make you feel badly...

It just seems as though you have doubts (or that your head is telling you one thing and your heart another).

Wouldn't it be best to find a horse upon which your head and heart agree?
    04-30-2012, 01:35 PM
I think a trial period to see how things go would be the best idea. Or a loan with view to buy. It sounds like you're fond of her and feel safe which is very important. Maybe a trial period would give you both the time you need to see if she'd settle down or if not if you like / could handle her behavior. X

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