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    07-09-2011, 12:01 PM
Trial period starts Tuesday!

Assuming the ppe goes well Monday my potential new horse will be delivered Tuesday evening for a trial period. I am so excited!

He is an almost 11 yr old gelding who's done a little of everything. The times I've ridden him he has seemed too good to be true so I am actually a little concerned about what problems we might discover. I'm a pessimist lol

So... anything I absolutely must test during the trial? I don't want to forget something important in my excitement.
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    07-09-2011, 12:55 PM
What breed is he?

You must be very excited.

Trial periods are an excellent idea.

Some people judge potential purchases on conformation, training, depends on what you plan to do with him.

Our horses are only family pets and occasional trail horses, so what is most important to us is personality ... as in their ability to interact with people, and their temprament in regards to being calm and sane.
    07-09-2011, 01:04 PM
He is a quarter horse although he is unregistered. They have the papers to get him registered but he hasn't been. I will be using him for pleasure, trail riding and just getting experience so I'm not worried about his show quality as much as, like you, if he is calm and sane :)

I am quite excited. We looked at several before him but none of them "clicked". They had the training and were calm(as he is) but it just didn't feel right. I don't know if that even makes sense.
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    07-09-2011, 01:32 PM
Trial periods are sooo important everyone should have the option of doing one....

Some sellers don't offer that option though.

Since he is to be a trail/pleasure horse, I would make sure you use this time to test his spookiness level. With things like l animals, cars, swooping birds, creeks and inanimate things like garbage cans, mailboxes, plastic bags, etc.... and when you do find something that he spooks at, take note of his response, I.e. Does he just hop sideways or does he bolt or rear....

....and if he does spook, try to desensitize him to the object to see how well he can get over his fear. Some horses desensitize well, others not so well.

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