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        01-04-2011, 07:58 PM
    Its gotta be nice!! I don't care about ability- if it has a good temperment it can be trained. It can't be lame either. That's no fun. And I like a horse to have the right amount of goofiness. Gotta make work fun!!
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        01-04-2011, 08:13 PM
    Breed, build, athletic ability, and if its registered bloodlines
    I show so I want a stocck breed and I want a horse built for barrels, I perfer if its registered to. Its just a plus if its pretty and I like the color, though the 2 two years I'm looking at now have the color factor, luck is all that is lol
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        01-04-2011, 08:42 PM
    I guess it sounds kinda stupid, but I ended up buying based on just personality and situation the horse was in...
        01-04-2011, 10:27 PM
    I'm rather picky when it comes to buying horses.
    1. Must be between 4 and 14 years old.
    2. Must be over 16.2hh.
    3. Must be sound.
    4. Must have good (at the minimum) movement.
    5. Must be either registered with EA or microchipped.
    Temprement, sanity and personality don't bother me, unless the horse is flat out dangerous.
        01-04-2011, 10:34 PM
    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    I guess it sounds kinda stupid, but I ended up buying based on just personality and situation the horse was in...
    So by situation are you saying you buy mostly rescues?

    And buying based on personality doesn't sound stupid at all! Some people prefer a horse with a good personality over one that is dull, no matter the ability.
        01-04-2011, 11:09 PM
    In general, this is the list all Horses I would/will buy have to meet.

    1. Soundness

    2. Sanity (prissy attitudes don't bother me, but agression/danger is something I would never buy into.)

    3. Conformation (If its built like junk, it works like junk)

    For personal preference, This is what I would look for:
    • Agility (For reining and cattle work)
    • Cow-sense
    • Durable (for long trail rides)
    • A "Doesn't mind people" horse (A horse that enjoys, or at least tolerates, affection from humans)
    • Short-ish (Well, I have short legs)
    • Age (Something that shouldn't die tomorrow)
    • Keep-ability (Something that doesn't need 16 supplements to stay healthy)
    Well, that's my list.
        01-04-2011, 11:29 PM
    Well, it would depend on my situation. If I were to buy a horse now it would be different then if I wanted to buy a horse when I actually can (when I am much older and can afford it financially).

    Now ( I wish :P) :
    -Not too young, but not too old. So in between 7 and 13.
    My reasons are because a horse around that age (depends on the horse) has gone through a good amount of training and has some experience, though not tons, so I can still learn with him and touch up his training. (polish him I guess you could say) I wouldn't want a too inexperienced/young horse because I am still inexperienced myself and even if I have a really good trainer who would help me to perfect his/her training, it wouldn't be ideal for the moment.

    -Connection :)
    I would probably click with a horse that is sweet, but still has some spunk and ISN'T a push button horse. I like a little challenge. :)

    -Good conformation and is healthy
    Although if he/she has some flaws here and there, I wouldn't mind if there was the "ultimate click", but no one can say no to a nicely conformed horse. :)


    - Again a "click" when I ride and interact with the horse.
    - Nice conformation
    - Is young (5-6) so I can do some of the major training. :)

    But also in the future I would like (and hope) that I will be able to have a small rescue, and rescue a few horses at a time, (train them no matter their conformation, breed, etc.) and sell them for a very reasonable small price to someone who wants a good horse with basic training and good manners.
        01-05-2011, 02:05 PM
    Originally Posted by Kennedy    
    So by situation are you saying you buy mostly rescues?

    And buying based on personality doesn't sound stupid at all! Some people prefer a horse with a good personality over one that is dull, no matter the ability.
    Well... I had only 2 buys so far. And I wouldn't call them "rescues" in full meaning (at least one). They were just wasting there.

    Good personality... Hmmmmm.... That made me giggle in fact. My qh has one of the most marish personalities I've met. Funny enough I picked my qh out of 8 or 9 horses I looked at just because she was standing her "opinion" no matter what.
        01-05-2011, 02:34 PM
    My list for a horse for myself... if looking...
    Stock Built
    Solid Feet
    Either Cattle or Speed bred
    Registered (or could be)
    Age 2-3
    Unbroke or green broke
    Stud Colt or Gelding

    As far as easy keeping goes... itd be nice... but if a horse meets those requirments... I don't mind paying the extra for up keep. I also don't mind a testy horse... or one you have to stay on your toes with. Id much rather that than a dead head. I know that's a hefty list... but I already have 4 horses that meet (or met... some are older now) these requirments and they are the best horses I have ever owned. Now I do have 2 mares... but I wouldnt want anymore... hence the stud or gelding. Lol.
        01-05-2011, 09:22 PM
    1. Safe (temperment)
    2. Sound (I'm poor)
    3. Work Ethic
    4. Conformation
    5. Teeth (got a parrot mouthed horse before I knew any better.)

    horse, personality, picking, ride

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