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        01-05-2011, 08:37 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    I show a lot and in the UK that means conformation is king so:

    1) is always conformation. If a (mature) horse has visable flaws in the photos I am sent then I don't even bother looking at it further (youngstock is a bit different as they can mature and change shape)

    2) Temprement - I like my horses to be nice people, to be a pleasure to be around, to give kisses and cuddles, to be intellegent and willing to learn and to be flexile.

    3) I look at type - what class would he fit in? If he has no perticular class then realy he is no good for me.

    4) I don't like doing the basic handling myself as there is a high possibility of othe the horse and I getting hurt (and a scar on a horse can end a showing career) so will never go for something completly unhandled. At a minimum it must happily wear a headcollar and lead in a fairly sane manner!
         
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        01-05-2011, 08:41 PM
      #22
    Started
    1. Well broke
    2. Good temperament (calm, kind, brave, etc.)
    3. Good conformation
    4. Sound and healthy
    5. Between 8 and 15 years old
    6. At least 15.2hh

    Not necessarily in that order. You gotta have the whole package or it's no deal. I don't care about color, although I would love to have a black horse someday.
         
        01-06-2011, 12:15 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    Personality! No offense to other people who like this, but I personally can't stand a dead head! And both of mine are the biggest goof ball pranksters ever!
         
        01-06-2011, 12:20 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    To be bluntly honest, here is how I look:

    1.) Price - I look at all horses under $1000
    2.) Conformation - Of those horses I find, I find whichever has the best conformation
    3.) Must be easy to catch, tie and trailer, so I can get it home easily and work on the things I like to work on.

    Everything else is really up to me!
         
        01-07-2011, 08:56 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    Now that I already have the perfect horse for me (I bought her because my BO had to sell her, I wasn't actually in the market for a horse at the time) and am at a point in my horse life where I am searching for a project horse, here's what I look for:
    1. Price - I don't have a large budget
    2. Conformation - I don't want the work to be difficult for the horse or to cause the horse to break down easily
    3. Attitude/personality - I want to enjoy working with the horse and not deal with a constantly grumpy or rebellious personality
    4. Health - Sound, barefoot, and an easy keeper are all huge pros!
    5. Training history - I'd prefer something at least halter broke and able to lead around without fearing for my life. And I'd like a horse that doesn't have very many bad associations with riding/working.

    What really sold me on my horse is her personality. She tries very hard to please me. And I feel completely safe on her. That is a big thing for me. If I were to search for another personal horse, a lot would lie in how the horse and I clicked when working together. I know I have a certain type of horse that I am drawn to, I just haven't figured out what that thing is.
         
        01-08-2011, 11:54 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    Temperament-I'm a nervous rider/person and an aggressive/overly hyper horse and I would not mix very well.
    Soundness-Whats the fun of a horse if it can't be ridden sometimes because its lame?
    Comformation- Has to be at least decent, a lot of times this plays a factor in soundness.
    Barefoot- Really more of my moms choice at this point, because shoes can be rather expensive.
    Easy keeper- It's just nice to have a horse who doesn't need tons of grain etc to keep them healthy and the correct weight
    Color/breed/etc has no weight in the decision making.

    :)
         
        01-09-2011, 12:33 AM
      #27
    Green Broke
    I need:

    -- Sound. I want a horse I can ride hard and not have any problems.

    -- Good legs. All other conformation points can be average to moderately flawed, but I want good legs and good feet.

    -- Trainable. Not to be confused with smart. Honestly, I don't care if the horse is as dumb as a brick wall. I want a horse that is willing to please and will "get it".

    -- Type. Saddle horses with lean muscle and endurance. Not drafties or heavy bred horses. Lightly built ponies are great.

    -- Bloodlines. I want horses whose parents are good all around horses and have competed and done well in a variety of sports. The horse's ancestors can have no history of unsoundness or breakdowns.

    -- Endurance. I want a horse who has that "drive"; one that could go all day. A horse with the heart to keep on trotting and who loves to move.

    I do not want:

    -- Crazies. Some horses are just born off their rockers. No amount of training can fix it, and I don't want a thing to do with it.

    -- Hard keepers.

    I would like, but no not require:

    -- Color. Sue me.

    -- Gaited. Gaited horses are fun.




    I already have a horse that fits all my requirements, so I'm happy.
         
        01-09-2011, 12:51 AM
      #28
    Yearling
    At first my list was:

    1. Temperment
    2. Soundness
    3. Discipline (English)
    4. Age (between 5 and 16)
    6. Conformation
    Then breed, color, gender, etc. came later.
    But then after looking for months it changed a little:
    1. Temperment
    2. If it could walk, trot and canter without taking off, bucking, me having to pull its face off, or having to pound on it just to move forward (not literally).
         
        01-09-2011, 04:38 AM
      #29
    Trained
    Whenever I am looking, the big 3 are Sound, Safe and Sane.

    After those 3 criteria are met, I start thinking about preferences.
    -easy keeper
    -no shoes (personal preference)
    -personality
    -comfort of gaits
    -4-8 yrs old
    -experience (I like them to have done at least SOME trails, since I personally find that hard to train and I like to do it). Ring stuff I can train.

    I never pay more than 4K-ever. May someday, of I win the lottery...and can afford a bred-to-death reiner....but right now-grade is fine, and I love to make them all they can be.

    I also have to say, that altho you can't ride looks, I cannot bring myself to buy a horse that I personally find butt ugly. Perhaps if it were in desperate circumstances, but otherwise.....no. I will keep looking until I meet the criteria and like the look. I know this will offend some, but anything with ANY arab-that is a deal breaker for me.
         
        01-09-2011, 09:00 AM
      #30
    Weanling
    1) Sound-with no genetic diseases
    2)Conformation-if it's built like a train wreck, or not suited for my riding(jumping,dressage, other english) than a big no-no. (If over or underweight, that can be fixed)
    3)TEMPERAMENT/personality-I need a horse who isn't afraid of his own shadow, they can have "go" but not the crazy running off with you, but at the same time, like/tolerate attention.
    4)Height-I'm tall and bigger, so I need something with height and neck to balance out my torso(that's my worst point. I can ride ponies 14.1-14.2 and I can ride them with ease, besides for the fact I look like a giant). I prefer something 16.1hh-16.2HH with a small-medium barrel. No draft for me.
         

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