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    05-26-2012, 10:39 PM
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Foal
10 year old Palomino, Likes and Dislikes...Looking for helpful suggestions

Hi everyone! I'm fixing to purchase my first horse and after what I'm thinking is decent consideration I've got my mind set on a 10 year old Palomino Mare. This is going to be my first horse. Since she is going to be my first horse I did decide on an older horse...lol my other option was a 2 year old green broke paint. I'm looking here to see if I can get some helpful suggestions from horse lovers and experienced riders, trainers etc.
Going to list a few of her pro's and con's. If anyone out there is interested in giving their opinion I'm definitely open to hear. Thank you!

Cons
She doesnt like bathing being sprayed due to an incendent when a yearling
Hasnt been ridin much in the past year
Doesnt like fly spray
Absolutely hates shots
A little bit barn sour
Swishes her tail constantly (not sure its bad thing)
Does not like being kicked or spurred

Pros
Not picky about saddle
Just have to make kissy noise to make her run
She rides by highway road whichever no spook
Stands good for ferrier
Backs nicely
Loads easy
     
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    05-26-2012, 10:43 PM
  #2
Showing
So a few training issues.. maybe some underlying physical issues (will have her vetted, right?? For soundness, etc??) and then she needs some handling.

I think as long as you have help, I.e a trainer of sorts.. could be a great horse :)
     
    05-26-2012, 10:45 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I suggest enlisting the assistance of an "in person" horse-wise friend or a riding instructor to help you evaluate the horse on her fitness for your riding abilties. The pros and cons listed above are really not useful in determining if you and the horse might be a good match....especially over the internet based solely on text. At the very least, video of you and the horse working together (ie trial ride) would be needed to even begin to determine if you are close to making a good or horrible decision. Many of the "cons" you have listed could easily be overcome by someone with the experience to do so - but you have made no mention of your own experience/abilities, so no one can comment as to whether they should be deal-breakers for your purchase or not. Likewise, some of the "pros" you are seeing as indicators of a good purchase are not grounds on which I would base a purchase decision.
Has the horse been through a PPE?
     
    05-26-2012, 10:53 PM
  #4
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This is not a good 'first horse' prospect. The 2 year old is even worse.

You are wise in wanting an older horse, but you need to find one that is not spoiled and does not come with the negative baggage that this one has. You need a horse that is not 'fussy', 'bitchy' or sour. The 'switching tail' means the horse is not happy and does not like being ridden.

If you cannot find an older horse that does not have bad habits, I would suggest you have a very experienced person ride this one with a saddle that they are sure fits well and that they assess how appropriate this horse would be for a 'first horse' and assess just how much training this horse needs to become a well-mannered, well-behaved trustworthy mount.
     
    05-26-2012, 11:10 PM
  #5
Foal
K, all I know is what I'm posting...learning as I go with this particular horse. The owner is helping me with her. She rides her...she once had her started on barrels but decided she was too slow for that so now just western pleasure riding. If I might say so she is a simple kept horse which whom doesnt have anything fancy. She does have a spoilt nature...is see where its mentioned an older horse is better but yet how do you find an older horse that doesnt have a few spoilt traits? The tail swishing she does all the time rider or no rider its like she's just alert to her surroundings. Today for example owner rode her before I came over by the highway and actually had some dogs approach her barking and she did not attempt to buck or get overly excited. PPE test no, she is scheduled to go to the vet get her shots and everything in two weeks. She will take her shots but only by a experienced vet.
Today was the first time I've been on this horse or any horse for that matter...basically I don't know the first thing about riding (of course I was not alone and don't plan on it til I get everything down) she didnt offer to buck get irritated or anything she followed every command givin. The owner and myself have about a 50lb weight difference I dunno if that even matters.
     
    05-26-2012, 11:12 PM
  #6
Showing
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Originally Posted by LindseyB    
The tail swishing she does all the time rider or no rider its like she's just alert to her surroundings.


Today was the first time I've been on this horse or any horse for that matter...basically I don't know the first thing about riding (of course I was not alone and don't plan on it til I get everything down) she didnt offer to buck get irritated or anything she followed every command givin. The owner and myself have about a 50lb weight difference I dunno if that even matters.

Or she's in pain..

I personally would forgo buying a horse and take lessons. You'll learn so much more than going in blind. Even a well trained horse will turn into a nightmare if you have no clue what you're doing.

That's just my advice :)
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    05-26-2012, 11:14 PM
  #7
Green Broke
If you don't know the first thing about riding my suggestion would be that unless you have the help of a trainer or a friend who's a rider, etc that could help you work out her few 'issues' that's the only way id buy her.. But, I think she would be a nice little horse. But if you are planning to just get a horse and not have a trainer I would suggest to not get this mare. Good luck!
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    05-26-2012, 11:21 PM
  #8
Foal
Or in pain? The tail swishing? The main things I worry about her is the fear of water. If this is the horse I get I wont be taking her home right away I will be working with an experienced rider for awhile then once she or any horse is home with me I wont be out with her without experienced help. Too I say this is the first actual horse I've been on yes...I grew up around live stock and had a pony when I was alot younger...a rather onery pony so yes I am a beginner but yet familiar if that means anything.
     
    05-26-2012, 11:25 PM
  #9
Showing
Yeah afraid of water is nothing.. again a training issue.

The tail swishing is a symptom of something. My horse never swishes his tail (except for flies).. he's very happy and in good manners. When he does, I know something is wrong. With a horse that does it all of the time, I'd be concerned.

It would be more fair to yourself, and to the horse, if you got back into riding before you bought her/him. And you'd have a lot more fun too, you'd understand how to correct bad behavior and have confidence.

Owning a pony when you're younger is a lot different than a horse when you're older.

Get as much education/instruction as you can before diving into horse ownership.
     
    05-26-2012, 11:34 PM
  #10
Foal
Thank you I appreciate that, I will be looking more into the tail swishing with her. I really do see myself becoming very attached to this horse but want to make sure. You can never learn too much. :)
     

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