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post #121 of 219 Old 06-30-2012, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by horsefan3000 View Post
my advice? do your research!!!!!!!
Research what???
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post #122 of 219 Old 06-30-2012, 10:21 AM
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I have to wonder how long the seller had actually owned the horse she originally was going to show you - maybe they had got themselves duped and he wasn't as perfect as she thought he was so she was just looking for any excuse not to show him too you and thought she could offload the youngster instead. It sounds as if you turned up looking like a 'real' regular rider and not like a photograph off the front of a saddlery catalogue so something must have been wrong - after all most sellers will try to sell you their highest priced animal regardless of what they think you can afford as they live in hope that if you fall head over heels in love with it you will scrape the money together somehow.
There are some seriously bad riders out there and if I thought someone was either going to upset a horse I was selling or risk injuring themselves I would have them off it faster than they got on.
Sounds like you may have had a lucky escape but it is annoying, the trainer of one horse that I thought sounded perfect for me never even allowed the owner to let me go and try it - she didn't know me. had never seen me ride and the only negative thing she could say about it was that it occasionally swished its tail going into canter but because I intended to keep it at home she didn't think it would work out - according to her it needed to be under the supervision of an experienced trainer. i.e. she wanted to keep it on her yard.
Who knows what was in her mind..

Like you, I've had people come out to look at a horse for sale wouldn't let them ride. If you don't know how to bridle, lead or unhalter..I'm not comfortable with you riding. Sounds like the woman you referred to might not have been sure about selling the horse to anyone.
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post #123 of 219 Old 06-30-2012, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Dark Horse View Post
Research what???

Horses breed, traits, lineage, weight & feed, farrier care requirements, have your vet and farrier out before you buy, test ride in your tack as if you're home and/or at a show, see how good the horse is on the ground, bathing, tying, loading before you actually buy it.
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post #124 of 219 Old 07-12-2012, 09:54 AM
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Thumbs up Good stuff

Thanks for the post, I wish I had read it before my purchases but fortunately I followed all of your "rules" having done my homework prior to buying. I found it super important to visit, ride, be around the horses I bought many times before I made the decision because horses seem to be like people and can have off days so multiple visits exposed me to different moods and situations. Thanks again and keep sharing, knowledge is the best gift you can give!
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post #125 of 219 Old 07-26-2012, 08:30 PM
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This is a very important post with some great things to remember when buying a horse! I felt that I was fairly experienced with horses, and after I bought my first horse I realized that I was not as confident as I thought. Working with someone else's horse and working with your own horse by YOURSELF is a completely different experience.
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post #126 of 219 Old 08-12-2012, 12:02 PM
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lol, where were you years ago? I think a lot of us are lucky to still be walking around, and were blessed with some very patient teachers and a couple of angels maybe. Something to consider, buy the horse for the course. If you want a calm trail horse, don't buy an ex barrel racer. It's better if the horse loves what you love, so you can both enjoy dancing to the same kind of music.
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post #127 of 219 Old 08-14-2012, 10:37 AM
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Don't buy pretty. It doesn't matter how gold the coat or how nice the spots if he is going to throw you, bite you, kick you or whatever. Make sure you would still buy the horse even if it were ugly and plain.
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post #128 of 219 Old 08-24-2012, 10:59 AM
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My first horse
~ Trail broke
~ Didn't Canter On Cue
~ Didn't Know Collection One Or Two Handed
~ Never Spooked Except at Cows
~ Kicked Horses Who Came Up Behind Him Or Rode Real Close
~ Very Foreward
~ Ground Tied
~ No Clipping Experience
~ Trailer Loaded

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post #129 of 219 Old 08-26-2012, 01:43 PM
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When i bought my mare Pepper (3+ plus years ago), I went into it knowing i was over-horseing myself. This mare is broke to the hilt, but a bucket of NERVES and sooo catty and athletic, and I had ALOT to learn from her in the way of horsemanship. I was a good rider before but I had never owned a horse that i could move every bit of her body with a certain cue. And let me tell you, having that in place I will never own another horse that doesnt know these things lol. It was literally love at first sight with this horse though- like i knew she was meant for me ( omg and with the way the purchase went, it was truelly someone higher up helping me with that one as it was a VERY unorthodox sale!).. I made sure I became the best rider I could be for this horse and she turned out to be a very great teacher for me- which really is not her nature. From my experience, if you are determined and confident enough to put in the effort ( i mean honestly! not some pipe dream), over horsing yourself can be beneficial..
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post #130 of 219 Old 08-26-2012, 02:22 PM
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True! It really does take a great deal of commitment, passion and self improvement to be the kind of human the horse needs. You have to work on it every day, get the help you need, and always be aware that it is you that needs the most work. It really is an opportunity to become a greater horse person through good horsemanship. Not brut strength, not intimidation, not another tie down, bigger, harsher bit, not anything but good horsemanship. It's the "ask", not the tell. It's the release, getting to the feet, timing, and never giving up. There is no end to learning with horses. What they teach you will touch every facet of your life.
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