I was one of the lucky ones. I looked at all the wrong horses. Thankfully all of them fell through. It wasn't going to be my very first horse but it was going to be the very first one I would own in my adult life. I got over excited while looking. I had looked at stallions, race horses, very young horses...you name it. In the end I found a match. He wasn't anything like what I was looking for really. He is in his twenties. He is a light chestnut which was not what I wanted. I told the people the truth. Told them I was looking for a good trail horse. That I had not rode in years and needed a calm and wise horse. Watched them ride the horse. Watched their six year olds ride the horse. I was happy was that point. But what really sold me is that if He did have any vices they would train him for free for life. Posted via Mobile Device
I didn't even think about this stuff when I got Hunter. He was a neglected, awkward, undernourished 18 month old that needed a hernia operation and to be gelded and I wanted to help him. I, at the time, was leasing a big old friendly percheron and had been back into riding for a year and a half after 20+ years of very little riding. Although when I was younger I worked at a riding stable, took out trail rides 12 hours a day and rode the green horses in the evening AND had a welsh mountain pony. I couldn't resist my FREE palomino. Well I say thank you very much to my farrier/trainer. Without her help we would certainly not be where we are almost 2 years later. I was terrified of him at one point and almost traded him away (size doesn't matter he is only 14.3 lol). He used to charge me when lunging and bite and honestly I wasn't even enjoying having him. We are now on our way to hopefully many great years together and I wouldn't trade him for the world. I was just fortunate enough to have had the right people and the money to help even though we still have a long way to go. I still get my trainer out occasionally to ride Hunter and it helps. In 2 days we are off to our property 3 hours away for 2 weeks and am taking Hunter again - I can't wait!!!
I just have to comment on that link you posted for the video! I LOVE THAT HORSE! AND THE BOY IS SO CUTE!
I have to say I looked at very relible horses when I was horse shopping but I went with a seven year old GREEN gelding that threw me off the first time I rode him. I would not change anything, he became the horse with me with the help of trainers.
Great post Smrobs!
This exactly the information I have been seeking - thank you!
I bought my first horse in Dec'2010, knowing that he was well-trained, very experienced, and that *he* would take care of *me* on the hunts so long as I didn't do anything stupid. And taken care of me he has! In fact he has given me so much confidence that I had been strongly considering buying a younger horse that still needed a bit of training so that we could progress together. And then I could find a less expensive horse, right? ;) But then I read this post.
You have definitely confirmed my thought that what every rider really needs is an excellent coach. In my experience, finding a good coach has been a real challenge. I have yet to see a coach teach effectively in a lesson with 6 students. And I wondering how well one can trust buying a horse from their coach considering breeding is their primary source of income, and teaching is where they build their client base but brings in a much smaller percent of their overall proceeds.
So maybe the first step one should take before buying a horse is finding a great coach. But how to do so is a topic for another post. :)
I got my horse a few years ago in three days. He was a meant to be. I found hi on the internet Friday night, called on him Saturday, went to try him Sunday and he was home in my barn Sunday night. We've been besties since then. It's funny, I was a green rider when I got him and he acted like a saint, now i'm pretty good and riding some green horses and he gets fresh with me. :) But as soon as a beginner gets back on him the school horse mode shows through again. :) <3