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post #11 of 22 Old 04-28-2013, 11:21 AM
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Ya they are asking way to much my trainer has her 3d/4d barrel /trail mare for 5000 and this mare also has reining training on her. So I personally would pass, even my 4 yr old knows more then this mare seems to know and is an absolute star on the trail.

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post #12 of 22 Old 04-28-2013, 11:34 AM
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For $5000 you could buy a really really nice horse out here on the Prairies, in fact you could easily buy just what you want for $3k and then spend $2k shipping it back east.

For the right price I would certainly buy the mare that you are describing though, there is nothing there that can't be fixed to make a nice trail riding mount, but I would be wanting to pay more like $1500 maybe $2000.

Good luck on your search, Oh, and I have some really nice Morgans here that I am working with the owner to sell, I haven't worked with the breed before, but hers are nice, shorter, solid, and have good minds, I would add them to the watch list
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post #13 of 22 Old 04-28-2013, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Holly17 View Post
Like one of the posters on this thread, I am in my 60's ........Obviously this horse has not had the basic training that I would have expected........she is not what I would consider a well broke horse.

My question is, is it too late to get back to some basics with this mare, in an arena setting, and teach her proper head set, and a few other things like backing up and moving off your leg?

They're asking $5,000 for this horse which seems like a lot of money to me,

Would appreciate any advice/suggestions.
For $5K I expect a FINISHED and SAFE trail horse. And I expect the darn thing to vacuum and wash the dishes if I don't want to. I certainly expect, WTC, back up, whoa, side pass, no head toss, and since it's a Rocky, I'd expect well set gaits too. I'd expect it to bathe, clip, tie, stand for farrier & vet, load and unload and ride nicely in the trailer.

So......either hold out for a finished horse for the price or offer them $500 and spend the other $4500 on a trainer because, yes, the horse can be trained but it won't be as easy as a youngster that hasn't already been messed up.

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Well, there are a couple of possibilities I can think of. There are a couple of reining trainers up in Ontario, and perhaps they have one they may be retiring after this year-OR, if you are willing to travel, there is a wonderful place my trainer highly recommends up in VT called Pond Hill. You can google it. They always have LOTS of horses to choose from, and can find something to fit you. THey provide camp horses to many of the camps in the east. If I sold my guy I was thinking I might just ease one in the nice weather months (I am near Richester NY, so similar weather), and not have one to worry about in the winter when I go south and don't really ride.

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post #15 of 22 Old 04-28-2013, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
For $5K I expect a FINISHED and SAFE trail horse. And I expect the darn thing to vacuum and wash the dishes if I don't want to...
At that price, I'd expect the horse to be housebroken, since the horse probably expects to sleep on a bed and have Internet access...

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post #16 of 22 Old 04-28-2013, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by bsms View Post
At that price, I'd expect the horse to be housebroken, since the horse probably expects to sleep on a bed and have Internet access...
I'm tellin' ya whut!
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post #17 of 22 Old 04-28-2013, 05:57 PM
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9 year old Black Appendix Gelding, All around club show mount! - Stratford Livestock For Sale - Kijiji Stratford

Example of a well broke horse for sale around here. He is a bit taller then what you wanted though...

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post #18 of 22 Old 04-28-2013, 09:21 PM
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$5,000 on a horse that doesn't know walk, trot, canter back up? No thanks...because the horse will probably be missing everything in between, side passing ect. They have got that horse priced WAY to least in my area.
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Knock a zero off that $5K and use the rest for a trainer maybe, but I think you would be better off finding a steady eddy who already knows all the right stuff inside out. While I have no idea what horse prices are like in your area, there are well-trained been there done that horses available in the $1500 range or thereabouts around here. I would pass on this mare.
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I agree with the rest and hold out.
$5K is way too much for a horse that old that knows so little. I do not think what you expect of a horse is asking a lot, seems pretty basic to me, and in my area that would be a $500- $2500 horse dependent on breed and blood lines.

I think that if you are posting and wondering you are not completely sold either. I would keep searching :)

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