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post #1 of 6 Old 08-09-2011, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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First horse purchase

Hi everyone. I know this is a topic that has been discussed at length, I have read a lot of the threads and they have been very helpful so I thought I'd reach out for a litte extra advice.

I'm a novice / intermediate rider, really love jumping and have aspirations to eventualy jump around 1m. Current level of comfort is more like 2'6, and I can run into confidence issues. My coach / barn owner has found me what seems like the perfect horse (would be my first horse) ... he's 9; warmblood; very calm disposition, tops out jumping around 1.15m (still beyond my capability) a little above my ideal price range but would pay more for a safe, experienced horse. I've ridden him and jumped him at his barn and at my barn (his first time at my barn) and besides looking around at things he's completely calm and happy. My coach has known this horse for a few years, and knows the owners well and feels he is a good fit.

My main concern is that I'm clearly not as good a rider as his current owner... how much of a risk is there that his disposition will change or his level of rideability will change with just me on him? Is this just a risk you take as a first time owner? I will be taking private lessons once a week so will still be training with whichever horse I end up buying... but I'm not interested in out horsing myself. I don't feel out horsed because of this guy's disposition... is there anything else I should be thinking about? Appreciate people's advice.

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-09-2011, 04:14 PM
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if you have ridden this horse,but your still not comfortable,you have choices.either step up your lessons or wait.there are other horses out there.dont feel like your stuck with this one,remember,your the one whos going to be riding it
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Welcome to the forum and congratulation on finding (possibly) your first horse.

If you were on your own, I might have some reservations but since you have help I wouldn't be as concerned. It is always better to have a horse that knows more then you, especially in the beginning. Having access to the BO/instructor, is a big plus and if you see things going a little wrong, she can always give your horse a tune up.

Having her know the horse and your skills, I would rely on her advise. I'm sure she wouldn't stick you with a horse that is unsuitable - it would be very bad for business.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-09-2011, 04:34 PM
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who are you calling stupid
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who are you calling stupid

Rob-I believe those are just general quotes in that person's signature.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-09-2011, 05:14 PM
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