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post #1 of 8 Old 07-17-2012, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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I'm looking at buying a horse that hasn't been ridden in about a year. But she has showed and been ridden before and did great! This would be my first horse and by the sound of her she sounds perfect! She just needs finishing is what the seller said! Any tips on how to "finish" her! Thanks!
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-17-2012, 07:33 PM
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A new horse can be very exciting double so if its a first horse. I would ask what they mean by finishing. Finishing can be anything from advanced dressage moves to getting them to not be afraid of their shadow. I would go with caution. What age is this horse? What level was it shown at? How as it shown? Why did they stop showing and riding?
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-17-2012, 07:36 PM
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Finishing in my opinion is taking a green broke horse, and creating a safe, sane, well broke horse. This could take a few weeks to years depending on the horse.

My advice to you, since you sound like a beginner, would be if you purchase this particular horse, to get a trainer. Or find a well broke, beginner friendly horse.
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Get a trainer to at the very least assess the horse to see what and where work needs to be done. Good luck with your first horse, I am sure she is a diamond in the rough.
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-17-2012, 07:57 PM
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Needs finishing= we had a saddle on her and she didn't flip over backward. LOL Kidding who knows. Get someone experienced to assess the horse.

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She is 7 and has been ridden just not in a year? Do I was assuming you would just need to work with her a little bit to get her back to get her back where she was! My mom grew up with horses and we do have a few people that could help us if we needed it. The lady says she has put a saddle on the horse it just looked a little confused. I was hoping me and my mom could just get her comfortable again! The lady went on and on about how gentle she is and how sweet and calm of a horse she is so I have no worries of her doing anything crazy! I just need some tips to get her back to where she is comfortable with riding again! I was planning on just putting the saddle on and seeing how she reacts and then walk her some with the saddle on but not a person! And from there go on and eventually get on the saddle and have someone walking next to her and see what happens?
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Definitely get a trainer to assess and get on the horse first. Do NOT buy a green, out of work, young horse as your first horse without very strong assurance from a competent trainer that the horse will be suitable.
Some horses are really sweet on the ground, but get on their back and put some pressure on them and they go off their rocker. I had one like that on lease that I ended up sending back to the own much to her disgust. He was a talented, well bred warmblood but put pressure on him and he'd stand up.

My coach actually only this week, purchased a potential new school horse. Rode it at the owners place, quiet as a lamb. Owner had the bit in it's mouth upside down and back to front and how was happy as larry!
Got it home, put it on the lunge, quiet as a lamb again, no worries. Got on its back, put her leg on and took up a small amount of contact. And it bucked so hard that all 4 legs came off the ground, and it was at least 5 feet in the air. Got the rider off and continued bucking through the arena getting 5-6 foot of air under it. It KNEW how to buck. Sweet as anything on the ground, but put a small amount of pressure on it, and off it went. It could have killed someone.

My current horse is an absolute sweet heart on the ground. He will stand for a cuddle for hours, fall asleep with his chin on your shoulder, no kick, bite etc. what so ever in him. But hell he can be spooky! He'll be going along beautifully under saddle, and suddenly something will worry him and he will leap violenty. He has bolted at one point as a result of this. But sweet as pie on the ground.

Don't get sucked in by sellers who can talk the talk. The proof is in the pudding, the horse is what it is, put it under some pressure, make sure someone gets on it before you buy it. Personally, I would never advise a first horse owner or beginner to purcahse an out of broke, green broken young horse. Until it has pressure placed on it, you will never know what it's brain is like. I'd be nervous that it is 7 and only green broke, and out of work for at least 12 months. Some alarm bells would be ringing.

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Sounds like the seller is trying to convince you this horse is the right one for you. Id be concerned about that. And very wary.

Take a professional, yes professional, horse person with you to assess this horse. Having a few people that "know" about horses is a good way to ruin a nice horse. It happens all too often when people get in over their head.

And NEVER, buy a horse without a pre-purchase exam. If you dont have $200 to spend on a PPE, dont buy a horse. The horse could have hidden issues that will cost you thousands down the road. Better safe then sorry...

Just some friendly advice.
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