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post #1 of 16 Old 02-12-2009, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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I am not sure if I am really int he right section but I am looking to buy my first horse. I have seen one and am thinking on things. In the advert the ad says 'not good in school but has been used for general hacking'

Can anyone advise what this means by not good in school? I am a little unsure

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post #2 of 16 Old 02-12-2009, 03:01 PM
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what kind of horse are you looking for, would need some more info to answer your question. I would call them and ask what they mean, because there is no telling

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post #3 of 16 Old 02-12-2009, 03:03 PM
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usually when people put this it means when they are in the areana they arent good. This could mean they play aound/dont do what you ask of them etc. But are genrally fine on the road. I agree with satrider though, I would call and ask exactly what they mean. What kind of horse are you looking at? Do you have a picture?

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post #4 of 16 Old 02-12-2009, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hi

Thanks for that - makes a lot of sense. I am looking at a Bay TB Gelding. He is 14 and 16.3. The lady said that sometimes he is great and then out the blue he can rear. He has thrown her off once before.

She has had him since birth and said that she can leave him for a month or two without riding and just jump straight on but if someone gallops up bhind him he can become startled.

I don't have any pictures at the moment but will be seeing him on Saturday so will post some.

Do you think the breed, age etc is a suitable horse for a first time owner. I used to ride but its been 10 years so having a few refresher lessons. I am 31 so not a youngen (unfortunately lol) and am 5ft9, weighing 10st 9 - so am hoping he should be a suitable size
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post #5 of 16 Old 02-12-2009, 04:04 PM
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The lady said that sometimes he is great and then out the blue he can rear.
I'd move on to the next one.

For a first time owner and one who hasn't ridden in years I would be looking at a horse who is going to be a good teacher and forgiving. This one doesn't sound like that to me.
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post #6 of 16 Old 02-12-2009, 04:11 PM
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I'd move on to the next one.

For a first time owner and one who hasn't ridden in years I would be looking at a horse who is going to be a good teacher and forgiving. This one doesn't sound like that to me.
I agree. This doesnt sound like a good horse for you.

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post #7 of 16 Old 02-12-2009, 04:15 PM
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i agree with g and k but if your willing to learn and find out what his rearing is all about then I would say go for it. But that will take a lot of time/ patients and money. Your not a novice but you need to relearn some things as you havent ridden in 10 years. By that I mean you need to get your confidence with a new horse, trust and relationship. Doing that with a horse who needs a very experianced owner may not be the best mix.
Depending on where you are I have seen some very good horses on craigslist recently who are going for $400
You should look for a bombproof horse right now.

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post #8 of 16 Old 02-12-2009, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Hi

Yes, I have to agree with all you have said. I think I need to build confidence again and I could go down the route of spending a lot of money, get thrown off and not be keen on getting back on!

Is there any breeds that you might suggest that would suit a first time owner? One place I spoke to said I should look at a Cob but I have to admit, I do like the slimmer, more streamlined horses

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post #9 of 16 Old 02-12-2009, 04:45 PM
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Okay...I personally think that for any first time owner, the best thing to do is start of by getting into a lesson program. Try a lease on a horse. You'll get a better understanding about what being responsible for a horse is all about.

If your absolutely, without a doubt ready for ownership...then start looking for a good reliable mount. Nowadays you can find them everywhere for a great price.

I, do and always will, think that Qhs are incredible first horses. They're versatile and stereotypically even tempered. I'd steer clear of some of the hotter breeds. (TBs,arabs,etc)
You can go through aqha.com or dreamhorse.com to try and find a suitable mount in your area for your price range. But I really do suggest finding a trainer to help you make a decision on potential horses.
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post #10 of 16 Old 02-12-2009, 05:31 PM
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I wouldn't worry about breed. I've known some hot QHs and my first horse was an arab and she was as mild-tempered as they come. Just look for a solid horse. Probably something a little bit older with experience on him.

Could you try a lease or something? Perhaps some lessons to get you back into the swing of things?
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