My main question is with Riosdad. You say you would never buy a horse that is not fully confident in themselves. Why do you want to write off the countless others that never had a chance? Those are the horses I empathize with the most. It is all well and good to take one of those confident, well rounded horses and make even more out of him.
My preferred purchase is a neglected puke of a 4 year old basically unhandled stallion. ONe that has been tucked away in some back 40 and let alone. These guys have a horrible life, poor foot care, unhandled, unloved. To me they respond the best to affection, to handling. These are not your pampered house pets, none of the last 3 even knew what a apple was.. One had never been out of his stall in 4 years, he didn't know what a brush was but all ALL had fire, all when turned into an arena exploded with life and floated around the area.
My last guy charged me in a hard run and at the last moment swerved and let out a big kick that missed by close. I loved him from the moment I saw him.
The one before that you couldn't get near and when I tricked him onto a stock trailer I didn't know how to get out past him. He was a vicious kicker. Two of the guys I bought the owner used the work KILL if you don't watch them.
NO I don't take the pampered pets, the ones everyone else wants, I want the rog stallion, I cut him immediately but the bases for a great horse lies under the rogness???
You can have your nervous wrecks, your personality problems,the ones spoiled by love. Me I will take this stallion, this puke and turn him into a loving dog following at my heals in nothing flat.
Hope you girls pick a husband with more care then you pick you horses.
Girls look into the family history, any problems back there?? Do you want to deal with them down the line??? Pick wisely, keep the good ones and dump the bad. Same with horses, dump the bad, the lame.
Flame away at me girls.. this is 51 years of making horses speaking. Notice I didn't say break. I make horses.