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post #1 of 7 Old 03-09-2013, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Purchasing a young horse

I really need some advice as this is my first experience purchasing a young prospect.

I am looking to purchase a four year old Swedish Warmblood filly as an event prospect. The horse has beautiful conformation, movement, and jumping ability/willingness to jump, and the price is right.

The mare has not, however, had much handling due to the owner’s circumstances. She is rarely removed from the field and is unbroken. While I have plenty of experience with horses who have only just been started I don’t have any experience starting one. So it was only after finding a respected trainer in my area who agreed to help me get her started and work with both of us along the way, that I decided to have her vetted.

The vet check came back clean. However, the vet discouraged me from buying the horse. Firstly because she was afraid that because the mare’s dam was an anglo-arab her jumping ability would be limited, which is just not the case. Secondly, because of the mare’s attitude during the vet check she seemed to believe that her trainability would be very low.

The only struggle they had was with the flexions which the mare simply would not allow.

When I look at the horse I see a sensitive energetic young horse that simply has not been handled frequently enough. I realize that this is only a partial picture and that any young horse is a gamble, but my question is, assuming I am looking for a horse that is somewhat sensitive and energetic, do I continue to pursue this option or do I look elsewhere?

Thanks you so much for your time!
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I think if you like her, then get her. IF you are sure about her parentage. But you havent said much about YOUR ability. A young horse isnt great for a beginner, EVEN with training bc they lack experience.

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She stated above that she has worked with youngsters in the past.
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You can't tell much about a horses train ability in one session with a handler that the horse doesn't know. I have mis-judged so many horses within the first few training sessions. I say if you really like her go for it.
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I would use the fact that she would not have the flexion tests done to get the price down.
I would also question the vet's experience - to state that Anglos cannot jump says to me that they are not very horse experienced!
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Thanks everybody for your reply's. The vet actually has a background in the arab world, which is why I was surprised by her apparent prejudice. The farther removed I get from the experience the more convinced I am that I am going to go ahead and purchase the horse. First I may take the trainer I had planned on using out there to see what he thinks about her temperament. Though I have ridden youngsters selecting my own for the first time is a bit of a different ball game, the huge investment of time and money on my part makes me really cautious.
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Originally Posted by silverslinky View Post
The vet actually has a background in the arab world,
Don't know why she has the view about not being able to jump, if confo is good for it, but this may explain why she thinks of a warmblood as 'low trainability' But seriously, sounds like the vet needs to stick to veterinary practice & perhaps it's the way she went about it that caused the horse to resist her.
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