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        01-31-2009, 02:01 PM
    What did I just get myself into?

    So awhile ago I emailed this company I saw online. They claim to breed "performance horses" I looked at their website and they definitely seem to just breed cute coloured horses and somehow make money off of them. I had been looking for differant horses to ride so I went up to meet this guy. He had some colts he needed started so I agreed.
    Then he introduced me to the colt he wants me to work with.

    It's a more or less un touched two year old. He claimed they had him haleter broke when he was a weanling but now he hasnt been handled at all and you can't even hold the lead line he has attached to him let alone lead him anywhere. He's a plain bay with a star in a ring full of roans and paints so I think he may be the underdog here. He also has horribly long toes which if I were going to work with him I would get fixed (either by his bill or my own).

    So I watched the guy "work" with him for an hour. This consisted of chasing the colt around and tying it to fences. Not exactly how I would go about doing things. I'm not a natural horsemanship person by any means but I do work naturally. I think it would have kept him from rearing up as much.

    The deal is I am supposed to halter break him, get him saddled and riding pretty within the next few months and whatever they can get for him over $1200 is mine. I know I wouldn't pay that much for him with only 60-90 days on him but maybe someone will? Im not really in it for the money.

    The guy also kept asking him "How long do you think it would take to get him broke? I know I could break him. Do you think you could?" And didn't seem to understand me when I said it's up to the horse and I'm not making any garuntees.

    So do I go for it and just use my methods of training and get his feet trimmed (somehow) and ignore the buissiness man type owner?
    Or do I scrap the whole idea?

    Here is his papers: (nothing amazing pops out at me. They seem to breed ony for colour *headdesk*)

    And here is him. It's the only picture they have on their website
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        01-31-2009, 02:08 PM
    He's a cute horse, but I can't see a green horse with an average pedigree selling for more than $1000.
        01-31-2009, 02:17 PM
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    Randomly, do the years on the pedigree mean the year the horse was born? Because if they do, Sleepy Sizzler on "your" horses sire's side was born the same year as his sire and a year after his dam... Weird...
    Good luck... I agree with xilikeggs0... But I suppose if you had the time and money you could just do it for the experience and any money you get, if any, is just a bonus...
        01-31-2009, 02:21 PM
    Yeah, I can't really see him going for more that 1200...if they can even get that for him. I know their other colts are selling for that but those are the weird colored ones.
    I'm more or less just doing it for the experience, but I got kind of turned off to the idea when I saw the dinner-plate hooves and cowboying going on..

    And I totally didn't notice that Wallaby, that's...really bizzare because yeah, the dates below the name are when they were born
        01-31-2009, 02:38 PM
    I think you will be breaking the horse for free
        01-31-2009, 02:44 PM
    I'm sure I will be.
    I'm just wondering if the experience is worth it.
        01-31-2009, 03:42 PM
    I wouldn't. I think you will just end up with heart ache. I would see if any local barns need someone to break the horses for them, or post an ad on craigslist
        01-31-2009, 04:54 PM
    I don't think I'm going to. I just went and tried to work the horse. It can't even be touched. Apparently the guy just tried to use brute strength which I don't really think is a very good method and couldn't do even if I tried. It's a cute little horse, but I think he needs way more time than the guy is willing to give him.
    I'm just going to have to keep my eyes peeled for other places...=(
        01-31-2009, 07:51 PM
    Only horse I recognize in there is Doc O'lena.

    He's a cutie though. Go for it if you want to, but don't get yourself hurt.
        01-31-2009, 08:28 PM
    Doc O'lena and Paddy's Irish Whiskey were the only two I knew.
    The guy doesn't exactly breed for blood or performance record though (at least not up close)

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