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post #1 of 32 Old 08-14-2012, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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I'm FINALLY in the market for my very first horse. BOY is it a BUYERS market; I'm actually a bit overwhelmed at how much is out there (as well as how much CRAP is trying to be passed off).

Anyway, I'm off to look at a nice looking Appy gelding. He's 4 hours away from me, but he seems to fit the bill for what I'm looking for...only the owner called today and said "we've learned a few things about him in the last couple of days and I wanted to let you know before you make the trip out..." Hum, that sounds like they've changed their mind about selling him to me - arg. This is one of those times I wish there was just a point and click and ship store for horses.

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post #2 of 32 Old 08-14-2012, 09:22 PM
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I would be leary about this horse if they are learning stuff about him in just the last couple of days. If they owned this horse for any length of time, they should know this horse better than that....
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post #3 of 32 Old 08-14-2012, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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I agree, my husband and I are proceeding with EXTREME caution and are not even going to consider buying him without a through vet and trainer check.

Turns out he had an abcess on his hoof (not sure which one), I don't know much about those except that they go away AND he's blind in one eye - cataracts or so they say. We will see how his temperment and willingness to work are - if he is worth the trouble. He's 15 and I've had roughly 5 years riding experience. I just don't want to get something that is going to fall down on me.

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post #4 of 32 Old 08-15-2012, 02:22 AM
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I seriously think you can get way better of a horse than that... probably even for free...
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post #5 of 32 Old 08-15-2012, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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You're probably right and so the search continues...
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post #6 of 32 Old 08-15-2012, 10:25 PM
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He is probably blind due to moon blindness and it usually will affect both eyes before too long. Keep looking and let us know when you find your new horse
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post #7 of 32 Old 08-16-2012, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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The vet looked at it and said that it was due to an old infection that had not been properly cared for and that his other eye was fine. I keep coming back to this half sighted horse and can't seem to get him off my mind. :/

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post #8 of 32 Old 08-16-2012, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Okay here are some of the other ones I've found in our budget:

On My Nelly is a willing mover that changes gaits easily and does flying lead changes. She is a leg/little hand ride. She maintains her gaits and is very comfortable. She jumps up to 2'6". She is suited for an adv. Beginner huntseat rider. She rides English or Western. She goes out on trails into woods, pasture, and water. She will lead or follow. Prep for shows is easy because she is a foundation appaloosa. Very easy keeper. Hasn't seen the vet except for shots for the 5 years we've had her. UTD on shots, teeth; will stand for farrier and vet. See a short video at youtube.com/watch?v=S-rZAGg6Y7Q. She is 19 y/o and 15.2 hands. She's been in a lesson and trail program and being sold because the trail program has ended. Pros: She's been there done that, good teacher. $700 Cons: She's in Leola, PA.


Sweet, kind Friesian/twh gelding, 14yrs, black with curly mane and tail. Stunning, 15h. Trail horse, will rack some, nice canter. Exp. Rider suggested, fast paced and can be sensitive. Would be a great endurance horse, never tires out. Uses a snaffle bit, or a wonder bit, does best without harsh treatment or cowboying since he is senstitive. Well broke but needs a calm rider and good leader if he gets scared or silly. Does not bolt, but can spook like any horse on a new trail and needs firmness and reassurance. Bonds very well, very friendly, comes when you call. Great in a stall, no cribbing, kicking, biting. Just too fast for children as a rule...unless you want him to really move, you need to keep contact often on his mouth. Does not like much leg pressure, unless you want him to go really fast, so a balanced rider who uses does not clutch with the legs is best! Rare breed and would also do great with natural horsemanship. Pros: FRIESIAN, bonds well to rider, in Boone. Cons: Not a jumper, sensitive, fast, buddy sour (doesn't like to leave his buddy), lacks confidence, and $1250.




Kenos Pretty Gal - -Breeding stock paint (pedigree can be found at this link: Kenos Pretty Gal Paint )
-14 yr old. Great horse. Loves attention.
... -Needs a confident rider.
-Excellent trail horse. Just needs more miles.
-She rides by herself or with a group.
-Has been used in cattle sorting. She did great.
-Has had 2 foals. Both were black and white paints. Gorgeous babies.
-She would make someone a great breeding mare if they didn’t want her to ride.
-$1,000 OBO

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post #9 of 32 Old 08-17-2012, 12:12 PM
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the appy sounds like the better horse just from the description. I read ont he second one.. super quick doesnt want to stop.. needs an experienced rider because he doesnt listen to cues well.. just me. Rare breed? He is a mutt..


What are your wants in a horse?
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post #10 of 32 Old 08-17-2012, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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I want something I can trust, have fun on, take to shows occasionally and I can jump. Everything else is just window dressing....

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