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post #1 of 8 Old 06-26-2012, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Gotta say finding the right horse is tough and frustrating

This is more venting than anything else. I have been looking for a horse for over a month now. I admit, I thought it would be easy because people keep telling me that there are many great horses for sale now at unbelieveble prices because of the price of hay. I do see them but, by the time I review them with my trainer, get questions answered, and then ask to see the horse they are sold! The last one was yesterday, we were getting ready to go see him when they texted me to say he was sold. The people came down with a trailer to see it for the first time and took him.

I am going to look at a mule this weekend hopefully but, still on the fence with a mule/horse. Here in AZ the mule has an advantage because of the heat, the lack of water on trails, and the rocky narrow trails. But, I don't know what to expect from working with a mule. He will probably be gone by then anyway...

So, it is frustrating and disheartening to go through this process. Yesterday got to me, everything I knew to that point he was perfect.

On to looking through Craigslist and the other online ads, although I don't feel like it. I know there is one waiting for me but, wish the process was easier.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-26-2012, 08:34 PM
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I thought finding the right horse would be an easy & fun process, however my daughter is having the same difficulties as you are. She is looking for a showhorse and she has a pretty decent budget ($10,000), nothing has turned up for her yet and she has contacted most of the better trainers in the province. Odd.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-26-2012, 08:40 PM
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Trust me, I know (and I'm sure lots of members on here) how you feel..I'm in the process of looking for a horse (again), and will admittingly state that I thought it would be easier too. But it doesn't just happen with the snap of a finger and even though I can come across a horse I absolutely love and connect with, it never seems to work out.

I was in the process of adoption back in 2009 with a dream horse, on the ground and in the saddle. We were getting ready to put the deposit down on him at the adoption center and then they give you a week to get the horse to your choice of stable. Of course we get everything all set up for him, and wanted to do it before the deposit was put down just incase he worked out but no stable would have at the time-being (due to needing a few weeks notice before they come). I looked on the website every day to make sure he was still there out of paranoia. A few weeks later and says he is "on hold" on the website, aka someone else put a deposit down on him. No warning that someone else was interested and no contacting me to make sure that if I was still serious about adopting him to put the deposit down ASAP. Which we didn't do. Was I dissapointed? Yeah, for a very long time. But my mom woke me up to the fact that there is plenty of other horses out there. I just tried one out yesterday that is out of my price range by $1,500. I am praying and hoping that my instructor can talk the owners down to my budget. Because as far as I'm concerned, he's an amazing horse and honestly my dream horse: very tall (17 hands) Thoroughbred gelding.

(sorry, now I'm rambling)...

But I will say, that I do find horse hunting fun. Although a grueling and frustrating process at the same time. To feel a connection with a horse both on ground/in the saddle then find out it somehow is not going to work out at all is frustrating. When I tried the horse out yesterday my instructor said that trying to negotiate $3,000 for a $5,000 horse will be a bit hard to get. $3,500 she said is already pushing it a bit and they want closer to $4,000 for him. It's kind of annoying because he's only 3 or 4 years old and doesn't have tons of training under his belt. Honestly if the price wasn't such a factor I would probably sign to have him tomorrow.

Just gotta be patient with it, I've learned over the years it takes time to find the perfect horse, and if it doesn't work out it probably wasn't meant to be. I wish you luck on your hunting! Keep us updated!

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post #4 of 8 Old 06-26-2012, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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I am not looking for any special training, a simple trail horse. I am heavier so I need a good stout horse with good comformation. My trainer did limit my search by telling me no Arabians, Thoroughbreds, warmbloods, etc. Too bad I have seen some gorgeous Friesians. I also lover her (my trainer) Trakehner (17hh).
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-26-2012, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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jfisher, I agree I keep telling myself, my GF and my trainer that it just wasn't meant to be. That there will be another "right" horse pop up in a few days. The problem I am having is seeing all the horses outside of my search the looks of a thoroughbred, or freisian. But, if they would not make a great trail horse.......
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-26-2012, 09:09 PM
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OP, the same thing happened to me for 3 months and many horses being sold out from under me. Very frustrating indeed because I actually would get SO excited..."This is the one to find out it was sold!" Gotta be quick for the good ones. Phone call, cash in hand and trailer behind your truck. I brought my "horse expert" with me on the very 1st visit so there were no time delays.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-26-2012, 09:11 PM
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I live in southern AZ.

The best bet is probably thru the trainer, or other folks who know horses. You can also check the various riding stables. I haven't looked for several years now. We were given a mustang pony for free last Dec...I can see where they had problems selling him, since he's a handful in an arena. But get him on the trail with other horses, and he's a good fellow - but he's also best for someone under 150 lbs. I've ridden him, but I always feel it is unfair to him.

Sometimes the feed stores will have leads.

I think there is still a good market for truly reliable trail horses. I also suspect most of them are sold on word of mouth rather than advertised. It is the horses with issues that tend to go very cheap. The worst of the hay problems seem to be behind us, altho it is still pricey. Just IMHO.

"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-26-2012, 09:20 PM
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My trainer spent a good year looking for Hemi, so count yourself lucky! :) I don't have much to add, just good luck finding a lovely horse who you click with!

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