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post #1 of 12 Old 01-27-2011, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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If you could.... what would be a deal making/breaker?

so if you had as much land as you could want, brilliant facilites, money no problem and all the time in the world. what would be your deal makers and what would big a NO NO for you in a horse?
mine would be
deal makers
~good conformation
~knowing me probably chestnut/ginger
~willing to bond
~fiery/ hot headed
~needing work ie schooling, producing etc
~clean legs
deal breakers
~poor conformation
~polished ridden wise
~ill health ie heart problems

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post #2 of 12 Old 01-27-2011, 05:45 PM
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Deal Makers:
Conformation as perfect as it is going to get in a horse
Nice pony who likes people, I cant stand a pony that doesnt like cuddles.
Gives kisses
14hh - 15.2hh
Got that Xfactor!
Would prefer something that is either highly schooled or not schooled at all!

Deal breakers
15.3hh +
Mediocre or incorrect schooling, I cant be faffed putting it right!
Pony that doesnt like kisses.
Poor conformation, in perticular anything back or over at the knee.
Anything inclined to rear. I can put up with bucking but not rearing.
Thick as too short planks
Too much hair and not being allowed to take the clippers to a horse (so coloured traditionals, highlands, fells, dales etc where you cant touch the hair for showing)
A horse that is a pain with the clippers (my horses spend thier lives with the clippers round thier heads every couple of weeks)
A horse that Grinds its teeth - i cant stand it and it normaly means either a stressy horse or a horse who is in pain.
Poor doers - I don't like feeding them up to the eyeballs to keep weight on them

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post #3 of 12 Old 01-27-2011, 05:48 PM
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Two definite deal breakers for me are
1) any soundness issues
2) bad feet
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-27-2011, 06:07 PM
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Wow-that is a tough question! I could honestly go two totally different ways and take the "rescue types" or the totally awesome reiners...IF I could afford my own trainer to train and show them.

Deal makers for both would be:

For the performance (non-rescues)
impeccably bred, great confo, great mind

Deal breakers-for either:
dangerous, agressive behavior. (kicking, rearing, striking), and totally insane/unteachable.

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post #5 of 12 Old 01-28-2011, 07:15 AM
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if money was no object and the ground didn't poach
deal makers
big and heavy
draft horses are a favorite of mine ,although i'm sort of looking for a native pony at the momment
2 paces stop and relaxed walk
ideally ugly

deal breakers
don't like horses that always turn their bums to you
fizzy ,spooky
light boned ,fine
bad conformation

i'm not into jumping ect
is it a trail horse that you call them in the states ,not sure what that means ,is it the same as our hackers

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post #6 of 12 Old 02-01-2011, 09:17 PM
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Unsoundness is the deal breaker.

Poor conformation.

I bought horses that needed rescue and improved their groceries and retrained them to be reliable horses and resold them for a number of years. Always sold to good, reliable, homes. I quickly found out two things.

1. You cannot make a silk purse from a sow's ear.

2. A good horse took as much effort as a bad horse (conformation and soundness) so you might as well work good horses.

So that is what I did.
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post #7 of 12 Old 02-02-2011, 08:30 AM
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If I had the land, the money, the facilities I would take the old horse that had served their family well, than ended up on CL for next to nothing or free regardless of the medical condition so they could live their life out in comfort.

That said, I would also have a stable full of gorgeous confirmationally correct, with excellent temperaments at least 15 - 16 hands in my favorite colors of palomino, chocolate and black.

Now if I were a billionaire I would have one or two of every breed I love.

A woman can NEVER have too many horses.....
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post #8 of 12 Old 02-02-2011, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by highlander View Post
deal breakers
This one made me laugh out loud.

Best horse I have ever had is grumpy. I call him my grumpy old man.

With unlimited funds and land and such I am not sure I have any real deal breakers.
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-02-2011, 09:32 AM
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My only real problem would be the previous owner. I don't mind working to rehabilitate an animal.

For example, I inquired about a local mare -- no pictures. When I asked the owner via text messages where the horse is so we can arrange for me to go see her, and maybe test-ride her, they fell off the face of the earth. That tipped me off that something severe was wrong with this horse and they were looking for a "blind sale." They didn't offer pictures at all, let alone they never told me her price. So if the owner acts that shady, of course I'm going to shy away from the horse. I've experienced very few horse owners who were honest in their sales; this was the worst.

I suppose that if a horse has chronic health issues I wouldn't worry; money isn't an issue. Remember? (:

As far as "grumpy" horses go, my Creampuff is a constant sourpuss. But each horse has something to bring to the table; it's just up to us to accept their "lesson."

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post #10 of 12 Old 02-02-2011, 12:01 PM
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I think rearing, kicking and soundness problems would be a deal breaker for me.
If I didn't have to worry about anything, I would have sooo many horses it would be crazy! lol

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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