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post #1 of 10 Old 11-01-2012, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Looking at this mare tomorrow what do you think

Ok so I'm looking at is mare tomorrow, some people have questioning why I'd bother with her because of her age but it really depends on how she is I ride a lively 20 year old gelding at my school and he's fine :)

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-01-2012, 11:48 PM
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At this price I would definitely ask for a thorough vet check. It says in the ad "She has now come back into full work" - what does that mean? Was she injured or something and not in full work for that reason?
Brutally said - it's with older horses like with old cars - they may keep on going forever, but if they break down it's usually a pretty cost intensive "repair". There are many horses around that are still going strong with 20 and older, but there are even more that start to have problems with 15 and younger, especially when they were used in competition or similar hard work (ranch horses, riding school horses, ...). Keep in mind: you are most likely looking at a higher vet and/or feed bill and this should be reflected in the purchase price.
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-02-2012, 12:48 PM
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I would definitely ask about the "now back into work" bit...But that's the only real red flag I see. If you can, bring a trainer or horsey friend with you when you look at her. It helps having an unbiased person there who will look at the horse objectively. Good luck!

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post #4 of 10 Old 11-02-2012, 12:54 PM
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Sounds like a good little horse, however I personally would not spend that much on a horse that old. Just me, though.
As for the "come back into full work", it just sounds to me as though she's been used for pleasure riding and is now being put back into preparation for what she used to do. The only way you will know if she is worth it is to go and look

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post #5 of 10 Old 11-02-2012, 12:58 PM
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I'd also ask how she can be a confidence builder, but not for beginner riders. Either she's safe and reliable, or she's not. There's no such thing as an intermediate only confidence builder.
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Agreed about the Vet check. Otherwise, if she's sound she'd be a good first horse. She looks very quiet and good natured. Just realize that you may have about 6 years of riding with her, then you'll be nursing her in old age. I bought "Trogdor" ("Merry Boy's Hart", TWH, 2008, RIP) at 19yo and I don't regret it. He was a sweetheart. Wish I had been able to own him earlier in his life since we cured him of flying backwards out of the trailer, and of thinking he would be beaten if the rider fell off. Such are SOME ex-show horses.

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post #7 of 10 Old 11-02-2012, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all I went to look at her and she wasnt what I expected she was overly strong and oblivious to any aids given by my friend who rode her before me. She looked great with her current owner but my friend who is a much better rider than me had problems controlling her, she was having to circle her multiple times in the canter to get her to ease up. The owner blamed it on spring grass and the fact that she's been getting hard feed every night, she also said that I was out of character she also seemed to be quite intensley sweaty and tired after about 20 minutes of transitions, So I'm not sure if I should go back again or just leave it at that and keep looking. I'm going to look at his boy tomorrow afternoon Northland Equestrian presents..... | Trade Me
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I wouldn't bother going back. A good been there done that confidence building horse isn't typically going to just have 'bad' days where they are uncontrollable for no good reason. What would you do if she pulled that on you? Add that to the age and I'd say keep looking.
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-02-2012, 08:08 PM
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This new one doesnt sound bad. I agree that I would not bother going back to look at the first. You don't want to make yourself like a horse. If you didnt hit it off the first time that may be all you end up doing. I also agree that if she is in fact a good confidence/beginner's horse she should not be dead to aids and she should be able to be ridden no problem, no excuses, Especially at 17.
There are plenty of better horses out there for that kind of money

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Hey all I went to look at her and she wasnt what I expected she was overly strong and oblivious to any aids given by my friend who rode her before me. She looked great with her current owner but my friend who is a much better rider than me had problems controlling her, she was having to circle her multiple times in the canter to get her to ease up. The owner blamed it on spring grass and the fact that she's been getting hard feed every night, she also said that I was out of character she also seemed to be quite intensley sweaty and tired after about 20 minutes of transitions, So I'm not sure if I should go back again or just leave it at that and keep looking. I'm going to look at his boy tomorrow afternoon Northland Equestrian presents..... | Trade Me
That did not sound good at all. Seriously, a confidence-building horse does NOT have bad days. I would definitely pass. The gelding is a thousand bucks more but is three years younger and except that I do not like the note "every dummy can ride him" this doesn't mean anything bad about the horse. Let us know how he turned out to be in "real" - I am sure curious!
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