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post #1 of 6 Old 07-17-2013, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a Safe but Spirited Trail Horse

For a lighter girl, so a little more fine boned is fine. This is an intermediate rider looking for a good safe, sound trail horse with some spirit to do compeditive trail, endurance and mountain riding. She has a great natural seat and is a very good rider with several years of regular riding experience, but has lost some confidence due to some recent falls(not rider error) and has no experience starting colts or fixing problem horses, so a well broke horse is a must.

she had to retire her old arab gelding, as he has cancer and is developing coordination problems.(long story, seller lied to her about the horses age, beleived he was 10, actually 25, what were beleived to be benign lumps were actually actively spreading cancer.)

must be;
-no older than 15, preferably 6-10
-sound for distance riding
-sane, no buck, bolt, rear or serious vices
-no stallions, mares or geldings only
-must be decent around other horses, will be living in a herd situation.
-well broke, good on trails.

loves greys, but color doesnt really matter. Will have a loving, responsible, long term home. no qh's or off the track thoroughbreds. would prefer an arab or arab cross, but open to other breeds.

max budget $1500

thanks for reading :)
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-17-2013, 12:42 PM
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Just curious, but why no OTTBs?
My mare fits all the criteria except for that, lol.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-17-2013, 04:49 PM
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I'd ask why no QH's? I have a friend that breeds trail mounts with just those qualities and has some awesome horses. Laid back, bomb proof and steady as the day is long with enough fire to keep life interesting.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-17-2013, 05:07 PM
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I have exactly what she wants, but not for $1500.00.

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-17-2013, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, so a quick explanation I guess. this is a friend of mine. she learned to ride as a kid and competed in jumpers though out her teenage years, usually on her own, short, well broke(ok, dead broke, push button) horse, or other equally push button, short horses.
then she moved cross country and had to leave her horse behind, so she went horse shopping, this time fresh out of highschool, and found what she thought was the perfect horse, a "10 year old, 15.2hh Arabian gelding". dispite the years of riding experience she has next to no buying/selling/problem horse or young horse experience. the horse was actually 14.3hh, 25 years old and had cancer. she was doing ok on him when he started wiping out randomly, injuring her multiple times. she also had a horse bolt on her several times.

so why no OTTB's? she is intimidated by the height for the most part, and had a preconceived notion of thoroughbreds being crazy, which she is working to overcome, but her confidence level is low, so something more familiar would be a good idea.

why no QH's? They, as well as other stock type breeds tend to pulse down slowly and not do as well going quickly over long distances.

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