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post #1 of 11 Old 09-19-2013, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Possible Purchase

Hi! So I sold my horse back in June and haven't had any involvement with horses since then, and I've missed it so much! So now I'm looking into purchasing a horse again, and was wondering what you guys think about this horse. I plan on trail riding, arena work, and playing around with games, but nothing competitive. She's ridden in an O-ring snaffle, is on pasture full time, and is sound, and has never had any lameness issues that they know of. What are some other questions I should ask? Here's the add:

For sale: trail/husband/kid/beginner safe horse.

Razz is a 6yr old paint mare. She's almost solid, she was papered but I never got them. 15.2hh sweetest mare I have ever had the pleasure of owning! Never acts marish! Stands great for farrier and vet, actually falls asleep. Very solid feet, I have never had to shoe her. Tried it once, but she threw the shoes. Utd of shots and coggins. Great for grooming, saddling and baths. Never acts out, always goes were pointed. I have used her for everyone and anybody wanting to ride. Very easy keeper, doesnt need grain to keep weight. Respects the fence. Respects your space, but loves attention! First one to the gate everytime middle in the heard, will push horses around a bit for grain, but not bad. Will ride out alone as well. Traffic, dog, cat, tractor, wheeler safe! Nothing phases this mare! Was at state fair for aisle of breeds as well and did awesome! Doing great with neck rein, don't need to kick this mare, just a sqeeze. Sometimes in an arena she will become a bit lazy but always great on trail. If theres a horse in front of her put absolute anyone on her and she will just follow! Only problem with her is she doesn't like going into two horse straight load trailers, will with patience and moving the divider, but than I just put it back in. Honestly I can't say enough about this mare. Good home a must! Has a longer back, so please no serious gamers. But will be fine for fun wsca or 4h stuff!

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-19-2013, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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My first clarification...what does the owner mean by "almost solid?" Are they referring to color (as in solid color) or spookiness issues? (thought admittedly the ad says road safe but me being the paranoid type..I would ask the question).

Not sure why "solid" feet wouldn't hold a shoe. Might have been a farrier not knowing what they were doing vice inability of the horse to hold a shoe but then, I am not a farrier. Only horses I have seen that couldn't hold a shoe had hoof issues.

She's cute but go in with solid caution as you should on any horse you try.
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She looks, and sounds like a sweet mare.

I'd ask things like what areas does she need the most work on, and what are her worst traits? She may have covered that in mentioning the trailering issue and the sluggishness in the arena.

I would expect you wouldn't be paying a fortune for her because of her longer back and the above issues. Being so solid otherwise is definitely worth something though.

Good luck.
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-19-2013, 08:33 PM
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My first clarification...what does the owner mean by "almost solid?" Are they referring to color (as in solid color) or spookiness issues? (thought admittedly the ad says road safe but me being the paranoid type..I would ask the question).

Not sure why "solid" feet wouldn't hold a shoe. Might have been a farrier not knowing what they were doing vice inability of the horse to hold a shoe but then, I am not a farrier. Only horses I have seen that couldn't hold a shoe had hoof issues.

She's cute but go in with solid caution as you should on any horse you try.
I took this to mean color wise but it's always good to ask.
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-19-2013, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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I took 'almost solid' to be about her color. She's asking $2,000. Do you think that's fair? I'm in Minnesota if that makes any difference.
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I am in ND and I see been there done that, used for ranch work horses with papers that go for 2500....or less. She doesn't sound like she has any specialized training. I myself wouldn't pay more than about 1200-1500 for her if I bought her. Just my .02 worth.

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post #8 of 11 Old 09-19-2013, 09:47 PM
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Seems kinda high to me.
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-19-2013, 09:55 PM
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$1000 tops. Since the papers can't be located she's a grade and with her lack of training..... With the jump in feed costs in many areas horses are getting hard to sell.
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-20-2013, 09:00 AM
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She sounds like she'd be worth a look. The only thing that would have concerned me is the shoe thing and I'd ask why she threw the shoes. May just be a bad farrier. I think you'd have to have a look yourself to see if she's worth the price to you. I am seeing a lot of good minded grade horses going for that around here.
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