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        02-26-2010, 10:18 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Be careful with rescues. They often need a professional trainer to get them sane and ridable. Many are also full of health problems. Theres a mare at my barn who was recently rescued from a abuse situation now has some desease were all her hair is falling out in clumps and she wont stop chomping her teeth.

    With the economy so bad, if I were you id get a nice safe slightly older horse who is sound. Don't think about rescues for a first horse. You want something you can have fun with right away, not something that will take months if not years to recover and then not bewhat you want
         
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        03-01-2010, 04:59 AM
      #12
    Yearling
    I agree with the other posts. I had a friend who went for rescues as her first horses. She first rescued one then gave it away to a trainer because of its behavior problems (bucking, kicking,bitting) Went for another mare and had to put it down after MANY vet bills because the horse had sarciods and her skin was rotting off. Got to the point they had to wash the fly larva out daily! X.X
    Her last horse she rescued turned out to be a keeper and just needs better ground manners other wise he's a great gelding.
    A lot of risk with rescues... I hope you find a great match. Good Luck!
         
        03-01-2010, 04:27 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Thanks everyone!
         
        03-01-2010, 05:00 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I have been warned about Craigslist (at least in our area, Kentucky) by several people who know horses well. They suggest you use the main horse-sale sites like Horsetopia, EquineNow and dreamhorse instead. The problem is it is too easy to pop an ad on CL, and it has turned into the site for off-loading horses with issues and there are a lot of unscrupulous sellers on there.

    As several folks have said, be ABSOLUTELY sure to get a vet check done as a condition of purchase, and my very strong suggestion is to get a trial period where you can spend time with the horse in your environment and see how you get along and if the horse has any issues. With a trial period there is usually a deposit that will not be refunded if the horse is not acceptable to you for certain reasons (you don't mesh, it doesn't get along with your dog, etc.), but that's a lot cheaper than buying an unacceptable horse. Make sure your trial period paperwork specifies you get your deposit back if the horse fails the vet check for specific reasons (problematic diseases, past injuries affecting riding, etc.).

    Above all, else, good luck!! It is exciting to be on the lookout for a horse! I hope you find a really good one you will enjoy.
         
        03-01-2010, 05:02 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    ^^ Thanks!

    I am in love with this one! What do you guys think?
    Negra Cloud
         
        03-01-2010, 05:08 PM
      #16
    Lis
    Yearling
    I would stay away because they specifically state it would be a good horse for someone who already knows OTTBs. I've ridden an ex racer and he was hard work, needed a lot of reschooling which I didn't have the experience to give him the education he needed despite riding for years. Unless you have previous experience with OTTBs don't go for him.
         
        03-01-2010, 05:13 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Ok..i have ridden some before...sorry to nagg everyone but these are my top 4.

    1. The Negra Cloud (limk on previous post)
    2.Foregone Reason
    3.War Club
    4.Asesina

    Thanks guys!
         
        03-01-2010, 05:22 PM
      #18
    Lis
    Yearling
    1. Already stated why I wouldn't go for him if I were you.
    2. There is no mention of her doing anything aside from racing and pushing out foals so I assume she's only race broke rather than riding horse broke. Stay away from for your first horse. I wouldn't touch her myself because chances are you will have to retrain her completely.
    3. Again race broke only and recovering from surgery. Stay away from because you don't know if that will come back to haunt him.
    4. Unsound at the moment and they don't know if she's going to be ok. Stay away from.

    I'm sorry if you don't like what I've said and going from what I read on your other thread I would say all of these horses are beyond your experience at the moment besides having a difficult horse for your first horse is no fun. There is no shame in getting a well broke school master/mistress since I know I would want my first horse to be something I could have fun on and not worry about ten ton of issues.
         
        03-01-2010, 05:27 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    Negra Cloud- no. "for someone who has handled OTTB's" = experienced owner/rider.

    Foregone Reason- no. She has raced for nearly ten years! And since she is a proven broodmare, that means that she probably hasn't had much if any riding time off the track.

    War Club- no. He is recovering from a bowed tendon and he is very poorly put together

    Asesina- no. Sore suspensories? Nuh uh. That's just asking for trouble.

    I would go for a horse that is 15 yrs old + and has been a schoolmaster for a while. No shame in getting something other than a TB!
         
        03-01-2010, 05:50 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    Here are some of my suggestions

    Rumor 1990 TB Gelding (excuse the pic, just look @ the description. Lol) : DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1499872 - Rumor

    Seven Siemon Smoke 2000 QH Mare: DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1509034 - Seven Siemon Smoke

    Tyler 1995 TB Gelding: DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1457068 - Tyler
         

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