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post #1 of 7 Old 03-05-2011, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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The Right Horse?

It's been a while since my father has had his own horse, but he's decided that he might want to adopt a horse from Earth Services just like Quinn was adopted from there. He's put me in charge of scanning Earth Services for horses suitable for him so that I can pull up the advertisements for him and if he likes the horse he can set up an appointment to see the horse in person. Usually they'd have a great selection for a man like my father to get comfortable with riding again, but this time most of the horses are untrained. There is few horses at the moment that they've finished training and after looking through their listings on Petfinder I found a mare that my dad may be interested in. He was hoping to find an all black horse, but he has forgotten that the looks isn't what matters. What matters is that your horse will match your personality and be good for your riding level. There's two beautiful jet black horses, but they aren't trained. However, I must ask if you think this horse is suitable for a man to get used to riding again. He's now a beginner since the last time he rode a horse was when he was a child. The horse will ride by herself, but prefers to be with another horse which is no problem since Quinn is my horse and I can ride with him. The person who owns the barn we board at seperates the mares and geldings in two different pastures, but there's a much longer walk to get to the mares. I'm not sure if he wants to walk that far, but you can't be lazy when it comes to a horse and if he wants I can teach him how to get his horse to come to the gate when needed. Besides that I don't think this mare is much of a problem.

Petfinder Adoptable Horse | Quarterhorse | Battle Creek, MI | Chex
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-05-2011, 09:21 PM
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I don't think she's a bombproof beginner horse from the look of the pictures and the description. If they say she "prefers" to be with other horses when riding, it pretty much means she should be with another horse when being ridden. I don't know how much your dad weighs or how tall he is but I think he would also be more comfortable on a large horse.
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-05-2011, 10:26 PM
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yeah I agree that doesn't look like the 'right' horse for a beginner. Especially that picture of her with her nose up in the air, looks like the guy riding her is having a bit of an arguement with her. i'd keep looking
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post #4 of 7 Old 03-05-2011, 10:30 PM
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what about 'Big Ticket' ??
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post #5 of 7 Old 03-06-2011, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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I was wondering about Big Ticket too, but could a horse like that support a man who's a bit heavy? I don't know how much my dad weighs either, but he's a heavy man since he has a beer belly on him. I'll post the link for Big Ticket so that you guys can look at him. It seems like he's fragile by the way he's built, but he did come from the amish so I'm unsure.

Petfinder Adoptable Horse | Standardbred | Battle Creek, MI | Big Ticket
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-06-2011, 12:58 PM
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16 hands and stocky should be able to support a good size man...I would have no trouble putting my hubby on a horse built like that and he's around 260lbs. I think he looks a little underweight in the picture, I bet once he fills out he will be great
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-07-2011, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Well, he is a new arrival at Earth Services. I'm positive that he's gained some weight since he's arrived at his new home. Thank you for the help everyone. I'm going to show Big Ticket to my dad to see what he thinks. If he doesn't love Big Ticket then he's crazy.
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