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    02-12-2013, 03:11 PM
If your trainer is a true professional, NOT buying this horse shouldn't affect your relationship. If however, she's pushing this horse on you your relationship has already been damaged.
smrobs and goneriding like this.
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    02-12-2013, 03:39 PM
No way would I pay $10K(or pounds) for a horse who has bitten kids for a kid, plus a horse who needs Regumate. Honestly, I am surprised your trainer would recommend it. Your daughter has only been riding 8 months. IMO, it is far better to learn to ride on may different horses rather than to limit herself to one so early in the game. Plus, this mares ribbons mean nothing at the moment when all your daughter needs is a safe mount. She is really only walk trot at the moment-wait a while.

Shoot-I bet you can buy one of thousands over here in the states and have it shipped for FAR less than that!
    02-12-2013, 03:57 PM
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I would suggest you walk away from this horse - far too many 'ifs and buts' and its also way too pricey
I have a mare on regumate from late spring through to late autumn - she is not at all dangerous when she's not on it - the exact opposite actually, she is really affectionate but drives herself and the others totally mad when she's in season as she's 'sexing up to them all the time and gets herself kicked. I've had no problems with it but it is expensive and I wouldnt buy a horse knowing that it needed it unless it was a real prize.
I don't see why your trainer should object to you looking elsewhere, they will still benefit from your money in lessons and boarding fees.
Its always 'buyer beware' when you get a horse, take independant expert advice, always have a PPE, give the horse a really good try in the saddle and on the ground
I don't know the area well enough yet to suggest anywhere but I've heard people say good things about this place - they do lessons so you could take a look at what they have and compare prices
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    02-12-2013, 04:16 PM
I would strongly suggest that you - at the very least - shop around. $10k in the horse show and warmblood world isn't unreasonable. However, you want to find a fantastic match for that kind of investment.
Regumate doesn't scare me as much as others, but it can be a flag - and may be a flag for resale too, keep in mind. The biting once isn't an automatic no in my books either, but it has to be considered - what caused the bite?
At 10 and 15.2hh she probably won't increase in value, keep in mind. Resale you're likely looking at breaking even or a loss, unless something drastic happens in her training/show history.
What area are you in? If you want to PM me, I can hint around a bit online to see what your area has to offer.
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    02-12-2013, 08:34 PM
at the Barn tonight.

I got even more info, and I feel the trainer has been pretty forthcoming. Annie was tried at a potential sale, and they sent her back because she was "snarky" in the cross ties. She can only jump 2'6" because when they tried her at higher heights she got "off" and could not handle it.

The horse is not really a school horse, and she told me today that if we are not interested in buying her, then we should start riding another horse. As the main goal is her sale, and the trainer gets paid for training rides if she does them, and that the horse was tried in school but did not like having many riders. My daughter was very sad to hear this, but I told her that she may not be the best horse for us.

The trainer told me her commission was based on sale price and agreed the price was high. She said the owner is not inclined to lease the horse for a year. The trainer said this is because if the years lease is paid she would not be able to sell the horse during that time. you think this horse is worth buying if we negotiate a lower price? Or we should just let it go? Im concerned because there are not too many great prospects at the barn for schooling.....sigh
    02-12-2013, 08:40 PM
I would avoid like the plague any horse that bites when it comes to kids. Their teeth mightn't be predator-sharp but their jaws are incredibly powerful and they have a LOT of strength in the neck. And if she bites she might soon start kicking and striking as well, especially once your child becomes the primary handler. Not to mention that this biting behaviour is her on Regumate. Shudder to think what she'd be like off it!
    02-12-2013, 08:44 PM
I, personally, would let this one go for now. Your daughter may love her to death right now but I fell in love with every horse I rode when I first started too! With her only just starting to canter and her only have ridden for 8 months I think the best thing for her to do is contine to take lessons on as many other horses as possible, even if they aren't a higher level school horse. She will learn a lot just by riding different horses and when the time is right you will be able to find a good horse for her but for now riding lesson horses is not such an awful thing
    02-12-2013, 08:49 PM
If she only jumps 2'6" and cannot go higher for whatever reason, she is not worth $10k. Move on.
Maybe engage your daughter in the search? Set a budget, explain the ins and outs of horse shopping (i.e. MUST pass vet check, etc) and get her excited about finding her perfect match!
I'm happy to do a bit of looking around for you if you give me your State and how far you're willing to travel.
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    02-12-2013, 08:55 PM
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It's sounding like your trainer is more in the business of selling horses than giving lessons. Unless you were actively looking to buy a horse, the trainer had no business putting your child on a horse and then going "Buy her or the kid can't ride her anymore".

A "snarky" in the crossties, biting horse that is on regumate is in no way appropriate for a small child! I have an 11yr old daughter and the lesson horse she rides would never, ever be considered snarky. Might find him snoring in the crossties or emptying all the grooming boxes left within reach but biting or misbehaving... NEVER!
    02-12-2013, 08:57 PM
We were not exactly thinking of buying a horse yet. This just kinda fell in our laps....Will take some time and regroup. I am really grateful for the advice, I am so glad I found this forum!!
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