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post #1 of 5 Old 12-23-2007, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Young & Green OR Older & been

Hi, I have a question, I hope its not too long......

I am looking to buy a horse suitable for dressage and jumping.

My level of riding is not advanced in these disciplines (just starting out really) although I have ridden for pleasure and done stock work all my life. I feel I have a natural knack with animals and have other qualifications that have lead me to train animals for my work...So I enjoy training...

My budget is between $1000 and $3500 australian dollars. But I understand spending $3500 does not really buy an 'educated horse, just something with the basics. My question is:

Should I buy the more green and unspoilt horse and have fun training it myself as I am not in a great hurry to be an 'expert' in these two disciplines and I love the training process????

OR should I spend a little more and buy a more schooled horse as training to competition level can be a long and sometimes frustrating haul and I am no professional in both these fields. ????

There are plenty of nice horses just off the track for about $1000+ and there are aslo some nice horses for offer that are around 6 to 12 years old that have done pony club and some competitions that go for around $3500. Would I be wasting my cash to buy the more expensive horse? Which would you go for in my position?

Thanks :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-24-2007, 07:27 AM
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Gosh, tough question. I guess it depends on wether you want a horse you can ride right away or are willing to wait until its ready and you have it trained. There is a certain joy in training a young horse yourself, but there is a lot of time invested.
The off track horse could have all the basics down but could also have many things that would need to be undone in its training.
It comes down to how much time do you want to commit to training. It might be best to spend the extra cash so you can get right into your desired discipline. It does help if you are a little fresh to have a horse that already knows whats going on.

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post #3 of 5 Old 12-24-2007, 08:29 AM
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the great thing about buying horses right now is u can get a pretty great horse for 3500. i would say if ur not experienced at eventing then it would be easier for you to get a horse with some experince as it is hard to train a horse at something you are not experienced at. but is is always fun to train up your own!!!!
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-27-2007, 10:20 PM
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To me it seems like $3500 will not really buy you an experienced horse. I mean to me a horse for that price is either on the green side or older. I would still definitely try to buy something that has had some experience, ecspecially if you are just getting into dressage and jumping, that way you can improve and be able to learn without having to deal with an OTTB which would be quite a handful for someone just starting in those disciplines.
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-08-2008, 06:47 PM
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That is really quite a personal preference question :) I would probably prefer young and green because I prefer doing my own training, BUT getting a horse of the track is not doing your own training as much as doing some major retraining (some possibly extreme cases). Given your specific question, those pony clubbers sound like a better deal. Very tough question though!

Maybe make a list of favorites (some from each category) and then narrow it down from there. You really have to think about what you want to invest into training though. Even with a pony clubber, you might have to put some training time in just to simply mesh with the horse.

Try to set price aside for a moment, which category pops to your mind as preferable? If one category jumps out, make your list of horses from that category. The difference in price range isn't enough to change your mind for.

Just think, if you get an of the track green horse who ends up with some mental/emotional/training problems beyond your fixing abilities (we all have limits) - how much will it cost to send it to a trainer for fixing??
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