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post #11 of 22 Old 04-02-2013, 09:38 PM
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There are 3 free Clydes on CL right now.
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post #12 of 22 Old 04-07-2013, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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You're killing me here! Lol

I did make it to the show for a few hours. There were about three horses I would have loved to take home. There was this pretty Belgian/Quarter cross who was just a doll. I left before he was auctioned because I didn't want to impulse bid with no money. Lol.

There was a Quarter horse that would have been the perfect beginner horse. The rider stood on the horse's back and flicked a whip several times. The horse didn't even flick an ear! I think you could have run this horse over with a truck and it wouldn't have minded. Another favorite was this amazing buckskin, also a Quarter if I recall. It went for over $2500 and was just a beautiful animal. The training was very good and expansive. The horse gave the impression that you could teach it to do anything.

There were two horses there that would have been terrible beginner horses. One was a very pretty Morgan. It sold for $250-275. It panicked when it entered the pen and kept backing up into the gates as it tried to escape. The lady had a terrible time controlling the poor thing. The horse was labelled as "feisty" and needing a strong hand. I'm not sure if the horse was just very afraid or just unruly. The lady did manage to get a few circuits in the pen, but the horse wasn't very happy. Sure was pretty though.

The other horse was a smaller Quarter who was just a very very unhappy animal. To my novice eyes, I would blame the rider as she didn't seem to be communicating with the horse. She made the horse do the usually backing-up, side-stepping, and round the ring stuff. However, she was constantly sawing at the reins. As I said, to me it seemed like she wasn't letting the horse know what she wanted and then sawed the reins until the horse figured it out. She would stop him so suddenly and then back him up. Then she would turn him one way and another. The horse had his chin against his neck because of how tight the reins were pulled. He was not happy. Personally, I felt he would have done what she asked if she communicated better, but I know very little. Maybe I'm completely wrong and he was just being a jerk by not listening to his rider. Either way, I wanted to take him home because I felt he might have reacted differently with another rider.

Overall, it made me realize that I really really really need to get that money saved!
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post #13 of 22 Old 04-07-2013, 08:54 PM
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Delfina, how did you manage to trailer that green horse! From what I understand greens can and will do some wild moves if they don't understand what's happening.
It wasn't his first trailer ride, when he failed as a halter horse, his breeder shipped him here from Maine. Much different trailer ride though as he was shipped in a box stall. For this ride we had a 3 horse slant trailer and hauled my 9yr old dead quiet, loved to trailer QH along with us so he had a dead quiet friend in the trailer and he did AWESOME!! Got a tad anxious when we stopped for gas but otherwise was happy eating some hay and harassing his new friend.

Don't rush into buying anything. As a novice you want a horse that behaves flawlessly for it's owner, not one that you can hopefully "fix".
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post #14 of 22 Old 04-07-2013, 11:51 PM
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Sounds like you went to the sale on Friday. Sat is when they run the big boys and girls through. Did you check them out in the barns? $2500 is a lot for any horse right now going through that sale. It gives you an idea of what's out there and gives you the opportunity to compare horses without running around all over the state. You can get a handle on where the market is. The sale ring can be a lot for some horses so I wouldn't read too much into a horse not being able to handle it. That's where it's important to get out and watch them ride around and get on them if the seller will let you before they go in the ring. About 1/2 of the sellers don't really have a clue how to sell their horses in that type of circus. Many of them come off as complete a$$es and idiots. Than they get indignant because their horses didn't bring much $$.
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Both of you make very good points. I am very glad that I didn't just jump into getting a horse and found such a great forum! It is hard not to buy the ones who look like they need fixing. I had the same problem when I got my guinea pigs. I wanted to save them all even though they were at a great guinea pig-only rescue.

Left Hand, I did go on Friday as Saturday was filled with other things. I wish I could have seen the big ones. I didn't know if I could go into the sale barn, but I peeked a little. I must have arrived right when they were starting a new batch because there were a ton of horses waiting outside the auction barn for their turn.

$2500 was an excellent price I think. I would have gladly paid twice that much at least if I'd had the money at the time. Not only was it a beautiful animal who looked right in its prime, but the training seemed top notch. I've been looking through ads on various websites and know that prices are really down. I know draft teams of two can be bought for less than the buckskin mentioned here.

I also understand how the ring can really mess with the horses. After all, they don't know what's going on. It's not like they were all told "hey, you're going to be sold to a new home, so show your best side", right?

I know this is a huge favor, but Left Hand would you be willing to help me pick out a horse when I'm ready? I know Boulder is a long drive for you, but you've given me so much help for local resources all ready.
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Hello! I am new here as well.
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$2500 doesn't even come close to the amount of $$ these people have into the horse. You easily have $2500 wrapped up into an unstarted 3 year old. In this market getting $2500 for a general use horse (not one trained in a given discipline) is good money today. We'd all like to see them get what the horse is "worth". One thing that chaps my hide is many (most) of the horses at the Friday night sale are from out of state. A ton of Amish horses trek out here from Iowa and just mess the market up even more. Spring prices will always be higher than in the fall. If you wait until fall, there are always good horses in the market. Horses owned by kids headed off to college and camp horses are usually good bets.

I'd be happy to help you find a horse but what I really need to do is put a bunch of miles on a few of mine and get them to the point where I can sell them. If you can get out to Sedalia, there was a gal (on CL) who is looking for a stall mucker in exchange for riding. She's even got an indoor. Might help get your feet wet.
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post #18 of 22 Old 04-09-2013, 12:51 PM
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Start small--one horse, and research ALL costs before you buy. I didn't do that when my friend and I bought the pony for $ 1969.

A Jack and Three Queens, the latest book by James C. Dedman,
Hope that you fall in love with "Trot", like I did!
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post #19 of 22 Old 04-09-2013, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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You wouldn't happen to have a link to that ad, would you? That would be great as I now officially have a car I'm allowed to drive without a licensed person in the car (just got my permit for the first time).

And thanks Corporal! Right now I'm thinking just one horse. I've all ready got this dream horse named and ideas on what we'll do together. Hopefully there will be a gelding named Hermes who likes to trail ride and pull a carriage in my future! Horses don't mind if you change their names, right? I doubt I'll find one named Hermes. Lol
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