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post #1 of 13 Old 01-11-2012, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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picking a horse... need help?

First off will say I'm New here.. I grew up around horse kinda, gramps had a draft team and so did my great uncle and mom has a few mini's my aunt also has a few horses (9) dont know what they all are.

Anyways, I found a 12 year old TB gelding, he is a ex race horse and is about 16.1 HH real nice brown color to him, I went and looked at him and he was a little unsure at first but I think its part of he didn't know us. I gave him some loving and then I started picking up his hooves just to see how he'd stand I pull his front right back and then forward and then set it down and then I walked to the rear petting him the whole time and I was half way down his leg and he raised it up for me. The woman was asking 600 for him and I wasnt looking to spend much, he's a little under weight and that's because another horse kinda keeps him away from the hay ( reason for getting rid of) he also need his teeth flowed... He is also registered, he has has a slight sway back but I dont think its that bad but one thing I noticed is where his main or all the hair on is neck ends near his back he's really thin and pointy. I dont know what its called but its like if you went from the front shoulders up top to the spine its really pointy... I dont know if its partly from being under weight or if its just the way he is.

The other one is a 4 year old green broke QTR horse 14.5 hh and has alot of work ahead of her. I know the girl and she is very firm on her price she was 500 with out papers 600 with papers she also has a draft she got with her and she'd sell her for 150 because of her age. Well I didnt see her horse being worth that much to me, not disrespect but right now I dont care about bloodlines and all that. All I want is a nice horse that has a good base going that I would be able to work with from there. Well I told her I didn't see them being what she wanted and made her an offer on them and two weeks after we talked she started texting me again saying if I wanted them I could pick them up to night and I asked if she was taking my offer then and she's like no its the same price. I'm kinda venting a little bit but is a QTR horse and a draft really worth that with out tack? It was 900 with tack. Blankets and saddles. The bridles and bits were included with the price of the horses and not tack.

I'm like 6'1 and 160ish. Right now I'm planning on going and picking up the TB next week as his current owner and I have come to an agreement of 300 w/ bridal and bit. But I'm going to ride him before my offer becomes official.

Please help me out here. I just think that the qtr horse is a little too short and alittle on the high side.

Thanks for the help

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post #2 of 13 Old 01-11-2012, 11:45 AM
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Personally, unless you have had experience training green horses before, I would leave both of them and find something more well trained. Sounds like what your described the TB has high whithers, which can be typical of the breed (I've seen a lot of them like this)

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #3 of 13 Old 01-11-2012, 11:50 AM
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This is just my opinion...but I would be leaning more towards the QH...even though it needs more work..it seems healthier than the TB....the TB having a sway back..is never a good thing and will get worse..also the pointiness at the base of his mane which would be his withers could be that he just has high withers, or could be really underweight like you had mentioned...if he is underweight that much I highly suggest you NOT ride him if he is that thin. You will only end up hurting him which might in turn end up you getting hurt as well.Even though the QH needs work.. I would go for that one but if you do, do not take on training him/her unless you have a knowledgable horse person to train him for you or atleast help you. Good luck, let us know what happens!

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post #4 of 13 Old 01-11-2012, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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well I've been looking at pis of other TB's and I dont think his withers are that much out of line from a typical TB
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thats a pic of him. my friend says hes got a sway back, i dont think so.. I dont really care what breed i get I just want the horse to be tall because I am tall..
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hm.. Im sensing you have a deeper connection with the TB =P I think your decision is pretty clear xD

but please keep in mind, once you take on this horse and buy it, your taking on any future problems and medical expenses if something were to happen to this horse or any horse you buy =] you don't want to end up being one of those people who say "I bought this tall horse cause I am tall." and really end up paying tenfold of what you paid for the horse because of its health bills and vices. lol Never rush a buy! If you find anything you dont like about a horse, theres always plenty more that are waiting for you! But like I said, I really think you have a connection with this horse and have your mind set on it =] Its a very pretty horse and seems kind and intelligent.

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post #7 of 13 Old 01-11-2012, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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well to be honest this is how it all started I watched the movie Buck, I've taken care of my moms hay burners ( thats what they are) and I've been thinking about becoming a farrier. so I was like hell go for it, get a horse and take it from there you know. I have a friend that has a few horses that I've grown to be really close with and she use to live in WY, I'm planning on moving out there. Do I plan on taking a horse out there no, its going to be a good year before I would be able to go out.
so what I set out to find was a cheap, middle aged/ older horse that was broke. and atleast 15.5HH

the QTR horse is just alot more work in my eyes she didnt like to lift her hooves for me... and she wasnt standing very nice.
the TB was a little unsure at first but then he warmed up and started nibbling on my coat a little. he stood still the whole time I was there and I led him around a little and he didn't crowd me I walked faster and slower... however when i stopped and backed up I would have to pull him back. I will have no issues fattening him up and I fully understand that hes a race horse but I still am going to ride him and see how he does first before I hand cash over. I have a week of break left when I have time to go run around and look at horses and those are the only two I've only looked at I've called and e-mailed on alot of them but I haven't gotten reply's back.

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I still thing you need more research
how about a Draft cross

If you choose this Thoroughbred you need to ride him first
and also get a vet to check him out
and it looks like he is a little under weight

also get a trainer

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post #9 of 13 Old 01-11-2012, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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its funny you say that I've been thinking about draft cross. or Clydesdale, and he is underweight, because other horses he is with treat him as an out cast. its the only reason she is selling him. she doesn't have another pen or barn to put him in...
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well I thought because of you being tall
My sister is 6'1'' and she needs tall and strong horse

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