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post #11 of 31 Old 05-26-2013, 12:20 PM
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I paid 750 for my boy when he was barely 3 and barely green broke and did all the training on him, now he does it all and loves life, and everyone can see what an awesome little dude he is and think I made a great choice on a 'long shot'. I bet you and whatever horse you choose will end up having a great time together :)
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post #12 of 31 Old 05-26-2013, 12:38 PM
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If you want to train something head to an auction and bring an EXPERIENCED eye with you. They have loads of broke to ride horses well under $1000. You could probably get two for that price. When looking stick to your guns, don't fall for the "saddest" or most desperate ones. Come back again if you cannot find what your looking for. Before you go give yourself a good brush up on conformation!

Another place I see a lot of cheapies is craigslist.
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post #13 of 31 Old 05-26-2013, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks

This horse would be a long shot but I have more time and patience than I do spare cash. I see potential though in him.

I have thought about the auction but my "experienced eye" has told me not to pursue a auction horse as you never know what you are getting and I would not be able to handle the horse and things like that until after purchase. He is however used to buying high class horses and has never had a budget problem for that matter so maybe he just doesn't understand that aspect of horse buying? I'm not sure.

I can post pictures if you guys like of the current horses I am considering
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post #14 of 31 Old 05-26-2013, 01:44 PM
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I always keep my eyes open for auctions I have found many good, cheap horses. Some of them aren't broke, then again, some of them are broke to perfection, but that's the beauty of shopping for a horse. Good Luck on finding your first horse
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post #15 of 31 Old 05-26-2013, 02:14 PM
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I honestly think you should WAIT to buy your first horse. Wait until you have saved more money than $600 for a price tag so that you have more options and you don't limit yourself.

Sure, you can get a cheap rescue horse for $600. But what are you going to do when that UNHEALTHY horse has costly vet bills down the road to maintain themselves and stay sound?

Yes, there are diamonds in the rough. They do happen sometimes. But more often than not, you'll come across a health issue that requires more $$$ than you initially thought. Same with auctions: I hate to say it, but a lot of buyers will say anything to make that horse look good in the sales arena (and may bute or drug them to make them look good). If you decide to go the auction route, it is BUYER BEWARE. You may come home with a lemon.

Same with limiting yourself on a price, you should have more money than $600 saved for a horse so that you can also travel farther for the horse you want. I just did a search for horses on Equine.com that are under $600. I only got 13 results and they are either adoption/rescue cases or over 15 years old. You aren't giving yourself much options there.

You sound pretty young (if you are just graduating from college, and have a young daughter) so there's no need to rush into buying a horse. Especially for only $600.

Plus, if you boss isn't being helpful with helping you find a horse, then find someone else to help you!

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post #16 of 31 Old 05-26-2013, 02:28 PM
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Like I said.. I have bought many good auction horses, but Beau159 is right, people will do horrible things to get rid of their horses, but on top of that, there are really decent horses in auctions that are not drugged, you just have to go with someone that knows what to look for.

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post #17 of 31 Old 05-26-2013, 02:36 PM
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You could always shop out of your area and put aside transport money. I know Camelot is in New Jersey and there are always transporters willing to help get them to a good home.

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post #18 of 31 Old 05-26-2013, 02:37 PM
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One thing I would caution you against is your thinking that you will give respect to horse to get respect from horse...if you think like that, you will be in major trouble.

Horses do not think like that, and if you are going into this with that attitude it does not matter how much money you spend, you will end up with a spoiled horse that will more than likely hurt you.

And I doubt you will, if you are in nursing school have any time at all to train a horse, particularly since you don't have the knowledge to do so from what I read.

Get an older horse, that is already trained, that you can enjoy, rather than spending money on a horse that you are not going to be able to enjoy right now.

And something you need to also consider with an untrained horse...what will happen to your nursing plans if you get hurt badly enough that you can't do clinicals, take classes or what have you.

Horses can hurt you, or even kill you. At this point in your life, I doubt that is something you are considering when you say you want a horse.

And if 600 is all you feel like you can spend, you really need to rethink the whole thing to me. One vet bill can eat up double that, as can one hospital bill for you.

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post #19 of 31 Old 05-26-2013, 02:44 PM
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I was under the impression you can handle and ride horses at auctions. While buying from a buyer is a little bit more predictable, in that price range its not by much. If your price ranger was higher and you were looking for something with a little more training it would be easier to weed horses out. When your looking on a lower budget you might thing your getting something under saddle a month, meanwhile it was yesterday his owner "broke" him and rode him for 5 hours. Really, there is only so much you can trust a person. Some times its nice to just start with no preconceived notions of what the horse does, or doesn't do for that matter.
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post #20 of 31 Old 05-26-2013, 04:45 PM
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As someone who has gone through nursing school, I agree with some folks that this may not be the best time to purchase a horse. I bought an older (16) Arab gelding when I was 16 and in high school. I went from high school straight through a four year university including nursing school (it actually took five years). It is really hard, and I lived with my parents and had no kids.

I did keep my horse through college, but he was a finished horse, training wise, when I bought him from my friend's aunt for $500 when I was in high school. I got a good deal because it was a friendly, "looking for a good home, sell him back to me whenever" kind of transaction. Not your typical horse purchase.

Due to needing to obtain straight As in my pre reqs to get into my nursing program, and then due to the time required from the program itself, I only worked during the summers. I worked out a way to keep my gelding, feed and board, in exchange for taking care of other horses, learned to do his feet myself, really kept costs down. It still wasn't easy.

While I was in nursing school, I rode maybe once or twice a week on the weekends. I saw my horse every day because I had to feed and clean and all that stuff for him and the other horses, but you don't get much time for riding. Summers I was working. I rode as much as I could, but they were just relaxing trail rides on my been-there-done-that horse. I could never have trained a younger or problem horse during those days, no time. He was my stress reliever during those days for sure.

How you can do it all with a hubby and a little kid would be beyond me. I would personally wait until you are out of school and working. Us nurses get paid well, you should be able to save for a really nice horse pretty quickly once you start working. Just MHO.
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