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        07-30-2013, 03:48 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    The thing is that much of what happens with a horse that has an inexperienced owner is simply because of that fact. Owner hasn't got a clue.

    Owner babies horse, owner uses soothing voice to talk, owner doesn't understand that horse's body language is saying, owner lets horse get by with things, owner doesn't make sure they are the leader.

    I have had kid safe horses that I knew for a fact would not ever hurt anyone, turn into raging monsters because of the humans. Too much treat feeding, too much ignoring what was happening.

    When you can't get a horse to come out of field? But I can walk up and have no problem? It is you. Not the horse.

    Horses and ponies know when a human doesn't know what they are doing.

    So the expectation that a horse will behave exactly as it does for an experienced horse person is the worst one that I see.

    The second is that horse sellers are going to be totally honest when selling a horse.
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        07-30-2013, 10:07 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    1. Is it unrealistic to try to find a horse that doesn't buck or rear?

    I think you can find a horse without buck or rear.
    I have 3 as such and still own them.

    1 is a registered QH came from a Wisconsin ranch and is trained for western pleasure. $1900.00
    Anyone can ride her, in the first 5 seconds on she knows what you are about.
    When I hop on she knows to deliver.

    1 is a 2x registered racker walker TWH gelding puchased with minimal trail riding $500.00
    After two riding seasons that were calm and extremely fun I turned him over to my daughter, 13.

    1 is a halfy cross purchased from craigs list $300.00
    Tries to lay in the water sometimes but was safe for my daughter to learn on.

    These horses were purchased from people I could trust.
    They were not just trying to unload the animal.
    Most horse dealers could be your worst enemy though.
    A great horse can be found with out deep pockets.
    The horse I ride is another topic, I like the forward behavior.
    I cannot allow others to ride him.

    2. Are there any give aways when shopping that will tell if the horse does these things?

    I agree with other postings here.
    When you visit you tack up the horse and let owner ride it first.
    This may take more than one visit if possible.
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        07-31-2013, 08:34 AM
      #23
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Maryland Rider    
    1. Is it unrealistic to try to find a horse that doesn't buck or rear?

    I think you can find a horse without buck or rear.
    I have 3 as such and still own them.

    1 is a registered QH came from a Wisconsin ranch and is trained for western pleasure. $1900.00
    Anyone can ride her, in the first 5 seconds on she knows what you are about.
    When I hop on she knows to deliver.

    1 is a 2x registered racker walker TWH gelding puchased with minimal trail riding $500.00
    After two riding seasons that were calm and extremely fun I turned him over to my daughter, 13.

    1 is a halfy cross purchased from craigs list $300.00
    Tries to lay in the water sometimes but was safe for my daughter to learn on.

    These horses were purchased from people I could trust.
    They were not just trying to unload the animal.
    Most horse dealers could be your worst enemy though.
    A great horse can be found with out deep pockets.
    The horse I ride is another topic, I like the forward behavior.
    I cannot allow others to ride him.

    2. Are there any give aways when shopping that will tell if the horse does these things?

    I agree with other postings here.
    When you visit you tack up the horse and let owner ride it first.
    This may take more than one visit if possible.

    Thanks for your advice! It is relieving to know that these types of horse ARE out there (and do not always cost a lot)....I just have to be careful in my search. I have read a lot of ideas and advice and I am going to make a list of my requirements that I want in my next horse and stick to it with no compromises. I think that will be the key. Also, test riding more than once (if possible), tacking up on my own and making sure to take the horse away from the barn and his buddies are all ideas I am going to employ for this and all future searches.

    It just starts to get a bit frustrating, especially when you get it wrong the first time. But finding a new horse can be a long process. I just need to get out of the mindset of immediate gratification.

    Thanks for everyone's help!!!
         
        07-31-2013, 11:43 AM
      #24
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by kbg7506    

    It just starts to get a bit frustrating, especially when you get it wrong the first time. But finding a new horse can be a long process. I just need to get out of the mindset of immediate gratification.

    Thanks for everyone's help!!!
    Just to let you know, I've been looking for THE right mare for my stallion for 3 years now......still haven't found just the right one. And that's not even a riding horse or probably won't be since I'm looking a very young stock more than old enough to ride.
         
        07-31-2013, 11:57 AM
      #25
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
    Just to let you know, I've been looking for THE right mare for my stallion for 3 years now......still haven't found just the right one. And that's not even a riding horse or probably won't be since I'm looking a very young stock more than old enough to ride.

    Oh jeez! Well I really hope it doesn't take me 3 years! But you know what? If it does, it does. In the mean time, I can keep saving money and taking lessons. Then I'll be even more ready for the right thing to come along. I just have to remember that I am not in any hurry. And no compromising on what I want!!! Thanks DA!
         
        07-31-2013, 01:07 PM
      #26
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by kbg7506    
    Oh jeez! Well I really hope it doesn't take me 3 years! But you know what? If it does, it does. In the mean time, I can keep saving money and taking lessons. Then I'll be even more ready for the right thing to come along. I just have to remember that I am not in any hurry. And no compromising on what I want!!! Thanks DA!
    Not a problem. Patience will get you the best deal in the long run. Just remember that every horse is for sale for a reason. Some are fairly innocuous like, I've outgrown his ability to.....jump, barrel race, event, whatever. Or I'm getting too old to ride anymore, or the kids lost interest. And some are for sale because they are problem children. The trick is to find out the REAL reason a horse is for sale.
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