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post #1 of 13 Old 12-29-2013, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Question Would she be a good horse for me?

I'm looking for a first horse (possibly). I've been riding for 4-5 years and have started barrel racing in the last year (before then was training for competing). I must say I LOVE it. I definitely wont be able to compete for the first year or two if I adopt a horse, but I'm hoping I will eventually. The mare I'm looking at is 15hh, 11 years old, and is a quarter horse. She has run a few barrels but was used as a cutting horse. She is currently not up for adoption yet because she is too under weight, (she is a rescue) but I am very interested in her.

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post #2 of 13 Old 12-29-2013, 03:13 PM
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Could we see a picture?
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Soundness would be the huge consideration here. Is the horse put together well enough to hold up to such strenuous exercise? She is already 11 and in rough condition so.... I think the first step would be to talk to the vet. I would have a horse fully vetted and include a full set of X-rays. I wouldn't do any of that until she is up to weight either.
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post #4 of 13 Old 12-29-2013, 03:20 PM
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What is her temperament?
When was she broke?
What kind of rider does she need?
How does she move?
How broke is she?
What's her bill of health look like?
Is she registered?
What's her breeding?
Is she a dominant or submissive horse?
Are you a dominant or submissive rider?
How fast does she run?
How easy is she to control?
How flighty is she?
Does she have any fears?
Is she head shy?
How's her conformation?
How good of a rider are you?

I could go on, but you get the idea. Her age and height don't mean anything when it comes to the compatibility between horse and rider.
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post #5 of 13 Old 12-29-2013, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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I don't have a picture I can get my hands on (the ones I've seen are from when she first got to the facility and I don't quite know when she got there). I definitely want to go see her a lot before I make a final decision. Thanks again to all of you who replied so far it is a lot of help and i'll ask a LOT of questions if I go visit (I have already sent an email asking for more info on her).
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post #6 of 13 Old 12-29-2013, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Hope you don't mind but I might write down some of your questions for future help . And the post for her says she is a registered mare and im still wanting more information.
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Make sure you have a full PPE done, especially for a strenuous sport like barrel racing. And don't adopt her until you have tried her at her healthy weight. A lot of horses seem a lot calmer and easier than they are when they are underweight, but once they get to a healthy weight they feel good and their true personality shines.

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post #8 of 13 Old 12-29-2013, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Good point. One of my stable buddies took in a horse that was all skin and bones. Now she can do barrels, jump, and do many other things with her after she got her better and the horse is 17 years old and acts like a 7 year old!
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post #9 of 13 Old 12-29-2013, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry for the late addition to my post, but I mostly need help on what questions to ask and what information that I should definitely know before buying a horse. Thanks.
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post #10 of 13 Old 12-30-2013, 01:48 AM
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First rule of thumb, do you like the horse. You said you have been riding for 4 or 5 years and have begun running barrels. Let the knowledge you have guide you. Ask if they have any known bad habits, why did the previous owners let her go and get in this condition? If she has been used as a cutting horse, she is going to turn quick, will she bend around a barrel. Looking at a horse that is under weight can be an advantage as you can see defects easier. A fat horse can hide a lot of problems. You do want to know if they load, how they are for worming and shots, you don't need really to ask about temperment as you can tell when you approach them how YOU will get along with them, if you see any bumps or scars on the legs ask about them, ask how she is with a shoer. Mostly ask yourself, can I work as one with this horse.
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