Really nervous about going to look at a horse tomorrow..
So I'm going to look at a horse tomorrow for the first time in 8 years.. The last time I did this it didn't end well, and now I'm stuck with a 20 year old horse that I don't trust. But I've been talking with my grandmother, who was the one who bought my last horse and she said it's okay if I want to buy another one, using my own money of course. Basically, we kind of got tricked into buying my last horse, I was only 11 and knew very little, and she knew even less.
Anyways, this time I've definitely been doing my homework and I've looked at a lot of different horses online and I've found one that I really like.. I just want a horse that I can kind of do anything with, trail riding/pasture riding and one that is calm and obedient and that I feel safe on. Basically the exact opposite of my stubborn old man :) I'm just super nervous about it.. Not that i'm scared of horses, I've slowly gotten over that over the past 6 months because I've been exercising a lady's horses for her a couple day a week, and she has some really great horses that I trust, even though some of them have their little vices (one has a tendency to spook more than the others). It took me a while, but I finally got back to where I was before. (I took lessons for about 6 years when I was a kid and rode on my own for about 5 years after that) So I can definitely ride, it just took a while for me to get my confidence back after not riding for 2 years because of my current horse.
I'm taking the lady I work for with me, because she's definitely more knowledgeable about buying horses than I am, she knows how I ride/what I'm looking for, and she's very honest . I'm just so worried that I'm going to make the same mistake I did before and end up with a horse I can't ride. Although I know so much more than I did back then, I guess it's just that past fear catching up with me. I really like this mare that I'm going to see tomorrow, and I'm super excited, but I really just want to be sure that she's "the one". How did you know your horse was "the one"? What was the deal breaker for you when you bought your horse?
Here's her ad in case you want to look at her :) http://www.valleyviewranch.net/dunitonabar.htm
(If this is in the wrong forum let me know and I'll move it :))
I like her a lot!
Well, I'm going to tell you to NOT do what I did. I went to see my mare three days after I saw her ad, got kicked at, almost smacked in the face with her head, and shoved over quite a few times. I had her trailered as soon as I untacked her. She was definitely an impulse buy, I have the experience to fix her issues (kicking is already almost gone within my 3 weeks of owning her and she now leads nicely without a chain..also no more headtossing). The deal breaker for me would've been them not keeping their word on obo and willing to accept less than $600. Offered $450 to take her now and the guy almost died on spot, I got her for $525 instead of the $600 tag they had on her. Was she worth the $525 when I bought her? H*LL NO, not in this market. But she looked like she'd fill out weight-wise and she had a kind eye..and she reminded me of my old lease horse. I couldn't say no. Now when I think about it, I should've kept leasing and kept that $525+$150 for shots to get a new windshield on my truck xD I bought her as a resale project, so I wasn't worried about us having an instant bond or "clicking"..But I ended up with that somehow, lol.
Anywho, I think the gelding looks lovely. BUT, definitely some things to think about and check on when you go see him.
Ask about the osteo-whatever and how it'll effect him long run, approximately how many years left of riding, any supplements to help with it, etc. And see if someone will ride him out alone away from the other horses they have and see how he does. Just because it seems like he'd just rather follow on trails, he might be a bronc/crowhopping/balking mess if he's ridden alone as well.
Also..make sure the owners are willing to ride him first, and either watch them or catch him yourself out in the field. One that runs away when it sees thw halter is no fun, lol.
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Lol! That's okay, I actually accidentally copy and pasted the wrong ad down and had to edit my post so maybe that's the one you saw? :)
Yeah, for the paint gelding, right? Lol
And good lord double and messed up post xD It replied instead of editting, and then my phone decided to kill HF.
Well, at least you got my story? Haha
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Yeah that was it, that was actually from another forum lol! I fixed it though and put the one for the mare I'm looking at tomorrow. And yes I did get your story and I'm really going to try to not be impulsive with this one, because that happened last time.. I'm afraid it's going to be hard because from the video I already really like her.. I'm feeling a little blinded by her cuteness lol!
If it is this mare http://www.valleyviewranch.net/dunitonabar.htm
she is lovely. This is a pleasant, polite, willing, mare. She is also nice looking. I would ride her and see if you are comfortable with her. Then I would have my veterinarian be sure that she is sound and healthy before buying.
You can also sell the horse that you have that you don't like.
I already like this mare and think you'll have a lovely time with her! But here's what I say:
If you're uncomfortable, always have the owner do it first. From picking up feet to round-penning to riding. Ask to see it all. *Then* don't be afraid to ask to do it yourself. Take your time, see how you feel on her-- trust is very important! (Specifically, what I would want to see based on how she's ridden in the video, see how she behaves on a loose rein, then if she'll accept contact or duck behind it, etc.) But keep in mind, riding a new horse for the first time can have its hitches as you learn one another-- this is to be expected. :-) Go with your gut.
Listen to every little thing that is said and don't be afraid to ask questions, even if you think that they're silly or too forward (ie. does she do x y z? has she done a b c before?). Ask for specifics!
Take your friend's honest criticism. Don't look for what you want to hear, because I guarantee after seeing this little lady you will. ;)
With horses, it isn't always a matter of "the one." Make a list of your basic requirements, of semi-requirement "perks," and if she has them and vets sound... why not?! You have her lifetime to make your partnership even more solid. :) Just make sure that you get along and that you are comfortable.
I'm excited for you! Best of luck!! :D
Yeah that's what I thought too, and I will definitely have a vet look at her.
As for my horse I own, he has a lot of issues.. I just don't think I'd have much luck selling him, I've tried to sell him a few times over the past couple of years with no luck.. Me and my family can afford to keep him and take care of him, so as long as we can take care of him I'm actually okay with keeping him.
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