On the hunt for a new horse!
Yep...Its that time again. Time to buy another horse! Gosh its so hard to find one that suits you! I spend months at a time trying to find the perfect one for me!
Any ho' I felt like making this thread to tell you all about all the horses I'm going to see, and all that.
Lets start at the beginning shall we?
My pony candy (read about her in my barn!) is way too small or me now. She is only 13.3hh, and I'm nearly 6 foot! She's well able to carry me, but I feel a bit awkward! I decided it was time for a new horse! Sadly, I don't have enough land for 3 horses, so candy has to be sold :(
I decided to buy the new horse first, then sell candy, as I don't want Percy to be all on his own while I'm searching for a new horse.
Here are my requirements:
Gelding* (I really don't want another mare...I haven't had much luck with their temperments...Though, I respect others decisions if they love mares)
4-6 years old
Solid colors only... I don't particularly like coloreds! (That sounds like I'm contradicting myself, as my family owns a colored, but I didn't actually buy him, and he wasn't for me!)
Good amount of show ring presence
Budget: 2500 euros
Nothing too cobby...I love my thoroughbred types!
I think that's about it for my requirements.
* made this requirements after seeing first horse
First horse I went to see:
black 15.3hh, 5 year old mare. 'Little Gem'
She went really well for me, and I had a pop round a little cross country course on her. I decided after some consideration, to take her on a months trial. I got her home, and then I decided there was something not quite right about her confirmation:
My friend accessed her and here is a direct quote of what she said:
"Really weak hind end that muscling up won't improve much. Looks really wrong behind. Straight back. Very shallow so you'll grow out of her quicker. Short neck."
So that one was sent back straight away. But she looked great in the pictures! Just shows you that pictures can be deceiving! She also had a really bad temperment.
The next horse I went to see:
5 year old, bay gelding. 15.1 hh.
I went to see him, and he was so, so lazy. It was unreal. Give him a whack with the stick, and he didn't speed up what so ever.
So I didn't bother with him.
15.1 hh, 5 year old bay gelding.
As soon as I laid eyes on him, I knew he wasn't right. His feet were terrible, and he was far too fresh. I didn't even get up on him, because as soon as the saddle was on his back he had a bit of a buck. He was a nice mover though, and had a great jump.
After I had seen him, I was due to go up the north to see 2 more horses, both stabled in the same yard. They were my dream horses, and looked perfect in the add. I rang up about them, to make sure they were still there, but very sadly, they were sold. I couldn't believe it.
One was a bay 15.2 6 year old, by carrick diamond lad.
He was stunning :(
I decided to contact the man I purchased candy from, and see if he had anything. He buys horses as yearlings, brings them on, breaks them, hunts them and sells them. He's a decent sort.
He said he had a nice horse for sale.
A 15.2hh, extremely flashy cob. I wasn't keen on the cob part, but at the same time, if he really is that flashy, maybe I'll like him.
This cob is only just broken (as in 3 days ago), so I can go and see him this weekend. He is bay, and is onward going.
As he fits every other requirement I have, bar the cob one, maybe he'll work.
The owner said if I do like him, he'll keep him for a week or two to really get him going, then give me a trial if I like him.
That's it for now, but I'll keep you all updated.
I'm surprised you are having such trouble, finding a good horse in Ireland. So many good horses there.
However, drop an email to my friend Dierdre. She is in Ireland. She breeds and owns, some of the best Gypsy Cobs in the world and her family has been in horses and in Ireland, for many generations. She is also a member of the ladies polo team. She has other good horses (other than Cobs) I believe, and should be able to find you the perfect horse for your needs. Tell her I sent you.
Anyway, i may contact her if this one at th weekend doesn't work out :)
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Not surprising at all. Bad/irresponsible breeding, goes on everywhere in the world.
Have you thought of an Irish Draught? Plenty of those in the UK. I always see lots of really interesting good horses, for sale in the UK classifieds.
I have actually thought about an Irish Draught, but my problem is, they grow very big, especially here in their country of origin. They grow to about 16.2hh, and the minimum is usually 16hh. But then again, if I see a suitable one, I will go and see it. The fact that such a big horse is so expensive to feed is a bit daunting!!!
But non the less, I'v certainly considered it ;)
I forgot to ask, just what show ring experience were you speaking of?
Since you like TB types, you should be able to find many off the track, in Ireland. Also many mixes.
You mean when I stated in one of my requirements that the horse needs show ring presence?
If you mean that, I was basically saying something that might be able to win a showing class, or working hunter. I do a bit of showing occasionally :)
I really enjoy looking at the horses on this website even though I live in the U.S., maybe you'll see something you like :)
Horses for Sale, Horseboxes for Sale, Ponies for Sale, Trailers, Stallions at Stud.
Lol! That's exactly the site I use @WhyAHorseOfCourse! I'm on there 24/7... Its where all the horses I listed so far were found :D
Look, that black mare you see in my first post is there:
5 year old filly by lightning diamond For Sale in Westmeath : €2,200 - DoneDeal.ie
She looks so much better there doesn't she?
Also, the bay horse I told you about that was sold and was stunning, by carrick diamond lad:
#video# 6yr old eventer/showjumper For Sale in Sligo : €2,750 - DoneDeal.ie
That horse there is a truly amazing work of art.
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