OKAY, so I gave him an offer of $1000 and they didn't email me back for a few days so I got worried.....when my mom, who's vacationing with her best friend and her boyfriend in Florida, called me to tell me they got a call from someone about a $1000 horse. Not knowing I had sent the message to them, she called me to ask about it. I told her of his amazing bloodlines (which I have memorized up to the 3rd generation.....lol) and how he placed in the top ten at Congress in both 2006 and 2008, and how if they said my offer would work (they seemed in a hurry to sell the horse so they can move closer to their daughter, who's the rider of the horse and who's going off to college and doesn't want to do the horse thing anymore so they're willing to negotiate in price.....a lot...) this was an *amazing* deal. She called back and they told her that $1000 was a little low but they didn't seem to stress that point too much, more of a "yea-thats-good-im-just-seeing-if-youll-go-a-little-higher" thing, I think. My mom will be coming home from Florida on friday and is taking me to ride the horse next friday.
First of all, I have to buy the horse. Which means my little 13-year old self has to get out and find a job. Not easy if you're under 16. I made up posters for tack cleaning, I'm going to see if I can maybe learn to braid manes for shows, I'm going to give up birthday and Christmas money for 4 years or so (sounds hard for a kid but I will stick to if it means a reining horse of this good a pedigree) which will give me about $2000 or so hopefully.
The second thing of (much smaller but still significant) concern is my reining background. Not too good-looking. I've never ridden a reining horse, and they know that and said this horse would be perfect for a beginning reiner, but to get the most out of my first ride on him, I'll need some info on reining horse cues. Like how to sit for a sliding stop, what cues to give for a sliding stop, how to do a roll-back (I probably won't attempt this next friday, but who knows), how to ask for a spin, how to differentiate in cues between a full stop and a gait change, etcetera. I know reining horses don't trot in the ring, but I will need to just trot sometimes for muscle building and such. Also, I've seen a lot of reining competetitors snapping while they ride.....what does the snapping symbolize and do you think this horse will be trained to snapping?
Here's what the description said on his ad. Pick it apart if you will please:) :
Must sell this Two Time Top Ten Congress Finalist! Our daughter is a freshman in college and has made the decision that she can longer show. Her life is taking her on a new journey and we must find a new home for this amazing horse. This gelding is out of TOPGUN WHIZ and KNOX ABOUT BOOT, bred and trained by Brandy and Terry Murphy, of MURPHY PERFORMANCE HORSES. Murphy Performance Horses - Home He has been with them from the beginning. He is a 7yr old red dun, has a solid foundation, and a very friendly disposition. NRHA money earner and would be great for a beginner of any age. Solid in the pen, still loves to go show. Plus's his stops and turn-a-rounds, has great lead changes and we hate to sell him, but College comes first. PRICED TO SELL!
Also, my uncle and aunt have a reining ranch in Colorado where they raise half-arabians. I'm hoping he'll be able to help me improve my reining form. Here's his website: http://ramblin-ranch.com/
Thanks, guys! I'm praying this works out