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post #11 of 170 Old 10-07-2014, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by franknbeans View Post
If it as just for you-I would go with the first one probably. But, since you want something to teach someone to ride on-I would look long and hard at fatty. I have a draft cross who is a fatty too..and it really is not that difficult to keep weight off. Just use a grazing muzzle when the grass is great. They are pretty maintenance free, actually, IF he does not have metabolic issues. I am betting if he is really a draft cross, that he is fine. I am partial to the draft crosses tho. I would agree that the price is high..on both, actually. If you want a walker, take a look at Cali and Cowboy. I know Todd (the owner) personally and recommend him highly. He will not sell you a horse that is a perfect match, and will be a great resource for you. Really nice people. I will be happy to PM you my name and you can tell him I sent you if you want. I cannot say enough nice things about him, his ability and his horses.Parelli, Natural Horsemanship, Horse Sales, Horses For Sale, Horse Sales Virginia, Horse Sales in Virginia, Horses For Sale in Virginia, Virginia Horse Sales, Tennessee Walking and Spotted Saddle Trail Horses For Sale in Virginia VA Don't let the Parelli turn you off..he is just a great horseman.
these are gaited horses. If he is a draft cross that would make him very undesirable. I don't believe he is draft that is why his appearance is of concern.
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post #12 of 170 Old 10-07-2014, 09:00 AM
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I think if it were me and I had the time and energy to take on the challenge of him, I'd choose Mr. Big boy. He has such a sweet face and I imagine he would get passed up by a lot of people because he is overweight. But if he passed a PPE he'd be my choice. Your first pick is gorgeous though. He has that young gleam in his eye.

Anyways, the pudge gets my vote. Especially if you want to use him as a teacher of sorts. He just needs some attention and exercise and I imagine he is a big ol teddy bear.
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post #13 of 170 Old 10-07-2014, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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Hm, I'd only really be able to work him 3x a week probably :( Would that be enough? We do have a lot of hills so it would be hard work 3x a week. We feed round bales but we put slow feeder nets on them so that would hopefully help his diet rather then just being on 30 acres of pasture. We don't have much pasture so mainly feed hay. I'd probably put about 12-20 miles a week on him with lots of hill work...
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post #14 of 170 Old 10-07-2014, 09:31 AM
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No. That is not enough riding. If you figure you ride trails about 6 MPH (and that is what you figure for competitive trail rides) you are looking at 12 miles in two hours. 1-2 hours a day, 5 days a week, used to be considered "light work" (from 4H 30 years ago.. now the Animal Rights ppl would probably tell you that is too much LOL).

I had a horse like this.. and I rode every day, 6 days a week. He was fine.. not IR or anything and certainly was good weight.

If you are riding a horse that little, I would suggest a couple of things. First I suggest an older horse.. over the age of 10. Over the age of 15 would be better. I also suggest a really broke horse that has a lot of miles on him/her.

The reality is you just are not going to ride enough to bring a young horse along and get the necessary miles on that horse to make him that dead broke reliable trail horse. Quality time is fine.. but younger horses need quantity too.

The other thing you might look at is a half lease of a horse if you are only riding 2x or 3x a week. This can be an inexpensive way to have a horse that is ridden so little.
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post #15 of 170 Old 10-07-2014, 10:08 AM
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Is the draft x gaited? Are you specifically looking for a gaited horse? I don't, honestly, find either of these choices an ideal candidate for your uses. The younger horse will need a lot of miles and hour and may never calm down (some don't). The older guy will probably struggle with weight control issues and may have IR. If you are set one one or the other I would go with the draft x, but honestly I would keep looking.
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What about this guy? Big Bold Experienced Trail Gelding. A bit more $, but sounds like he has a lot better training than Datsun.

Not flashy and not gaited, but this mare sounds great too:

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post #17 of 170 Old 10-07-2014, 10:21 AM
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I don't think you are set up to help a horse loose weight. A horse this fat needs very restricted food(NOT a round bale) first, and as much exercise as you can give him. That said, he seems the better of the two for the fianc.

Datsun sounds green. My 4 year old, with one season of riding on her, stands for mounting, backs, started on neck reining, moves off your leg, and goes wherever she's pointed. He should be ALOT less expensive than he is.

All that said, I know you commented that you knew they were over priced, but they are REALLY over priced. We have a pretty good market up here, but going into winter, both of these horses would be $1500-2000. In the summer Tony, if slimmed down and very well broke, might make 3000, but Datsun would probably be closer to 2000-2500
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post #18 of 170 Old 10-07-2014, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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I've actually brought my young quarter horse along great with the amount of riding I do. I got him at 6 and hes pretty much amazing. Ridden him in judged trail ride and a parade. I'm horse shopping now though because of his lyme disease he's just not as reliable anymore.

I do want to switch to gaited, I really enjoyed riding them.

I have been talking to Ace's mom, issue with him is hes 7 hours away and I work Saturdays and she works Mondays...So we've just been having scheduling conflicts to come see him. I also don't REALLY want a horse that big. Datsun's size is perfect for me, 15.2 is ok for me, a little tall but it works.
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post #19 of 170 Old 10-07-2014, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I think you're right about not having right set up for Tony though. It just wouldn't be possible to have him on straight dry lot and just feed couple flakes a day at where I board :( I like where I board so don't really want to move.

Blah I hate horse shopping. Maybe I'll just keep looking :( I really like Datsun though and his wiggly for mounting I got corrected in like a minute or two so he really wasn't that bad. I think part of it is hes just not used to the mounting block and they usually get on and let him walk off second they're on. So just bad habit that humans created.
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The problem I found when shopping for a gaited husband horse.....gaited horses do not USUALLY get schooling. At least what I consider schooling. If they don't buck, they get pointed down a trail. So the first horse I bought for DH required about $2000 more because he WAS schooled, but STILL too much horse, so I rode him for about 6 months, and he was fine for DH.

I also bought from a family. We shopped several gaited horse dealers, and found them a bit, um, shady. We shopped for a good 6 months, hauled our trailer about 3000 miles empty, before we found Beau.

That was in Texas. Here, we shopped for about 6 weeks, on Craigslist. Looked at a couple of shady dealer horses. Drove 4 hours (one way)in the truck to look at Sissy, loved her, had to go BACK to get her, lol!
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