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post #11 of 13 Old 05-14-2010, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Ridergirl, I'll pass along your comments.

Everyone, thanks for sharing your stories. I figured there would be a few stories, unfortunately, like hers.

MacabreMikolaj, really sorry to hear your story. That's awful to be put in that kind of reckless danger. As I was trying out a TB once, my mum asked the girl if she was sad to be selling the mare, the girl said, 'No, she's broken my (insert list of bones).' My mum called me in right away. At least she was honest but it would've been nice to told this before I was riding the mare in a field.

Mom2Pride, I can't believe the vet missed 8 years difference! I know vets aren't perfect but geez.

I wish she'd listen to me and her head! and give the horse back but she is sticking out the 90 days like a heart-sodden foolio. I only see heartbreak any way this is going to play out. This isn't a horse that is going to be used lightly. He's meant to be her solid, competitive 4th level dressage mount. Unfortunately I see her giving back the horse at the 90 day free trial end and be out about $2000 that could've been spent on a better horse.

For sure Anebel, but it happens regardless of price too as well too. My coach had a client purchase a horse from Germany who was high in the five figures and it had 'hidden' issues too. But I agree, horses who are too good to be true usually are:(
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I was talking to a friend about this very same subject today. Only I don't agree that price always equates quality. You can pay top dollar for a horse with issues, or sometimes an actually sound, honest horse can come your way for less.

What money will give you is more horses to choose from. You aren't as tied down by a budget. But unfortunately you can get the wrong horse in any price range!

Sometimes I wish you could put a price on a good horse. Then you would know exactly what you would have to spend and what you would get in return. But the real world doesn't work that way. You can pay big money for a horse with training or health issues, or, usually when you aren't looking, a great horse will come along for a bargain.

I lost good money on a horse transaction before. I bought two horses that I absolutely couldn't get to trail ride alone. I lost a fair chunk of money on them, but what they really hurt was my confidence. And then low and behold I bought a wonderful trail horse for $500. Go figure!
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post #13 of 13 Old 05-14-2010, 08:03 AM
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It is a shame for your sister. But as someone else mentioned, it could open other doors. She now may go out and find that perfect horse that she bonds well with. Good luck.

There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky
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