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post #1 of 23 Old 02-08-2010, 03:12 AM Thread Starter
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Buy the First horse or look at others

Hey all
On the week end i went to see a horse that i am really convinced i want it but its the first horse i have tried. I am really not sure about getting the first horse i see because i have had people tell me that u might regret it buit i really like then there is also the prblem of my aunty who says we need to look at some more before i decide. I would like people to tell me if there regret bye the first horse they see or if they didnt umm and anything else you can come up with. I am very sorry about the spelling and grammar issues. Thank you

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post #2 of 23 Old 02-08-2010, 04:22 AM
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Almost every horse I've bought has been the first one I've looked at they all turned out great and I never regretted getting them!

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post #3 of 23 Old 02-08-2010, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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Cool thank you i need some more confidence

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post #4 of 23 Old 02-08-2010, 05:43 AM
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It's fine to *go back* and buy the first horse you saw, but I would strongly suggest looking at a couple of others for comparison purposes, particularly since this will be your first horse. It's better to have a frame of reference and to understand what's acutally out there for sales in your price range. Then you can go back and buy the first horse with confidence.
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post #5 of 23 Old 02-08-2010, 06:02 AM
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I have bought the first horse I've seen twice. But I did look at other horses afterwards. I normally say I will get back to them in a week or 2 regarding my decision and in those 2 weeks I look at other horses. There is nothing wrong with buying the first horse, its just good to look at others.
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post #6 of 23 Old 02-08-2010, 07:57 AM
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As others have suggested, buying the first horse you see is not a problem, but buying that horse without seeing others is a bad idea especially as a first horse. You need to look at as many as you can until you know what the market is like and what is out there.

When buying a horse - new owner not - think with your head not your heart. Be sure to bring some very knowledgeable people with you. They can watch you ride and ride the horse themselves to better access your compatibility.

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post #7 of 23 Old 02-08-2010, 12:27 PM
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I actually bought the second horse I ever looked at, but he was only the first horse I test rode. I still went out and looked at a few more horses, and then decided that I REALLY liked him and went and bought him. I still love him, even if he's impossible sometimes!
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post #8 of 23 Old 02-08-2010, 12:46 PM
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The moment I saw Sunny Jim, I knew I had to save him (he was a resue...500lbs underweight, skin and bones) and did. The second horse, Darlin', was also a rescue, tho not in the severe shape Sun was. She was more fearful of people, and will need a LOT of work before she trusts completely, but again, it was love at first sight! And we weren't even LOOKING to get another horse! So now it's the two, and both of them 'snap decisions', I guess you could say. But we are firm believers in gut instinct, and following your heart.
Good luck and keep us posted!

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post #9 of 23 Old 02-09-2010, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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Thanx everyone but umm it would be my third horse its just that we have always gotten an unbroken horse so this is why i wanted some help

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post #10 of 23 Old 02-09-2010, 02:04 AM
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Timmy is my first horse and was the first horse I looked at and bought.
I looked at one other horse, semi seriously. I tried them both out for a week. The funny thing is that I was planning on looking at other horses, when my one week trial was up on Timmy and the other horse.

But the funny thing is that I never got around to looking at any other hoses, because I found out that Timmy was the horse for me.

Timmy was staying at my barn and during the week I was trying him, there was a summer camp going on at the same time. On the last day of my week trial, I went up to ride him and the camp counselers had planned on using him in one of their mounted games. I immediately became defensive and said that I didn't want them using him for that. Those stupid kids would have royally confused the hell out of him. I just didn't want those kids to ride him. I suggested that they use the other horse I was using on a trial basis.

From that moment on, I knew that Timmy was the horse for me and it only confirmed that I wanted him. So, I bought him and he's mine now.

My only suggestion to you is make sure that the horse is in your experience range. Also, get a trial period for your horse. Most people who are selling will do at least a week trial. If they refuse, then something is up. Trust your instincts!
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