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post #1 of 14 Old 11-23-2010, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Buying a horse as a gift what to look out for

Hey guys and gals,

I'm looking into buying a horse for my girlfriend. She had a horse when she was younger and use to barrels race it. Lately she's been missing having a horse so its given me the idea of finding a horse for her.

I plan on getting a horse for her for her birthday which is in the end of January so I have some time to look at different horses, unless you guys have other though.

We've got the same taste in just about everything, we pick the same things so her not seeing the horse wouldn't be a problem.

We've got the space to have the horse and she has the knowledge to take care of the horse so that wouldn't be an issue.

The criteria I need her horse to meet:

  • Black or brown
  • Gelding
  • Western


I've been doing some searching, it seems like an American Quarter horse is probably the type of horse I should be looking for with her history with horses. We're both pretty short not really tall we're both 5' 6" if that would affect that height rage we should be looking in.

Any suggestion of any other breeds?
What type of things should I be looking for?
I've notice a few horses have AQHA listed, is this a good thing to be registered to?
I've seen one horse with "5 months pro training" how long would be sufficient training for a horse to mostly trail ridden.



Thanks for your help!
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-23-2010, 07:40 PM
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First of all, don't pass a horse up because he's not "black or brown". Buying by color is ridiculous.

Second, I would let her pick the horse out. Buying the wrong horse who's not copatible with her could be a dangerous situation.

And third, make sure you get a vet check and test ride the horse before you buy!

And yes, the AQHA is the association registered Quarter Horses are registered with, but being registered does not make for a better horse necessarily. A horse being mostly trail ridden doesn't need to be registered or have much professional training.
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post #3 of 14 Old 11-23-2010, 07:44 PM
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This is an incredibly nice thing for a BF to do. But, buying a horse is not a simple process. You also need to keep in mind that many will not do well living alone. They are herd animals, so just bringing one home without a companion is not always easy.
The actual "buying" is the least expensive part. Just want you to be prepared.
I would suggest that the best way may be to have her trainer, instructor, best friend who she rides with or someone who knows her riding ability to look with you.

Personally, I liked it when my hubby gave me one of those little kids ponies from the toy store and told me to go find one. The shopping is half the fun!

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post #4 of 14 Old 11-23-2010, 07:49 PM
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Actually, a really cute present would be to buy her a Goat, put a little red ribbon on its head, and put a card on it that says something like "A new companion for your future horse". That would be cute! Atleast I think so :) and that way she can choose her own horse aswell, so there is no question as to whether she will get along with it.
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-23-2010, 08:14 PM
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But, yes, a barn/shelter is needed. Just to make sure you have one before an animal is left out in the cold :)
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I think that instead of buying a horse without her knowing and saying "here hunny i got you a horse." tell her for her birthday your buying her a horse and allow her to choose it or wait till her birthday then just give her a card, letting her know inside that she should find a horse and you'll buy it. As nice as getting a horse is for her and as much as you think your taste is the same horses are very difficult to chose. You could look at one and like it while she could go look at 10 and not like any, including the one you like. There are so many factors that affect why someone picks a horse, let her do it.
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post #7 of 14 Old 11-23-2010, 08:28 PM
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I think that instead of buying a horse without her knowing and saying "here hunny i got you a horse." tell her for her birthday your buying her a horse and allow her to choose it or wait till her birthday then just give her a card, letting her know inside that she should find a horse and you'll buy it. As nice as getting a horse is for her and as much as you think your taste is the same horses are very difficult to chose. You could look at one and like it while she could go look at 10 and not like any, including the one you like. There are so many factors that affect why someone picks a horse, let her do it.
I have to agree with this. Tell her to pick out the horse that she wants and you can pay for it. The main thing about that is that she will need to ride and handle the horses she looks at before deciding which one she wants. One horse may be the best trained horse in the world with a great temperment, but she may just not mesh well with it.
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-23-2010, 08:44 PM
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. Personally, I liked it when my hubby gave me one of those little kids ponies from the toy store and told me to go find one. The shopping is half the fun!
I would LOVE for my guy to do something like that..too sweet. I think this would be a great idea.

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Very sweet of you! but before you do this...

I highly suggest you just give her a card that says "Get ready, I'm going to buy you a horse!"

She may love to have a horse again, but she may not actually be prepared for a horse. Giving someone a gift that they have to pay for every month isn't the best kind of gift. The purchase price of the horse can be alot cheaper than the upkeep.

Plus, unless you are a horse expert, you are likely to buy her a horse that will end up not being what she wants. There may be conformation or health problems that you can't see, simply because you aren't an experienced horseman.

As someone who recently bought a horse, I can tell you now that I would be very mad if my husband had just gone out and bought a horse for me, because he doesn't know enough about horses to pick the kind I want.

She will be really really happy if you tell her you want to get her a horse, and then let her choose the perfect one for her. It's pretty much the only way to not go wrong.

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I think that Greyray and franknbeans had the right idea. Either a companion animal with a ribbon and a card, or a breyer or other model horse, so that she can ultimately choose. No matter how similar your tastes may be, she'll be the one riding, and just because you think the horse is nice doesn't mean that she'll mesh with it. I've heard too many stories of people, parents, girlfriends, boyfriends, ect. who have gone out to buy a gift horse, and end up with something that they don't want. Either the kids aren't truly interested, the horse turns out to be too much or not enough, or any other of a bunch of reasons, and the horse ends up getting resold, and the person the horse was for ends up not happy. And you also have to make sure that one of you or both of you are willing to go out in the pouring rain, or snow, slush through mud at least twice a day to feed the horse, make sure it has water ect. Good luck, let us know how it goes.
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