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post #11 of 20 Old 09-08-2013, 07:47 AM
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The second one seems fishy... Selling because of a broken rib? Any broken bone is painful, but a rib isn't all that dramatic that you need to start selling the farm.off! I wonder if HE broke her rib.
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post #12 of 20 Old 09-08-2013, 08:36 AM
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I wonder if HE broke her rib.

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hmmmm....... interesting point

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post #13 of 20 Old 09-08-2013, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Could be...that's a good point. I like the first one a lot but a little too expensive, I can only spend $1800, but the add does say price negotiable. I'd like to get a horse that's already been taught a lot of English and dressage stuff since I am really new to English. I feel like it would be easier to teach an English horse western than a western horse English.

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post #14 of 20 Old 09-08-2013, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Talked to the lady with the 20 year old Arabian for sale and she said:

"Pres has at least 8 good riding years left as long as he isn't ridden hard and is kept in shape. His hooves are good. I keep him barefoot but he has had shoes before. He is showing no signs of age except a couple gray hairs. Very healthy, great back and muscle tone."

And I also talked to the lady about that experienced thoroughbred, and he seems like a great horse too....got to make a decision...

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post #15 of 20 Old 09-08-2013, 10:04 PM
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Every horse for sale is a good horse. Just ask the owner, they tell ya.

Older horse, yes defiantly! The right horse though.
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post #16 of 20 Old 09-09-2013, 02:26 AM
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He's a beautiful boy! He looks loved. I am no authority, but I would say have a trainer and/or a vet look at him, and barring any red flags, I don't think 20 is too old at all! My first horse was an Arab gelding and he did mid-level dressage until he was 26, and he had a pretty significant swayback, so if he had had a better back I bet he'd have kept going. Of course, as everyone say, it's a totally individual thing, but just an anecdote :)

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post #17 of 20 Old 09-09-2013, 07:20 AM
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I've talked to the seller and she says he has great hooves and keeps him barefoot. She says he know some dressage stuff but needs work. He would be a great horse, but just not sure if he'd be all the horse I want. Since I am both a western and English rider I want a horse that versatile on trails, roping, working cows, dressage and jumping. I think he'd be a great horse and I would love to have him.

I've been looking for a horse between the age of 10-12, but I just can't find one that is in my budget, I have $1500-$1800 to spend on a horse.

This is the other horse I've looked at: AQHA Ranch Gelding Prospect
I would be leery of starting a 20 year old jumping - especially if they haven't already been trained/conditioned for it.

I would write down your "must haves" for a horse and check every horse against that list. If they don't match - then don't go look. Given enough time and patience you should be able to find one in your price range that meets your needs.

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I have a check list for a horses, but somethings on there are flexible. Things that are not flexible are: the horse must be a gelding, must have no problems with conformation or health or soundness issues. Conformation is pretty big to me.

If he can't jump he can't jump, it doesn't bug me none. I would like to get into jumping but it could wait.

I've narrarowed my search down to 2 horses. The Thoroughbred and the Arabian, both have their pros and cons, but you'll never find the perfect horse IMO. I talked to the lady with the TB more and told her where I was at in my riding and about me and made her an offer of $1800 without any commitments on buying, and she said I sound like a good home and would take $1800 for him. He's the perfect age and already know a lot of english, wouldn't be too hard to train him in some western also. Doesn't sound like more horse than I could handle, I could handle him fine. The Arabian would be a great horse too and knows his stuff. He's 20 though, and with that there could be some soundness issues and stuff and wouldn't have him as long as the other horse ( I just lost an Arabian I'd been working with and he was 26 and it was difficult) But still would make an awesome horse. I think what I'm going to do is go look at both of them, because I'll never be able to tell 100% which one would be the best match without going and looking at both. They're both nearby so that's a plus. And they both meet (from what I can tell) my check list and standards.

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Let us know how it goes! And who knows, maybe you and the Arab click? He looked in good condition for his age. I'm thinking the TB sounds more like what you want, though. Good luck!
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post #20 of 20 Old 09-09-2013, 07:27 PM
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Everyone else seems much more knowledgeable here, and they have given some great advice. I just am here to wish you luck on your search! I know how frustrating it can be!
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