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post #11 of 14 Old 05-29-2013, 09:45 PM
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While I agree with everything said above, I myself bought a horse after a bad first ride. I couldn't get her to turn, confused her, and didn't know how to ride a horse that was trained like her. That being said, after lessons with the man that had trained her and a lot of hard work, she's my dream horse. I ended a few bad lessons in tears but now I get tears of joy after riding her. Was she out of my skill level? Possibly. Were we a good match when I first bought her? Probably not. But now she'll do anything I ask because I understand her and she understands me. It gave me a challenge and something to work toward which I think was good for me.

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Yes 1111aqua that's how I feel!!! When I bought my first horse who was a WP show horse, I had mostly done recreational riding. Learning neck reining and how to use spurs and his cues in general took me months! But I did learn and before he was deemed to be retired I could ride him wonderfully and we developed a deep bond.. So I feel like I can do this with her since I did with him, although he was much easier than her the first time I rode him.. I know she's totally out of my level right now but I want to learn and the challenge is temping to me. I feel like our training may not match just yet but i felt a real connection with her when i wasnt on her back haha! Thanks for sharing :)
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post #13 of 14 Old 05-29-2013, 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
I feel like this horse is out of your experience level.. and she isn't really the type to accept persons that aren't quite there yet.

Even with lessons I feel she isn't quite what would best fit your needs.
That's how it sounds to me, too. The testy part wouldn't even concern me that much, but the "I'm a WP rider and she's a dressage horse" part would.
My horse has a dressage background too, and the previous owners told me that the day before I came out to look at him a girl came to test ride him. Similar situation - horse and rider didn't speak the same language and he freaked out on the girl. She still wanted him, but the owners refused to sell at that point.

Why don't you work on your dressage riding skills with a horse that's not quite so sensitive and then buy a horse like her later? Horses like that will still be out there for sale later, trust me.
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post #14 of 14 Old 05-30-2013, 12:22 AM
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Pass, this horse is not the type you need to learn something so different.

And good way to get hurt too.
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