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post #1 of 6 Old 07-29-2013, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Horse purchase with a purpose

I know when I have bought my horses I always have had a purpose whether it be for trail riding, learning to do some barrel patterns or reining. Anyway I know that horses can be trained to do things that they haven't had experience doing which leads me to the question that I have. Too often lately I have seen people buy or take on horses that IMO will not be anything of what they want from them or be able to do with them. I have seen people getting way overhorsed and put in dangerous positions. One in particular picked up a horse and day one she was a mare with an attitude just off the track and she is now a dangerous mare on the ground trying to kick, charge and bite and in saddle she bucks and rears. And you betcha she was bought to be a quiet trail horse. Another person picked up a huge and powerful dressage horse never been outside the ring, never out of a stall unless being worked or shown and they want to use to trail. Now I understand that with work it could be possible but neither person has the skill, experience or knowledge to take these horses into the trails where they intended to go with them and both are scared. I refuse to go out with either one as they both rear and with the one the rider has no control over the horse at all and the horse will turn and back up into other riders and their horses to kick them. Of course the horse is reprimanded with a "Bad Girl". Last time the one reared in the trail there was people walking and the horse looked like it was going to flip with the rider. My 3 year old looked at that mare and was freaked out which left me having to deal with my horse. For me I buy for intention, maybe will need some tweeking but an idea of what I want from the horse I buy with consideration towards my skills and how much help and training I and my horse will need. I'm thinking this is common, someone finds a cheap horse, likes the horse it's pretty and affordable price and doesn't think about whether the horse is suited for what they want. Slaps forehead with palm of my hand and shakes head. Am I wrong on my thinking.???

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-29-2013, 08:34 PM
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Unfortunately people just want what they want without thinking things through. While any horse can be trained to do just about anything (at the very basic level) it doesn't mean it suits them. I had seen someone wanting a particular breed even if that breed was not any-way related to what they wanted to do. But I guess their money their choice :/

I'm sure the mare would be fine with well-versed handling. It sounds like her humans failed her 'tests'

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Unfortunately people just want what they want without thinking things through. While any horse can be trained to do just about anything (at the very basic level) it doesn't mean it suits them. I had seen someone wanting a particular breed even if that breed was not any-way related to what they wanted to do. But I guess their money their choice :/

I'm sure the mare would be fine with well-versed handling. It sounds like her humans failed her 'tests'
Oh yes big time failed. This mare in saddle and on the ground does whatever she wants and the owner lets the mare tell HER what he is going to do and not do.
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Oh yes big time failed. This mare in saddle and on the ground does whatever she wants and the owner lets the mare tell HER what he is going to do and not do.
And that's why some horses are deemed "dangerous" or "evil" or "mean"

Ugh :/

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I don't get when people do that, I know with younger horses, you can teach them anything, but when the horse already has training in something particular, and you want them to do something different, it is harder, and you should just go for a horse already trained, or a younger horse.

I know I just bought a 4 year old green broke horse for an all around resale project... and I know he will be able to do anything once trained, but he also had no training besides walk, trot and working on the lope.
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I don't think it's a purpose problem really. Most horses can do nearly anything at low levels (which in reality is what 99% of people seem to do), and I think all riding horses can be trail horses of varying quality. Doesn't matter if they're a dressage horse never out of an arena or an OTTB. I just got an OTTB and she's going to be a pleasure horse/low level allrounder. It's not what she's trained or bred for, but she'll still suit with the right training. So purpose is pretty flexible.

I think the problem you're getting at is buying a horse that doesn't suit the rider, whether it be their skills or experience. Some people think that it just means training, that if you get a well trained horse who isn't remotely green it will still be suitable. That's not true though, there are many brilliantly trained horses that would not be suitable for a beginner. Even on here everyone says "don't get a green horse as a first horse" but there are also a lot of horses that aren't green that aren't suitable and many beginners don't know that.

Then there is the other side of people who think that because trail riding is "simple" they don't need to be experienced at training to take a green horse or an OTTB and turn it into a trail horse. Again that's not true, because training isn't just discipline specific work but the very act of being ridden, the aids, control, the manner in which a horse conducts itself.

I think the trouble arises because of lack of understanding. Looking at a person ride it seems easy, until you own your own horse you don't know the "behind the scenes" of horse riding, and the work that goes into it. Going to riding lessons every horse is well behaved and you can walk, trot and canter and you think you can do that on every horse because you can do that on every horse there. The reality is different, but people don't know that until they experience it. I remember buying my first horse my family thought a $500 budget for a kids riding horse was more than generous, that a horse shouldn't cost more than that. If you're not part of the horse world, you simply don't know how it works.
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