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post #11 of 16 Old 10-21-2010, 02:31 PM
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I just think it's sad that "love" depends on the color of a horse....

I wouldn't give Soda up if he was poop brown and I wouldn't trade him for ANY horse in the world. He wasn't my "ideal" when I bought him, but now I realize he's better than my ideal. And to think I would've missed out on him if I would've been so focused on breed/color.

When you limit your choices because of something like color you could miss out on the most amazing horse in your life.

But now I will shut up and leave it alone.
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post #12 of 16 Old 10-21-2010, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Besides- You've only said three colors you DON'T want. There's TONS more colors out there, so you're not limiting your choices that much.
And, to Tiger and everyone else--If the right horse came along and was flea bitten gray, or chestnut, or any color really--and it was in my price range, training level, etc, and i just felt something special about it..I wouldnt turn it down. Im saying I dont really prefer those three colors, but if the right horse turned out be that color, it's not a big deal Just like my car: when I bought it, it wasnt exactly that I was maddly in love with the two tone 90's paint..But it has been the best car I ever could have asked for. And I love it dearly. And a horse would be the same way: what's on the outside doesnt matter, its what's on the in that counts
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post #13 of 16 Old 10-21-2010, 03:47 PM
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I think it's ok to be picky, but your price range and pickyness don't match. for 1,500 you won't find that many trained registered mares, unless they have a problem and the owner wants them gone. I wanted a registered filly, either QH or paint with good bloodlines. I ended up with a colt with no real clue to his actual breed. I wouldn't trade him though, helps he was also free though. Point being you don't always end up with what you start looking for. So you need to be willing to pay the money or take quite awhile to find it. I found exactly what I wanted while looking for my dog, down to sex, eye color, and coat color. He wasn't cheap either.
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post #14 of 16 Old 10-21-2010, 05:35 PM
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Its okay to be picky...this is going to be a huge commitment, you might as well love it!

But one thing is, if you find a horse with all the qualities dont force yourself to love it because it is those things! Make sure thier personality matches yours.

Its like dating, you make the pro/con list but dont force yourself to love the young hot milionare if he is a jerkhead.
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post #15 of 16 Old 10-21-2010, 06:37 PM
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I can input on the Arab/Saddlebred cross which as was said before is a National Show Horse. I think they are actually calmer than purebred Arabians. I have worked with multiple NSH's and they have all been great. One was a 12 year old mare that acts like an old pro, not hot whatsoever. The other is an 8 year old mare that is greenbroke and she is really easy to work with as well. I personally like them, they tend to have amazing movement and good temperment.
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post #16 of 16 Old 10-21-2010, 08:39 PM
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As I've said before...the best you can do is be patient and continue searching. It's a process.

I bought a trained, registered, sweet, well-bred arab mare for $1500. Her previous owner bought her straight from the Cal Poly equestrian program for several thousand more. She didn't like reining so she was turned around and sold...to us! For much cheaper. A sign of the times.

I would forget about colour for now and simply look for everything else. What if the ad just has a crappy little photo of a sorrel that doesn't even hint at her true nature...would you pass the ad up because of that? What if upon going to see her in person you discovered she was your heart horse?
See, that's the sort of thing that would run through my head.

Colour is but icing on the cake. ;)
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