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post #31 of 54 Old 07-26-2010, 09:01 AM
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If it is true, it is a truely great deal that may save a lot of money I can spend on accesories :)
Hopefully those accessories will be lots of lessons! They are far more important than way cool tack, as you have learned by your experience with your last horse.
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post #32 of 54 Old 07-26-2010, 09:54 AM
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Hopefully those accessories will be lots of lessons! They are far more important than way cool tack, as you have learned by your experience with your last horse.
Agreed!

You've already been burned once by buying a cheap horse... just be sure that you take every precaution it doesn't happen again.

Not to mention that ad with the paint does look fishy. The person doesn't even know proper hand measurements and I can tell you that not even unbroke, unhandled wild mustangs go for $50. They're $125. Maybe she meant $500?
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post #33 of 54 Old 07-26-2010, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortanatly, the first Appaloosa I posted is sold :(

I found these, Horses For Sale. The first is out of our price range, but Annie and Tank sound like good horses. I am pulled to Annie more than Tank, because she has been in rodeos before (I want to barrel race later on). I e-mailed an asked if they are shod or trimmed, we would prefer a horse that can go barefoot.

EDIT: I also found this one -http://joplin.craigslist.org/grd/1863678876.html- . I e-mailed and asked if she is beginner safe, and the lady replied saying that her kids ride her all the time, she has no kick or back to her.

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Just as your note - the price is the real problem here. The same thing is just going to keep happening - I don't care HOW bad the economy is, you're dreaming if you think you're going to find a dependable kid's horse that isn't ill, lame or old as dirt. People KEEP their dependable horses and if they DO sell them, it's not for cheap. A lot of time and energy goes into a reliable kid's horse, and while you may luck out, you need to be realistic.

I know I live in Canada but I paid $800 for my unbroke unregistered 2 year old Paint filly. You can't buy a reliable trail/kid horse around here for under $2,000.

Learn your lesson once and GO GET LESSONS.

As for your ads - letting kids ride your horse or leading kids on them does NOT make them kid safe or beginner friendly. I could throw a dozen kids of any age on my 3 year old Paint filly, snap a bunch of pics and pass her off as deadbroke and nobody would ever be the wiser until they got her home and she started being handled by people who didn't know how to finish up her training. Both those ads SCREAM novice to me, done by people who pull the animal out of a pasture once a year and let a bunch of beginners ride it SUPERVISED in the yard. That is not the same as encountering a tractor on the trail or having a car spray gravel at you.
I believe $800 is really going to limit your choices, but I don't think it is impossible to find a broke horse for that price. It just depends on the area you live in.

I do agree with MacabreMikolaj, these don't seem truly kid broke. My advice, Take somebody with you when you go to look at horses. Somebody who is experienced and very knowledgeable. They can see some of the quirks a horse may have that you wouldn't notice. Let them RIDE the horse. Make them take them through the works. Make the horse w/t/c to the left and right, back, sidepass, move the front and hind end; everything! Test any special training/ talents the horse is to have. Let them do a thurough check of the horse, and if he passes the test, then you can get on and ride the horse.

Also, take lessons! Start learning as much as you can during lessons. The more experience you get with horses, the better.
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I dont want to offend you but you need to make it through the beginner stage before you even consider rodeo. Speed events, while they are fun, are not for the light of heart. You need an above average seat along with fine tuned cues to get a barrel horse to respond appropriatly. Everything looks easy when a trained rider is doing it. Hell, I think I could give a real go at dressage...in reality, I dont have the skill set.

You need to find something calm cool and collected. This is where your journey starts. If you eventually want to ride rodeo, GREAT! Just dont get too far ahead of yourself. Start small, build from there.

*Because* the ad mentioned rodeo, I would scratch her off the list. I would be going for tank if I had to chose any. You only learn speed by going slow.
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I want to race in a year, plus. Not until next fall probably, if that soon. Annie is higher priced, but totally beginner safe. I have been e-mailing the owner and she said that either Tank or Annie would go great with someone new to riding. She said she trusts Annie just as much as Tank. My mom would prefer a mare, anyways. I will ride them both a few times when we start going around looking at the horses. Out of all the horses I have showed you guys, rank them in order of your favorites, and ones you think would be best for me. Thanks :)
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Of all the ones you posted, Tank and Annie are the only ones that I would even look at. I like his conformation but I wonder that they don't have any pictures of him being ridden or under saddle. I also wonder about her "get up and go" and how controlled it is. I would stay far away from the buckskin mare, saying "she is broke to ride" doesn't really say much for the training she has recieved (if any). That says to me that they have been on her a few times and she hasn't hurt anybody yet.
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OK, I really like Tank and Annie. I think that they are my first choices.
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I believe $800 is really going to limit your choices, but I don't think it is impossible to find a broke horse for that price. It just depends on the area you live in.

I do agree with MacabreMikolaj, these don't seem truly kid broke. My advice, Take somebody with you when you go to look at horses. Somebody who is experienced and very knowledgeable. They can see some of the quirks a horse may have that you wouldn't notice. Let them RIDE the horse. Make them take them through the works. Make the horse w/t/c to the left and right, back, sidepass, move the front and hind end; everything! Test any special training/ talents the horse is to have. Let them do a thurough check of the horse, and if he passes the test, then you can get on and ride the horse.

Also, take lessons! Start learning as much as you can during lessons. The more experience you get with horses, the better.
I think, for sake of sounding blunt, I was essentially pointing out that only someone EXPERIENCED is going to be able to take advantage of a good deal like that. They're definitely out there, but from the OP's posts, it's blatantly obvious she doesn't have anywhere near the experience to spot the winner from the lemon and that's why she's going to get burned trying to spend only $800. She refuses to listen to any solid advice, completely convinced her life will end if she doesn't buy some bottom of the barrel bronc who's only going to continue tossing her into fences because she doesn't know what she's doing. Buying a horse based on PRICE instead of disposition and training like a beginner should be doing is just asking for a cracked skull.

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OK, so for every other person buying a horse under $800, they are as dumb as me. I see it now...
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