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post #1 of 6 Old 09-15-2013, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Making the right choice when buying a new horse!?

After making the wrong decision the first time, we are back on the hunt for a new horse. We have looked at 11 horses so far and found things wrong with all of them (i have kept a list ). Yesterday, we looked at one that I think I will fit well with. She is a 12 year old quarter horse. She's only 14.1 hands but she is very stout and put together nicely so I do not have any worries about her being able to carry around my short but overweight self. She fits everything on my list: trail experience, semi-consistent saddle time, w/t/c and back with no problems, good with feet, stands for grooming, ties, loads, bathes, good for vet and farrier, goes out alone or with a group on trails and she is advertised as no buck/rear/kick/bite (and I never got the impression that she would do any of those things). She also rode and responded really well in a hackmore, which I thought was cool. The best part (and she's the first one to have this) is that she meets several of my bonus items which are: she neck reins, has some jumping experience, she is registered and she has experience being pastured alone (which she will be at my barn besides a goat friend). When I rode her, she did every thing that I asked without any problems. And we are going back to ride her again today. So far, my instincts tell me that she is the winner! But then I start over thinking everything and start second guessing myself because I made totally the wrong decision last time and I could be making the wrong decision this time.
How do you know if your making the right choice!? Sorry my post is so long, but I wanted to make sure I included everything. I guess my last experience really ruined my confidence in knowing what I want and now I need some people with experience to give me some advice! Thanks so much!

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-15-2013, 12:09 PM
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If the owners would allow you a weeks trial that would be ideal. Of course most horses would be a bit up moving to a new place so you'd have to allow for that.

A friend of mine who often has horses for sale allows folks to take the horse for trial. They leave her a check for the full amount of the horse. If they keep the horse she deposites their check. If they don't keep the horse, which rarely happens, she refunds their check minus a thirty dollar a day rental fee.
This fee helps keep people who just want a horse to ride for a week from taking a horse without cost.

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-15-2013, 12:29 PM
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I really suggest that you get a 2nd party to help you horse hunt. I suggest that you contact local trainers who prepare horses for showing. They know a variety of owners who are selling bc:
1) wrong color
2) not tall enough
3) not fast enough
4) wrong discipline for their beginner horse
5) can't jump high enough get the picture. These are show people who are selling one horse and buyer another better suited to their discipline. These horses have histories of being handled, shod, trailered and time in front of crowds, and are very good candidates for your next horse.
You do NOT know the history of any backyard horse, or any horse being stabled. It's also possible for friends of the seller to fib to you and help sell their friend's horse. It's not safe to find out that their is a lameness problem, an attitude problem, or a "screw loose" problem after the sale.
IMO that is why you posted this thread. We all know when there is a nagging doubt in the back of our minds bc we're just now sure.

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-15-2013, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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I totally agree. I wish every horse seller would just be honest! That is the absolute worst part about this business. The fact that it is just a business to some people and they are only in it for the money, not for the love of the animals. It really is too bad. Thanks for the advice!

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post #5 of 6 Old 09-15-2013, 04:05 PM
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Your best friend is the fact you already wound up with the wrong horse once- the caution that experience gave you will keep you careful. I always recommend getting a second opinion (trainer, horsey friend, vet, etc) at a second visit (and show up unexpectedly early so they don't have a chance to do anything under the table on you) but if she is a good girl and matches what you wanted on paper, she may be a match for you!
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-15-2013, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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There is going to be a second visit, although unfortunately it wasn't today due to the rain. It's now rescheduled for Wednesday. The seller offered to trailer her to the local riding trails so that we can try her out on the trails as well as see how she acts in a second unfamiliar location (the first being when we saw her yesterday, it was at a local speed show). So I am definitely taking my time with this one. I am also toying with the idea of seeing how much my current riding instructor would charge me to join us on this second visit. There will also be a pre purchase exam done before any big money exchanges hands. From what I can tell, the seller seems honest but I won't be taking any chances! Thanks Sharpie!
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