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post #21 of 24 Old 03-19-2013, 01:11 AM
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I saw at least a couple dozen horses over the course of a few months before I finally found "the one." I think I was in a similar mindset as you at the time- my confidence had been damaged by the horse I had been leasing (long story ) and I just wanted a sane, sensible horse to do local shows, trail riding, and maybe some jumping. I knew that my horse was the right one the first time I rode him when I asked him back down to the trot from the canter and he didn't get rushy or hot, he just did what I asked him to do. And that's been my experience with him ever since- he's incredibly eager to please.

- Ask the seller to not have the horse already out and prepared for you- ask to go out and catch the horse yourself (if he's in a pasture), groom him, pick up his feet, saddle him up, etc. yourself. And don't even let the owner stand at the horse's head. I almost bought a horse that was OK when the owner was there holding her, but was too dangerous to complete a vet check without her!
- Trial period. Don't buy a horse without one. I'm glad the aforementioned horse had a trial period or I'd have been stuck with a horse that needed to be restarted from the ground up! If the seller won't do a trial period and you really like the horse, at least do multiple visits and ask to ride in & out of the arena, on trails, etc.
- Get a vet check. Keep in mind that the horse doesn't have to be in "mint" condition, but does need to be sound for the types of activities you have in mind.
- If you have second thoughts about the horse, it's probably not the right one.
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post #22 of 24 Old 03-19-2013, 01:28 AM
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My biggest success has been with shutting down all the 'noise' in my head and ring-side while I'm having a tete-a-tete with a horse. When I'm riding, handling, everything, I'm listening to who the horse is. My "compatible personality" is not the same as my husband's, my son's or your's. I want to know who this animal is and if we can work well together over the long term. Warm fuzzies can come later, as you build on your telationship. I've ridden mounts as a guide I've really had a blast with but who, over time, would have erroded my confidence/patience/enjoyment.

You're already using your head and listening to your gut. You're off to a great start!
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post #23 of 24 Old 03-19-2013, 09:50 AM
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Keep looking. I am hearing that your primary criteria is a horse that makes you feel safe and that you are comfortable on. I don't believe (could be wrong) you are not feeling that.

Don't ignore that. That is really important, I believe. Even if you do buy this horse, take your time. There is no reason to make the decision today, especially if you have such critical doubts.

Good luck.

Hope this helps.
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post #24 of 24 Old 03-19-2013, 10:07 AM
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How did you know your horse was "the one"? What was the deal breaker for you when you bought your horse?
I didnt. I bought her from a guy who was about to shipp her off to auction. she had severely over grown feet, a rough coat and a pathetic top line, but she was willing under saddle(in tack that didn't fit), had her ears forward the whole time and didnt spook once, dispite it being windy(and her an arabian). I figured I could re sell her as a trail horse if I had to, but the main thing was, she fit my criteria and I knew I could handle her.

It was 2 or so months later, racing through the bush full speed, that I realized she was what I was looking for all along, the horse version of myself
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