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post #1 of 4 Old 12-07-2012, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question Should I even bother?

I'm in a situation at the moment where the thought of buying another horse makes me want to cry. At this moment in time we don't have the funds to care for another horse so there is no point in buying one anyway but after we've sold the two we have now everything should be fine. Now I love horses and I really want one that is suitable for me, although I love my two one of them is a 5 year old who is too small for me to feel comfotable on and the other is just.. horrible, she's something I can't deal with and don't want to because she's already killed my confidence enough. I'm at the point where the thought of cantering on a school pony makes me want to run and hide. So I'm obviously going to get lessons before buying another horse and I'm really excited about that but having to go through the process of buying a safe horse again is just something I don't want to think about.
I'm going to have lessons once or twice a week and hopefully I'll get to ride one of the stallions at the local stud farm a few times a week too. So after I've got my confidence back we will look for a horse but the only problem is that most of the sellers in my area lie about the horses and when you get them home and take them out they rear and sit on people cars.. So I'm asking if I should even bother looking for a horse because I'm scared that it'll end up being unsuitable for me again.
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If you're going to be taking lessons, have your trainer or a very knowledgeable horseperson you trust go out to look at potentials with you. Make sure it's someone whose opinion you respect so that they can act as a voice of reason. Start making a list of things you want and don't want in a horse, ordering them by priority and take that list with you when you go to look at a horse. If a horse doesn't meet one of your criteria, walk away (unless the horse can meet your criteria with a little more training and you feel comfortable with the horse). Don't settle. There's a horse out there that will work for you, you just have to find it.
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I've tried taking someone with me before and the horse I picked she hated. The first was a 10 year old gelding who was the calmest, most comfortable horse I've ever ridden and she said 'Oh he's an only stopped racing about a year ago so you obviously can't handle him' and I don't think that was entirely because I managed to get him trotting which was more that she managed to do (It was quite difficult). The one she picked was a nice enough horse I wasn't as keen on her as everyone else seemed to like her but then as soon as I take her out alone she starts being an idiot that messes about all the time.
I was really upset after my grandad bought her because I found out that the horse that I was completely besotted with had come back on the market and my grandad knew but didn't tell me.
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That's why I say take the trainer with you. The trainer will have a better idea of what you can handle than just a friend. Also, the trainer will have no ulterior motives.

When I was looking at getting a second horse to learn to jump on, my trainer friend was closely involved in looking at potentials with me. She was honest about what she knew I could handle and what would be good for me. We picked the perfect mare for me, but I ended up having to pass because of finances.
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