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post #1 of 29 Old 02-15-2016, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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want vs. need vs. got

hi everyone! so as im looking for my first horse, i see a lot of horses i would really love to have, but they are either too advanced or too expensive. so im asking this question - when you were searching for your first/recent horse, what kind of horse did you want and what kind of horse did you end up getting?

so if it were up to me (and a few of my barn friends), i would be getting an ottb that is still kind of newly off the track. or i would be getting a more expensive, "fancy" horse. my horse would also be either a bay or chestnut mare with minimal markings. but, what my ability and my budget are actually telling me, is that i need a horse, probably a gelding, around 10 that can continue to help teach me. even if its "ugly". and thats probably what im going to get - nothing green, nothing hot, and nothing fancy.

so what about you guys? feel free to share your "dream horse" as well😊
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post #2 of 29 Old 02-15-2016, 02:49 PM
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Honestly, my dream horse right now is the one that I need. I have an anxiety disorder and I'm not sure I'll ever be completely "okay" again like I was when I was younger, so a hotter/more sensitive or reactive horse is out of the question for me.

I saw that need in stark contrast when I was leasing a Percheron who was more sensitive- I couldn't even get on him because I was shaking and sweating bullets. He was a lovely horse, typical younger ex-Amish plow horse who just needed some of his rougher edges polished- just little stuff like not wanting to hold his feet up, and not standing still to be mounted. He would have done great with someone with more confidence, but he was sensitive to my fear and I could tell it was making him VERY nervous. Every fiber of my being screamed at me that if I got on this horse, a wreck was inevitable.

So when I do horse-shop again (which is likely to be very soon) I will be looking for something that is rock-solid mentally, which probably means older and ugly as sin.
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post #3 of 29 Old 02-15-2016, 03:11 PM
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I hold my hand up and admit I am the worlds worst horse buyer, left to myself I make really bad decisions and buy pretty horses that "I can grow into" or that I can "fix"

Truth is some people, like me have no business in buying such horses, and it wasn't until I actually had a decent trainer, and got her involved that I found the right horse.

The Awesome Mr Gibbs, never advertised, came available by word of mouth, as the best ones often do, some people say he is handsome, but at first I did not think so, but over the last couple of years I have come to think he is incredibly handsome both inside and out. His story is linked on my signature line, here is the day I met him, a pretty uninspiring ride, brought out from a pen, covered in cow poop, but although he was hard work, he felt safe

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We went on to become a great team, he is a great horse

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You can make a good solid safe horse a lot more responsive by training, but the good thing about Gibbs, I could get it horribly wrong and he would just roll his eyes at me and carry on.

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post #4 of 29 Old 02-15-2016, 03:32 PM
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I bought Bones in October. I had been horse shopping for a while. The horse I rode at the time was a huge qh half halter and half cow. I bought him with a little over a month of riding on him and used him for a ranch horse. He became super broke, but always had this edge that made me a little nervous. Although he was good for long days and good to rope he wasn't quite the athlete I dreamed of for the cutting or working cow horse arena.

So I planned on buying a dependable ranch and show type horse. I wanted a been there done that ranch type that was athletic and I could put some finishing touches on. I tried many horses. The few I liked were out of my price range, the rest I just didn't care for.

I called a friend to look at a mare and she happened to also have Bones. He was barely broke, but he was bred really well and a little lazy. His sire was by Mister Dual Pep and his dam had Smart Little Lena and Docs Tivio Bar.

I was impressed by the way he moved and the kindness he presented. He didn't fit any of my categories really. He was naturally gentle enough though and athletic.

So, my hope is that I bought my dream horse, just he isn't there yet. :) They say if he is like his daddy he will be exactly what I describe.
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post #5 of 29 Old 02-15-2016, 03:34 PM
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My dream horse would be a bay or buckskin with some white. Good, steady, not hot.

What I got was a 2yo barely-handed, loud black and white pinto, Percheron/paint stud colt who was 15hh and 1100lbs at the time. Don't ask. He kind of fell into my lap, for lack of a better explanation. Not what I would have (or should have) chosen for myself, but he's been a dream come true. He'll now be 7 in May, is close to 17hh (if not there already) and a good 1500+lbs...and I can't imagine life without him. It's been a long, difficult road, made more difficult by my lack of experience and lack of help training him, but he is my heart and soul and gives his 100% for me any time I work with him. He has, as a green 2.5yo, comforted me when I had a panic attack and has been my source of never-ending amusement when left to his own devices.

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post #6 of 29 Old 02-15-2016, 05:07 PM
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I would love to have a perfectly trained hunter/jumper. And we all know how much those cost! Plus, the ones around here are what I all pampered show babies that are used to a heated barn. That isn't in my budget right this second, nor would I really want a horse of mine living in a stall since I can't ride daily.

So, I settled for leasing a couple of trail QH's. They are super sweet horses, and while they don't have all of the "fancy buttons" of well-trained show horses, they are well-broke and not at all what I'd consider green. One of them is only 8 and I think has potential if I ever decide to invest in professional training for him (Casper, in my avatar). The other is 15 and probably not interested in new tricks, and he really doesn't have the build for it.

I will say it has been fun to have a horse I can teach something. I taught both of our horses the one-rein stop, and even though that move is really basic, I was proud that I taught them something new and saw the progress. I also taught Casper to lope off, once again, not anything terribly advanced, but something he can now do that he couldn't (or wouldn't?) before. So, that has been something fun that I didn't expect.
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post #7 of 29 Old 02-15-2016, 05:21 PM
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I wanted a 8-10 year old gelding, dark colored, because white/light horses were ugly. He needed to be trained in reining.

What I got: A free, 19 year old gray mare that was arthritic and trained in western pleasure that taught me lesson after lesson in patience, diligence, budgeting, real hunger and compassion. Not to mention the journey of confidence she led me through. RIP.

Now I pretty much have exactly what I want, which has changed drastically over the years. A stocky little cow-horse mare with a whole lot of grit who tests me but ultimately ends up taking care of me almost every ride.
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post #8 of 29 Old 02-15-2016, 05:24 PM
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I forgot to mention color in my first post and it's too late to edit...I wanted a tall dark (dark brown or black) lean hunter/jumper. You can see in m avatar my horse is not exactly that. I've never really liked paints, but he has grown on me and I love him like crazy.
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post #9 of 29 Old 02-15-2016, 05:30 PM
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hi everyone! so as im looking for my first horse, i see a lot of horses i would really love to have, but they are either too advanced or too expensive. so im asking this question - when you were searching for your first/recent horse, what kind of horse did you want and what kind of horse did you end up getting?

so if it were up to me (and a few of my barn friends), i would be getting an ottb that is still kind of newly off the track. or i would be getting a more expensive, "fancy" horse. my horse would also be either a bay or chestnut mare with minimal markings. but, what my ability and my budget are actually telling me, is that i need a horse, probably a gelding, around 10 that can continue to help teach me. even if its "ugly". and thats probably what im going to get - nothing green, nothing hot, and nothing fancy.

so what about you guys? feel free to share your "dream horse" as well😊
honestly at 13 I was tickled pink to get a $50 pony. Never did I care about color or if it was fancy. I learned and as I progressed they developed into fancy with better training and riding.
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post #10 of 29 Old 02-15-2016, 05:36 PM
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Oh, I forgot to mention, if you asked me what my ideal now is, I'm guessing that you would be on about page 6 before you would get to Chestnut mare with attitude, in fact it would make page 1 of the things I am not looking for Chestnut Mare with attitude, no thanks.

BUT, I was looking for a more forward going horse, one with enough 'spice' to be able to show, but enough 'nice' that I could cope with 'him'

Sadly my budget would not stretch to the 16.hh bay gelding school master gelding, which is why I ended up with mmmm well a 16.1hh Chestnut mare with some attitude. Once again found by my trainer, once again word of mouth never advertised, watching the trainer ride her, she is all that I want or more, me riding her MEH, not all that yet, but she is improving my riding no end...

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