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post #21 of 29 Old 02-16-2016, 01:06 PM
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My ideal horse, before I actually started shopping around, was a jet black Arabian mare or a big OTTB gelding. I was realistic with what I expected from a horse, but thought I was of a higher skill level lol.
In reality I needed a dead broke, borderline lazy horse who wouldn't mind my flopping and panic attacks.
My first horse is a 14.1hh pinto who came to me 200 lbs underweight and generally in the worst shape I've ever seen a horse. She knew how to steer and she wasn't fearful of much, she was also extremely sensitive (and still is, but I love that). That was 3 years ago. About 7 months ago I got my OTTB gelding, a freight train of a horse. Gentle and careful under saddle but also quite sensitive. He is far more well trained than my mare was when I got her. But he still needs a LOT OF work.
I'm starting to see a pattern in my horse buying.. lol
Both of my horses are truly great, they're perfect for me now. In some ways, they ended up being what I need. Instead of getting more fearful when I have panic attacks, my horses go into "packer mode" and they are NOT packers. They definitely take care of their mom (:
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post #22 of 29 Old 02-17-2016, 01:39 AM
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I have had a lot of dream horses over the years. All different, all wonderful. I now have a cranky qh mare who occcasionally tries to buck me off and I adore her. I am possibly adopting.a 3 year old RMH. If he comes home with me, he'll be perfect, too.
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post #23 of 29 Old 02-17-2016, 03:42 AM
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What I wanted: a medium-age, well started, not to small horse for trails and dressage

What I got: a 9-yr 16hh old Morgan x Paint, shown up to 2nd level dressage.

With a few detours though... I went out to look at many, many horses, from flashy (buttermilk buckskin with snowcap Appy), barely started 3 yr old to ex-dude string nags (no dressage there whatsoever :P).
I think I did ok :)
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post #24 of 29 Old 02-18-2016, 01:29 PM
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I knew I wanted to do endurance, so was looking mostly at Arabs and Arab crosses, with the occasional ubiquitous QH thrown in. I ended up buying a beautiful palomino NSH (half Arab, half Standardbred) who I quickly realized was too much horse for me. After a year or two off from horses, I ended up with a drafty-ish Mustang who may or may not be able to do big-mileage endurance rides, and while we're green-on-green, she ended up being the horse I needed. We had our moments, and I hit the ground a few times early on, but we seem to be clicking now, and with the help of a trainer, learning each others' "language" (per the green on green thread), and while I wouldn't recommend others go the green-on-green route, we're bringing each other along slowly and it seems to be working out quite well for us.
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post #25 of 29 Old 02-18-2016, 03:12 PM
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What I wanted: a sane, been there, done that, older trained horse that never expresses an opinion and goes along to get along that I could put anyone on.

What I needed: a horse that would challenge me to up my riding and expand my horizons.

What I got (by circumstance): a sane but rather opinionated, untrained, challenging, sensitive, recently gelded former working stallion who was only seven years old and will never be husband safe.


Huh. Don't quite know why I am so very pleased with him. He wasn't at all what I thought I was looking for.

Then again, neither was the afore mentioned husband, but 27 years on, that is still working so maybe the horse will too. ;)

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post #26 of 29 Old 02-18-2016, 03:24 PM
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What I wanted: a sane, been there, done that, older trained horse that never expresses an opinion and goes along to get along that I could put anyone on.

What I needed: a horse that would challenge me to up my riding and expand my horizons.

What I got (by circumstance): a sane but rather opinionated, untrained, challenging, sensitive, recently gelded former working stallion who was only seven years old and will never be husband safe.


Huh. Don't quite know why I am so very pleased with him. He wasn't at all what I thought I was looking for.

Then again, neither was the afore mentioned husband, but 27 years on, that is still working so maybe the horse will too. ;)
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post #27 of 29 Old 02-18-2016, 04:55 PM
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What I want: I want a Standardbred 13 year old mare who is Bay. Her name is Ember and she is safe for someone at my riding level
What I need: is more money saved so I can get her(hopefully when it comes time, I can get her)
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post #28 of 29 Old 03-05-2016, 02:32 PM
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I've had horses my whole life, been riding off and on and need more riding lessons (which I'm getting soon) becuase I'm a nervous WRECK trying to canter and fairly nervous at a trot (been in a couple of horse related accidents with one real stubborn turd of a horse). I had a couple of horses who I loved more than anything but who were older and not broke and way to much for me to handle so I sold them to more qualified people (selling my gelding I regret more than anything). Then I set out looking for what I needed, a well broke gelding. I found just that, I went to look at him, he was PERFECT 15.3 hands, cremello, registered, rode beautifully through all his gaits, very push button type, needless to say I spent all my savings on him and brought him home, where things started to turn a little sour, see his first owner was his only owner, he was born on that farm and raised and trained by him, he was on older guy with LOADS of experience, so when I got him home, he decided he didn't like me. And he refused to move no matter what I did. And he didn't like my dad either, my dad got him to move but then he humped up. He did however like my grandpa (probably reminded him of his first owner) so I tried to make it work, and I never got anywhere with him so I sold him and started on my search again. And I made an executive decision. I forgot about training level, age, gender, breed, size, color, etc. and only looked at horses based on personality. I looked at at least 8 horses, pretty ones, ugly ones, trained ones, untrained, qh, Arabs, paints, a mustang and finally found my mare. She's a 2 and half year old qh filly, cute as can be and our personalities instantly clicked. She had not had any training, so we brought her home (after about 45 minutes trying to load her in the trailer) and started training, I've had her a few weeks and we're making progress, started on lunging now (she wasn't halter broke when I got her) and I love her SO much. Even though I thought I needed a dead broke gelding, she's actually what I needed. She's totally sparked my interest in horses again and I'm learning so much with her. So maybe I didn't do things how everyone else would but I'm glad I picked her. And as for dream horses; black mustang with a white blaze and blue eyes, chocolate Rocky Mountain horse, and a tabiano gypsy vanner any color but black. There's a mustang adoption 2 hours from me this summer so depending on where June (my mare) is with her training I may adopt one. I'm moving to a farm and my goal is to have 4 horses, my mare and one of each of the 3 breeds I said. But most importantly a mustang because they hold a special place in my heart. And also I'm one of those weird people who prefers mares.
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post #29 of 29 Old 03-05-2016, 11:36 PM
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What I want: either a jet black fresian to gallop bareback down the beach, or a giant, drafty Irish Sport horse with no fear and energy for days. A bit older, maybe 12 or 13 and trustworthy.

What I needed: TBD

What I got: We'll see in a few weeks when I go to look at a some what opinionated, forward but well trained appy ranch mare who is only 8 years old but may just be the perfect horse that I need haha
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