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post #31 of 36 Old 02-12-2019, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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well kid as in a few months till legally adult. I've been teaching lessons for two years but recently my 24yo gelding has gone lame. It's his tendon and it's becoming a constant issue. So I can't really use him, and if he's sound again he won't work very hard. My mare has issues that we're getting through but isn't a kids horse. She's fine with me and needs someone to not put up with her goof-offs, but to put a green rider on her would not be good. She was a freebie and came from a home where she got away with a lot. I can do pretty much everything with her (she'll do trails, barrels, jumps, whatever), but she's still kind of barn/buddy sour and has quite the will of her own. Maybe when she's 25 she'll make a good lesson horse but till then she's still silly.

Truthfully speaking, I'll probably pass on this horse. If I was looking for a horse for me there'd be better chances of me getting him because I could work with him, but he's not gonna be a lesson horse.
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post #32 of 36 Old 02-12-2019, 06:39 PM
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I like your decision. The right lesson horse is out there. It's a business purchase for you so you have to make sure it's the kind of horse that the kids enjoy riding and can be successful with. Otherwise they'll stop taking lessons from you and go elsewhere.
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post #33 of 36 Old 02-13-2019, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by ChieTheRider View Post
I'm not solely responsible for taking care of him, my parents just want me to cover buying him. I do have savings put away for emergencies and all.

I've been thinking about the fact that he doesn't WTC. He's sweet BUT, I'm not sure. I'm still not sure about this. And if I don't feel confident about the decision then I won't do it. Right now there just seems to be too many possible issues as for as a lesson horse goes. I've wondered about using my other horses but really, there are other horses out there.
His owner is wondering if I'm really interested, I dunno.
Especially since you are going to teach lessons, how will you teach WTC on a horse that doesn't?
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post #34 of 36 Old 02-14-2019, 02:49 PM
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I think he looks like a SSH. Either way, I'm glad I'm not horse shopping with most of you. I'd never find a horse! "He's too tall--too short--too white--too black--his mane is too long, he has weird eyes, he's too cheap to be any good, blah blah blah." Not all good horses cost eleventy billion dollars. Try him out. If YOU like him, buy him :)

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post #35 of 36 Old 02-15-2019, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by The Robyn View Post
I think he looks like a SSH. Either way, I'm glad I'm not horse shopping with most of you. I'd never find a horse! "He's too tall--too short--too white--too black--his mane is too long, he has weird eyes, he's too cheap to be any good, blah blah blah." Not all good horses cost eleventy billion dollars. Try him out. If YOU like him, buy him :)
She did try him, and she wasn’t sure.....and you are correct, not all good horses cost eleventy billion dollars! My BEST horse cost $500. My second best cost $400, and was lame; the ONLY lame horse I ever bought. He has been one of my favorites for 5 years, now.
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post #36 of 36 Old 02-15-2019, 07:57 PM
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@ChieTheRider is from the northern part of Florida where horses are quite cheap. We can get papered Paso Finos with decent gaits for $600. We can get horses with a few issues for $300 with a little work turn into diamonds. $600 is not necessarily a red flag in this area. A few years back, a lovely lady from CA came to stay with me for a week and ride two dandy beginner safe mares, one for $400 and the other for $500. We rode those mares every day for a week and they were both fun happy safe sound mares. The $400 mare was a racking pony, a little older, no papers, and her gait was not as smooth. The $500 mare was a TWH with lovely smooth gaits and was papered. I actually preferred the $400 mare because she was peppy and zippy, a quick and lively mover.
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