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post #41 of 46 Old 05-03-2013, 04:06 AM Thread Starter
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It doesn't snow where i live i live near the beach though and there is tree shelter. I want about 3 hours with the horse to try out different stuff.
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post #42 of 46 Old 05-03-2013, 05:50 AM
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I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes :)

Regarding rugging, some people argue that rugging is cruelty. Horse hair will stand on end when they are cold and it acts as insulation. If a horse has a rug on, they can't do that. Some horses do benefit from it though, particularly if they are clipped or elderly. When you go to see him, have a look at how his winter coat is developing. If he's looking nice and fuzzy, he probably won't need rugging.

One more thing - try and take an experienced rider with you to see him. Since the owner is injured, they won't be able to ride first, so you will want to have someone rider before you who has a good chance of sticking to the saddle no matter what the horse throws at them. If you can't do that, make sure to lunge, especially since the ad says that there is no buck, bolt, rear 'when in work'. He will probably be flighty and stubborn, so keep that in mind. He looks like he's spent the last 6 months in a good pasture, so imagine how it's gonna feel to have a saddle on again!

In a way, I'm glad that the QH didn't work out with its feet - being a farm horse, he probably wouldn't have been exposed to strange surroundings, whereas this guy will have been out and about doing pony club and trail riding.

Oh, one more thing - I might have missed it, but are you keeping in mind that this horse might need a new saddle? If you're lucky the owner might sell you theirs for cheap since they can't ride, but he looks to have a very round figure (which could change once in work), so you'll have to play saddle fit by ear until you get him back in shape.
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post #43 of 46 Old 05-03-2013, 06:00 AM
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From someone who had a very limited budget, in a very over priced horse world, patience is the key.

Don't rush it.

I had one horse I set my heart on sold from underneath me after I was hooking up the trailer to attend the PPE and bring him home.

Another one failed a PPE after I had (and paid for) xrays.. in the long run I was glad I paid for the xrays even though it took 400 out of my meager budget.

I tried 11 horses in total. In the end I bought something I hadn't even planned on.. a 3yo stallion fresh broke. Found him in a dusty little barn, hadn't been ridden much and had nothing over three weeks. I had been to try another horse out and the chemistry just wasn't there.

I rode him once, and knew he was the one. I then expressed my interest, checked his passport details, took a video and shared it on here and with others who all appreciated I had found a diamond in the rough for what I want to do- dressage.

I was lucky, I didn't take my trainer with me and a week later he flew through the PPE and I brought him home. I paid €3700. The vet priced him at €8000 and since gelding and beefing up most people on my new yard assume I paid over €10k.

I hit the jackpot; I have a lovely gelding, turned four who is willing in his work, has the mind and the talent and is a joy to be around.

But that is because I told myself I was not going to rush in to it and settle for second best. I wasn't going to let my heart rule my head and take on another welfare case like before.

My advice? Use common sense. Turn up, ask to groom the horse yourself so you can get a feel of how the horse is around people, any bad habits... but also.. pick feet out, run your hands down the back to see if the horse flinches, check genital area for any sign of infection etc.

Ask the owner to work the horse before you get on and film it on your phone. If you can't upload it here, you can take it to your trainer.

Get your dad to film when you get on.

If there is no chemistry, thank the owner and walk away.

If you REALLY like the horse, check the papers, hose the horse off, ask to see free schooled movement (and film again!) and mooch with said horse. Ask to take it back to the box/field so you can see if its calm.

And most importantly... if you like the horse that much, go up a second time with your trainer. You may have to pay for her time but it will be worth it.

Then PPE.

If you ask a list as long as your arm of questions, sellers think they're on to you as a novice and will sell the horse as a Prix St George prospect. Even if you are nervous as hell, go in like you know what you are talking about and filter out the bs they will try to feed you about this amazing horse and take it as it is!

Best of luck :)
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post #44 of 46 Old 05-03-2013, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much people for the help! I am just so happy i send the lady pictures of me riding and told her how i was not a beginner and she has changed the days around so i get to see her horse first, as she has been getting beginners and people who know hardly anything about horses trying out her horse.

Im allowed to take the horse on trial so im very happy about that !.

Finally im visiting the first horse.

Visiting the horse 2 morrow Saturday ! i wont be asking all those questions like i have because i think i am really putting people of me ahah.

I will take so many photos and videos my post will be so full of videos.

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The wise reject what they think, not what they see.
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post #45 of 46 Old 05-03-2013, 09:45 AM
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The fact that she is willing to offer a trial is a good sign IMO. It means you won't have the risk of a drugged horse, and that she will/should be more honest with you, because if she lies about the horses' abilities, you'll know about it. She sounds like she truly wants to best for her horse, and they are always the best people to buy from.

Good luck! Just remember that if you don't feel 'it' with this one, it's probably best to pass. My first horse was an impulse buy. I liked her, she liked me, but we didn't click. The horse I lease now is completely different. He still isn't 'the one', but there's a connection between us that I haven't ever felt with any other horse. You'll know the right horse for you the moment you meet it, and I must admit that I have my fingers crossed for you that this one will be it.

But life never works out so easily!
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post #46 of 46 Old 05-03-2013, 06:28 PM
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very good shes allowed a trial! not alot of ppl do that even if nothing wrong with horse

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