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post #41 of 43 Old 06-11-2013, 01:21 PM
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I only have own horse, so here it goes lol.
I had ridden for years, but we moved a lot due to my dad working for the government. So sometimes I didn't ride, and sometimes even for years. We had just moved outside of Houston, TX, about a year and a half of us living here I befriended a girl through FFA who rode. I saw a picture of her horse and we just hit it off. One day she offered for me to come out and ride. Her trainer had a horse that was an lesson horse (he's a hard ride) but wasn't being used. She allowed me to ride him that day. I was in no way looking for a horse and wasn't even riding at the time but I absolutely fell in love. I found out he was for sale, and set out to buy him. He is not a bad horse but he is not an easy ride, and did not work well with TONS of riders. I took a lesson on him with the trainer and she liked how well we clicked that she lowered his price for me and let me do payments. I leased him for 7 months until I paid him off, and she ended up taking 4 months of lease fees (which was board only) and put it towards his price, meaning she paid out of her pocket. I payed off the rest and in August of 2011 he officially became mine. He is a difficult horse, and probably not the best choice for a first horse, but he is a great horse and I really got a great horse who can compete with, and beat, the 15k+ Warmbloods I show against (something the girls around here think a TB can't do!). There was no vet check done, and he had lots of riders come off of him, but he and I are completely in sync and very bonded and he has been great.

Sully ~Sullivan's Fly Supply~ [17.1 TB] RIP 2/24/14
Rio ~Camperio~ [18.0 Oldenburg]

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post #42 of 43 Old 06-12-2013, 04:43 PM
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: NC
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I found my 3 1/2 year old Shire/Percheron cross, Ares, on Craigslist. He is literally the first and only horse I've ever looked at to buy.

The 1st ad showed up on Craigslist about 4 months prior and I showed him to my husband who basically said, yeah, that's nice. In Feburary of this year, he reappeared (same owner had decided not to sell after inital ad). I called right away this time and went to see him that weekend to "get it out of my system". I liked him very much but decided that continuing to lease would make more sense then trying to come up with the purchase price since I hadn't set anything aside. Early the next morning, I recived a text from the owner. She had spoken with several other potential buyers and felt like we would give him the best home. She offered us a 30 day trial and would let us make payments. He's been the best horse in the world. We haven't had a single issue with him and does have a great home at our barn.
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post #43 of 43 Old 06-12-2013, 11:46 PM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Trudi- She was my first horse. My coach at the time ended up finding her through an acquaintance of hers. She was a lesson horse that was completely soured of the lesson life. She was quiet enough for beginners, but their heavy and jerky hands quickly made her rebel. Even now, 12 years later, she will still react if someone is too heavy on her face. When we first got her, we were unsure if she would ever work out for me. She was out on 2 separate trials, and both times sent back due to her behaviour. Although she was far from perfect (she can go from completely quiet to complete hissy fit and back to calm in seconds) she was perfect for me.

Maj -This one will be a little long. I thought about getting a second horse and was perusing online ads. Had decided I wanted something young, sane, sound, and trained. Found an ad for a mare my coach used to own. She was 19 at the time. I knew she had several problems in her front legs that would make her too lame to ride. I've known her since she was 7 and has always had a loose screw. I had to have her. Drove out to see her that weekend. Didn't tell the seller I knew her. Listened to the lady tell lie after lie about her. Not even small ones either. She lied about her breed ("Not a drop of draft blood in her" She is half Belgian), she lied about the number of foals she had ("Well, she has had 5 foals, 1 with me" She had 2 foals, last bred 12 years prior), her lameness problems ("She has had navicular changes" She HAD navicular...and ringbone...and pedal osteitis), the vaccines she had ("Well, we gave her these 6 vaccines in the spring" Her old owner had given her 3 vaccines in the spring...I knew because the vet assistant who was holding her for the vaccines was my friend who accompanied me), even the length of time she had owned her ("I bought her 2 years ago and she has been a part of my lesson program" she was given her 4 months prior to be a broodmare and nothing else since she wasn't sound). I couldn't leave her there. Luckily, the seller wanted to get her out of there, so I was able to talk her down in price. She has been a very pretty lawn ornament ever since.

Twister -I started to ride at a western barn and my 'job' (used term very loosely, since I never got paid) was to ride young ones and the sales horses. After spending 3 weeks with 2 seemingly brain dead geldings, I was told to ride the 3 year olds. Twister was the first one. Compared to the dull geldings, she was so easy to ride. So light and responsive. I couldn't stop smiling. Bought her immediately. Haven't stopped smiling.
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