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post #211 of 220 Old 12-31-2015, 06:24 PM
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I have an OTTB my partner got her for me a few months ago, I think she's amazing and we have bonded but the lady we got her off made out she was completely sound in all ways, and she did seem it, these past few weeks have been a bit of a nightmare, i was turning her out the other morning (she was kept in for a night due to bad flooding) before we got to the gate she flung her self to one side then charged for me I had to drop the rope and run she was bucking kicking you name it she done it, I can honestly say that's the most scared AV been in years, if there hadn't been a huge pile of rocks blocking her from me I really do think she would have had me. so I do agree with what everyone saying definitely wait for the right one and make sure your sure cause a bad decision can be the end, as for Evie my tb, I don't think she's had much attention from past owner or much handling so allot of work will be a head for me.
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post #212 of 220 Old 01-22-2016, 12:50 AM
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I think people often overestimate their riding ability. I recently sold a mare that was incredibly soft in her mouth and sensitive to any cue. For those reasons, I advertised her for an experienced rider. I asked people about their skill level before they came out to look at her.
One rodeo mother told me her daughter was a confident twelve year old that had been riding for years. I had had younger riders on this mare and figured it would be a good match. The poor girl got boosted on and held her reins up by her neck, terrified. The trial ride only lasted a couple of minutes but it was obvious that they weren't suitable.
Another woman described herself as very experienced. Upon arrival, she clarified that experienced meant she had ridden dead broke horses on her uncle's ranch as a teenager for a couple of weeks.
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post #213 of 220 Old 03-31-2016, 04:51 AM
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That's kind of how I felt..wth?? but I didn't say anything. It was either a ploy to insult me into buying him or just plain insulting, LOL. We'd discussed THAT particular horse at length and she expounded on his qualities, which sounded like a good match for me. He' done mounted patrol, trails, show, fun rides, etc and he was about 12yrs old. I said I needed a seasoned, easy confidence builder. She had the 5yr old greenie for me to ride.

I don't wear rings to ride so didn't have any on. Arrived in my '03 pick up and wear my usual clothing..t-shirt, jeans, boots and helmet to ride.

As much as there are dishonest sellers out there, I think there are a lot of people who believe their riding skills are better than they actually are. They end up over-mounting themselves and a seller is only too happy to make the sale. Frustrating..
You're so right! (& there are as many crazy sellers out there as there are buyers)! I wear what I'd usually wear to ride at the ranch, after driving up there in my old ranch 4WD SUV, I don't think in this economy it matters much &, flashing some green can loosen up many reluctant sellers fast, & I've found that works especially well with buyers who bought way too much horse for themselves, or their child.
Although I always have my spurs, I feel it's rude to wear spurs on someone else's horse unless they suggest it, or during the ride, I see that I need them, & I always ask the owners permission first, of course. Its a buyers market, big time right now, & the comment about making an offer on a horse, thats not totally insulting, can be met with a "No Way" from the seller, but in a few weeks, they often call, asking if you still want their horse, for the price you'd offered them originally.
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post #214 of 220 Old 03-31-2016, 04:55 AM
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Thats interesting - I've been on both sides of this fence!!!
I'm a Brit now living in the US so I may have different views on stuff but for me jewellry and riding don't mix, there is actually a ruling in the various UK showing rules that prohibits the wearing of it in show classes. If someone had arrived on my yard in full show gear to look at a horse I would immediately think pretentious weekend rider who is going to fall off if it flicks an ear too sharply. I know lots of people who have some pretty flash trailers (horseboxes in the UK) who have low bank balances and live in very modest houses as a result so not easy to judge.
When I priced a horse I put a ticket on it to sell with enough margin to come down so the buyer can negotiate and think they are getting a bargain. The market dictates so much. If you are buying a horse I don't think it matters what you wear or drive, you work out a maximum figure that you are prepared to pay and I tell any seller that I will go to that amount 'FOR THE RIGHT HORSE' and thats what matters really, if something is perfect then you'll pay to that amount if you think it will work for you with some amount of tweaking here and there that you can deal with then you offer what you think its worth. I've walked away from many sellers because they refuse to budge but invariably they will call back and accept a week or so later. OK for them if you haven't bought elsewhere but tough if you have.
I wear what I call my smarter but well worn schooling clothes (barn clothes leave people rushing for air freshener, look smart but casual and comfortable like you know what you're doing and good at it
Take a helmet, some places will insist on you wearing one
All excellent points!
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post #215 of 220 Old 03-31-2016, 04:56 AM
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This post should always be kept active! It's full of helpful and useful advice! Wonderful job!
AGREED!
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post #216 of 220 Old 03-31-2016, 04:58 AM
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I see a lot of good advice here in searching for a horse for yourself or someone. I am a trainer and my biggest advice, beyond all of the obvious good tips, is to shop for personality. A horse may be well trained, but can be awful grumpy, resistant, spooky, etc. An inexperienced individual cannot always keep that trained horse in good check. If the horse has a good temperamental base, then training can come or training and experiences can stay without a problem. A horse that is willing, attentive to your commands, ears up/good attitude, will take the average rider must farther than a trained horse that is too smart for his own good. All horses are trainable, but if they are difficult to get trained to that particular goal, chances are they could be difficult to keep at that level.
Some of the smartest horses are the biggest pains, no doubt! You can't school them in having a willing "attitude".
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post #217 of 220 Old 04-04-2016, 03:45 AM
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I am A first time horse owner and have gotten an ex racehorse that is three years old and had never been ridden. Just because you are a first time horse owner and haven't had experience training and ridding doesn't mean you can't.My horse under my training and leadership without help from anyone else is already jumping small jumps and is very well behaved. I would like to make one thing clear. I have not had any experience riding or basic horse stuff as I never had the chance and look where I am now. I have trained a horse and made it not only ride able but almost bomb proof and all in the space of 1 month( that's how long I have had her). I had a professional natural horsemanship man come out and take a look at her and he said that for a three year old that had never been ridden she was going pretty darn good for a non experienced trainer and rider to have trained and that there wasn't anything that he could see to improve on.
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post #218 of 220 Old 04-04-2016, 03:49 AM
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P.S I haven't been riding her with a saddle or a bridle just bareback and a rope halter
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post #219 of 220 Old 04-04-2016, 04:04 AM
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Oh and another thing she was not already calm in fact it was quite the opposite she was very traumatised and shaken as well as rearing and going into defensive mode almost every time you got to see her. All the other times she was withdrawn and wasn't in the right frame of mind to cope with the situations of her everyday life. And yet again I had no help from anyone outside of my family. My family are not horsey so they didn't know what to do and they just kept away
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post #220 of 220 Old 05-22-2018, 03:07 PM
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I am A first time horse owner and have gotten an ex racehorse that is three years old and had never been ridden. Just because you are a first time horse owner and haven't had experience training and ridding doesn't mean you can't.My horse under my training and leadership without help from anyone else is already jumping small jumps and is very well behaved. I would like to make one thing clear. I have not had any experience riding or basic horse stuff as I never had the chance and look where I am now. I have trained a horse and made it not only ride able but almost bomb proof and all in the space of 1 month( that's how long I have had her). I had a professional natural horsemanship man come out and take a look at her and he said that for a three year old that had never been ridden she was going pretty darn good for a non experienced trainer and rider to have trained and that there wasn't anything that he could see to improve on.

I beg to differ but if she/he was a racehorse she/he was ridden or the very least harnessed up....otherwise luv your story....training is not a cookie-cutter recipe....every horse different.
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