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post #1 of 46 Old 06-28-2015, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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2 week trial on potential horse

So I've found a horse that I really like and the owner is letting me do a 2 week trial at my barn with my trainer to make sure he is a match. My trainer has several saddles and tack I can use until the decision is final, but I was wondering if there is anything else I should look at getting? I will basically be putting him back into work cause he hasn't been ridden regularly for a few months. Found these on Amazon and thought they would be great for that extra support to put him back into consistent work? Was also going to purchase a grooming kit, though my barn has plenty extra stuff hanging around as well. It's been hard holding off buying this until I know for sure.



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While I personally do not care for support, talk to your trainer about anything you may want to purchase. It's OK to buy something like a fancy browband when you are excited about a new horse, but you do not want to go overboard buying things that you may not need. Horses are expensive enough without doing that.
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From seeing the horse and seeing that the previous owner did not use anything I'd say wait. If you buy him and ask the vet about the old injury the vet may recommend using boots or something (my horse has an old DDFT injury and my vet picked up on it and said it wasn't a worry for me but to wrap him when I rode).

At this point in time I would definitely wait though. Use the minimum needed and at this point looks like a saddle and bridle :). Don't buy anything until you know!
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This is potentially my first horse ever and I want to be absolutely sure I try to cover everything necessary during these 2 weeks. Besides a PPE, and working with my trainer, can anyone suggest any other things I should do during this period?

Type of groundwork, flatwork, bonding approaches, different types of grooming - bathes, clipping, etc.? It would be great if I can get out any and all "surprises" during this period. He will be stalled during the day and pastured alone in the evening/nights. We don't want to integrate him with the barn herd until we know he is staying, but are there any other things I should try to expose him to while with him to test his temperament?
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SMB's as well as other types of boots offer little to nothing in terms of support. All they prevent is damage from hitting things and strikes from opposing legs.

Two weeks will be plenty of time to know if you have the right horse for you. Do everything you would be doing once he's yours. Don't talk yourself into liking him if you have reservations and trust your gut. If you think something's off, it is.
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Just wanted to add use the minimum necessary applies to "extras" when you own the horse too lol.

I just saw clipping. You should do everything and anything you want to do BUT nothing the owner may not like (until he is sold then he is all yours) something like clipping/modifying his appearance is included as is any sort of veterinary work (vet can't come for PPE and do hock injections then too), farrier work, riding that the OP did not know about and may potentially object to. Think of it as a short term free lease, if you are unsure about something ask.

Not turning on the clippers and pretending to clip is just fine. I get getting all the surprises out but you are overthinking it imo. Figure out the things that are important and do them. If you have some hiccups with something chances are it's not a big deal, you can expect to put some training in even if it's just to fine tune the horse to YOU. Obviously you don't want melt downs but yu can't figure out every little detail beforehand. Treat him as you would once he's yours and if there's something that's important to you make sure you/you trainer, tries it.

Something like "bonding approaches" sounds a little silly to me. Last barn I managed I had close to 30 horses that were at my beck and call while still being very fond of me. I was busy working and they were not my horses so I did not spend anytime with "bonding exercises". You will bond as you get to know each other. Focus one the stuff you want to do.

Ride him lunge him if you want to do that, test him with things you are worried about that are often trouble problems (see I wouldn't bother as I don't mind doing some minor training myself) and just use him.

I get keeping him separate but is he completely isolated or next to the other horses? I wouldn't keep him isolated, I would at least find a really easy buddy to keep him with.
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Just wanted to add use the minimum necessary applies to "extras" when you own the horse too lol.

I just saw clipping. You should do everything and anything you want to do BUT nothing the owner may not like (until he is sold then he is all yours) something like clipping/modifying his appearance is included as is any sort of veterinary work (vet can't come for PPE and do hock injections then too), farrier work, riding that the OP did not know about and may potentially object to. Think of it as a short term free lease, if you are unsure about something ask.

Not turning on the clippers and pretending to clip is just fine. I get getting all the surprises out but you are overthinking it imo. Figure out the things that are important and do them. If you have some hiccups with something chances are it's not a big deal, you can expect to put some training in even if it's just to fine tune the horse to YOU. Obviously you don't want melt downs but yu can't figure out every little detail beforehand. Treat him as you would once he's yours and if there's something that's important to you make sure you/you trainer, tries it.

Something like "bonding approaches" sounds a little silly to me. Last barn I managed I had close to 30 horses that were at my beck and call while still being very fond of me. I was busy working and they were not my horses so I did not spend anytime with "bonding exercises". You will bond as you get to know each other. Focus one the stuff you want to do.

Ride him lunge him if you want to do that, test him with things you are worried about that are often trouble problems (see I wouldn't bother as I don't mind doing some minor training myself) and just use him.

I get keeping him separate but is he completely isolated or next to the other horses? I wouldn't keep him isolated, I would at least find a really easy buddy to keep him with.
Thanks Yogiwick! This is my first go, so I have so many thoughts running through my head. The owner is bringing him out herself, so she will be able to see the facilities and meet/talk to my trainer. She has been very easy about everything and we stay in regular communication, so I will be sure to clear everything by her. He won't necessarily be isolated. He will be stalled next to and across from other horses during the day, but the BO doesn't want to risk putting him in the pasture and something happening while he is on trial.
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Yes :) while I agree with wanting to be thorough don't overthink it! As you will learn "to do" lists and horses don't go together :)

Will he be near someone at night? Agree with the thought, just make sure he's not alone, or won't think he's alone.

I would specifically ask if he has ANY issues whatsoever, no matter how silly, as this will be your time to try it out and see if maybe too much for you.
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To add to what Yogiwick said about asking about any issues, ask that question face to face. Any pause or eyebrow shift tells you something is not being divulged.
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I think it's best to just use what you have already.

Boots like that... well many think that they provide no support at all. Even if they do offer support it's probably not something that's wanted. Just how people advise not strap people's ankles permanently, strapping can actually decrease the strength of the joint over time. This is combined with concerns that such a closed system can generate a lot of heat and this can make the horse more prone to injury. I'm not sure about the validity of any of that, it's mostly thing's I've heard but it makes sense to me. Doubt they would do harm but still, not needed.

Brushing boots are a good alternative if leg protection is needed, but hold off on getting anything until after the trial.
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