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post #11 of 46 Old 06-29-2015, 12:54 AM
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If the horse needs to be brought back into work and you are trialing him i would not spend any money on extras...what if you two don't click?. Assuming you have saddles to use maybe you can throw some borrowed splint boots on. I did not ride my pony for 3 months then just jumped on with no medicine boots :) You're going to be a great horse owner though, as you're covering everything above and beyond.


If he cannot see horses at night he might end up doing more damage to himself trying to get to them? just a thought and i'm not sure if he can see horses from what ive read :)
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post #12 of 46 Old 07-01-2015, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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He should be able to see them, he just won't be able to interact with them. He is coming Saturday and I have butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it. I'm taking a 4 day weekend so I can spend time getting him settled in and letting my trainer and vet evaluate him. I really want him to be the one, but I will not keep him if my trainer is not on board.
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post #13 of 46 Old 07-01-2015, 09:54 PM
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I remember when I started looking at young horses several years ago. A wise friend told me that a horse that spooks is not necessarily a big deal, but their recovery from a spook is. It was advised to me that I stand quietly facing the horse on a long-ish lead, and for no reason at all just start bouncing up and down off the ground a wee bit. Most horses will get big-eyed and move away at varying speeds, but their reaction to your stopping and turning to walk off is a big tell.

Does the horse calm right down? Or continue to jig and be upset and be nervous? I have since used this in necessary conditions and have never been sorry.
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post #14 of 46 Old 07-01-2015, 10:02 PM
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Which horse did you end up deciding on? Was it the TB or the harness horse you posted about- or some other lucky pony?
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Which horse did you end up deciding on? Was it the TB or the harness horse you posted about- or some other lucky pony?
The grey TB. The harness had issues with dogs and other horses and currently had to be pastured alone, so my BO would not take him, even for a trial. I spent a couple hours with the TB the weekend before last and he was very sweet and easy going. There was a dog, a tractor, new rider after being out a few months, and he was easy peasy about everything. I'm just hoping he's the same in a new environment. Just a few more days!
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post #16 of 46 Old 07-01-2015, 11:17 PM
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I do have to say my Arab is awesome but it does take him awhile to settle in. 2 weeks is nothing.

Now for your purposes you want a quiet horse, and while it sounds like this guy hasn't done much an OTTB is (usually) very used to traveling and even IF he is anxious I would expect him to be well behaved.

My Arab will be very anxious and just not himself but he wouldn't do anything bad or crazy.

Just something to keep in mind if he is "less good" then before. Some is acceptable some is not, but I'm sure your trainer will be able to advise you on that.
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post #17 of 46 Old 07-02-2015, 12:03 AM
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I'm in agreement with the other members. I would honestly wait until you decide on which horse you plan on getting before you make any of those purchases.

I'm sure you are very excited about this Saturday and hope to hear how you are getting along with this horse. Have fun!
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Tomorrow is the BIG day and, OMG, the butterflies in my stomach WILL. NOT. QUIT! Lol. I spoke with my vet today. SUCH a nice guy. His number was given to me by the board owner as he handles all of the horses at my barn. I told him about the old track sesamoid injury and the fence incident and he sounded positive. He is coming out on Monday to perform the PPE. Instead of doing x-rays, he suggested having the current owner have her vet burn his x-rays to cd's and send them over for him to evaluate, which she is more than happy to do. He even asked me to text him and let him know. He thinks that if everything checks out, Finn should remain sound as long as I don't plan on doing any jumping with him, which I have no interest in at my age and level of riding.

I also feel really fortunate to be working with a such straight forward an honest owner. She has been more than happy to provide everything I've asked of her, accommodate a 2 week trial, and even transport him for me tomorrow. On top of that, she's asking next to nothing for him. Her top concern over everything else seems to be matching him up properly and making sure he is going to a great home. This is really refreshing after another really bad near miss I went through with a shady seller.

And finally, I just couldn't resist. I bought him a new halter, lead, a small grooming kit, and some fly spray. I figured these are all things I can still use even if it doesn't work out. I've waited SOOO long for this that the whole thing is almost overwhelming. I know I'm not going to get any sleep tonight and will be up before the sun!
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How exciting! I am really hoping for good experiences and a great fit for you and Finn. Happy trails!
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post #20 of 46 Old 07-04-2015, 01:08 PM
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This is the best part! Really hoping things work out for you!
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