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post #11 of 90 Old 09-10-2015, 12:37 PM
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Oh and I know the seller expects a vet check, so no worries on the vet check, she will wait for the vet to come :)
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post #12 of 90 Old 09-10-2015, 01:16 PM
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Sounds like a great find and fit! One other recommendation I'd make in addition to the vet check and listening carefully to the professionals is to have the horse drug tested. All signs seem to indicate that you have found a nice horse with an ethical owner but better safe than sorry---I always recommend that part of the vet check be a blood pull for a drug check. I am always amazed by the number of people I have met who purchased a horse who ended up being a poor fit because they later found out or suspected that the horse had been drugged for their trial.
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post #13 of 90 Old 09-10-2015, 01:34 PM
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Your daughter wants to do competitive show jumping?
As a British person now living in the US you'll have to forgive me for being confused but don't children in Canada compete in pony classes they way they do in the UK or do they have to go straight into horse classes?
In the UK the average 10yr old wanting to show jump would be on a 13.2
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Blood tests is not something id ever consider needing done by this seller. This woman's livelihood and reputation has been built on being an honest person who treats her animals and clients like gold. She would NEVER drug a horse, I've known her for 20 years now.

Jaydee where we are kids show little cross rail and baby hunter classes on horses and ponies. It's nothing like the UK. This horse would do what their goals are. Pony classes are a rarity around here.
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Amazing you know the horse NBE! Such a small world But great that you can also vouch for him as being a good buy.

I was a bit surprised at first that a 10yr old would be riding a 15hh horse, but then I grew up with the Pony Club in England where things are obviously different. Then I thought of what I've read here about central European countries where small kids learn on big warmbloods, and in comparison15hh sounds very reasonable lol. Plus in the photo she doesn't look small beside the horse at all. They look a very nice pair
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post #16 of 90 Old 09-10-2015, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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I actually know the horse lol. And you know I know the seller. The seller is honest to a fault. So no worries on what she says.

The horse will need some finishing, but you are in the right barn for that :) he is a gem with kids. And sound. I would go for him!
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Hi NBEventer! Yes, I thought you might know the seller at least :) Agreed, she is as straightforward as they get and since she knows my daughter, I feel completely comfortable buying from her. However, he will not be able to stay in that barn - the main reason she is selling him is because she doesn't have enough stalls (had a foal in the spring, etc.) so he has to leave. We have a place lined up for board though, where we can continue to work with a coach. Your comment confirms my assessment - he needs a bit of finishing, but has great potential and a wonderful temperament.
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Bondre and jaydee, we are choosing to buy her a small horse rather than a pony so we don't have to replace it in a few years. She's been riding horses since she was 8 and doesn't really like riding ponies anymore. 15 hh is a perfect compromise because she can keep riding him for several years. Most kids here compete on horses at that age.
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So we were going to do another ride tomorrow with a coach to view, but I just found out they are forecasting torrential rains and there is no indoor arena. Coach says we need to reschedule. Seller says there are people coming out to see the horse Saturday AND Sunday. I will not make an offer on a horse without having it checked over by a professional, but it will kill me to let this one slip away. My gut tells me this horse is a great fit and everything everyone else is telling me tends to confirm that. Waiting is going to be so hard!!! We are now going to try to see him early Sunday morning or early next week. Unfortunately, he may be sold by then, but I don't know what else I can do...
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By right barn, I meant the one you ride at now lol. Sorry, should have been clear.

Is there any chance Z can trailer him to CH for N to see her ride him?
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By right barn, I meant the one you ride at now lol. Sorry, should have been clear.

Is there any chance Z can trailer him to CH for N to see her ride him?
Z is going away at a show for the weekend so we've rescheduled for Sunday morning. N will be able to come then. We're also trying to line up a vet.

Ok, I hear you about the barn! Yes, I think this will work out perfectly. We will stay there and continue to board there until at least July of next year. That should allow us to work the kinks out and finish the horse a bit more. I'm willing to invest because he seems like such a good-natured, honest horse. Can you tell me anything about previous owners? You can PM me if you'd rather not make it public. All I know is that they followed natural horsemanship practices and did not have his wolf teeth pulled so rode him in a hackamore. He is wearing a baby bit now. Very sensitive mouth (something we want the vet to look at). He was also ridden western previously, but that's actually a good thing for us since we may ride western on trails. Z thinks he was a bit spoiled, but the nice thing is that he hasn't had a lot of bad experiences so he has such a willing and eager attitude! And as you say, he's just a gem with kids, sensing hesitation and slowing down for them. I really have high hopes!!! But we'll see what happens Sunday. I'm prepared to write a cheque then and there if all approve!
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