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post #21 of 90 Old 09-11-2015, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Couldn't get videos to work, but I took some stills from the video. My daughter's posture isn't very good and the quality of the image is crappy, but it gives an idea.
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post #22 of 90 Old 09-11-2015, 09:23 AM
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He's a doll, so is your daughter.

Maybe you could put a deposit on him now, due to weather circumstances putting him behind others going to see him. That might prevent a sale to someone else until your negotiations are finished.

My thinking is that then the other parties would wait until after your coach sees him to make their offers.

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They do look very cute together!

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Was going to say at 15hh if he's a decent build, bit big for a 10yo & she shouldn't outgrow him at all really, but she's a big girl! Looks like a reasonable 'fit' already. My 10yo daughter rides my 15hh horse & looks tiny on him, but she is small for her age.
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I like that picture over poles. His head carriage is high but that will improve with work and more training; he looks willing and a nice mover.

I second Ann's suggestion of a deposit. That is, if there's any chance other buyers might get an offer in before you see him on Sunday. Though since I imagine the seller knows you're seriously interested but have been delayed by the weather, I think she ought to finish dealing with you before considering other offers.
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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.
It seems to be the norm where you are so if he's suitable then sounds good
In the UK we have loads of classes specifically for children and ponies even divided up into heights and ages and there wouldn't be anything a child of 10 could compete in on a 15hh other than Working Hunter Pony which does have a maximum height of 15hh
He doesn't look very big compared to her height so maybe she's tall for her age
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She is a little tall for her age, but I'm only 5 ft so the odds of her ending up being long and gangly are slim to none :) I think they fit together well, and should for several years, However, iif at some point she ends up outgrowing him, he'd make a fine trail horse for me! Pretty sure I'm done growing

As stated before, kids around here regularly compete on horses and she's been riding horses this height and taller for years now. She even did some dressage on a gigantic friesan! 15 hh is actually quite manageable for her.

His high head carriage is of concern (this horse is so perfect that it's almost like we're looking for something to critique), but I think it's caused by wearing a bit after years of wearing a bitless bridle. Something we will have to correct, obviously. I also noticed that he only does it at the t/c, not at the walk. I think my daughter may have been a little too hard on his mouth because he's such a sensitive horse and she was slipping around on the saddle more than usual. Keeping in mind they only spent like 15 minutes of riding together so adjustments will have to be made. I'm impressed she was able to ride him and jump him so quickly and easily! She will ride him again with proper riding pants to see if that helps her grip better. Or maybe it's the saddle that is more slippery than what she usually uses.

We will have the coach ride him on Sunday morning and see what she thinks, then have my daughter ride him again under her supervision. That should tell us whether or not we will be able to correct this issue over time. But I've seen horses that really fight the bit - he was not doing that. He was just trying to deal with this new sensation and maybe trying to move the bit around in his mouth, especially when it was being pulled. But he turned willingly and did not resist the halt.

Will update on Sunday!
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He's a doll, so is your daughter.

Maybe you could put a deposit on him now, due to weather circumstances putting him behind others going to see him. That might prevent a sale to someone else until your negotiations are finished.

My thinking is that then the other parties would wait until after your coach sees him to make their offers.
I'm pretty sure she knows I'm serious and she will be away until Sunday so even though someone is coming to view the horse Saturday, my hope is that they won't make an offer that day. Sunday morning I will have my cheque book ready just in case! I have a stall secured for him and she's already told me she'd consider selling the tack with him which would be nice for us because it would save us a saddle fitting. Also, we are lining up a vet and have advised the seller who, in the meantime, has requested all vet record for us to review (unasked). He has his Coggins, vaccinations, etc. I don't know when the vet could come out, but I think she'd be ok with us making an offer conditional on passing a vet exam. The ducks are aligned... I just have to see what the coach says on Sunday. Her opinion will carry a huge amount of weight.
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I like him a lot! He's cute and just needs someone to consistently and fairly work with him.

I have to say that all this "15hh is HUGE for a 10yo" talk is giving me a good chuckle. I think things out West are VERY different. It's not unusual to see four- and five-year-olds up on 15-16hh horses, riding and even showing by themselves. I have pics of a local schooling show a few years ago with a little boy who is maybe five-years-old showing his big 15.2hh paint gelding in halter and walk-jog classes...and winning. He even saddled that big ol' boy by himself when the time came. My BO's six- and nine-year-old daughters routinely have lessons on the barn trainer's 16+hh saddlebreds. Ponies are an oddity around here.

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She is a little tall for her age, but I'm only 5 ft so the odds of her ending up being long and gangly are slim to none :) I think they fit together well, and should for several years, However, iif at some point she ends up outgrowing him, he'd make a fine trail horse for me! Pretty sure I'm done growing

As stated before, kids around here regularly compete on horses and she's been riding horses this height and taller for years now. She even did some dressage on a gigantic friesan! 15 hh is actually quite manageable for her.

His high head carriage is of concern (this horse is so perfect that it's almost like we're looking for something to critique), but I think it's caused by wearing a bit after years of wearing a bitless bridle. Something we will have to correct, obviously. I also noticed that he only does it at the t/c, not at the walk. I think my daughter may have been a little too hard on his mouth because he's such a sensitive horse and she was slipping around on the saddle more than usual. Keeping in mind they only spent like 15 minutes of riding together so adjustments will have to be made. I'm impressed she was able to ride him and jump him so quickly and easily! She will ride him again with proper riding pants to see if that helps her grip better. Or maybe it's the saddle that is more slippery than what she usually uses.

We will have the coach ride him on Sunday morning and see what she thinks, then have my daughter ride him again under her supervision. That should tell us whether or not we will be able to correct this issue over time. But I've seen horses that really fight the bit - he was not doing that. He was just trying to deal with this new sensation and maybe trying to move the bit around in his mouth, especially when it was being pulled. But he turned willingly and did not resist the halt.

Will update on Sunday!
Re the bold, it will probably be due to his inexperience with a bit and also he's still green and likely is still learning how to balance onto his hind end. It's a green horse thing, and a riding thing, he'll be better with time and correct riding

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