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post #61 of 90 Old 09-17-2015, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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I did think long and hard about this 19 year old. There were hints, in my conversation with the seller, that it has arthritis. I am not comfortable asking a horse to jump when it hurts them. While I am well aware that many horses live to a ripe old age - some even still show into their 20s - my fear is that we would be buying a horse with health issues. Who knows what the vet bills would look like. It seems like too much risk, financially and emotionally.

I hear what you're all saying about an older horse being stable and safe for a child to learn on, but given that this is her first (and my first in 20 years!), it would be hard for us to judge when it is time to retire and how much more we can push it. I think that requires some good knowledge of horses and health issues they may have and we really wouldn't have a point of comparison. If she didn't want to jump, I would say you're right, but I feel we need a horse with a clean bill of health to start off with. Not that it won't have issues - I get that, but to put the odds in our favour.

Now, a horse in the mid-teens would be perfect. I am looking at a couple of potential candidates now...

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post #62 of 90 Old 09-21-2015, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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Quick update: I think we've found a horse for my daughter! He is a very sweet, gray 14.3 arabian gelding who absolutely loves to jump. We are going through all the checks (vet, etc.) but we are very hopeful that he is the right one. The coach thought he had a beautiful movement and that he can teach my daughter a lot since he is very well trained at levels 1 and 2 dressage and jumps 3 ft. He knows his job! The fact that he is on the smaller side gives her confidence that she can handle him and in a few years, if she wants a bigger horse (he is 14), he can retire to light trail riding as my horse! I'm only 5 ft and 120 lbs so he can carry me easily.

After all the checks, we bring him home in early October and the sellers are willing to buy him back within two weeks if we are not happy with him (we are putting together a purchase agreement). The BO and coach think I'm being over-cautious, but it gives me peace of mind to know that they're willing to guarantee him.

As soon as things are finalized, I will post pictures! He is gorgeous.
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Great news! He sounds just what you need. Looking forward to seeing pictures when all the prelims are done.
Did your daughter get on well with him?

The fact the sellers are willing to buy him back speaks a lot for the horse too. And if he's as good as you think, they must be confident that you won't want to return him.
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Not to be a downer, but we bought a horse with a contract that had the previous owner agree to take back the horse within a month if we didn't end up liking him. Let's just say he never returned the calls or answered the phone, oh and he's a principle of a middle school (way to set and example) and now we're stuck with a dead lame arthritic horse that can't even trailer because he can't support himself. Just be careful, a contract only means so much.
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Quick update: I think we've found a horse for my daughter! He is a very sweet, gray 14.3 arabian gelding who absolutely loves to jump. We are going through all the checks (vet, etc.) but we are very hopeful that he is the right one. The coach thought he had a beautiful movement and that he can teach my daughter a lot since he is very well trained at levels 1 and 2 dressage and jumps 3 ft. He knows his job! The fact that he is on the smaller side gives her confidence that she can handle him and in a few years, if she wants a bigger horse (he is 14), he can retire to light trail riding as my horse! I'm only 5 ft and 120 lbs so he can carry me easily.

After all the checks, we bring him home in early October and the sellers are willing to buy him back within two weeks if we are not happy with him (we are putting together a purchase agreement). The BO and coach think I'm being over-cautious, but it gives me peace of mind to know that they're willing to guarantee him.

As soon as things are finalized, I will post pictures! He is gorgeous.
Has your daughter ridden him lots?

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He sounds very nice but - and again forgive me for my lack of knowledge of the Canadian Hunter/Jumper classes - Arabians can do OK to a certain level of competition dressage and I've known some that were pretty good show jumpers but I wouldn't have expected them to compete in Hunter/Jumper classes other than in Arabian breed shows?
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Not quite sure where all the insistence on whether the horse is apt for competing has started? In her first post, the OP stated that they are looking for a horse that can compete at a local, novice level, so I wouldo think this sort of easy-going all-rounder is ideal.
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That's what I don't have knowledge of Bondre which is why I asked - even at local and novice level in the UK an Arabian wouldn't compete in a hunter class - admittedly the UK hunter classes are about horses and ponies that look as if they're the type to do a days hunting so maybe it matters less in Canada.
I also thought the idea was that the horse she bought was supposed to last her for some years as they don't want to go through the upset of selling which could mean that at some point she will no longer be a novice and might also want to progress to a higher level of competing
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That's what I don't have knowledge of Bondre which is why I asked - even at local and novice level in the UK an Arabian wouldn't compete in a hunter class - admittedly the UK hunter classes are about horses and ponies that look as if they're the type to do a days hunting so maybe it matters less in Canada.
I also thought the idea was that the horse she bought was supposed to last her for some years as they don't want to go through the upset of selling which could mean that at some point she will no longer be a novice and might also want to progress to a higher level of competing
If Canadian schooling shows are anything like the US schooling shows (which from reading posts from other Canadian members, I gather that they are very similar), then any breed or mutt can compete in any class and will be judged either according to their breed standard or be judged straight across the board (depends on the judge).

This is my friend's arab mare in an equitation class (she placed first):

And in a HUS class (placed first here as well):

In another HUS class (Katie placed first in this class with the paint in the background taking second and another arab taking third):


These were all in the same show, in the same day. The first pic is of my friend's student riding her, the other two are my friend.
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In that case it might be a good fit for her
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