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post #21 of 37 Old 02-23-2016, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Folly. I remember your story (and heartache) and would rather avoid it. Which is why I'm going to take it slow. I can wait several months for the right horse to come along. When our barn is ready, I will put the word out to all the horse people I know that I am looking. There may be a horse sitting in someone's pasture that can't show anymore or doesn't have the speed, doesn't jump, etc., but would be perfect for me and I'll only find out about it through word-of-mouth. I could also put an ad out, but I am very hesitant to do that. Once people know what you're looking for, all of a sudden they have the PERFECT horse for you and it gets harder to weed out the honest ones from the ones out to make a quick buck.

I'm glad your second horse is turning out to be everything you wanted. I absolutely love Harley and hope we can get another horse with a similar temperament, but a little less forward. I feel we got really lucky with him despite the fact that he can be a challenge for my daughter sometimes. Hopefully we can luck out again and make our family complete!
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Include your vet when you're ready to put the word out:)

The facility I use is a 3-vet facility, each has a tech, plus the office admin. They have all taken in a horse or two, or three, then turned it to pasture, to save it.

They are all willing to give me a loaner horse to stay with my last horse after the other one passes on.

Your vet may have a spare he doesn't really want to feed anymore, or know of someone who needs to rehome a great horse to a great home:)
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I wouldn't. I'm completely in the "blind horses can be great and adapt well" camp but not all do, ok fine with one eye but not both, ok now there's another health problem, and you at this point are just not the right home (inexperience and wanting a good solid horse).

Now a very low grade club foot would not worry me at all for you. Get a good farrier and get his/her opinion then go for it. It's ok to compromise sometimes.
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Include your vet when you're ready to put the word out:)

The facility I use is a 3-vet facility, each has a tech, plus the office admin. They have all taken in a horse or two, or three, then turned it to pasture, to save it.

They are all willing to give me a loaner horse to stay with my last horse after the other one passes on.

Your vet may have a spare he doesn't really want to feed anymore, or know of someone who needs to rehome a great horse to a great home:)
My vet is my trainer's daughter. She was called to put down a young healthy horse. See my avatar ;).
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My vet is my trainer's daughter. She was called to put down a young healthy horse. See my avatar ;).
OMG that gorgeous horse in your avatar was going to be put down??? What the...?
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OMG that gorgeous horse in your avatar was going to be put down??? What the...?
Athletic talented and friendly. He was 13. Downside was he was never registered (owner didn't bother to send in the paperwork) and had no saddle training. Owner simply didn't want his pet to fall into bad hands due to those things making him unmarketable despite all the pluses. Vet said "no way, we can do a lot better than this."

Now at 13 he was too old to turn into the Grand Prix mount he should have been but he is happy in my pasture and has a permanent home, oh and yes I ride him (when I can these days) and I was able to do it all myself. He's 24 now and has that "tent personality" and is very very loved :).

I don't fault the old owner, who wants an unregistered unbroke 13 year old no matter how nice the horse is, they would see that and move on and not bother to read anything else. I do love my vet lol. I was 16 and looking for my own project. My trainer helped me start him then he came home where he's been since.

No, you can't have him! I do have a bombproof pony though- Icelandics are pretty awesome and the right one would be great for what you want LOL!
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Athletic talented and friendly. He was 13. Downside was he was never registered (owner didn't bother to send in the paperwork) and had no saddle training. Owner simply didn't want his pet to fall into bad hands due to those things making him unmarketable despite all the pluses. Vet said "no way, we can do a lot better than this."

Now at 13 he was too old to turn into the Grand Prix mount he should have been but he is happy in my pasture and has a permanent home, oh and yes I ride him (when I can these days) and I was able to do it all myself. He's 24 now and has that "tent personality" and is very very loved :).

I don't fault the old owner, who wants an unregistered unbroke 13 year old no matter how nice the horse is, they would see that and move on and not bother to read anything else. I do love my vet lol. I was 16 and looking for my own project. My trainer helped me start him then he came home where he's been since.

No, you can't have him! I do have a bombproof pony though- Icelandics are pretty awesome and the right one would be great for what you want LOL!
Pffff, that's ridiculous, Harley's not registered. I'm never going to do breed classes so I don't care. It was more important to me to have a good temperament and solid training. It didn't prevent him from scoring high 60s and low 70s at provincial level 2 dressage last fall. What I realized when horse-shopping last summer/fall is that a horse with good solid training is worth a lot more than one with papers but without training. At least that seems to be the case around here. Where my daughter rides, there are three QH types that are worth their weight in gold for the owner. One is a rather unattractive grade horse, but is a perfect beginner horse - the BO turned down an offer for 8000$ for that horse! Now the no training part I can understand... few people have the skills to train their own and the cost of training can be high without any guarantee that the horse will come out how you want him.

What a find though!

Icelandic pony huh? Height?
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I don't think you'll have any trouble at all finding a second horse. I think there are a LOT of horses sitting around in the pasture hoping for a home. Unless your area is different. Around here, grade trail horses are always for sale and pretty cheap.
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I don't think you'll have any trouble at all finding a second horse. I think there are a LOT of horses sitting around in the pasture hoping for a home. Unless your area is different. Around here, grade trail horses are always for sale and pretty cheap.
Yes, there seems to be enough "trail horses" around and they aren't terribly expensive, but few of them are really well-trained and bombproof. Seems the horse market is in the toilet but that there is still a decent market for a horse you can safely put a beginner on. But I do think the right horse will come along, I just have to be patient. Which is like telling a four year old not to eat a piece of candy
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Pffff, that's ridiculous, Harley's not registered. I'm never going to do breed classes so I don't care. It was more important to me to have a good temperament and solid training. It didn't prevent him from scoring high 60s and low 70s at provincial level 2 dressage last fall. What I realized when horse-shopping last summer/fall is that a horse with good solid training is worth a lot more than one with papers but without training. At least that seems to be the case around here. Where my daughter rides, there are three QH types that are worth their weight in gold for the owner. One is a rather unattractive grade horse, but is a perfect beginner horse - the BO turned down an offer for 8000$ for that horse! Now the no training part I can understand... few people have the skills to train their own and the cost of training can be high without any guarantee that the horse will come out how you want him.

What a find though!

Icelandic pony huh? Height?
Completely agree. Not broke at an older age is a deal breaker for most people unless you are buying as a companion or you think the horse is worth breaking in and spending the time/effort/money while having no interest to show competitively.

The pony is not actually for sale but if you were closer you would be welcome to borrow her! She is 12.3 but there are plenty taller ones (she is on the short side). The breed is just incredible and for "bombproof family horse" you just can't get any better than that. The more I learn the more I love them. They really don't have much for downsides! You might have too look to find one but if you do find one it would be worth taking a lot at haha. They have no natural predators in Iceland so the breed has a level of bombproof you just don't find in other horses, plus they are naturally quiet. Our mare is confident and independent but gentle and friendly. Of course all are individuals but they all seem to be like that overall.
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