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post #1 of 8 Old 07-24-2018, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Question Buying my first horse -HELP!

I am a college student looking to buy my own horse. I have been riding and leasing for years but I am seeking the advice of people with more horse experience to check out this horse for me. The owner sent me a video of sitting trot. His movement looks good, head down and doesn't seem lame. I would really appreciate it if someone could look at the video and tell me what they think about the horse.

Its a google video link. https://photos.app.goo.gl/tkvo8XVRv6wYm8xg6

Thank you so much.
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-24-2018, 03:05 PM
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I like him, but I would need to see more video. Walk, trot, and canter and without tack on.

Age and breed? What do you want to do with him?

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post #3 of 8 Old 07-24-2018, 03:06 PM
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I agree with Tihannah. More info needed.

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post #4 of 8 Old 07-24-2018, 08:43 PM
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The horse looks fine. But you are planning on riding him, correct? You want to see him get caught, saddled and handled (like picking up his feet). If you get there and he has already been saddled and worked, be careful.
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Personally I'd NEVER buy a horse that was saddled or tied when I got there, too much of the important interaction between horse and owner has already taken place without you present. Horse LOOKS fine but looks are only a small fraction of the puzzle. There are a million and one questions you need to ask then gauge their responses, including how quickly they respond. Any reason you can't wait until after you graduate to own a horse? During finals are you going to have enough time to care for it?
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-25-2018, 07:46 AM
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Do you have a trainer or someone with an experienced eye to go with you? There's lots of threads on this Forum about the importance of a pre purchase exam so don't skip that step before you buy.

I took my horses to college with me and did just fine. I was involved in the college rodeo team so we had our own network if someone needed extra help during finals, school breaks, etc.

Good luck and remember, "college is important but horses are importanter" lol!
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-25-2018, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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He is a 3 year old Friesian. I want him mostly as a pleasure horse with maybe some low level either dressage or hunter jumper shows. The woman who is selling him isn't very tech savy so I would have to go take more videos.

But thanks for the advice
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-25-2018, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
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That's a really good point that I did know but I have seen him out at pasture and brought in. He seems very calm and the owner has also mentioned taking him on a few 3 day long trail rides. If I keep him at the university barn they actually will take care chores during midterms and finals. My finals tend to be over in 3 days anyways so I don't think it will be a problem at all.
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