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post #11 of 19 Old 03-01-2016, 07:20 PM
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He sounds like a dream! I'd love to have a horse like this!

Being able to do everything yourself is very important. He is a safe horse that can spare you a lot of the headache and heartache that comes with buying a horse that is too much to handle. You will enjoy him for many years ahead.
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post #12 of 19 Old 03-01-2016, 08:45 PM
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Echoing the others, he sounds like an excellent horse for you. For someone who has only been riding a year, you need a horse exactly like him- reliable, calm, and who you can handle by yourself.

A lot of new riders make the mistake of thinking they've mastered one horse, so they need something harder right away. But, you're learning so much right now, and as others have said, there's always something more to learn with horses. A good confidence-builder is worth his weight in gold.

There are always harder horses out there, so don't be in too much of a rush to buy one.
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post #13 of 19 Old 03-01-2016, 09:16 PM
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Sounds like a perfect horse for you! I think you are very smart to consider this horse. So many people buy horses that they need a trainer for and can't ever do anything without supervision. If you like the horse, I say go for it! Sounds like you will have many more years of fun! Congratulations (ahead of time!)!
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post #14 of 19 Old 03-01-2016, 09:19 PM
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I am going to guess that, if this horse is as well trained as you say, as you learn you will find ways to unlock and unleash things that he knows which you are currently unaware of. I'm finding this with the horse I now take lessons on. As I improve, this "deadhead" of a plodding horse takes things up a notch. It's all a matter of learning how to communicate better with the horse while in the saddle, and as you learn better how to do this, the horse will reward you with more nuanced responses.
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post #15 of 19 Old 03-01-2016, 09:58 PM
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Sounds like a dandy. And like others have said - you will likely find he knows more than the lesson ring gives him an opportunity to show you.

I wish I had ten of those, I have buyers just hoping I'll come across one for them.

As an aside: I once helped friends move from where they had been for a few years in the east, developing a dude ranch resort for another mutual friend, to their home in northern Nevada. They bought eight horses off the dude string and those horses became good ranch mounts. From nose to tail trail rides in the mid-South to Great Basin buckaroo mounts. Pretty cool.
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post #16 of 19 Old 03-03-2016, 11:36 PM
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It sounds ideal. If this works out for you then Congratulations! I have to agree with what others have said here. He won't be a lesson horse anymore. He might have hidden talents and experience that haven't had a chance to be expressed. Maybe he will surprise you. Enjoy!
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post #17 of 19 Old 03-04-2016, 02:59 PM
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Of course there is! If you never challenge yourself though you will never find the standard below yours! Maybe see if you can ride a different horse for the next week or so, a slightly harder horse and when you come back see if you have decided which you would prefer to have forever! Generally I would say a project to buy but if you are not a proffesional you need to think about whether the horse will be TOO much. Hope this helps! Enjoy xx
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post #18 of 19 Old 03-04-2016, 08:25 PM
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*Some* experienced riders prefer a horse that isn't "too easy".

Other than that it's NEVER a bad thing, just *occasionally* a preference thing.

I don't think your horse even sounds too easy, he sounds perfect! Just enough get up and go to grow with you and challenge you just the right amount. EVERYONE loves a horse like that :)

You are still new. Get a horse that is perfect for you.

elle had a good point that you will learn he has some neat tricks up his sleeves.

I personally love a project horse, BUT I do know what to do myself, I have experienced people to help me, and quite honestly sometimes I really wish I had a horse to work on MYSELF on, it really is a big deal. I always love to ride a horse that knows what it's doing and miss that in my own sometimes. It's NEVER a bad thing.

No horse is perfect either ;)
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post #19 of 19 Old 03-04-2016, 08:27 PM
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Im going to agree with the others as well. I would have done anything to have bought my lesson horse, I just didnt have the money, time, or space to have him. He was probably a 20+year old TB, starting to really show his age, but honestly, he sounds like a lot like the horse your riding. I was able to handle him comfortably without help from my instructor, I felt very safe on him, and around him for that matter. At the time, I thought he was my heart horse, in the long run he wasnt, but at the time I believed he was.

You could always lease him out down the road, if he did get too boring for you, or you could even cut his board down a bit, but offering a place to let him be a lesson horse for them while you ride another horse. In my area it seems like horses are always popping up to be leased, or ridden, or worked in general due to lack of the owners time. In the end of course its your choice, just my 2 cents
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