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post #1 of 12 Old 06-12-2016, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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How to Choose Between Two Horses?

Hi everyone,
I could really use some help.
Upon beginning a search for the perfect event partner, I began thinking about this one mare I haven't seen since last summer. I know she's available for a free full lease for all of the 2016-17 school year, then I would give her back in early June.
I thought it would be a great idea, but then I met another yesterday while trying some horses I had already made an appt. to look at.

The other horse is around 16.3, he's a 9yo OTTB gelding, very big-boned and handsome. He's gone novice (I haven't gone BN yet so scope isn't an issue) and I liked him a lot. The only thing is that I felt as though he was very hard to control over jumps.
The mare is a sweet little 14.3 QH/Paint x, love of my life, 15 years old, she's very green and has never been evented or taught any dressage. She has amazing manners and loves people.

What do you think? Should I take the leap on the mare? Or should I continue by going to look at the gelding again?
Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 12 Old 06-12-2016, 09:34 AM
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Depends on so many things. If you want to compete, get the horse that is most likely to get you there. The mare sounds like a pasture pet, not a competition horse. 15 years old and knows almost nothing? The gelding sounds like he has some big issues but if he is sound and likes to jump, a possibility for retraining? Maybe you could have your instructor take a look at him?

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post #3 of 12 Old 06-12-2016, 02:54 PM
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I know nothing about evening, or dressage, and I haven't ridden competitively in over 40 years. But this sounds like a no brainer to me. 15 years old, green, and never competed is a huge red flag if your goal is competition with a lease horse. Could be a nice horse if you only wanted to dink around a bit, but you said you're looking for "the perfect eventing partner".
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-12-2016, 03:00 PM
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Either become a better rider and learn to control the 9 yr old gelding, or lease the little mare and go trail riding--------

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post #5 of 12 Old 06-12-2016, 03:09 PM
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The gelding being hard to control over jumps sounds more like he needs an experienced rider than he has jumping issues to me. How is he in the flat? If you really like him and can ride him well on the flat but the only complaint you have is jumping, then he sounds like he may be really good for teaching you control and strengthening your riding skill.

When you rode, does he feel like he's a horse you could learn on? Or did it just feel wayyy over your experience level to you?

Honestly if I was looking for an evening partner, I'd go with the gelding. A fifteen year old green mare really doesn't do anything for me.
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-12-2016, 05:52 PM
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What experience do you have? If you are not a confident intermediate + rider, please do not get the OTTB. The fact you need to ask suggests you are not ready for this horse yet. The mare does not sound like what you need either.

Keep Looking.

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post #7 of 12 Old 06-12-2016, 06:56 PM
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I guess my answer would be keep looking, because neither of these seem to fit the bill of potential eventer, the mare for her age and greeness, she sounds like a great horse to own if you just want to have fun, trail ride, do basic arena work, so if you want to do that for a year and hand her back, then go for it.

The gelding, well depends how out of control, you felt, and if you have a trainer to work with I guess, but it is enough of a red flag to make me think you should keep looking. Oh, where did you jump him? if it was just in an arena, you might find him very intimidating out on a course..

When buying or leasing you are really looking for a horse where there are no big question marks..
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-12-2016, 10:22 PM
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I also think neither of these horses sounds like quite the right fit. Sounds like you need to find one with the temperament of the mare but with the experience of the TB gelding!
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-12-2016, 11:56 PM
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I agree, find a horse that is built to do the job you want to give her/him and one that has some experience and training in it.

Alternatively, figure out what these horses might be built for and good at and do that.

There are other options, but that would be the path of least resistance I would think.
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post #10 of 12 Old 06-13-2016, 12:12 AM
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Neither one of these horses sounds like the perfect event partner. I think you should keep looking.

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