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post #1 of 9 Old 07-09-2015, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Potential horse to buy?

My family has found a horse to buy for me to use it Pony Club,I'm super excited,but my trainer and mom are disapointed I didnt canter him...
Im super let down now that I feel like they dont want to buy the horse now. He's a super good fit for me he's a 17 year old Quarter Horse Gelding.
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-09-2015, 11:44 PM
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I would always ride a horse at LEAST twice before I bought him. Ride him again and canter then. :) But only if you feel comfortable.

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post #3 of 9 Old 07-10-2015, 12:38 AM
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Yes, just go and see him again.

I can see where they are coming from. I think if you're not confident to put a prospective horse through it's paces, then chances are it's not the right horse for you.
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post #4 of 9 Old 07-10-2015, 12:53 AM
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What was your reason for not cantering him?
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-10-2015, 09:38 AM
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They may be thinking that you may not be ready for a horse of your own. You say that this would be a good horse for you to pony club and yet you didn't canter or jump him so you can't be sure. I can understand if you were nervous the first time on him but it really is important to do more and make sure that you and the horse will be a good match. I would definitely ride him a few times and do the things that you normally would do in your lessons
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I've been riding all my life and recently I went through a phase of "I will NOT canter a horse I don't know!" - too many nasty falls, I think, combined with a brief period of riding a horse that went rodeo bronc in canter every time. Even if you stay on it's not fun to ride out a bad bucker.

Basically, not wanting to canter a horse first ride means nothing. As long as you can go back and canter on the second ride, now that you know the horse a little bit :)
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I've been riding all my life and recently I went through a phase of "I will NOT canter a horse I don't know!" - too many nasty falls, I think, combined with a brief period of riding a horse that went rodeo bronc in canter every time. Even if you stay on it's not fun to ride out a bad bucker.

Basically, not wanting to canter a horse first ride means nothing. As long as you can go back and canter on the second ride, now that you know the horse a little bit :)
I can understand that, but if you are concerned about what your parents and trainer think you need to let them know that you really like the horse so far and are looking forward to riding him again.
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I can understand that, but if you are concerned about what your parents and trainer think you need to let them know that you really like the horse so far and are looking forward to riding him again.
Are you talking to me? lol I'm nearly 21 and in charge of finding my own mounts (I have a lovely part lease I feel 100% safe on), I'm not the OP XD

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post #9 of 9 Old 07-10-2015, 02:02 PM
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OP the best kind of horse to buy is one you feel comfortable riding through all gaits. The seller, however, should be open to you going out and trying the horse a few times, to see if this is truly a horse you want to commit to.

So I'd start there.

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