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post #241 of 303 Old 05-16-2016, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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I've sent the pics to my trimmer to see what she thinks as she seems to have very low heels on the other pictures too.

Another good catch from the sharp eyes on this forum!
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P.S. the seller of the quiet, QH mare has texted me, offering to keep her for me until Wednesday. I told him that still doesn't give me enough time.
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P.S. the seller of the quiet, QH mare has texted me, offering to keep her for me until Wednesday. I told him that still doesn't give me enough time.
I'll bet 10 bucks there is no other buyer. 10 CANADIAN dollars.
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Tell the trader that you'll keep her in mind and that you are looking at two other horses this week. Tell him you wouldn't buy any horse from anyone with out the PPE period (it's not personal, just good business). If he doesn't have another buyer he will make time for the PPE. If he goes for that, get in writing that he will trade the mare out for another horse in a designated period of time if she turns out to be unsuitable.

I once came very close to buying a horse that was 23 instead of 13. I didn't know how to tell and the PPE saved me from grief.
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The only photo I could see is one a chestnut/sorrel/brown with a blaze. I don't know a lot about conformation critique, but she definitely looks low in the heel. I don't really care much for the way her heel sits on the ground. She looks post legged to me.

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I'll bet 10 bucks there is no other buyer. 10 CANADIAN dollars.
Doesn't make much sense does it? Why would he hold the mare an extra day if he has a guaranteed sale pending today?

Either way, he's lost my business. I don't trust him now.
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The only photo I could see is one a chestnut/sorrel/brown with a blaze. I don't know a lot about conformation critique, but she definitely looks low in the heel. I don't really care much for the way her heel sits on the ground. She looks post legged to me.

Yup. I see what you mean. Will definitely be paying close attention tomorrow. Will try to get a video too - my coach likes to see videos of horses moving.

The plan is to go see two horses tomorrow. If I like one (or both), I will schedule a second visit with my daughter so she can ride them too. If we're both satisfied, will get a PPE.

Had a lesson with our coach tonight and she said if we don't find Harley a pasture mate by the time we move him, she'll lend us a horse! She has 16, and some are older, so if I feel he's really lonely and haven't found the right horse yet, that may be an option in the short term. I don't want to rush into buying a horse just to keep Harley company.
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. Had a lesson with our coach tonight and she said if we don't find Harley a pasture mate by the time we move him, she'll lend us a horse! She has 16, and some are older, so if I feel he's really lonely and haven't found the right horse yet, that may be an option in the short term. I don't want to rush into buying a horse just to keep Harley company.
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16 horses eh? Not only is that a stellar idea, it may be how you unwittingly find your second horse. With 16 she is sure to be willing to part with someone

My farm vet, her tech, and their office manager are arguing over who will give me a loaner horse when one mine of passes on and the other is left alone until his time comes.

I think it's the best idea yet, if neither of the horses pan out on Tuesday
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16 horses eh? Not only is that a stellar idea, it may be how you unwittingly find your second horse. With 16 she is sure to be willing to part with someone

My farm vet, her tech, and their office manager are arguing over who will give me a loaner horse when one mine of passes on and the other is left alone until his time comes.

I think it's the best idea yet, if neither of the horses pan out on Tuesday
Sounds like a perfect solution!
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Sigh... I'm pretty exhausted from driving 2 hours to sit in a 2 hr meeting, viewing two horses, and driving 2 hours back home, so I will make it short.

Horse # 1 QH mare, 18 yrs, 16hh (seller had claimed 15.2, but when I got there, he said she's probably 16). She has good lineage, was shown and ridden on trails extensively, then used as a broodmare (owner had a pretty active breeding program for a while), and now just an occasional mount for the grandkids. However, when they tried to ride her the other day, before my visit, she put up a fight, so they had the vet come and it turned out her teeth were pretty pointy. She had them floated today (vet was still there when I arrived so I got to chat with him). Obviously, the horse had been sedated and so I didn't ride her. The seller had given me a heads up about this before I got there, but I decided to go anyway, since I was nearby and it would give me a chance to see what he was all about. Bottom line is that he feels she'd make a good solid horse, but needs a refresher. He's prepared to let me take her, put her in a retraining, and then decide if I want to buy her or not (for 1000$). That my sound like a generous offer, but I find it hard to justify retraining an 18 year old. I'd be putting money into this horse that may or may not be suitable, and if it is, for how long?

Horse # 2 Arab x Welsh, 15 yrs, 14.1 (but I think closer to 14). Harley is 14.2 and she really felt like a pony to me. Cute, friendly, but overweight and completely out of shape from not being ridden for about a year (she had a baby). Her pasterns looked fine, she moved nicely when I watched the owner ride her, but when I hopped on, I could not, for the life of me, keep her trotting. She definitely has a lot more whoa than go. May have a bit of a stubborn streak. Has not done many trails, and the seller thinks she'd do ok as long as there was another horse with her. I couldn't get her to canter at all. When I asked the seller if there was a trick I didn't know about, she said she'd always had to ride her with spurs. If you do not press hard into her side with your leg ALL the time, she reverts to a walk.

I'm not even sure it's worth bringing my daughter out to see either of these horses. She does not want a pony and #2 really feels like and looks like a pony (very cute! but more suited to a 5 year old who can ride her for a few years). # 1 is getting a little old in the tooth and appears to require additional training.

My feeling is that I should keep looking... and yes, who knows, maybe take a horse on loan from my coach in the meantime! I'm touched that she trusts me enough to offer... and she did say that she has one that she thinks might be a good horse for me when its training is finished.

I said I would make it short didn't I. Brevity is not my strong suit.
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