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post #261 of 303 Old 05-18-2016, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Not necessarily knightrider. But I have to feel like it's a horse I COULD fall in love with in time. It's more about demeanor that looks for me. I like a horse to be interested in me, to want to interact, but not too aggressively. I want it to be happy to move forward, but not so much energy that it's no fun for me. What I'm searching for is a horse with the right balance of liveliness and level-headedness. But it must also not have any big red flags. I don't trust myself enough to ignore those just because my "gut" tells me it's a good horse deep down. I think I would recognize a horse with potential though, even if it's not perfect right off the bat. So far, none of the horses I've tried made me want to bring them home, even though they all had nice personalities. I think the 18 year old mare would make a fine horse, but she needs retraining and it just doesn't make sense to do that for a horse that I might only ride for a few years.

I think I need to feel good about bringing a horse home. I need to feel confident that I can handle whatever it throws at me and that it will be pleasant to have around. Beyond that, I think I could grow to love any horse.
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Maybe. I found a second one not too far from this one, so responded to that ad as well. As you say, if I can line up a few, it will make the trip worthwhile. I don't want to go too far, but across the border, there is a whole other market. I think the fact that the vast majority of ads are in French prevents most people in my area from going across the provincial border. Luckily, French is my first language. Horses are cheaper over there too.
Back in the day when I was horse shopping out of Wyoming, I had to look out of state as well, Utah and Idaho. I would line several up and make it an overnight stay on a weekend with a horsey girlfriend. Find several and make it count. Fun for you and your daughter!

If you look at several, take pictures and notes to analyze later. I tend to get confused when looking at several prospects close together (or maybe it is my age?).
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The horse in Quebec may already be sold... owner will let me know. However, he is also a weaver. How serious is this vice? Might it go away if the horse is not stalled much? What are the impacts on its health?
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Weaving can be hard on their legs, I don't know much else about it though. If you're not stalling it probably wouldn't be a huge issue..unless you went to a show and had to stall?
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post #265 of 303 Old 05-18-2016, 08:29 PM
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This article may help.

Why Do Horses Weave? | TheHorse.com

I would rather deal with a weaver than a cribber, although I m lucky to have never dealt with either

A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.

I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #266 of 303 Old 05-18-2016, 08:31 PM
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Why Do Horses Weave? | TheHorse.com

I would rather deal with a weaver than a cribber, although I m lucky to have never dealt with either
I totally agree with that!!! Cribber's are terribleeeee and don't even always stop on 24/7 turn out!
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post #267 of 303 Old 05-18-2016, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I'd never get a cribber. But from what I've read (thanks for the article walkinthewalk, read that one too!), it can be greatly diminished if the horse has maximum turnout, is kept busy (I just bough nibble nets), and can socialize. I plan on keeping the horses out 24/7 except in severe weather and just leaving the dutch doors to their stalls open for shelter. They will have access to hay all the time, but will have to get it from slow-feeder haynets. Depending on how severe it is in this horse, I might still consider it. The seller told me it was mostly when he was stalled, which seems typical. It doesn't appear to have too many ill effects on their health.
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Weaving can be hard on their legs, I don't know much else about it though. If you're not stalling it probably wouldn't be a huge issue..unless you went to a show and had to stall?
It's not likely we would show this horse. We plan on showing Harley, but this one is going to be a backyard horse. So maybe not too big an issue? Hard to say I guess.
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The mare I wouldn't touch - she's too old now to start spending money on retraining when you don't really know how she'll work out even after all that times been spent on her
I wouldn't dismiss the pony - its unfit and overweight so likely doesn't feel like being very forward going but would shape up with a bit of work and a schooling whip
The height thing of course is based on me being British - but even if she's 14 hands she is no way too small for an 11 year old to ride, kids of 18 are still riding 14 -14.2 ponies in jumping classes in the UK, a 5 year old would be riding something between 11 hands and 12.2.
Theodore O' Connor was only 14.2 but successfully evented at top level and Britain's famous Stroller was only 14.1 and won at top level in show jumping and was even in our Olympic Team. Marion Mould nee Coakes was 13 when she first got him and took him into horse classes when she was too old to compete in pony classes.
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My daughter was really negative about the poney. She's at that age where she wants to act older so riding a poney, when all her friends are riding horses, is out of the question. She has zero interest in that horse. Therefore, moving on.... and I agree with you about the 18 year old mare. If she were the kind of horse we could just hop on, it would be different, but retraining an 18 year old? Makes no sense, even if she is great.

Have been perusing ads and have had well-meaning friends send me lots, but every time, there's an issue with the horse. The idea of borrowing one of my coach's horses is sounding better and better all the time.
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