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post #41 of 303 Old 04-23-2016, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Have chatted with the owner of the "giant" horse. So far so good. He meets all the criteria. No red flags so far. I'd have a full exam done if we were to seriously consider him. But first, I am proposing that my daughter and I test-ride him. I want to see whether she could ever be comfortable on such a tall horse. And whether I would! I was completely comfortable handling him today, but riding him may be another story.

Bonus: he is kept at the same barn as my farrier's horse and my farrier does his feet and knows him. I contacted her and she confirms that his temperament is exactly as described. Nothing fazes him.
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post #42 of 303 Old 04-23-2016, 09:35 PM
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He sounds promising! And no traveling! I love having a contact who has known the horse for some time (like your farrier). That was our main deciding factor in buying our horse...our trainer had known him for years. I can't wait to hear about your test drive (I mean ride). And take pics!!! As you know we have a tall horse and it's fine. My son has to use a stool to get up. I don't, but I'm 5'6".
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post #43 of 303 Old 04-23-2016, 11:23 PM
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I'm 5'2" and rode a 16.1 horse for years. If Harley is a smaller horse you might feel like you have a lot more horse under you for a while when you first get on the new guy but once you get used him you won't think a thing of it.
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post #44 of 303 Old 04-24-2016, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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My daughter and I are going to see the horse on Wednesday. I know I said I wasn't buying her another horse - and I'm not! - but if she's uncomfortable on him, we'll probably pass. I need a horse she can ride with me on trails and Harley isn't that horse right now.

On the plus side, he comes with a custom-fitted Schleese saddle! And the rest of his tack. He is priced at 3500$ which isn't cheap, but I could probably knock that down to 3000$ and if you throw in the cost of the tack, it becomes very reasonable. We'd have to be able to ride in the saddle of course... his current owner is a little taller and bigger than me so I don't know whether it will work, but I saw it and it doesn't look huge. If his custom-fitted saddle doesn't work, then that's something else I have to consider. He's so big, it would likely be hard (and expensive) to find him a good saddle. None of the tack I own would fit him so I'd have to buy all new stuff for him. And keep a few footstools around the barn, LOL.

Here's a picture of the big guy from our first aid course. :) He was an awesome patient. Sorry about the really tall photo - I cut out two other participants to respect their privacy. And I know you can't tell anything from this photo. I don't have any others because he hasn't been advertised for sale anywhere. I will take more when we go see him. But you can see his withers are higher than the top of my head. I hope he's really good about putting his head down for bridling!
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post #45 of 303 Old 04-24-2016, 11:34 AM
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Yes, he is a tall drink of water, alright

Rusty is 16.1H and that is measuring him according to the University of Minnesota's instructions when I had my horses enrolled in one of their metabolic studies.

He appears taller than Rusty, lollol

Good things do not always come in small packages, lollol

What a sport he was to tolerate having his eye bandaged, especially as I'm sure it was a struggle for your short self <<<<----I can say that since I am only 5'2", lollol
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I am 5 ft tall walkinthewalk. Although I've heard that as we age, we lose some height. I refuse to re-measure myself because I just couldn't take being 4 foot something!!!

Assuming his withers are about 2 inches higher than the top of my head, that would make him 16.1. So he may look taller in that photo because of my "ahem" vertically challenged self.

I had to get up on a stool to bandage his eye. But he was fine with it, even though he obviously could only see out of one eye.

He is also barefoot and appears to have good hooves (according to my trimmer who is trained in barefoot trimming).

He did get rain rot this winter so he was clipped when I saw him. There wasn't a lot of scarring, just the odd spot here and there on his back. Not an all-over sort of rain rot. Given that he is in a self-care barn and his owner doesn't have a lot of time for him, it might just be a simple matter of keeping a rainsheet on him or drying him off after he's been out in the rain. But as a precaution, I would have him tested for metabolic issues and do a full PPE. Since he is local, I can easily have it done by a vet I trust.
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I hope he works out for you. He sounds very promising!
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I would not hesitate to drive 5 hours and pay $1000 for that horse. Offer them $800.....you have a bargain.
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He is on hay alone at the moment - I would add some kind of grain to his diet.
Why would you want to add grain? Is he on poor weight? Remember that adding grain to a diet can change the personality of some horses, not every horse needs grain, depends on the quality of the hay and grazing available. A ration balancer I could understand, but simply to add grain? Just inetersted.

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The most important thing to remember is never get off the horse until you either have a hillside to park him beside, or a fallen tree big enough to let you get your foot in the stirrup with ease.
That is where my province sucks, no hills, trees, stone walls or wooden fences, no rocks. Better dismount or fall off by a road that has a road allowance ditch, that is your only hope!

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My daughter and I are going to see the horse on Wednesday. I know I said I wasn't buying her another horse - and I'm not! - but if she's uncomfortable on him, we'll probably pass. I need a horse she can ride with me on trails and Harley isn't that horse right now.
It is of course that Harley maybe a lot better if he has company, have you ridden him out with anyone? It could be that a BIG steady companion is just what he needs.

It doesn't sound like an unreasonable price, especially if tack is included, hope that he works out for you.
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Why would you want to add grain? Is he on poor weight? Remember that adding grain to a diet can change the personality of some horses, not every horse needs grain, depends on the quality of the hay and grazing available. A ration balancer I could understand, but simply to add grain? Just inetersted.
I guess I'd worry that he's not getting all the vitamins and minerals he needs. Therefore more of a ration balancer I guess. His hips are kind of pointy too - not sure what that means. Will try to post pics when I go see him.

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That is where my province sucks, no hills, trees, stone walls or wooden fences, no rocks. Better dismount or fall off by a road that has a road allowance ditch, that is your only hope!

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Yes, there is a lot of natural variety here. I have to get off Harley to cross a stream (because he wants either jump it or refuses to go over it unless I lead him across) and I just lead him up to a big rock and get back on. Now with this big guy, it would definitely be more of a challenge. Also, a lot further to fall if I, or my daughter, comes off him.

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It is of course that Harley maybe a lot better if he has company, have you ridden him out with anyone? It could be that a BIG steady companion is just what he needs.

It doesn't sound like an unreasonable price, especially if tack is included, hope that he works out for you.[/QUOTE]

Yes, I suspect he would do better on a trail with a friend, especially one he knows. And I like the fact that this big guy is very submissive with other horses so Harley won't feel threatened.

I agree about the price, assuming the tack fits me ok.
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