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post #1 of 25 Old 07-15-2014, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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What do you think of this for family horse?

Responsive QH Mare | Horses & Ponies | Gumtree Australia Oberon Area - O'Connell | 1049038029

Hi all this is my first time on the forum, on any forum actually so hope you excuse any errors. I will post a proper hello on another thread later but wanted to get some expert advice on a horse that I am thinking about enquiring on.

A little bit about my requirements, I am a re-rider returning after 20 break but even back then my actual proper traing was basic, so beginner. I also have a son 9 and daughter going on 6 and we have been taking irregualer lessons for the last 12 months.

We live on a large bush property 600+ acres that I would like to have a horse to trail ride around on plus a horse for the kids. I'm thinking lead line for miss E and small area off lead for Master C. We would be continuing lessons i hoping that if we start with a family horse like this and in a 1-2 years i could get something I could do a bit more with and the kids might be ready for riding out with me. One issue i have is that I am a larger rider 100kg and 175cm, so thinking 14hh might be a bit small but maybe not for walk/trot trail riding, Sorry if this post is too long hope link works otherwise you'll have no idea what I'm going on about, Thanks for any input.
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post #2 of 25 Old 07-15-2014, 08:54 AM
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I think you would be better off looking elsewhere nowhere did it say and I could not get that it was a beginner safe horse as yourself stated you were
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post #3 of 25 Old 07-15-2014, 09:27 AM
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'Marlee' is a 14.1hh 12yo QH X Appy Mare. She is very responsive to leg and seat aids. Would be most suited to pony club and sporting. Has done trail riding, jumping, arena work and gymkhana's. Great to ride alone. No buck, bolt, bite etc. Can get a little fizzy when riding in a large group of horses and is therefore not suited to the trail riding business she currently resides at. She is a very cool horse and would be great with that one-on-one attention. Would be most suited to pony club and sporting. Has done trail riding, jumping, arena work and gymkhana's. Great to ride alone. No buck, bolt, bite etc. Can get a little fizzy when riding in a large group of horses and is therefore not suited to the trail riding business she currently resides at. She is a very cool horse and would be great with that one-on-one attention.

I have copied the ad wording above. The bits that say 'no' to her being a beginner horse are:

Very responsive
Pony club and sporting (that suggests speedy and competitive)
Can get a little fizzy
Would be great with one-on-one attention

This is an example of what would probably NOT be good for a beginner/family horse

I suggest you look for the words "calm, steady, laid-back, family, beginner," in ads to give you an idea what to start looking at. You'll look at hundreds - and be an expert at horse ads by the time you are done!

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post #4 of 25 Old 07-15-2014, 09:28 AM
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Ps Welcome to the Forum!
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post #5 of 25 Old 07-15-2014, 10:00 AM
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I suggest you look for the words "calm, steady, laid-back, family, beginner," in ads to give you an idea what to start looking at. You'll look at hundreds - and be an expert at horse ads by the time you are done!


^^^ditto but, be 120% prepared to find out only 40% at best are advertising the truth

Welcome to the forum. Mercy 600+ Acres available to ride on <sigh> you lucky lucky lady

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post #6 of 25 Old 07-15-2014, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all for your responses and warm welcome. I had similar thoughts on most of your comments I was looking closer at this horse I think because its only 15 minutes away from were I live. Haven't quite worked out how I am going to go about looking at horses that are a distance away but not at that point yet so I guess I will worry about that when the time comes.

I am not really suppose to be looking as yet I turn 40 in November and the horse is to be my big 40th present but I'm getting in plenty of 'research' time.

One comment regarding the horse being 'responsive' is that a problem would you say that as beginners and particularly with the kids the horse may react to accidental cues? I was thinking that being responsive would be a good thing (perhaps not in combination with the fizzy though). As I said I'm in research mode so any additional input is appreciated.

Yes 600 acres is great not all of its accessible as it is very scrubby in parts but sometimes when I'm doing the housework I look out and image me 'just slipping out for a little ride, with my day pack haha, housework will always be there when you get back right?

Roman thank you for your PM however I can't reply yet not enough posts. I would certainly look to contact and get more details from the seller of any possible purchase the ads I expect don't always give you the best picture.
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post #7 of 25 Old 07-16-2014, 08:30 AM
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Yes. 'Very responsive' is code for 'shift your weight and he spins on the spot', or 'having a nice trot, shift your weight little and suddenly you find yourself in a nice racy canter'.

All of which are great when that is what you are wanting but I think you and your kids want a confidence giver right now, not a confidence-shaker.

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Hi, I think the others covered well the behavior part.

I'll add, 175cmx100kg? Nope sorry, a horse good for pony clubs is way too small for you. I think you don't want anything smaller than 16hh. You are tall and heavy, and 14hh is a kids pony.

Don't take this as an attack, I'm not criticising your weight, but you have to be realistic that you need a bigger horse.
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post #9 of 25 Old 07-16-2014, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, definitely no offence taken, that was part of my question. The difficulty being a horse for the kids that's also suitable for me at my size, maybe I will just have to get two :). Just noting though that I have seen way bigger horses that are said to be good for pony club so I don't think its the pony club bit but just the general size of the horse that's the problem.
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post #10 of 25 Old 07-17-2014, 09:10 AM
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Hi again Bundari.

On the weight question, I didn't comment because that's not really my area of expertise but I will add this to Cielo's comment:

You don't necessarily need a 16hh horse to carry you; you need a weight carrier - strong on bone. If you check out some of the "plus sized" threads you will see plenty of conversations and discussions about what can and can't and should and shouldn't be done.

I think the biggest problem will be your height and the kids' heights. As you have the space...I would be inclined to be looking for two equines: a safe steady pony, and a safe steady horse. If you find the right animals and you and the children get into this it will be no time at all before two of you can be riding out together - and your nine year old will quickly progress to being able to ride your larger horse - then the two kids can ride together with you walking - then you have to buy a third horse

Start calling all the local (or not so local given that you might be a bit remote?) horse places. Tack shops, vets, pony clubs, polo clubs, racing barns, anything and everything to explain what you are after. They probably won't have what you want....but they may know someone who does.
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