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post #1 of 14 Old 09-28-2017, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Your Opinion on my possible future horse!

Hi! I am a 14/15 year old hoping to get her first horse soon! I have been riding for seven years, and I am an intermediate rider. The horse I am planning on getting is a 10 year old 16 hand OTTB named Red. He retired at the age of 6, and started his off track training last year. He has a easygoing temperament and although he is a little bit green, he is not dangerous. I am planning on test riding him soon. I would like your opinion on him and if you think that he is a good choice for me. I am a show jumper, and consider myself an intermediate rider. Please don't try and persuade me out of getting an OTTB as a first horse. I have been riding for a long time, I have a trainer and I know my limits. Thank you for taking the time to read and hopefully reply! I am so excited!!!!
I'll add the link to his photos! http://nhspca.org/adoptable-animals/ Search horses, he's on the second page and his name is Red

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post #2 of 14 Old 09-28-2017, 09:18 PM
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was there more info for us to go off of, like a photo//?
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-28-2017, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Oh yes sorry i'll add some photos! @tinyliny I'll attach the link to his photos. There not very good but they will have to do until I go to see him again <3 Adoptable Animals If you search under horses, he's on the second page. His name is Red
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He's cute and is riding under saddle.
There is not much to go on from their description...
OTTB are wonderful horses...there is no reason anyone would try to change your mind.
Being "green" means not much if the horses attitude is right and you have proper help from qualified professionals at the ready.
Learning together is fine...you say you are not a rank beginner so again...depends upon horse, skill level of the rider and the professional knowledge of the trainer/instructor involved....

I guess you have seen him in person already...
Have you ridden him?
At all gaits?
You are comfortable on him at all gaits?
You match and work together well?
Has your instructor/trainer seen him and worked with you astride and the horse to see how well you communicate?

If you can answer "YES" to all of those questions then you are on your way to be his care-giver, providing you pass the background check required by the SPCA, pay the adoption fees and your parents sign the paperwork that they will forever give Red a good home, never sell and must consult with SPCA if ever there is a change in ownership needed and or euthanasia as is standard practice and in the legally binding contract.
Whew...that was a lot to write and even more to be responsible for forever put on paper.

I offer you the best of luck that "Red" is your one....
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post #5 of 14 Old 09-28-2017, 10:35 PM
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He looks like a cutie. I have no advice on Red or how compatible he may or may not be with you, but as an experienced rescue worker I will caution that the SPCA may be difficult to work with in the regard that your parents are going to be adopting the horse for such a young rider. Unless your parents are interested in horses as well and are interested in working with and riding/caring for Red in the future, the SPCA will most likely want additional confirmation that if and when you choose to go off to college, the horse will still have a home with your parents if you don't have the option of taking him with you. Otherwise they will deny your adoption. I have seen far, far too many horses wind up on Craigslist because the owner is going away to college and the parents can't keep them. The rescues don't have room for those horses and I'm sure the SPCA would rather hold on to Red and wait for a pretty much guaranteed forever home rather then risk sending him off to a home where the owner may leave for college and not have an option for him and be forced to send him back to the rescue at a time when they may not have the space or resources to take him.

I don't mean to be a downer, but I also want to be realistic and that I have seen this exact situation so, so many times and in the end it is always the horse (or dog or cat or whatever other animal) that winds up getting the bad end of the deal.

If you have the option, instead of adopting Red, I would look into fostering for the SPCA until you have graduated high school and have determined what you want to do for college (if you even want to go) and then from there decide on things. This will allow you to keep the animal on your property (or at a boarding barn) and do everything as if you own it, but without the actual responsibility of owning the animal. Once you get an adoptiona denial from an agency like that, it is very, VERY difficult to ever get approved for a future animal so tread carefully.

I wish you luck with whatever path you choose! :)
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Congratulations on getting your own horse.

First off some advice from someone very experienced of looking for horses for other people.

1. Go with an open mind.

2. Look at several horses.

3. Take your trainer with you and as HLG says, see how you work with this horse.

4. Do not allow yourself to fall in love with the first horse you try, it might be the one or, just because he will be 'yours'

Good luck
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Thank you so much for your kind reply! I am going to take a ride on him next weekend and I'll keep you updated on how it goes!
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@k9kenai Thank you for your reply! Yes, I have heard this about the SPCA which is why I was skeptical to adopt a horse instead of buying one. We have made a plan for when I go to college, he will either be coming with me (HOPEFULLY!) or staying at the boarding farm. We are still looking into other places because the SPCA is a hard place. Thank you for your reply :)
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Thanks for the advice @Foxhunter ! I do have a bad habit at falling for every animal I see but I am still looking at and trying other horses before deciding. My trainer will be coming with me to look at horses, so at least I will have some help <3
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I do have a bad habit at falling for every animal I see but I am still looking at and trying other horses before deciding. My trainer will be coming with me to look at horses, so at least I will have some help
It is hard to be objective when you heart just wants to take all of them home. But try to keep your emotions at bay and think things through, and decide if it is really the right horse for you.

Remember that folks will search for MONTHS for the right horse, so do not be discouraged if you don't find something right away.

I looked at his listing and they don't have much information. I like his bone structure in his legs, but he is quite weak-looking in the hindquarters. They don't say what his TB is crossed with.

What are your plans for your future horse? Jumping?
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