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Sometimes I still look at horse ads for fun, even though I already have a horse and can't afford another. Someone close-ish to my area is trying to sell this horse for extremely cheap ($175). My impression of him is that he's very talented and pretty, but also a bit temperamental and in need of an advanced rider. I hope they find a good home for him. What do you think?

http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/grd/1540942444.html
 

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The link doesn't work for me :(
 

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Dog food? Not to be rude but if I really cared about the horse I would rather give him to a friend then get a stranger to take him for 175.
 

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Well, I'm not sure what's up with the link, but here's the ad they posted:

9 yr old 16.2 Thoroughbred gelding currently jumping 3' with ease and could easily be jumping higher. He’s done horse shows, dressage, cross country, jumping, and some trail rides. He knows lead changes, shoulders/haunches in/out, collection and lengthening; moves well off your leg, and has a quarter horse whoa. He’s been to some horse shows he’s calm and quiet outside the ring but gets excited in the ring. There have been no medical problems or lameness in the two years we’ve owned him, except for he does have a sarcoid, if you dont know what this it is a non-cancerous tumor, it is purely cosmetic and effects him in no way other than its a little ugly to look at sometimes, although it can be removed reasonably(this is not always effective thought and my vet suggested I should just leave it as its only cosmetic). He is an off the track tb. He has a playful, fun personality and does need at least an intermediate rider and an experienced horseperson on the ground as he will be a little bossy if you allow it. I am only selling him because I have bought me a trail horse and hes going to waist in the feild and I dont really have room to keep two horses, he was ridden daily until about a two months ago. This horse has had alot of work and I think the possibility's are endless with him with an experienced rider, I have pics and many videos of him jumping if your interested. Anyone interested is more than welcome to come try him out, if you have an arena I may be willing to bring him to you to try out as we dont have access to one anymore.(depending on the distance) I am asking $300 he is def. worth alot more but I dont feel like I can ask it with the sarcoid. I can email larger pics. Also the Sarcoid is not in any way why I am selling him, I dont ride him like I should and he has tons of potential I hate seeing him go to waist and I dont have room to keep two horses right now, the sarcoid is purely cosmetic. Again pics and videos available. This is a repost due to the fact I had someone send a deposit and was supposed to get him and now wont return my emails, I do not have pics of the sarcoid I will send you the pics and videos I have if you want to see more come look at him. Serious Inquires only and please read the ad in its entirety before contact me. Below are links to some videos. No I will not hold him for anyone not even with a deposit, have been burnt twice so far on this kind of deal so the first person here with the $ gets him.


They also posted several YouTube videos. Here's a couple:


 

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^ they might need to get rid of himquick because they are going broke (aka dont have the money) to keep two horses. i think hes a nice hrose, i would go and see him if i was looking for another horse.
 

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I have no clue. I just noticed that he seems like a really nice talented horse (for an experienced rider) and he's only priced at $175. I don't know the girl, or her reasons. I was just interested in what people thought of the horse. You're right, there probably is something fishy going on, but assuming there isn't, the horse would be a steal in my opinion.
 

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I wouldnt look at a horse, when the owners dont give a crap who he goes to. If they dont care about that, chances are he was neglected in some way, maybe he needs shots, floating ect.
 

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I actually considered him. I considered buying him and then realised hell no. The owner is a total snot and the horse is insane. She needs a tie down to ride him.

She started out asking about $3000 in November. She's selling him because she got another horse that doesn't need as much work. This guy has been on the market for a while and she'd be better off giving him to a rescue like Friends of Ferdinand.
 

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It's funny. I noticed in the second video he seems a lot less insane, almost dead quiet, and in THAT video he doesn't have a tie down. Coincidence? I think not.
 

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Email her and ask for the rest of the videos she has. He has talent, but he's going to need an experienced rider with a lot of time. He's also got sarcoids. No biggie. He drags one of his rear legs too which would need examining.
 

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Oh. I said it the first post that I wasn't interested in buying him. I just bought a horse and I can only afford one. I just wanted to see what other people thought of him. I might send this ad to a friend of mine though.
 

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I'm not really going to critque much but, is it just mean or does that rider look a little tight in the reins? It seems to me that the horse looks more aggravated with his/her rider, than actually trying to be a slight pain in the butt. I only watched the first video though...
 

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Theres no harm in recomending him to a friend, he may even be a really nice horse! it is very rarely that people find a horse that is trained 'perfectly' in their opinion, other people may not like him, but your friend may fall in love with him, even if he does need a little fixer-ups.
 

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Only poor training would turn him into the horse that he is. Assuming he doesn't have health problems, I will also agree that he would be a steal of a horse to buy.
Having said that tho, tie down or not, there has to be a lot more going than we realize for that horse to be priced as such, not to mention those 2 other people who "randomly" dropped out even after leaving a deposit. Not something I would advertize if I were her.
 

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I'm pretty certain there's more going on here then she's sharing. In the videos posted he looks like a decent horse that just hasn't been ridden properly. But I'd be curious to see what happens that's not on video! I could care less if he 'needs' a tie down (martingale), if his owner's a snot, or if he has sarcoids. But no one sells a horse that is "talented, just needs a more advanced rider" for $175. Horses that go for that price are usually 1) insane or 2) unsound. Where is this horse located?
 

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indianapolis. maybe i should learn to read more carefully. :) darn, that's far. i'd be curious to go see him. not that i need another horse....
 

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Just watched all of her videos. Personally, I wouldn't recommend him to anyone but a person who is experienced in retraining a hot and sensitive horse that has been fussed with. These types tend to be hard to fix. There could very well be more going on then that, but that's what I see. My gut feeling is that he's quite sensitive, he's been chased to some uncomfortable distances which made him upset and nervous, and she got handsy with him to bring him back down, which only makes him more upset about it. (i'd also get him checked for pain and see if his teeth need work) He'd be the kind of horse I'd try a hackamore with... but first go back to a softer bit (was that a 3 ring he's wearing?) and rework the basics (if he has any at all. he might). She also has a tendancy to "drop" him right in front of the fence (did you see how many fences she throws her hands down on his neck a stride out?) and that really makes some horses upset. Maybe it's because he's launched her out of the tack over the fences and she's trying not to hit him in the mouth, maybe he's done worse and she feels like she has to hang on, I don' know. But that's basically 'bailing' out on your horse at the last minute. Some horses will start stopping on you if you do that to them. I also don't love the way he uses his hind end. When the jumps get bigger I think he's going to start pulling rails with his back legs, if he isn't already. That's a much MUCH harder thing to fix then getting them to pick up their front. Personally, I don't think a horse that needs a ton of work and may only be good for an advanced rider but may not have a great prospect as a higher level horse is worth it to buy. But, all my horses have to have a purpose. Unfortunately I can't keep a horse just for sake of keeping a horse. And maybe I'm wrong. Maybe he's super talented and he's just a little hot. I don't know this horse. But... my gut feeling about horses has saved me from buying horses that would have been terrible investments! I DO like that he doesn't seem to have a stop in him and he didn't seem spooky either. That's worth something IMO.
 
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