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I had inquired about this appy gelding for sale. When I got the photos he looked pretty much emaciated, but was an "easy keeper". He was a "kids" horse, but in the photos he was always on a leadrope, high headed, and had a rather harsh bit in his mouth. They supposably had him for a year and a half, but I just found his ad this morning on a dealers page and was sold in October/November 2009. I mean come on, if you bought the horse and hes just not working out for you, then say so. Don't lie about it, expecially if you are trying to pass the animal off as a kids horse! Things like that just really tick me off.
 

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Another old saying comes to mind (boy this is the morning for old sayings!) ... believe nothing of what you hear and only 1/2 of what you see. I never believe the ads I see, especially on Craigslist. I always show up 1/2 an hour early to see a horse and, depending on how much the horse is or how far I am from the horse, I want recent videos.

There are way too many yahoos out there who got in over their heads with a horse and want out but will lie through their teeth (another old saying!) to sell the horse.
 

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I agree with Iride. When my sister was in the market, we went and looked at a lot of those 'kid broke' horses. None of them were broke for kids that we looked at. We always make the owner ride first, and there where some so bad that we left while the owner was still riding :shock:. It's so hard to find a good horse because people are such liars!
 

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We went to see a paint "kid's lesson horse". When the ban help tacked her up in this monstrosity of a tiedown (we're talking an actual *tie-down* as in that horse couldn't move it's head up 1 millimeter) we should've run. But no, we stuck around and the horse did ok with it's owner (who was a horrid rider and yanking the crap out of it's mouth).

Then really stupid me agreed to get on (after all it's been giving lessons to 5yr olds, how bad could it be?). Horse tucked it's nose all the way to it's chest and bolted and the stupid owner says, "well, I think it's a bit much horse for you, but she'd be great for your children!" Thankfully that horrid nightmare of a horse was gate sour and came to a screeching halt at the gate all the way at the other end of the property.... never dismounted quite so fast before!

When we left, the owner had another prospective buyer and was setting a 3 or maybe 4yr old in a tiny pink helmet on her! I still wonder if that child survived.
 

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My mom went to look at a Thoroughbred once. It had supposedly been off the track for five years. The lady told her on the phone it was 100% sound and had never had any problems.

My mom gets there and the trainer on the property who hadn't ridden the horse yet got on her. The mare took two steps and two pins in her knees popped out. SHe flipped over backward onto the trainer. The trainer had to leave in an ambulance and the horse was put down that night.

Some people will do anything to get rid of their broke down horses.
 

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People are just stupid. Poor horse!
 
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