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So I'm going to see this horse on Thursday, and here is the description I have been given so far.

Leila is an 8 yo Thoroughbred mare, 16.1 hh and has competed in novice level events, schooled prelim level stadium and cross country. She is very bold and athletic and comes from impressive bloodlines (Native Dancer, Secretariat, and Gone West are a few in her pedigree). flashy mover, always placed top 5. loads, clips, ties, stands for vet and farrier, excellent ground manners and a very willing and fast learner. letting her go for free because she has been out of work for a few months and will need a lot of training with a firm rider. must have her go soon because I have very limited funds. She hasn't been completely out of work she just hasn't been ridden consistently for a few months, I'm only able to ride her about once a week/every other week. The only reason is that I don't have the time and would like a horse that's less of a project. She is a handful and will need a very experienced, brave rider. I always lunge her for 10-20 minutes before I get on or else she prances and crow-hops the whole ride. She's never had any past injuries or issues. She is on stall board with daily group turnout at the moment and doing fine with that set up. I have her barefoot and she's doing fine with it but when I bought her she had shoes and did fine with them as well.

What do you guys think? My trainer is coming with me to see her, and if she thinks that she seems like a good horse, then I'll take her to her barn for a bit and fix some of the problems she has.
I don't have any pictures yet. And remember that she is free. Thanks so much!
 

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So I'm going to see this horse on Thursday, and here is the description I have been given so far.

Leila is an 8 yo Thoroughbred mare, 16.1 hh and has competed in novice level events, schooled prelim level stadium and cross country. She is very bold and athletic and comes from impressive bloodlines (Native Dancer, Secretariat, and Gone West are a few in her pedigree). flashy mover, always placed top 5. loads, clips, ties, stands for vet and farrier, excellent ground manners and a very willing and fast learner. letting her go for free because she has been out of work for a few months and will need a lot of training with a firm rider. must have her go soon because I have very limited funds. She hasn't been completely out of work she just hasn't been ridden consistently for a few months, I'm only able to ride her about once a week/every other week. The only reason is that I don't have the time and would like a horse that's less of a project. She is a handful and will need a very experienced, brave rider. I always lunge her for 10-20 minutes before I get on or else she prances and crow-hops the whole ride. She's never had any past injuries or issues. She is on stall board with daily group turnout at the moment and doing fine with that set up. I have her barefoot and she's doing fine with it but when I bought her she had shoes and did fine with them as well.

What do you guys think? My trainer is coming with me to see her, and if she thinks that she seems like a good horse, then I'll take her to her barn for a bit and fix some of the problems she has.
I don't have any pictures yet. And remember that she is free. Thanks so much!
Almost to good to be true.
 

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Almost makes you wonder if the owner is harsh on her mouth? Or if shes riding with the wrong bit? Maybe her teeth need to be floated? Make sure you ask questions and if anything sounds shady, it probably is! Good luck and i hope she turns out to be a good one for you! :)
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I got my TB for a hundred dollars. She was going to be free, but then the lady changed her mind about letting her go. I waited a month and contacted her and offered to buy the mare. She responded with a sale price of $100.00. She is the best horse with good confirmation and is sweet as the day is long. Very willing attitude. Absolutely nothing wrong with her. Owner was having financial problems and just wanted to find the mare a good home. I keep in touch with the previous owner and send her pics. My dressage instructor thinks she has the makings of a great dressage horse. Sometimes things just fall into place :)
 

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Definetely take a look-I've gotten free horses before & they were great-so it sounds like it could be a great deal to me.
 

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The owner seems very upfront about her experience and ride-ability- always a plus. You looked at her today, right? How'd it go??
 

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I was going to see her, but then the lady called me and canceled it because "something came up". So I guess I'm going sometime next week!
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She sounds like a very good horse indeed. With such a great pedigree, I hope the deal somehow works out and you get possession of this mare.
 

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So that lady didn't call me back all week! I don't think I want to see the horse though anymore, because after we told her she would have to ride it before me, she cancel on us! Kinda shifty if you ask me. I think she was just trying to get rid of a horse she doesn't want by giving it to someone who doesn't know what they're doing. I'm going to try out this new horse I went and looked at the other day in two days though! I'm so nervous! Here is the ad for her, Beautiful Paint/thoroughbred Mare
We're kinda tight for money in horse cost-wise, and her owner said she could do $500 instead of $1000, as well as a payment plan, which is very nice. When I went to see the horse, she was very sweet and very pretty! She has never been cross-tied though, which is kind of annoying for me, because we only have cross-ties at my barn which is at my house. So, if anyone knows any tips on teaching that skill, it would be much appreciated! She also hasn't been in a ring much, and we do have one at my house as well as trails, but I'm assuming with some hard work, it won't be that hard to teach her to ride in the ring. She has a good health history and is getting her feet done tomorrow. What do you guys think of her? I'm worried that she'll be too much horse for me, or something! I'm probably just over-reacting like always though! I'm so nervous for riding her on Sunday! Haha! :)
 

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CUTE! From those photos it does appear that she has a slightly longer back- watch out for that when you visit her.
 

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Definitely look at her, she's gorgeous. Although I am a little worried about the paint's front legs... Make sure to get a good look at them when you see her, because they look.... wrong, to me. The pictures aren't the best, though, as you can barely see them anyway. But I suggest watching them.
As for being worried about her being too much horse, don't be. You have your trainer with you, and you're being cautious and riding her before you commit which is great- take your time, don't worry, and if she's The Horse, I'm sure you'll know. Good luck!
 

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Definitely look at her, she's gorgeous. Although I am a little worried about the paint's front legs... Make sure to get a good look at them when you see her, because they look.... wrong, to me. The pictures aren't the best, though, as you can barely see them anyway. But I suggest watching them.
As for being worried about her being too much horse, don't be. You have your trainer with you, and you're being cautious and riding her before you commit which is great- take your time, don't worry, and if she's The Horse, I'm sure you'll know. Good luck!
I was thinking the same thing about her legs too when I saw the photo! I think it's just her markings and how the photo was taken, because when I saw them in person, they looked fine. :)
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