DJ, the point everyone is trying to make is that you may have been jumping before, but you're not READY to be jumping. You need a lot of confidence building and a LOT more basics than you've had. I'm sure you won't believe what I'm saying, but I'm saying it anyway.
I don't think it's a horrible thing for DJ to want a horse who has had experience jumping. In fact, I think that's a great idea. She needs a solid horse that has been there and done that, and when her basics are completely solid, she'll be able to jump a btdt horse
I second and third what everyone says. You need a quiet horse on which you can learn, eventually, to jump. I'm afraid you're just going to end up in the same situation you are in now if you go looking at hot-tempered young horses.
Originally Posted by tidy rabbit
Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community.
Hudson is beautifull, but I don't want to have to start one over fences.
So far I like,
Piece O' the Past
Although it doesn't specifically say in the ad that he jumps, it does say that he competed at PC Nationals at First Level in dressage. To compete in dressage at Nationals, you have to be a "C" pony clubber (can't remember whether you must be a C1 or a C2). For a C1 rating you must jump 2'9" and for a C2 you must jump 3'0". So, one can logically infer that this horse is capable of jumping at least 2'9"-3'0", if not higher.
He looks like a really nice horse - you could always email the seller and ask about his jumping ability.
Whimsey seems best suited based on location, age, price, and training, but she's not for you. Not right now. You need to sell Tex first. Don't even look or consider buying until then. The last thing you want it to get your hopes up while he's still around because you may end up resenting him for it. Just take one thing at a time.
When you do look (after you've sold Tex), I'd recommend trying to find a 10 -16 yr old lower level eventer that's being outgrown by it's current rider.... something that will pack around a BN course. It will already have some dressage and jumping training, so you won't be starting from scratch in either area. I would absolutely not recommend looking at anything green regardless of how quiet the seller says it is. That includes the "well-broke" horses who've reported been ridden by the seller's grandkids but have sat in the pasture and only been ridden a handful of times over several months.
DJ - if you want to start looking now, that's fine...BUT...make it very clear to the seller that you're not in the position to buy at this point, and will not be until Tex sells. Some sellers will tell you to come on out and try the horse, and others will ask that you wait until you're able to commit.
BTW - I think the last of exjumpers picks looks great!
What about finding a nice horse to lease? Especially if you are looking for something that you might grow out of or progress past the horse's ability - there are LOTS of packer-type eventers for lease to good homes that have owners at school/no time. I know it is a lot more fun to own the horse and everything that comes with it, especially at your age, but it might be a viable option for what you are looking for, and you could save the money from Tex (maybe put it in a savings account and let it accrue interest) until you get ready to buy a horse that you won't grow out of/get better than after a year or two.
I leased a gelding, a 14yo TB that had eventing through Novice successfully, for 3 years while his owner was pregnant and then taking care of the baby. She eventually sold him when I was ready to move on and she realized she wouldn't ride anymore, and it was GREAT. I did my first events on him, and even though he was a pain in the dressage ring, he was a blast to jump and fun to hack around with. He was also an OTTB. I was about your age at the time, too.
Now, almost 4 years after the end of the lease, I have a 6yo OTTB who is headed to his first HT in two weeks, to compete at Novice. If I had bought the lease horse, I may have ended up with a retiree and wouldn't have the money to support a second, competitive horse. Or, I may have fallen in love with him and kept him, taken him up the levels, etc.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what
lies with in us. - Emerson
DJ, yes it is hard to say goodbye when they get on that trailer to their new home. I just sold one of my horses that I absolutely loved but he wasn't working out for me. He belongs to a teenager who is going to do 4H and gaming on him, which is what he's more suited for. Yes, it was tough but I knew I was doing the best for him and for me. He'll get the additional training he needs and a young girl who'll love and pamper him.
When you do get a new horse, let Sheza and he/she get acquainted over a fence at first and if you can put the new horse and Sheza in separate side by side paddocks for several days so they can get used to each other without feeling threatened. When you do turn them out together, expect some squealing and kicking but it's normal horsey behavior. Keep an eye on them and if it gets particularly violent, then continue the separate turnout a little longer.
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I talked to my mom more tonight, she says she doesn't know, she doesn't want him to go to a bad home. I think she would miss him, I would too but she could get a horse that she doesn't feel threatened about, I kind of feel like I would be taking away her first horse from her, and I wouldn't want Sheza to be taken from me. I will try to talk to her again tonight. I don't know, I love Tex, but I want somthing I can work with and have fun on, but I don't know if I could sell Sheza, she has potental.