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  • Don't buy the first horse you try...

    or at least thats what they say, right?

    But how many of you out there have bought the first horse you tried? Was it love at first sight and you didn't bother to try any others, or did you feel obligated to sit on a few others just to make sure? What was your experience level at the time and did it turn out to be the best thing you ever did and you're glad you trusted your gut, or was it a huge mistake?

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    I think it's more that you are rarely lucky enough that the first horse you try is the right one.

    But if it is the right fit, sitting on 15 more horses isn't going to make it any better of a match...so yeah, buying the first horse you try can be fine.
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      I have bought the first horse I tried on many an occassion! My first horse was the first and only horse I tried, and 17 years later I have bought 8 or 9 others that were the first horse I tried as well. I guess for me it is a bit different though as basically anything I have is for sale, so I am not really looking for a lifetime horse. I buy everything thinking it will be for sale, then if we click I keep them.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by MyGiantPony View Post
        I think it's more that you are rarely lucky enough that the first horse you try is the right one.

        But if it is the right fit, sitting on 15 more horses isn't going to make it any better of a match...so yeah, buying the first horse you try can be fine.
        100% agreed.

        My horse wasn't the first I looked at, but the first I tried (the others weren't backed yet.) I had seen him 5 months earlier and it was totally love at first sight - and for him, too, for whatever reason. At the time I didn't know he was for sale, or that he'd be a decent match for me. My trainer had worked with him the year before I got him and knew him well, and knew we'd be a great fit - plus she's in love with him - so we knew before I went that if he and I got along we'd be a great match.

        It's if you're likely to be the "fall in love with any horse I ride" type that you shouldn't buy the first horse. But you should buy the horse who is the right match, no matter how many horses you end up riding to get there - no others included.
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        • #5
          When I bought my first horse, ( eons ago) he was the first horse I tried. I was just so excited I was getting one. I had him for 19 years until the day he died but he had quirks that maybe I would have passed on if I had tried others. More recently, my friend bought the first one she tried, thinking those little quirks could be worked out...... 2 years later she now wants to sell. I think we get so excited about it, don't get buyer's remorse! Sometimes people who sell horses can be like used car sales people ( not all of course, the unscrupulous ones) and like to pressure you. It is one of those things, don't get pressured into it!
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          • #6
            It depends. (what a typical, cop-out answer, right?) I have bought the horse I tried. I have bought the 4th horse I tried. I have bought off a video. I have bought off the advice of a trainer, sight unseen. I have bought after being told by a friend of a friend and having the horse come on a 6 hour trailer ride, get off, get tacked up, be ridden by the trainer for 20 minutes, me for 10. (granted, I bought him barring anything catastrophic on the PPE). If you sit on the horse and you "know" then go for it. The one that I bought after the trailer ride and 30 minute trial was just an "I-know-this-is-the-one" horse. I wasn't really in the market but I got told about him and he seemed worth a look (plus, his owners' finances made him a dirt cheap bargain) and after sitting on him, I knew he was the right horse. He has been my first soul horse as an ammy.

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            • #7
              I did (or rather, my parents did!). When we were looking for my first horse (after a series of leases), we bought the very first horse we looked at. He was being sold by Phyllis Dawson and had been recommended to us by another Pony Club parent, so that was a big plus in his column...but we knew, even as total novices, that the rule of thumb is to never buy the first horse you look at. But he was just perfect for me, and we bought him and loved him and never looked back!
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                #8
                Originally posted by Pennywell Bay View Post
                When I bought my first horse, ( eons ago) he was the first horse I tried. I was just so excited I was getting one. I had him for 19 years until the day he died but he had quirks that maybe I would have passed on if I had tried others. More recently, my friend bought the first one she tried, thinking those little quirks could be worked out...... 2 years later she now wants to sell. I think we get so excited about it, don't get buyer's remorse! Sometimes people who sell horses can be like used car sales people ( not all of course, the unscrupulous ones) and like to pressure you. It is one of those things, don't get pressured into it!
                Thats what I'm worried about! I'm actually not an impulsive person in general, but I do tend to get swept up in the excitement of things which is why I'm wondering if my common sense is being clouded! I have ridden a pretty wide range of horses, but they've all been well schooled. The horse I'm looking at now is well schooled also, but has more umph than the typical one I ride. I haven't bought yet and I'm going to do a trial, but everything is happening so fast I've just got nagging fears about making the right decision.

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                • #9
                  The one time I was aqctualy trying horses, I did look at a few.

                  All my others have beena nice horse comes into the barn and I like him, so I buy him. One time, a horse came up for sale my trainer had been wanting for years. So, I tried him once, did a PPE, and he was in my stall 3 days after he was put up for sale.
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                  • #10
                    I bought the first horse whose ad I kept going back to... when I first saw it, I wrote her off because she was too young and out of my budget. When they dropped her price we went and looked... I sat on her for about 5 minutes before buying her.
                    "Adulthood? You're playing with ponies. That is, like, every 9 year old girl's dream. Adulthood?? You're rocking the HELL out of grade 6, girl."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KateKat View Post
                      Thats what I'm worried about! I'm actually not an impulsive person in general, but I do tend to get swept up in the excitement of things which is why I'm wondering if my common sense is being clouded! I have ridden a pretty wide range of horses, but they've all been well schooled. The horse I'm looking at now is well schooled also, but has more umph than the typical one I ride. I haven't bought yet and I'm going to do a trial, but everything is happening so fast I've just got nagging fears about making the right decision.
                      If you have nagging fears, why not have an objective friend 1.) ride him if that is allowed 2.) watch you ride him, I went with mine ( she did not listen to me and bought him anyway but she tried ). I know it is SO EASY to get swept up in the moment b/c it is so exciting!!! ( YEAH for you!!)

                      A trial is an awesome thing!! PLEASE keep us posted on this. Is so fun getting a new horse! How long is your trial?
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                      • #12
                        I bought my pinto at first sight! He was still at his mother's side and sleeping in a pile of hay in the middle of a muddy paddock and he just lifted his head to look my direction and I was sold! Now it's about 7 years later and he's doing great! I just wanted a horse of my own again to fool around with ( I board retired show horses). I've done all his training myself, except I had some one else sit on him at the start of his 3yd year because I was pregnant. But since then it's just been me. He's only about 15 hands but I hope my kids will want to ride him some day ( they are just 3 and 6 yrs old). Oh and the best part, he only cost $500.! He was a foal from a nurse mare so I got him when he was only about 2 months old. So he's a real part of the family!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by KateKat View Post
                          or at least thats what they say, right?

                          But how many of you out there have bought the first horse you tried?
                          Yes, I bought Belle when I wasn't even looking for a horse.
                          Was it love at first sight and you didn't bother to try any others, or did you feel obligated to sit on a few others just to make sure?
                          Both. Yes it was "love at first sight". And yes, I did look at 4 or 5 other horses before buying her.

                          What was your experience level at the time
                          I had been riding for many decades. She was the fourth horse I bought as an adult. I had also leased 3 different horses.

                          and did it turn out to be the best thing you ever did and you're glad you trusted your gut, or was it a huge mistake?
                          Best purchase I ever made.
                          Janet

                          chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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                          • #14
                            When I bought my gelding (the only one I've bought myself since being on my own and gotten to ride - mare came off the track), I had sat on about 6 horses before him. He had the 'it' factor. I sat on him and loved how he felt and was totally comfortable on him. I was a pretty experienced rider and was not worried about my decision. I still walked away and tried a couple others, then went back and rode him again. Loved him. Bought him

                            He's basically a pasture puff at the ripe age of 9 due to an injury (not in the PPE, unavoidable, devastating) and could be a bit of a jerk sometimes, but I LOVED riding him. He just fit

                            I'm glad I trusted my gut feeling as we have had wonderful memories together, and even though my mom hates him (they just don't get along personality-wise), he is going to stay with us forever.

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                            • #15
                              I don't know... I generally think you should have a good idea about what you want and what your type of horse is before you buy (as well as an ability to assess that in a horse). Some people have a good talent for that and/or have been doing it long enough that they CAN see that in a horse right away. That might just be the horse they see first. Others just aren't good at it (this is where the commission you pay is worth its weight in gold if the trainer has the ability) or they need to compare a few types to get at the truth, so to speak.

                              And then there is that rare moment when you aren't really looking and the right one falls in your lap. Those are my favorites and at least for me I think my best purchases if only because I'm not looking for what I want to find, but thinking "this can't be as good as it seems" so I am more critical and analytical in my evaluation.
                              Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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                              • #16
                                The horse I bought a little over a year ago was the first one I really tried while shopping. I had "tried" another that I knew wasn't going to be right for me before getting on...but was also trying for other people in our barn (they *almost* bought him 'cept for a vetting issue and no negotiation room).

                                I LOVED my horse's sale video...he looked like exactly what I was shopping for. I tried him and he was the same horse, although there were a few issues that turns out we're magnified after purchase and we are still working through. I've had to change my ride and it's taking me some time. When I get it right, horse is exactly what I want. That said, it would be nice if I could get it right more often or if horse could be a little more forgiving.

                                I almost didn't buy him because of his looks. He's a chestnut (which I don't really like) no leg white (boo) and reminded me of a horse at our barn that I thought was ugly. Thankfully, that was just a factor of a long-ish mane, being a bit underweight and a pelham. Now that he's at a good weight, goes in a D (works better for us) and his mane is the right length, I actually think he's a good looking horse. Classic TB. I still wish there was some leg white, but oh well.

                                I think the first horse you try CAN work...but if there's something you're unsure about, other that just feeling it's wrong to buy the first one...go try some others. It will ease the second guessing and make you feel better.
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Ibex View Post
                                  I bought the first horse whose ad I kept going back to... when I first saw it, I wrote her off because she was too young and out of my budget. When they dropped her price we went and looked... I sat on her for about 5 minutes before buying her.
                                  My experience was kinda like this too. I loved this horse from the irst time I saw his ad and video, but he was out of my price range. I kept looking and talked to a LOT of sellers, but most of the horses I wrote off without looking because things came up when talking to the seller that made me decide it wasn't worth it. Finally I contacted the seller of the horse I had fallen in love with who was too expensive and it turned out he had been for sale for quite awhile so she was willing to come down on price. I went and tried him and LOVED him. I had two friends with me who also really liked his way of going. I felt like I "had" to try some othe horses mostly because my other friends told me I couldn't buy the first one. The ones who were with me agreed he was a good match and I should buy him, but I tried two others. They were nice, but they weren't Trav! I ended up getting him for $1500 (listed at $3500) and took him on a 3 month "free" lease with buy option on my farm. That was 8 months ago, and here we are now!

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                                  • #18
                                    About 90% of the time, when I go to the trouble of trying a horse, I buy it. I'm one of those who does pretty extensive research before actually going out and looking at a horse-- so I don't actually LOOK all that often. So, yes, many times I've bought the first-- and only!-- horse I try.

                                    Sadly, because of this, I've actually had sellers get angry with me for requesting information about their horses, and then not going any further. I had one lady send me an angry email after I inquired about two different horses she had for sale, and then a stallion she was standing-- she told me that because I kept asking for info but then not actually coming out to see the horses, I must be nothing better than a "looky-loo". The truth was, I was very interested in her breeding program, and her horses were CLOSE to what I was looking for, but never quite right... which is why I was interested in her stallion, in the possibility I could breed my own. She lost a customer just because she didn't understand where I was coming from. Frankly, I would think she'd be happy I didn't waste her time coming to try the horses when the information she gave me showed that they weren't quite right for me.
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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by Pennywell Bay View Post
                                      If you have nagging fears, why not have an objective friend 1.) ride him if that is allowed 2.) watch you ride him, I went with mine ( she did not listen to me and bought him anyway but she tried ). I know it is SO EASY to get swept up in the moment b/c it is so exciting!!! ( YEAH for you!!)

                                      A trial is an awesome thing!! PLEASE keep us posted on this. Is so fun getting a new horse! How long is your trial?
                                      I'm enlisting the help of my trainer and she is putting no pressure on my what so ever. In fact, she has even told me "it usually doesn't happen this fast" LOL so I'm pretty sure she is being objective.

                                      The trial is for a week, and in that time I'll get to ride her pretty much every day. So I'm pretty sure I'll figure out quickly if I still love her or not And if I do end up buying her, don't worry I will appease the COTH gods with lots o'pictures!

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                                      • #20
                                        You have a good plan! I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed! ( not in a snarky or bad way! )=)
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