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  • #41
    I love the ads that describe a "talented jumper", and show pictures of the horse hanging it's knees and jumping over it's shoulder or completely inverted. You know, if I was trying to sell a horse for something that I knew nothing about, I probably wouldn't include a picture.


    • #42
      When I was looking for a horse, my friend who manages a barn/ranch and her daughter who is a trainer told me that when people are advertising their horses very often they would say it was 16H and they were 15H. They were looking for me, and I was looking on the internet too. However, I was looking at ads from all over the country and because my minimum was 16H I only checked out 17H horses on-line out of my area because I certainly didn't want to fly across country to be faced with a smaller horse! I figured the horses would then be at least 16H.

      So often I was looking at videos of people riding the horses and they were smaller women and it was hard to tell exactly how big the horse truly was. Also, my budget was extremely low five figures and it really means if you want a decent horse in that price range, he/she will be young and have very little training or an older well bred horse probably with issues, training or health issues. So that's what I had to do, and looked at horses in that direction. I ended up going younger with very little training. Very happy, though. Perfectly content.

      The whole buying process is tough from a buyer's perspective. I know I looked at pictures/videos of horses that were beyond my price range and lamented the fact my budget wasn't bigger.... and looked at ads for horses whose price wasn't mentioned and after one inquiry stopped thinking of asking those owners about their price... knew they were beyond my budget. It is what it is... I didn't begrudge the higher prices on horses, but it was a little depressing for a time until I found my boy.

      As a buyer, there are a lot of warning signs. There are those videos of people riding a horse around and they will walk and trot, but not canter. Videos of horses running loose are a dime a dozen and it helps to see movement, but still... there is so much more you need to know. Videos of a rider on a horse that looks scared... the rider, not the horse... those were my buyer beware videos I chuckled at...'s a mine field out there!

      Oh, oh, my favorite funny videos are those sellers that think if the rider can stand on the saddle on this horse it's a good horse, or the rider can mount the horse from on top of a horse trailer (jumping down on it). Those videos only made me laugh.... cripes.... the day I decide it's a good day to stand on my saddle or mount from jumping off of something, please find me good meds to get me over those very bad ideas! OK- I get it, it's a gentle horse that puts up with stupid stuff or it's been tranq'd up to the gills so they can do stupid stuff to it. Either way, I'll pass.


      • #43
        I once offered to take a horse that had cervical arthritis and was unrideable and give it a good retirement home. Owner countered that she wanted $10K for him. After I laughed my head off, I told her to call me when she changed her mind. Took her about 2 months, but she did finally give him up.

        I felt bad for her that her dream horse wasn't what she thought he would be, but jeez!


        • #44
          I love looking at ads (I just bought a horse so no need for more to actually buy another) and there is one in my area that has been reposted to multiple FB groups different ways that boil down to:

          Grandma(or mom) wants a pony for her grandsons (or sons). Must be:
          • Under 14.2 hh
          • Bomb proof (one of the boys is developmentally disabled and I think this is a reasonable requirement)
          • Must be grey with no pink skin around the eyes or muzzle
          • Must be young (every ad she lists a different requirement)
          • Must look like a carousel horse (whatever that means)
          • Must be under 10K
          The budget it right but man she is going to have a hard time with her requirements.


          • #45
            Perhaps the kids want one that looks like a carousel horse- high head, gaping mouth, leaping with all four feet curled up, fire in its eyes. No thanks.
            When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

            The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


            • #46
              Originally posted by Belowthesalt View Post

              You made me think of the first time I took first eventer hunting. Drag hunt, so the runs were fast. When we started, he went vertical and bolted. I was able to get him back under control before he passed too many people. Once he realized he was going to be allowed to gallop, he settled down and behaved very well. After the first check, he seemed to have figured it out, and we had a great day, even giving a couple of regular hunt members leads over a few fences. We hunted with that hunt a couple more times. But I realize I was very fortunate tha t he learned to cope so quickly. That first rear was both scary and embarassing, but he certainly redeemed himself! He was an Appy, foundation bloodlines.
              The first time I hunted my mare she reared too. Then she bucked and squealed the whole time. It took her about four hunts to finally settle in and figure out she liked it. It took me completely by surprise.
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              • #47
                About the "too low must be something wrong with it." Yeah. Years ago I had a nice 16.3 h.h. Appy that had evented through Prelim, done jumpers to 4'6", schooled over 5'. His dressage wasn't great (not forward enough), but he was obedient and on the bit (and had a bone-jarring trot because he was very hard to collect wit his long back). BUT - he was a wonderful jumper and easy to ride over fences. One hunter trainer once lamented that he was an Appy, because he would have "made a great equitation horse. You can place him easily and he doesn't break his back over anything under 4', so it's easily to look good on him." LOL So at the time, I thought I would get out of eventing/jumping and into dressage so I put him up for sale. This was the early '80s. I price him at $6,500. I had a kid with parents come to try him. The kid got better dressage out of him than I did, rode him around out mini-x-country course, did some stadium fences - just clicked with him. Parents offer me $3,500 with the statement, "Well, you priced him under $10K, so he can't be THAT great, and besides that, he's an Appaloosa." The kid, a boy, wanted to event. I just said, either pay the asking or I'll keep him. And I did, for another 9 years, then gave him, at age 21, to a friend who trail rode him until he died at 28.


                • #48
                  Last time I was horse hunting I went to see a $2500 paint, quiet, steady, nice horse. Went to see a 25000$$ paint. Anxious, rushed, was half Irish Sport Horse but the other paint was a far better horse. Fo figure.