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Postby goldendryad » Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:31 pm

<font color="magenta">Because my aunt and uncle might need Gambit back for the summer (long story) and my bf needs a horse to learn to ride on, I've been keeping my eyes peeled for a nice horse. <br /> <br />I may have found one. <br /> <br />5yr old Tb mare, really good breeding, had an extremely short stint on the track, not a racer so sent to be trained pleasure and now the owner wants to sell. <br />She's 16hh, chestnut, well broke, quiet and sweet, sound and sane. A perfect horse for my boyfriend. <br /> <br />So now we are really tempted to look at her, her price is quite low and he's even willing to workout a payment plan. <br /> <br />I can't go look at her myself, but I think I'm going to send a friend that lives nearby to try her out. <br /> <br />Oh I'm tempted. Please tell me I'm not getting my hopes up. She sounds really nice. I sure hope I can afford her too....or we can...it will probably be a dual buy, as in both me and my guy go in on it together. <br /> <br />Only mark against her so far is her colour - chestnut, I'm just not a fan of that colour.
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Postby Sodapoppers » Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:25 pm

omg...are you seriously going to give Gambit back without a fight? <IMG src="smileys/smiley6.gif" border="0">
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Postby goldendryad » Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:39 pm

<font color="magenta">No, not ever give him back without a fight!!! But if for some reason I have to (like they need a good riding horse so my aunt can ride with the kids) I'll give them some say since they got him for me. They mentioned it when I first brought him up, BUT my uncle is proud and happy of our progress, so is unlikely to want him back. <br /> <br />However, right now they don't have a good riding horse. Brandy is retired, Thunder is untrained...and that leaves two kids ponies. <br /> <br />No, I don't want to give him up, I love him way too much!!! <br /> <br />This horse would be for my boyfriend, and if I'm forced to send Gambit back, then I could ride her too.
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Postby Sodapoppers » Wed Feb 09, 2005 1:01 am

oh ok...don't ever give that horse up without a fight! He is so special and you have done so much with him. I know how much you love him, and I think it would just kill in the end to have to give him up&nbsp;<IMG src="smileys/smiley6.gif" border="0">
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Postby chenders01 » Wed Feb 09, 2005 8:58 am

GD, first of all, forget about the colour...that should be your LAST criteria when considering whether this is the right horse or not <IMG src="smileys/smiley2.gif" border="0">
Secondly, before you buy her, I really would have your bf ride her first.&nbsp; It's one thing for an experienced rider to get on a TB and have an awesome ride on it, but it could be a whole different ride if your bf who is inexperienced were to get up on her.&nbsp; TBs are sensitive and not always the best "beginner" horses.&nbsp; They don't typically put up with a lot of bumping and pulling, which beginners tend to do.
Is there any way for you and your bf to go see her/try her out before you buy her??&nbsp; I'd just hate to see you get into the same situation with her as I've gotten myself into with Dali...and I'm not a beginner rider, but Dali is still&nbsp;too much horse for me.
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Postby BarnBratCSA » Wed Feb 09, 2005 9:19 am

I agree with Chenders about having your bf try her first. Around here, we often take/send horses on trail before buying...a week or two, usually. Maybe you could see if the owner would be willing to do that? That way you could see how the horse is going to work out before actually purchasing her
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Postby Eileen » Wed Feb 09, 2005 9:54 am

I agree also, tb and beginner do not mix well sometimes....have bf try her out, not just once in an arena....I mean out in the sticks on a trail, trotting, canter, the whole ball of wax....got to check it out before BF gets a bad scare or hurt....then it will all be over before you begin....<IMG src="smileys/smiley2.gif" border="0">
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Postby Lix » Wed Feb 09, 2005 10:13 am

Ooooh, I'm just sad that Gambit may be leaving. <br /> <br />Awwww. I bet you that's going to be hard. If he's going away for a long time, then I'd consider buying a horse but if it's only very temporary, and you know he may be back fairly shortly, then you have to ask yourself if you can handle 2 horses (financially and time-wise). <br /> <br />Keep us posted. <img border="0" src="smileys/smiley1.gif" border="0">
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Postby goldendryad » Wed Feb 09, 2005 10:18 am

<font color="magenta">That is our plan, to have him try her our...and they don't have an arena so it would be out on the trail. <br /> <br />Failing our ability to get out there, a really good friend and her sister would go out there for us. A really good friend. Her and her sister know what would make a good ride for a beginner - they only buy steady horses for people untaught since they have so many friends and family members who come out to ride and know NOTHING about horses. <br /> <br />Her sister is a brave rider, but not very experienced, so she might do the trial. <br /> <br />When I talked to the owner, he told me she was sent to a pleasure/barrel barn after for retraining....he was worried she might be hot, and could make a good barrel racer. He said the trainer told him she's fast, but very quiet and not even remotely hyper. He said she's very quiet and would be a good pleasure/trail horse. <br /> <br />I know TB's can be hot....but they are also a breed that varies greatly in temperment and spirit. My bf really wants a TB (he's just not terribly fond of chestnut). He's also well aware of the possible spirit and sensitivity they have. He will also be started out slowly with good lessons from my coach...to minimize the bumping and such. <br /> <br />So far he's only been on arabs and one really hot little no name brand horse - Tina is very hyper with a dull mouth, not the best combo....but he was fine on her out on the trail and had a blast. <br /> <br />This is very tempting for us, she sounds to be very much what we want.
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Postby goldendryad » Fri Feb 11, 2005 2:56 pm

<font color="magenta">My bf and I both stepped back, critically looked at our finances, and we can't afford it. <br /> <br />Grrr....I should have never even called, getting my hopes up like that. I was just "tire kicking" checking it out, thinking she wouldn't be sound or sane, and turned out she sounds perfect for a steel of a price. <br /> <br />I really can't do something like this right now - I'm finishing uni, need to find a job and stuff first! I think the bf and I will just look into lessons for him for now. <br /> <br />But one day.....
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Postby chenders01 » Fri Feb 11, 2005 3:17 pm

You know, GD, really, lessons on a trained schoolhorse is probably the better way to go anyway.&nbsp; Not that this mare would've been a bad choice for him, but getting more experience by way of lessons will make him that much better of a rider, so that in a year or two, he'll be&nbsp;more ready&nbsp;to buy a horse of his own.&nbsp;
I know it's really hard to pass by what looks to be a "great deal" though.&nbsp; But horses seem to be quite plentiful these days...there's always another one just around the corner.&nbsp; No point into rushing into something that you really can't afford.&nbsp; It's a big commitment, so you want to be really, really sure that you're buying the right horse.
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Postby Piaffing » Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:21 pm

I'd go for the lessons and save your money until you can afford it.
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