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Should I Get This Horse?

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Hi, I'm a Novice-Intermediate Rider With 5 years of experience, I walk, trot, canter and can jump a good 2'9. I have a crazy standardbred and he can no longer be ridden, I have mainly ridden OTTB's my first lesson horse was a 15.2 hand pony then I moved up to a 17 hand OTTB, I rode her with much complication but I loved it. Now we are looking for a new horse. I'm currently In love with a 17 thoroughbred we found he is HUGE!!! Built Perfectly!!! So well balanced and just perfect, Hes my dream horse. He was never Raced. Hes 7 years old and his owner gave him a 6 on tempernment, His owner owned his parents ( They were raced) and had The horse since he was a born, He trained it, yet he is not finished. Jumping for 2-3 years and has been wonderful! He is the most confident htoroughred I have ever met in my life! You throw him at something and hes on it. My aunt does not like thoroughbreds and will not be happy if I get him, She lives right nextdoor and I will have to ride at her place everyday and will never hear the end of it. She does not like english riding or showing although her husband shows english and has an OTTB? It makes no sense.she only looks at some of the high strung TBs shes met and goes by that..She trail rides and has teneessee walkers and really I dont like them....She keeps looking at walkers for me and wont stop telling me how much she hates me getting this horse..Now my mom is begining to agree with her...My mother and Aunt have only seen me ride like 5 times...I love this horse. and I feel soo Safe on him..He is still some what green and will glance at things but Is something I feel safe handeling.What does everyone think?? Good horse or should I get a walker or old Qaurter horse?

P.S. My event Trainer says hes to green, I left her barn. And my parents or aunt have never even seen pictures of this horse.

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If the horse has a good mind, and in the most honest, logical part of your brain (not the part that just wants this horse because you love him), you know you can handle and teach a greenie, then why not? I have always felt that there is no better teacher than the horse, and the various experiences it will give you. As long as it is a situation in which you will remain safe but still challenged and therefore learning every day you halter him, then why not? :)

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First, sit down and list all the things you want in a horse, and then see if this TB meets those needs

You are not buying the horse for your aunt to ride, but , at the same time, you admit to being an intermediate rider, thus I think some un biased input from a professional would be very worthwhile

That pro will know whether you and the horse are a good match,and also whether this horse will be suited to meet whatever riding goals you have

The professional should also be able to assess how broke this horse truly is, and getting such advise is very worthwhile, even if you have to pay that professional for their opinion/advise

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My Trainer said he would be an amazing team and that we would look amazing together, It was just that she knows im not the most confident person in the world but, I believe this horse is the one I want after the good 7 other horses we looked at..

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If your trainer likes him and you love....then buy him!

Your mother and aunt won't be riding him...you will.

I'm going out on a limb to say that your lack of confidence in the saddle

is a mirror of your personal lack of confidence

in your personal relationships with your family and other people.

Your fear of what your aunt will think or say... shows me that you need to grow a backbone.

Life is filled with people (related or not) that will try to dominate others.

Each of us has the choice to let them rule our life or tell them to "Shut Up!"

In a polite manner if possible or flat out rude if needed.

I believe that horses come into our lives to be our friends and teachers.

We have to be open to growing and changing ourselves to learn the lessons our horse can teach us.

This could be the horse that requires you to grow up and believe in yourself come heck or high water. To take you to the next level of emotional and physical confidence in your riding abilities and yourself.

It will be easy or tough at times. Change requires us to rise, fall and learn what is important from our choices. Cowards never grow or change. Heroes continue to pick themselves up, figure out where they went wrong and keep going no matter how hard it gets. You are the one who makes the choice of being a coward or a hero.

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So Thunder came yesterday and another trainer got on him, she liked him but he would need like 6 months of training and he dident know how to bend and he never had contact on his mouth so he was hard to ride, so I said no, A lot of amazing trainers were their and loved him! It was total opposite of the reaction I would get! But it was to good to be true I guess... :thud: :thud: :thud:

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Glad you got some expert opinions, rather than just run with your heart

If you can't put that training on him yourself, then 6 months of professional training will need to be taken into account, far as budget.

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So a trainer I havent known long but she was their yesterday with me to see thunder, Called me this morning and said she found some amazing horses! i went to see one today and loved her!! She is a 16.2 hand Palomino quarter horse mare! we are getting her on trial and shes 15 so shes a 'been their done That' Kinda horse! So everyones happy!

Thanksk for all of your opinions!

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That's great--many happy rides to you with your new mare :smilie:

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Fabulous ! We're always excited around here when someone gets a new horse.

To be honest - I did kind of get the feeling you should be listening more to outside opinions anyway on that first horse (Mother/Aunt). Sometimes our heart over rules our head. And SOMETIMES.........other people see what we cant.

Sounds like it worked out well in the end.

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