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Okay, I really want to get a horse, preferably an arabian, but don't know what to do! My friend is willing to loan me a Western Saddle but I want to do English. I thought I could show in Western a while and with the prize money buy an English saddle and switch my horse to english but idk... any suggestions? We are tight on money but my mom is getting a higher paying job which she says will cover board/show fees. I also need help finding a horse! Preferably a Quarter, Arab, or a Pony. Will want to do Barrels and Hunter classes maybe even showing. Any color. Preferably 2-14 years old. Please be in AZ! Between 0-1,000 dollars. Also, must already be saddle-trained!! Not really picky... these are some horses I like. I just need options... Thanks!
Yes, I am an experienced rider. I don't need an old retiree as some of you may be thinking! I want a bit of a challenge, something a bit green but a horse that has been introduced to the saddle. And the 2 y/o is only bein lightly ridden, not fully. I want something young, a horse to 'grow old' with. Thanks for all the links! That's what I'm lookin for!! Also, my trainers only have access to the high-price arabians. (I ride arabs right now for English). My western trainers always give me difficult horses because by the end of the hour, I have the usually problem horses loving me and obeying me down to the dime. As you can see, I want a challenge but not have to fully break the horse. I want a good-lookin horse that will look nice in shows. And ya, the horses I picked aren't the 1k but are negtionable and over time will lower. I am planning on bringing trainers along to check-over these horses and will ride them to make sure they're sound.
I know it won't be quick and easy to get my own English saddle. It will take me about a year or so and I'm fine with that. And yes, I am an advanced rider. Have been riding WAY more than 3 years. I am not stupid and know how 2-3 y/os act. I WANT the challenge. I have time for the challenge. I would like to feel like I had art in training a my horse, not just getting it and becoming light friends. Also, I want to find that perfect one. If I do, I don't want it to have to retire in a few years! The only reason I don't have a horse now was because we couldn't afford it. I am an intermedate/advanced rider and my first lesson in English my trainer was astonished. She couldn't believe it was my first time. I am born into the saddle and have no problem training horses into it. I just don't have time to start from scratch with a horse. Thanks for all the links although pictures are appreciated. If a horse doesn't have pictures, it usually means there is something wrong with it.
*Sigh* Could you guys just shut up about my level of riding already? That's not even what the question is about! I just need help finding a horse... Dang. You all are so critical! And I don't have to prove anything to you. If you don't believe me, fine. Whatever. Just let it go now. I really just need a good horse. That's why I'm asking, not for all of you to critisize me. I don't care if you believe I am that experienced of a rider. Could you please just give me options? And also, I can't show on the barn's horses. Its way too expensive! They want like 10,000 for showing on one. I can afford lessons. I just want to show. I am not nervous in crowds and have been to shows not to mention my friend shows and I'm willing to work for it. I'm up to the task. So let's let that all go and just answer my question, okay?
I have a quarter horse and a bay they are both good but dont just stop riding them!
First of all, you sound like a beginner, and so you need a horse a little bit over 2 or 3, trust me I bought a 2 year old horse after 3 years of riding and after a few bad experiances (bucked off ect) I had to sell him. No matter how kind and gentle they are, I wouldn't recomend that younge of a horse for a beginner. But that's not to say that you won't find an older horse that won't be like that, but the chances are a lot lower. Also, the 1st 2 horses are over $1,000 more than you can spend, and chances are they won't lower the price that much. Also, I show compeditavly on a horse over $15,000 and enter in shows that cost $200 a day and only win between $300 and $800 a show season, so you probably won't win enough money to buy an english saddle any time soon on a $1,000 horse, no offense, that's just reality. There are so many horses out there, and I'm sure you will find a great one, here are a few I found: As you can see, there are so many horses out there! Take your time and find the right one! Good luck! Here's a site that has some cheap english and western saddles. You need to get a horse first, take his/her measurments, and then find a saddle though because (especially with english saddles) horses need saddles that fit them, too small and the saddle kills nerves and hurts the horse, too big and it falls off, doesn't sit properly on the horse, and could also cause problems. Goood Luck!
Firstly you need a saddle that is going to fit the horse otherwise if its pinching the horse or making it uncomfortable you will not get it showing to its best potential! Also horses under the age of 5 will be changing shape so you may have to get a saddle re-flocked etc to refit it later on! I am just saying this to help - so maybe look for something 5 and over so that you don't have the later expense of saddle fitting again! The second horse the 2year old doesn't look as strinking as the first and looks quite low in front! From what youve said you want to do i would so far say Angel over this one! Its nice that you are looking for a horse for life and you sound like an experianced rider so you will be able to teach yourself and the horse togetehr new things all the time, personnaly i think that light work at the age of 3years is ok but 2years seems very young and may course the horse to have problems with his legs, muscles later on in life! Looking at the first link - Angel she is very striking mare and will be very eye catching int he show ring. The only bad point from the ad is it saying 'make good show horse Kentucky pleasure horse' if they think its going to be a brilliant shower they wouldve just said make brilliant show horse!' But she is 3 years old good age but wil be alot of work, but she is beautiful and well proportioned! Czar is a hansom boy and say he's always in the ribbons - it would be worth asking to see these as anyone can say this! Beautifull markings! Looking at the last horse i would be concerned about its back - before its rump it looks boney and very unusual althought the horse looks nice and in good condition i definatly wouldnt say it was for showing prospect. Overall i hope my comments have helped and think that Angel is the most striking mare i have seen for a while! Good luck!
Personally, I wouldn't buy anything younger than 4 for your starting horse. They can be a lot of work, especially if green, and may not do so well in the showing areas you are considering without a sufficient amount of training :/ -not saying this is true for all, some are phenominal right off the bat regardless of age, but again, some aren't.- I'm in So. Cal, but my suggestion would be to check your local Horse Trader--you should be able to pick it up at a local feed or tack store, etc. Maybe check on the net. I know a lot of people acclaim dreamhorse.com, though I personally have no experience with it. Both Qaurters and Arabs are wonderful breeds. Overall, I think you have the right plan. Winning prize money and doing odd jobs, etc. is a great way to earn up enough cash for a good, reliable, and comfy all-purpose, or h/j english that should work for you and your horse. I would definantly take the offer on the western for now to help yourself get to that english :) I personally, out of the horses you provided, like all of them but the two year old. The only reason I don't like the two year old is because it's two, and already being ridden. This usually causes joint problems in a horse that could surface later and cause horrible damage, and cost you a pretty penny. It's an adorable horse, very pretty, and a decent price, but too young to be under saddle--it makes me worry about its soundness later on, which is something you have to consider with a young horse and what you are asking it to do depending on it's age. The first hore, the 3 year old, is pretty, but she hasn't been started yet. Are you prepared to break and show-train your own horse? And if not, are you prepared to pay the money for someone else to do it for you? She's a gorgeous little filly, but she looks too pricey and time consuming I would think. I really love the little Araloosa. He's a cutie. But again, not fully trained, and green, and like the Arabian, he's only had in-hand show experience, meaning no ridden classes. He's older, and he's a gelding, which are pluses in my book. He looks like he'd have the best potential. Personally, I would look for a horse between 5 and 8 years of age that has already had a little bit of show experience in western, english. Jumpers would be a plus, but not required (it's simple to teach the horse, and with some lessons for the two of you, it should turn out smoothly). A gentle, yet firm ride would be a catch--something that challenges you to do better, but that you will have fun riding and working with. I don't show with my gelding, but he was just what I was looking for considering what I want to do with him. I bought him as 8y/o, with a little bit of re-training (he's an ex-racer), and he's been absolutely perfect for me. I trained him to jump myself, but don't do h/j for anything but fun. He rides both western and english, and aside from a little bit of pace-trouble, he'd probably fair decently enough in a simple pleasure class. I think you've got your criteria down, and your plans are secure. You shouldn't have too much trouble finding the right horse I don't think :) Just keep looking and remember that younger isn't always better. Also keep an eye out for old injuries, and bad habbits, etc. Take your experience and budget into consideration with every horse you look at. And never forget to ride it before you buy it and get a vet check too :) Good luck! Hope you find exactly what you're looking for^^
Ah, people. internet horse sales = BAD, BAD, BADDDD ok, heres a suggestion. Talk to someone, or look online for shows in your discipline that you want to check out. then go and watch at least one. The first show you should ask about what its like to own a horse. im serious. ask anyone who has bought a horse if they got exactly what they expected and they will tell you no. Then take some lessons! horseback riding lessons (while they seem expensive, do not even come close to the burden of owning a horse. you've probably been told this, but buying the horse is really the cheap part) this way you will meet the horse experts that will be really really valuable to you when your horse gets sick, hurt, or you just dont know what to do; you will learn how to take care of him/her (there is so much. i've had mine for three years and he surprises me every day); and this is a really really good place to horse shop. make it known that you are looking for a horse at the barn you take lessons at. if your lesson-giver knows you want a horse of your own, they will know people who are selling, and will probably know a few prospects that would be suitable for you. do not go horse shopping on your own. befriend a horse-person and take them. even if its just a horse vet. take SOMEONE who knows horses. and last, take your time. get some books from the library (Horses for Dummies is a really good one) because they will tell you the basics about buying, lay out some of the costs, and tell you some of the things you will need to do and buy before you buy. but they cant tell you everything so immerse yourself in the horseworld! ill try to send you my email. I've totally been there with the never-had-a-horse-but-really-really-want... situation good luck!
If you really want to own your own horse check out the local trainer and see what they have. also check out a few local horse show and see what they have for sale. if you really want a show horse i would go with one at least 4 years old because you don't want to have problems with the legs in the future. also once your at a show you want to be able to show in the classes that you qualify for and not be held back to just a couple because your horse is too young. you want to be able to show halter, english, western and jumping also with gaming you want to be able to do a few classed like barrels poles flags with a young horse you would have the expense of getting to the show and and only be able to do two classes maybe three. and if you want to win money you need to be out there as much as you can. good luck i hope you find what our looking for.
If you have to convince people over the internet that you're an advanced rider, you're probably not ready for a really green horse. Also the term intermediate/ advanced doesn't inspire much confidence. Anyone that has to use labels like that to describe their riding level should stick to lessons for a while.
Horse 1- This horse doesn't even meet your requirements.. she's to expensive and she isn't broke. Horse2- Once again, this horse doesn't meet YOUR requirements, he is $2,500.. better than $3,700 but still not under $1,00. Also, he is very young I would suggest started off with something a little older. Horse 3- And AGAIN he does not meet what you want. He is not saddle broke. Horse 4- That is just a picture.. I can't tell anything about it except it needs to gain weight and it looks to be old. I've motified a bit and here is what I found, I don't know what level of experience is but I've added a variety: Sorry the list was so long, I kind of got carried away! =] Hope you find something you like.. good luck
I like the 1st one or second one! they both seem very good! :D i like english riding better ! so do some english too! :D