View Full Version : What were you looking for... and what did you get?

21st February 2010, 02:22 AM
So.. when I started looking for Bella my spec was:

8-14 years old
Preferably gelding
Safe and sane and fun schoolmaster type
Dream to handle
Preferably palomino
To have done a bit of everything and want to do more.

What did I get?
A 13.2hh, 5 year old bay mare. Difficult on the ground and barely broken, sensitive and nervous, bolshy and 'whizzy' ex-harness-racer.

Worked out alright though, so I looked for a similar spec when after my second horse:

Welsh D, traditional coloured cob, Quarter Horse or Haflinger
4-10 years
Preferably mare
Good in all ways
Green under saddle so I had something to work on
Wanted to show mostly, with a bit of everything else.
3500 budget

What did I get that time?
A gorgeous 3y/o just backed sec D gelding, bay roan/sabino. The best bit was he was 2000, an absolute sweetie and broken Western too - he has turned out to be my horse of a lifetime so yeah!

21st February 2010, 08:18 AM
just been looking @ horses really like this one HM0038G93 but probs get a fell or haflinger when it comes time for me to buy my own horse

21st February 2010, 11:00 AM
My spec was:
NOT grey
Definitely gelding
Been there done that, didn't need any work

I got:
Appaloosa - mostly grey and filthiest pony I have ever come into contact with
Mare (although not marish so not too bad)
Just backed

I couldn't be happier with her though :love:

21st February 2010, 11:08 AM
Well I wasn't really looking as I didn't think my parents would ever agree to a horse!

Then we were offered Vinny and to my amazement they agreed.

I already knew Vinny and had been riding him for over a year, so that was great because we knew he was absolutely genuine.

But if I had been looking I probably wouldn't have even considered an 8yo who had only been backed the previous year and was still extremely green. I also would have wanted a decent racehorse.

Instead I ended up with a lovely allrounder who can do pretty much all the things a 'normal' horse can do, as well as being a rather exciting racehorse! I say exciting not because he is a superstar who has won loads of races but because occasionally he shows glimmers of something a bit special, and then doesn't repeat the performance for months, even years... He's also pretty erratic on the track. He's not an easy drive by any means. He can look after himself and thankfully is extremely surefooted (what else could I really want?) but he will give you a heart attack in the process :)

I never dreamed this same horse could also be as good as gold for beginners, children, mums, refugees and museum curators.

21st February 2010, 11:24 AM
I wanted...
14.3hh - 16hh
4-10 yrs
Pref. coloured, grey or palamino
Something I can work on

I got exactly that!
Except the height thing but he's 14.2hh so NEARLY there!

He's exactly what I wanted and more. Luffs him!

21st February 2010, 12:13 PM
I wanted

15.2hh - 16.2 hh
7 - 12 year old
Well started, jumping courses, basic dressage ect.
Not a full TB, prefer QH, warmblood or draft cross
Absolutely not a grey, prefer a dark bay or black

I ended up with
16.1 hh
5 (almost 6) years old
Quite green, no dressage work on him
Full TB

So not exactly what I wanted. 4 years later I am still trying to figure him out and while he is one of the most 'complicated' horses undersaddle I have ever come across he is totally adorable and has more personality that he knows what to do with!

My Crazy Clan
21st February 2010, 12:56 PM
I wanted:
Been their and done it type/Schoolmaster.
7-16 years old.
Broken and all tack included.
Budget: keep saving.
Colour and Gender not important but I do love Grey's.
Not to far distance wise.

I got:
3 year old, Probably not been broken More then 6months!
No tack, not even a head collar!
Price 300
Distance not too far.

But I was 13/14 at the time, took my savings out and brought my first horse, he was the first one in the paper big enough, close enough and the amount I had....plus he was Grey which was a bonus!!!:D
So I ended up telling them to bring him straight over because know one would take me.
New saw him, Never rode him :O so everything was a surprise and I took a chance but it was the best thing I ever did.

21st February 2010, 01:51 PM
I was looking for a cobby safe hack that could plod around and have a bit of fun with.
Didn't want a younger horse and prefered geldings

Ended up with exactly that - I stuck to my guns and only bought something I felt totally safe on.

The fact that we have gone on and done things me and Troy never dreamed of is only a bonus.

21st February 2010, 02:04 PM
my first horse i wanted:
very safe allrounder
14.3- 15.1
10-14 year old
not tb, a quiet breed, slightly cobby.

ended up getting:
12 year old
thoroughbred mare.
definitley not safe, could barely sit on her to begin with without bucking
scared of jumps so not allrounder
spooky on hacks
BUT she was so good to handle and do in all respects so we stuck with her!

second horse (we still had first horse) wanted:
6-10 year old
15.3- 16.2hh
showjumper that needs a bit of work but basically there
that I could compete on BSJA and BE.

we got:
4 year old
irish sport horse
but he was very quiet and good to ride. not the most amazing jump but he was young
had to sell him a year later because not enough time for both of them with my a levels.

recently wanted:
a 14.2- 15.2hh
3-4 year old
ready to back straight away
quiet with the wow factor, easily trainable

14.3hh (still growing)
2 1/2 year old
He is very quiet though and defintely has the wow factor with flashy paces and heart shaped spots on his bum :) I think its defintely worth the wait to be able to back and ride him :)