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[Riding] Roman Returns

As one might guess from the subject line, Roman was up to his old tricks again. The balking when I wanted him to trot and all. Took a while to get him up to speed, and he did his usual 'watch me use the corner as an excuse to stop!' routine.

However, we got through this and I was able to trot him through a serpentine course several times. By the end, we were working well again, and he was cornering more precisely. (Roman /can/ turn on a dime. As with most things involving effort, he usually just doesn't WANT to.)

Nothing particularly interesting this lesson, but some good time with the horse. Ah, well; not every week can be as exciting as last (good thing, too!), or as much a break from routine as a trail ride. ;)

There /is/, however, a horse staying at the school for a few months. A former student's horse, now up for sale, being leased by one of the other students. Jefe is a lovely roan TB gelding, but he's 17 years old and $13,000... which is not /bad/ considering he has an excellent show record, but he's getting a little old to command that kind of price. (Witness the fact that he's been up for sale for over a year.)

What's almost been tempting is a horse being sold nearby. A 9-year-old TB gelding, who's been a backyard horse. Got to see him over a fence... lovely conformation, very friendly, but because he's got little training to speak of and needs work -- he's a jumper/dressage prospect -- he's only $3000. (Only, she says. ONLY.) My classmate and I were looking at the info-sheet posted on the barn's bulletin board and going 'mmm... no, no, really DON'T need to buy a horse, we're both beginners... if you talk me out of it, I'll talk you out of it...'

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It seems remarkable that a horse who is twice is old is going to cost over four times as much. Also, not that I really know, but is it a good idea to have a horse that is that much more highly trained than the rider?

I'm surprised to find out that riding is very nearly as expensive as flying. Having tried both, I think that horses might have a few advantages, one of them being, they are a lot more affectionate than a Cessna. ;)
They drool and poop more than a Cessna, though. :)
$13,000 is a lot for a horse that old, even if he does have great training, a good show record, and is a registered horsed. The registered part is the only thing that'd drive the price up that high, at least here in Texas.

Also, as tempting as $3000 may be, you really do need more experience before you buy a horse that green, or you'll just end up spending /more/ money sending him off to get trained.

I'm not trying to talk to you out of getting a horse eventually, I promise! I'm just concerned both for your bank account and for your rear (little training = hi, ground!). ;)
Oh, I know. I'm not (really) seriously thinking about it. It's more, 'oh, look, he's practically next-door, and he needs a new home... and they do training here over in the other barn...'

Really, I do have a semi-firm plan on all this. Down the road, when I feel more experienced, I plan to half-lease Roman, since he is available for half-lease. /Then/ I'll start thinking about buying, after I've got some leasing experience under my belt.

Which doesn't mean a nice horse with a good price tag doesn't make me go aaaaw... ;)
Wow, I'm out of touch. This is the first exposure I had to the "my x iz pasted on yey!!" meme...
I couldn't resist doing it just to see if anyone noticed. :)
... to wubba who?
Yeea, I second everyone else's ideas about buying horses as a beginner. Not a good idea. :)

The main reason, in my mind, not to buy a horse within the first few years (yes, years. Not months! Years) is because you grow so much as a rider, that the type of horse you'd want as a beginner is far different from the type of horse you'd want further down the line when you know more.

Lease Roman for sure later down the road! And once you've kind of 'outgrown' him, lease another horse from her if you can. I'd ride as many horses as you possibly can before you actually buy one. That way, you've been exposed to lots of different horsie-personalities... hopefully also to different breeds, 'cause they all got their characteristics.

But, still. Yay for you! :) Riding is good!