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Date Posted: 22:09:17 07/17/06 Mon
Author: Muriel
Subject: Buying without riding...
In reply to: Suzanneb 's message, "Buying without riding" on 10:25:08 07/17/06 Mon

>It makes me nervous to buy a horse without riding it
>but I think I have found the right horse. I have seen
>her video under saddle but will not be able to ride
>her before purchase. How many have had this
>experience and do you regret not riding the horse
>first? WOuld it have made a difference? I am, of
>course, getting a pre-purchase and x-rays.

It sounds like you have already made your decision... and you are smart not to accept anybody else's vet check and xrays. Perhaps you are an experienced rider, but as I am not, I felt that riding my horse was important prior to buying him. I have to say that I rode about 7 or 8 Friesians before I purchased mine, and they all felt quite different. A few felt great, a few ok, and a few felt absolutely terrible. They all looked great on tape, being ridden by professional riders in Europe or here. But there were some that felt so choppy, or their movement was so huge, that I could barely stay on. I rode one that was so short-coupled with a flat back and such an arched neck that it felt like there was nothing in front of me, and that I would topple over the front of him!

I guess whatever a person ends up with, they get used to, so it probably works itself out in the end. I hope you make the right decision and that she is great!

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