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Looking for a dressage horse... [message #374] Mon, 28 November 2016 23:24 Go to next message
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I'm currently on the market for a young dressage horse. Initially I wa hoping for something established at novice/elementary, but I'm not finding anything within my budget, so I'm now considering younger/greener horses. At this stage I'm looking for something broken in, with potential to be competitive at advanced/Prix st. George.

I'm currently keeping an eye on Danson Dressage and Seven Oaks Farm, as well as Canberra Performance Horses (although theirs are usually beyond my budget), what other studs/trainers have capable green dressage horses?

Re: Looking for a dressage horse... [message #375 is a reply to message #374] Tue, 29 November 2016 08:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I like the look of a lot of Hollands Bend horses - they are actively breeding.
Re: Looking for a dressage horse... [message #445 is a reply to message #375] Thu, 08 December 2016 00:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Does it have to be a young horse? If you're happy to invest your money in maintaince rather than foundation education, you could pick up a lovely older horse already working at a high level. I was offered a PSG horse last year for $15k, the only catch was that he was 17yo, if I had the time or space I would have snapped him up in a heartbeat, with correct management I could still have gotten a decent number of years of work with him.

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Re: Looking for a dressage horse... [message #488 is a reply to message #445] Fri, 16 December 2016 20:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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If selecting very carefully. Buying a YH with excellent training lines and with good training should increase your investment. Every year a rider successfully takes a horse to the next level of training puts much more value on a Dressage Horse.
But Homework is the key.
Re: Looking for a dressage horse... [message #498 is a reply to message #445] Tue, 20 December 2016 17:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Learns4life wrote on Thu, 08 December 2016 00:48
Does it have to be a young horse? If you're happy to invest your money in maintaince rather than foundation education, you could pick up a lovely older horse already working at a high level. I was offered a PSG horse last year for $15k, the only catch was that he was 17yo, if I had the time or space I would have snapped him up in a heartbeat, with correct management I could still have gotten a decent number of years of work with him.
At the moment I'm in my prime to take on a young horse, and would find it difficult (and expensive) to take on a young horse in 5/10 years time when retiring the older horse, so would prefer a younger one at this stage. However if the perfect older horse came up I would consider it, however I think a competitive older experienced horse would be beyond my budget!
Re: Looking for a dressage horse... [message #944 is a reply to message #498] Tue, 07 March 2017 17:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I have two "young horses" (well, one not so young anymore).

The first I bought as a 5yo from Mayfield Farm (Kerry Mack). He is by Whisper IV (Weltmeyer). He had competed in both dressage & jumping with the stars and I had a lot of fun competing him up to prelim eventing (I'm a sook) and Elementary dressage with success. Sadly as we neared our first Medium start we had some complications. Following investigation it was revealed he has Kissing Spine. So he's now a 10yo paddock ornament. Yay.

My second is a 4yo filly from Hollingrove Stud. She is by Rascalino (Rotspon) out of a Contucci mare. I bought her a year ago as a 3yo and had her broken by Dan Maloney.
Re: Looking for a dressage horse... [message #950 is a reply to message #944] Wed, 08 March 2017 18:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Holliee. wrote on Tue, 07 March 2017 17:55
I have two "young horses" (well, one not so young anymore).

The first I bought as a 5yo from Mayfield Farm (Kerry Mack). He is by Whisper IV (Weltmeyer). He had competed in both dressage & jumping with the stars and I had a lot of fun competing him up to prelim eventing (I'm a sook) and Elementary dressage with success. Sadly as we neared our first Medium start we had some complications. Following investigation it was revealed he has Kissing Spine. So he's now a 10yo paddock ornament. Yay.

My second is a 4yo filly from Hollingrove Stud. She is by Rascalino (Rotspon) out of a Contucci mare. I bought her a year ago as a 3yo and had her broken by Dan Maloney.
Thanks Holliee. I ended up getting a 5 yo gelding by Furst Love out of Foxton Park Lilly (by Capone). He's started lateral work and has clean changes which is a bonus! I'm probably biased but I think he's a bit of a spunk too.

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Re: Looking for a dressage horse... [message #967 is a reply to message #950] Sat, 11 March 2017 16:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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A young horse with laterals and clean changes!! Well done!! Congrats Very Happy

Bob Marley
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Re: Looking for a dressage horse... [message #968 is a reply to message #944] Sat, 11 March 2017 16:24 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Holliee. wrote on Mon, 06 March 2017 22:55
I have two "young horses" (well, one not so young anymore).

The first I bought as a 5yo from Mayfield Farm (Kerry Mack). He is by Whisper IV (Weltmeyer). He had competed in both dressage & jumping with the stars and I had a lot of fun competing him up to prelim eventing (I'm a sook) and Elementary dressage with success. Sadly as we neared our first Medium start we had some complications. Following investigation it was revealed he has Kissing Spine. So he's now a 10yo paddock ornament. Yay.

My second is a 4yo filly from Hollingrove Stud. She is by Rascalino (Rotspon) out of a Contucci mare. I bought her a year ago as a 3yo and had her broken by Dan Maloney.
Hey at least you got some good years out of him, my kissing spine paddock ornament is 14 years old, and has been an ornament for 10 years Crying or Very Sad


Bob Marley
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Re: Looking for a dressage horse... [message #969 is a reply to message #967] Sat, 11 March 2017 18:24 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Learns4life wrote on Sat, 11 March 2017 16:22
A young horse with laterals and clean changes!! Well done!! Congrats Very Happy
I'm thrilled! I only went $2000 over my budget 😅. But he is worth it, as his previous owner is awesome and has helped out heaps with gear and feed, and advice on general. He also has a super laid back attitude and has been great at his new agistment (with chooks, donkeys, sheep, goats and alpacas! As well as the arena being right next to a 100km zone reasonably busy rd).
Re: Looking for a dressage horse... [message #1779 is a reply to message #969] Fri, 19 October 2018 23:59 Go to previous message
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You'll get sooo much with bringing a young horse on - it's an invaluable experience if u have a great trainer to work with. There is one stud u mentioned whom I wouldn't touch with a barge pole. I was sold a stallion with Shivvers needles to say he had to be put down. I've heard similar about this individual being sweet on the outside but rather ruthless - I was offered nothing for my loss. As it was generative condition there was nothing I could do legally but I knew something was wrong the day he arrived - as soon as I mentioned there was an issue this person never returned any of my attempted contacts - I think this action speaks 1000 words. In relation to the other group you mentioned I've heard nothing but good things.

I'm sure everyone has their positive and negative experiences- it's soooo tough buying horses. Best of luck.


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