I will be purchasing a project horse this spring. Normally I would buy a young horse, get it broke, pattern it and re-sell.
Upon talking to a guy up the road from me about hay, he peaked my interest with something else.
Some back story:
He has had a decent breeding operation for years. I have been breaking my neck looking at his babies, mares and stallion while driving by for years. Well bred stock, built nice, just un-shown and not much done with them so I really don't know if/what they could excel in.
Now, upon talking to him about hay I asked him if he had any young horses he wanted to sell. He said no, but he was thinking about gelding and selling his stallion. THIS peaked my interest.
About the stallion:
He is about 15h, dark dappled (almost looks kind of sooty) pally, built beautifully, big stocky big boned build. You know... LOOKS like a power house. He is 12. He was riding pretty well at one time, but he has not had anything done with him in a few years. He is healthy, sound and clean legged. He's never had any issues. He has a good, calm, easy going temperament even though he has basically been pasture breeding all his life and hasn't had much done with him. All his babies are built nice, pretty and docile.
I can't remember how he is bred off the top of my head (it's been years), nor do I remember his reg name. What I do remember is that he was well bred (better than average) with older race/barrel lines. Bred better on top than on bottom.
*I'm not considering him as a stud*
I want him as a potential gelding to finish and start on barrels, MAYBE re-sell this summer/fall depending on how he turns out.
As far as the price I would pay for him, well we aren't talking about a lot of money. He will be fairly priced for his training/lack-there-of and the current economy.
What are your opinions?