Questions About Drafts?
Hi! I'm new to the forum (this'll be my first post), although I've been reading posts on here for the last couple of months. First, I hope my icon (which is not horsey, and is actually from a video game), does not offend anyone. If it does, I will replace it. Second, I hope to get to know most of you, and come here often (when I have the time, which is... rare).
Anyway, back on topic.
I'm considering getting a Belgian/Quarter-Horse cross. According to his current owners:
*He's 10-12 years old.
*He is 17-18HH (they aren't sure; no one has ever measured him)
*He was dead trail broke 3 years ago, but they got him as a "pet" and have only been riding him in a pasture. They've been riding him bareback.
*The last owner sold him because he has a scar on his leg, and that bothered him. They've had it looked at by vets and they've shown me pictures. They claim he is not bothered by it, and they only have to put fly spray on it as it doesn't get hair. They say he was injured by a deer. It doesn't look bad, really.
*They say he is non-destructive, aside from cribbing lightly (they did show pictures of his teeth, and they seem fine). He doesn't "challenge" fences.
*They say he is very laid back and calm. They have pictures of someone on his back, and children petting him, so I'm willing to believe it.
*His conformation, imo, looks fine. I don't know much about that, but I don't see anything odd.
*UTD on shots/worming/coggins.
*They're asking $600.
Does he sound like a good animal for the price? Incidentally, I live in Indiana, and I've only been here a few months, so I don't know the market much here.
I currently own 3 horses, so it isn't like this is my "first horse"; I also have experience with Drafts (when I boarded two of mine, the one horse's neighbor was a draft, who I basically cared for; he had a LOT more problems than this one, if the owners are telling the truth). I don't plan on showing him, or doing anything more than "goofing off" on him and trail riding him.
I can get pictures of him and the scar, if nessacary.
Oh, and I won't be boarding him, so that doesn't matter.