I have been leasing one horse for a year but her lease is ending and she's not the right horse for me.
I have another opportunity to buy a horse from a family acquaintance. It's an 8 year old gelding most likely quarter or Morgan or Arab. I have not actually seen the horse as of yet. We were so set on the horse we have been leasing but it fell through recently. I do plan on looking at it and spending time with him and getting the bigger picture.
What I do know is he is 8 yrs, gelding. Same owner. Has lived in the barn he was born in all his life and trained by the same people who helped birth him, and who have owned him.
They are not in a big rush to get rid of him. They are doctors and their kids no longer have an interest in riding and they are busy. They have been offering the sale for a year now, they are trying hard to find the right home for him and his mom. They say he is good on the trail but he has never really been trained for any one thing and he is not ridden a lot. Almost never at this point. I know he has a good personality but I don't know what his attitude is riding.
My situation is I really want to start endurance riding, and barrels, and poles. Even if it is just for fun and not for the big win. I need a horse I can condition and train. I can get a riding instructor and I have places to train at. I have just been looking for the right horse.
Is 8 yrs too old to start training for something like that? I want to be fare to the horse, not just myself. I am in no rush to go buy a horse, and I really want to make the right choice.
Like I said, I want a horse I can train to do barrels and trail endurance and poles, even if it is just for fun.
I am confident I can tell if his attitude and perks will be right for me and what I want to do. But it's the age I am not sure about and the fact he has not been trained or conditioned as of late.
Thanks for any feedback/advice.