Want2Ride, have you checked out Lil Mia? Her video is impressive! She has 3 nice gaits with a great big ground-covering canter and has started jumping. Looks sound and very sane (I love the fast-motion bathing sequence- my horses probably wouldn't stand that quietly ;)) Lil Mia- pretty mare, started training - EVENTER ? Hunter? Jumper?
I have, and I like her a lot! I was more hoping to find a cheaper project to bring along myself. I could find an almost finished horse for $2000 here, perhaps less potential, but almost ready to compete. Posted via Mobile Device
The best topline is #1. Don't buy #2--he is spent. He is over at the knee, essentially, crippled on the front legs and no athlete. I've never bought a horse with this problem but I had a friend who had a mare who was over at the knees. After about one hour of work she would collapse and trip and often go down. Hardly a horse I would want to jump!
We are still in a buyer's market. Keep looking.
I like the mare - 9 isn't old, there are horses still eventing at top level that are in their late teens. I have 5 mares and I've had geldings with them and no problems - if you get a 'sexy' flirty mare she'll play up to other mares as well as a gelding!!!
I would say that she looked to be pretty spirited and high geared - so you need to be used to that sort of horse and they don't always settle too well for the dressage phase, even X country - an event horse needs to be bold but not reckless
The chestnut gelding looks to have the start of some suspensory ligament problem going on in his hind fetlocks - but could just be the angle of the shot
I liked that mare that's riding on a bit - looks really sensible which you need for eventing, you'd still have plenty of work to do finishing her but at least you'd have an idea of how she's going to work out - IMO worth paying the extra for and you could probably haggle for a lower price
Jaydee makes a good point. You could possiby negotiate a lesser price for Mia and she has plenty of finishing to do. LOTS to keep you both very busy. Her owners clearly care about her and may be willing to let her go for less if you two are a good fit.
I think I liked the mare better but he's a horse that will look 100% improved with some condition on him
People are accepting really silly money now for horses. We rejected our most recent horse at her original price because we didn't really want something that good - just a taller horse for my son & husband and then bought her for next to nothing a bit further down the line because they needed to move her on
This heat is killing me!!!