Originally Posted by waresbear
He's look solid from what I can see, also sounds he has the right kind of training & experience for a safe trail mount.
Yeah, I originally wanted younger for health and longevity but it didn't work out for me last time in health for the horse and the inexperience proved a challenge for me.
Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum
Let me just wipe the drool off my chin! He's my absolutely #1 favorite color on a horse!!
Looks like a good, solid fella. His back may be a touch long, but nothing horrible.
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Thanks! He is very pretty!
Originally Posted by MaximasMommy
Aww he looks like a really sweet boy. Is he barefoot? I was lucky to get a good sound barefoot horse, and adding up the savings over his lifetime from not shoeing is mindboggling.
He seems to be. He was barefoot but they had him shod today for camping/ 10 day trail ride at Eminence the trainer is taking before our sale is finalized. Its very rocky there. I plan to try to get him barefoot and just use riding boots for rocky trails as that's what I've done with my other horses and it has worked well for us.
My only concern is with how thick his neck is. I worry about IR aka EMS. Not so much cushings as he doesn't seem to have those symptoms...just the crusty neck and easy keeper. But--I have a lot of baggage with everything that has happened with my last 3 horses so I may be over thinking things.
He has great experience and our rides have been good so far. Taking him on a trail ride myself again tomorrow. I love that he's just rusty after so much time off and still has a nice brain/temperment. I have compromised on age for experience this time around as I need a solid, safe mount to rebuild my confidence. I just hope health/soundness troubles don't appear this time like with my last 3. I even had a pre-purchase done on my last horse who was a 4 yr old and still ran into trouble. :(