Sounds like the mare isn't all she's cracked up to be - which is what I figured seeing as she's been for sale for so long and, imo, INCREDIBLY overpriced for this area and horse market. *shrug* will the seller negotiate at all? Do you want that much of a project? Are you willing to risk buying the horse and then having to sell her because she won't be able to be what you want?
Well, you asked...so I'll give what is probably an uniformed opinion:
1 - I don't like hooky necks and no withers. It seems to be the thing halter classes look for, but I'm a fan of withers and a real neck.
2 - I don't like her training - not for dressage, at least. And I'll admit I'm not a dressage fan or rider, so take this with a big sack of salt...but I saw a horse with no collection. Squished in head & neck? Yep. Driving force from the rear? Floating movement? Nope. Judging from the video, I think you would have to unteach her - train her to stop doing what someone has trained her to do. Only then would you be ready to start training her.
Of my 3 horses, one is a purebred Arabian mare & one is 3/4 Arabian & 1/4 Appy. I sold another purebred Arabian mare 14 months ago. None of them carry their head that high unless they are unhappy and hollow. I fully understand that Arabians have a high headset...but that is too high. IMHO. I only see that when they are getting resentful.
I think you would have to first teach her to relax her neck and back, and learn to drive with her rear. Attempts to teach her real collection would be a challenge because she has already been taught to squeeze her neck instead of shifting her weight to the rear.
Please take this with enormous skepticism. My mare is 15.3, and she wouldn't win anything in halter now - but I think it would be easier for her to learn dressage than the horse you are looking at. She can float when she wants to, although she normally prefers to stretch out and go. With my oldest daughter:
Based on your report back, I wouldn't be interested in that mare at any price and would walk away and go find another mare. The market is such that you shouldn't have a lot of trouble finding exactly what you want, especially if it's an Arabian, in a very reasonable price range.
Well anyway, I kept walking her on a tight reign and she did better so I asked for a trot and she again kept kicking out. Owner swore up and down that she has never done that before, I did ask why she hadn't sold and her owner said people didn't like her height, she was 15H's but narrow witch if your not used to Arabians might make you think she is small.
The kicking out would send me packing. Also, I think height of a horse is one of the most common reasons/excuses that a horse doesn't sell.
I would continue to look, especially at that price. IMO, if you look long enough, you can find one that has been started in dressage, rather than untraining and retraining.
Thanks for your input guys! I will speak with my trainer today and decide what I want to do. Also I should add that she is an Afire Bey V daughter and I have seen horses by him with less training sell for more, although those horses did have some show experience, Afire Bey V's stud fee is $7500, but as they say you can't ride a horses pedigree.
I have been looking for a long time and she is the nicest Arabian I have seen for sale in this area... but maybe I'm not looking far enough. If any of you happen to see any nice, well trained Arabian within 4-5 hours of Carson City, NV please let me know!!
Let us know how you do! Another big flag on the other side of where you're looking is why is this filly with oodles of training much less than her stud fee? You'd think she would be upwards of 10 grand with a stud fee like that.