K so I'm looking for a TB to showjump and event on, and might throw some straight dressage into the mix to shake it up a little.
At the moment I'm looking at two different horses. Both TB's, both geldings, both 8yo and both bay. Was hoping not to end up with ANOTHER bay or bay-based horse (have had 3 in a row) but a good horse is never a bad colour and with my budget my chances of finding a not-bay TB that's built for what I want are pretty minimal.
There's this guy, going for free to a good home. Transport will be a good $700+
raced and then forgotten about, has since had a little bit of re-education but is still pretty green. Has jumped 3'4" in the space of around 5 or 6 sessions since beginning jump training. I like how he's built but he's so far away and transport will cost me so much... Sorry, only photo I have of him. Owner is going to get video for me. Approx 16hh, no official measurement so I wouldn't know for sure. A wee bit smaller than I would ideally like, but there isn't much in the height range I want for the price I'm looking to pay.
And then there's this guy, free lifetime lease. Transport should be under $200.
I don't know his history, whether he raced, or what. He's shown some, but in a discipline I don't ride. Green jumper, but seems honest - in the videos he's being ridden by a 14yo. Is it just me or does he look lame in the flat video, just a little bit? Could be bridle lame, rider's hands aren't great. Movement's pretty bland but he's a TB, what else can I expect? Canter is nice, at least - I can see him having some real talent in the jumper ring with that canter. 16.2hh so the perfect height (that's the mark I'm really looking for).
Essentially, I want a project, I don't want something that's already finished and I can just hop on and go out and win. I already have that in Monty. Either one is a project, the smaller one because he hasn't had a lot of flat education and the taller one because he hasn't done a lot of jumping - but I don't mind teaching them to jump, I've done it before and I know a lot more now than I did the last time I trained a horse to jump. I don't have a huge amount of patience for flatwork - I'll do it, but I prefer jumping, so I do have a tendency to want to jump them before they're really ready for it.
Like I said I want a showjumper and eventer. Showjumping is my passion, but I do enjoy eventing... I just don't have a huge amount of confidence over solid fences, so I'm a low-level event rider but a mid-level SJ rider. My boy won't get me much higher in SJ, due to his age, so I'm looking for something that has the potential to jump at least 4' courses in competition... hence my desire for a tallish horse, because although I know smaller ones CAN and DO jump high (had a 12.1hh pony that was easily jumping 3' when I sold him), I'm more comfortable jumping big jumps on a bigger horse.