So, this boy's ad was on Craigslist today, and I decided to toss out a line on him and see if him might be decent. At the price he's listed as, I wouldn't be adverse to putting some time and work in on him and either keeping him as my own, or trying to sell him in a year or two at a small profit (probably just to a home looking for a trail horse or local show horse).
So we've got a 5 year old 16hh grade gelding that's broke, currently being ridden by a beginner and doing fine with her. No special training on him, occasionally ridden near traffic with no signs of spooking. Good ground manners, no vices (though at one time he was said to threaten to nip while eating following a period of neglect, no recent signs of the behavior). Never really had anything special done with him, just been a good horse.
What I think about him is that:
He's a "broke" 5 year old. In my mind a 5 year old warrants green status, because he's not had time to really have been there and done that. We've got two at the barn that are both 7 now, one's dead safe, no spook that we have no problems with putting kids on, and the other is in no way safe for a child- and it's all in their heads, because they've got about the same amount of training. Sure the kids can't get a great collected ride out of the safe one, but they can have a good time on him. If he's got a good head on him I'd consider him, and it sounds like he might, have to meet him to know.
I also know that he'll need work- he's always been a pet horse before, and I'd be using him for shows, so that means plenty of time in the saddle. I'll have weekly lessons and have my (very experienced) instructor to help, as well as I could possibly take lessons with a nearby trainer to work on him as well. My current lease has been a project, and we've turned out pretty well, so I'm not opposed to it. Meeting him and seeing just how much work he will need is key- does he just need tuning, or does he have major issues to work on? I can handle tuning and small stuff. Major issues would bump him off the list.
I'm not sure about his conformation, as I suck at judging a horse, but he looks halfway decent to my eye, though I don't have great picture to judge from yet. I'll let you all tell me about him. His back legs especially I want to hear about, he looks like he toes out? How does that effect the movement and soundness? From what little you can see, does he look like a decent western prospect?
These are the picture that I've gotten so far, most are from when the seller first bought him, and he was still skinny. I think he's still going to need to toning and groceries, but the two that have him unsaddled show his current weight.
Video and better photos hopefully to come soon.