His purpose will be 4-H pleasure, trail horse. My daughter will play around with some reining, challenge trail course, stuff at home, but he'll be used primarily for 4-H and trail riding. He's young so she will not be using him for 4-H this year, maybe in a supervised lesson from time to time. I will be using him in my lessons and riding him 4-5 times until my trainer and I think he's safe to put my daughter on. Ideally we could find a 7-10 year old but so far I'm only finding burnt out, bitter, sour horses in that age range.
He is about 14.3 1/2 hands. He's well bred for pleasure and has an amazing temperment. We watched her wash him, we watched horses come and go from the arena while he was riding, we watched him ride towards a mirror, all without a reaction. Very mellow and easy going. This gal will give me a trial period at my barn, so I can see how he reacts to new places, and if he happens to have been slipped a mickey or something.
Concerns: He's got a case of the runs right now. She says he's gone from a timothy/alfalfa combo to a rich orchard grass and has switched to a new place so she thinks he's having a reaction that way. Obviously that is something I would look into, just in case.
He has these weird bumps at his shoulder blades. See pics below. I don't know what they are. Any ideas? Are they of concern?
He doesn't have the prettiest head in the world, or soft, striking eyes.
He seems to be a bit under himself in the back. There is a horse at our barn built like that and he's the SMOOTHEST horse ever. Don't know if it's because of the way his back end is built or if it's just luck. This guy was not too bad at the trot as far as smoothness goes.
I hope these pictures are okay. He had never been asked to stand square and we did our best. I had to pee, it was cold and the owner needed to get to work. I got what I could. Keeping in mind her intended purpose, do you see anything that would be a major concern? I need a horse that has a good mind and is capable of being loved, adored and doted on my a kid.
Anything alarming or unreasonable?
One thing I appreciate about this gal is that she brought him out of the stall messy and real. She washed him up some in front of us and let us see him at his worst. You can see that he rolls and has a nice poop stain on his neck. He's a total wash rack, but fortunately just stands there!
As for movement, he's pretty comfy. Took both leads under saddle, has a reasonable pace that could be slowed down a bit with work. He's not too bumpy at a trot, can almost sit the trot. Doesn't have a jog. He flexes nicely, does better on the ground than under saddle, but he's young and green. He's registered as bay but he's black.