So I have been looking around for a little bit now in the area, for a nice cheap horse to work with. We're going to be stationed here for 8 more months before we haul back to Ohio. If I found a nice enough horse, I'd have it shipped back to Ohio with me to become a show horse or even a lesson/lease horse for the stable I used to ride at & help co-manage (teaching lessons, etc.) (If they have stalls open when I'm coming home!)
Anyhow, I think I'm giving up for now.
I've posted this guy before, in the critique form, but I didn't have very good pictures.
He got some not so nice remarks, but honestly, I've had several people out to look at him & give me second opinions, and nobody ever really has much to say. They all tell me he's got good legs, just is seriously overweight, which is why his topline is crappy like it is. Also, his feet need some major farrier work to get them right again.
There is pretty much NO flat land here in the field & around the barn, so its almost impossible to get GOOD quality conformation shots. No matter what it always makes him look like something is wrong. So maybe soon I can find a completely flat place and get good shots for everyone.
I was iffy about him, but I think I'm going to buy him from my employer. I rode him once, and he did exceptional. He was barn/herd sour, but when he'd try to run off to the barn, and I pushed him forward (& trust me, I tested his patience, to see how he'd react) and not once did he offer a buck or rear. He just scooted forward like "FINE! I'll go.".
So I think he's going to make a very nice low level Hunter, and once I get him going (it will take time, this I know) I think he's going to be a very steady horse.
He's bonded with me, and will even let me play/mess with him in the big 40+ acre field with all the other 10 horses around, without a halter or anything on. He follows me, and if I'm doing something he'll just stand there behind me and wait for my attention.
So I'm going to give him a go!
I'm going to ride him tomorrow again, and hopefully I'll get pictures to show everyone!
On the left
He's a 7-8 year old Paint/Arabian cross Gelding.
He's roughly 15.2hh