As I mentioned in my previous thread (Possible buy?) I'm getting QUITE discouraged with searching for a nice, prospect! I've visited over 20 by now and I've seen all sorts of terrible things. I've had to call AC for starved animals, seen many lame lame lame horses with dishonest owners and many crazy raging ones as well. As a result, I've been settling for less and less of what I want compromising quality over just saneness and soundness!! I'm getting quite discouraged since it's been a long, hard search with quite a few disappointments!
I want something that can do middle-upper level jumper and also dabble in lower level hunter/dressage just for fun. I don't care much about age, although under 7 and over 4 is ideal. I don't care specifically about breed or sex, just that the horse is athletic, sane and sound. I have a trainer that I can work with, so I'm not afraid of some minor vices either. I have the money to put in the training and work, but I want something with a sound foundation so it can stay sound and be worked and ENJOY the work as well!
Here's what I've found. Anyone see any potential?
Horse #1: 3yo TB 15.3 hh colt (would be gelded ASAP), has no papers, is green (only knows w/t), has no papers but they do have his pedigree. The lack of papers bothers me a little bit and he's a little short backed, short cannons and upright pasterns from what I see. He's overpriced, but I'm pretty sure he's negotiable.
Horse #2: 16.1 hh TB gelding. Looks about 2-4 yo. Not a lot of info in the ad so I'll contact the seller to get more. Looks flashy and cute thought!
Horse #3: 5yo reg. 16.2 hh TB mare. No papers (but is tattoo'd and owner has all her info) that come with her. She is a lot less green then the others: w/t/c, jumped up to 1.40 m, has her leads, shoulder in/shoulder out bending. She's cheaper then the first guy! I'm not the biggest fan of her back however.
Any thoughts? Personally #2 is my favorite right now! I'll be going out to see them all within the next couple months.
Also, just wanted to give people an idea of my price range. This mare is $10000. She's a 10 yo 16.1 hh TB, shown hunter, jumper, equitation, dressage and some cross-country. Forte is Equitation Jumper or Equitation Hunter. Shown on the A circuit at 3'3". Automatic flying lead changes, an easy frame, turns on haunches/forehand, half-passes, smooth transitions, lengthens and shortens. Sound, sane, sensible, straight-forward, and safe. Here's her confo: