Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I would say he's too big. I mean he may great and calm and such but horses have their moments, and if a horse his size decides he wants to run of and do something, it going to be hard for most people, especially a 14 year old to stop him.
Its not even that. I don't really know what 4H is. But lets say you just want to do basic show jumping, I believe they build all courses for a horse of 16.2hh, I think, so the strides are going to be hard on a horse that much bigger and the corners could get nasty.
Rugs will probably cost more and there could be difficulty fitting him in a standard stable, yard or float, which at a show could be extremely annoying. I had a clydie cross that wasn't even 17hh and it was difficult, i've ridden horses over 17 hands and I just think its too much everything.
My advice to everyone about getting a horse is don't get a Thoroughbred. But I am just a bit anti TB, they never quite get over racing I think, I guess an unraced one could be interesting, but there is always soundness problems and they are a bit air heady. Its a personal thing though, I know a few decent ones.
Your horse in particular looks alright, I'm pretty dodgy about confo. His whithers may be a little high? He doesn't really have a sharp, alert look about him, even when jumping, which would bother me a little.
I'd say no on size.