Ok, so WHEN I leave university, I'll be looking to get my first horse. I've been thinking about this for a long time so I've put a lot of consideration in and have a good idea of what I want. So far my breeds of choice are along the lines of British native breeds, particularly welsh cobs (I fall in love with them). I want a good sturdy horse capable of doing low-medium level showing in ridden show classes, dressage, showjumping, Xcountry and possibly in-hand classes. I'm very willing to get a horse who isn't quite up to this standard and working togther to improve him/her.
My YO (where I work in the holidays) has one that she's currently looking for a loaner for. If he's still up for loan in the summer I could take him for 3 months. I get on with him really well and he is exactly the sort I am looking for. Out of interest I'd like a confo critique on him. Remeber I'm not looking to buy HIM right now, although I wouldn't turn him down if he's still around in the future.
I know he's not perfect, but I think he's quite good overall!
He is a registered Welsh Cob (sec D), but was sold by the stud that bred him as a 'breeders cull' without his papers.
He wasn't gelded until 4. He's rising 7 now.
He's 15.2hh. Or at least he was sold as that - haven't measured ourselves.
I think he won a few M&M in-hand shows - or at least placed well - when he was younger. Nothing serious though.
He isn't in a lot of work and nothing serious. He gets schooled a few times a week and hacked on weekends. He is VERY green about jumping, and the girl who rides him most often isn't keen, so his schooling isn't advancing in that area atm. He's had a long time without being asked to do anything serious and that, coupled with him being so young, means he's got a bit to work on (i.e. Cantering on the left rein without bucking because he's unbalanced). He doesn't have an awful lot of muscle right now.
(I miss summer and shiny horses...his muscling's improved since this picture - his legs look like sticks here!)
(he's the bigger one, obvs. the other one is his 'mini me', a 13.2hh new forest X)
(he doesn't really have the desired welshie head - far too much of a straight profile - but I think he's very handsome nonetheless!)
What do you think of him?