We're looking for a replacement horse for our riding program because we will be retiring our 28 year old mare, Pudding this fall due to joint problems. And ofcourse...they put me in charge of finding/testing prospects xD We live in the Houston area and are willing to look withink 5 hours of the farm, so with that in mind- I've only found one that Im really interested in, but I figured I'd post him for you guys to give me your two cents on!
We basically need an easy feeder who doesn't have issues with other horses (as we group pasture ours) outdoors, 24-7. The horse or pony needs to be able to work 3-4 hours a day in lessons, twice a week- and participate (we don't need a show-quality animal, just one who's willing to handle a rodeo atmosphere, as our intermediate riders participate in local rodeo events once to twice per year just for the experience) The horse will be used for intermediate and advanced beginner (capable of holding a controlled trot.) and possible advanced riders IF we feel that the horse is ready and willing.
This is the first guy that caught my eye. His name is Moo Cow(haha) and he's six years old. He is listed in two places.
(this one has MANY pictures of him, as well as a VERY nice video showing all of his points)
From what I see he's a nice all-around little guy with fairly good mileage. Seems easy to please (which is a key thing) and kid friendly. Very cute and well mannered. He seems quite on his forehand in parts of the video and tends to move his head which worries me, but I'm thinking it has a LOT to do with his bit and his rider (she has very heavy hands and I don't like the way she rides at all.) I'd have to judge that when I met him. As far as conformation, he's definitely no stunner and the pictures arent great for conformation, but he looks solid with very pony-ish, stout build. The only thing that would worry me is his weight, as he has to be atleast a hundred pounds overweight. Seeing as how I don't have a mount right now though, I could easily work with him over the summer and early fall to get him in shape for the kids. Just looks like he needs a job! He's right in our price range and the owners are willing to lower him to $2,000 for us if she thinks we're suitable owners. I really like how well they presented him and I'm definitely willing to check him out.
So what do you guys think? Yay or Nay? See anything that I'm not seeing? Let me know! Thanks