Hi everyone. I was looking for a well broke husband horse that was a bit more "sturdy" for tough terrain. I found these two horses on the internet. The gentleman is asking $1500 each; The info I got from the guy: they are QH percheron crosses, half brothers, 15.2 and 15.3 hh and are both 8 years old. They are "bombproof" have been packed and ridden in the mountains, used for hunting, used as lesson horses. They tie, are easy keepers, trailer, hobble, ground tie, are good with their feet, are very respectful and responsive, will ride out on their own, come when called in from the pasture, will swim, side pass, neck rein...etc. He said he would let us try them out for 2 weeks with a full refund if they don't work out. He DOES NOT want to sell them but his new job has him working way up north for 2 weeks at a time and feels that they deserve more attention and they need a job. We are going to look at them in mid may, whe he is back home--the guy told us to plan a whole day so he can take us on a mountain trial ride with them. He called me back after I emailed him and talked about these two horses for 2 HOURS (funny stories and training techniques included!) LOL! I originally didnt want two, but My own young/green gelding is far from where I want him to be-I think I could thoughouly enjoy these horses--hubby too (and don't want to pass them up). Plus It would be very fun to teach them to drive--maybe a little skijoring? Almost sounds too good to be true!
Here are a few pictures--comments very much appreciated. Not really confo shots (I know they have horribly short necks--but don't you just want to hug them!)
Are the prices reasonable? Are they something that "you" would go after for trail/mountain ponies?
Snatch them up! These are great crosses for what you are looking for. I have several friends who have Perch/QH they use for everything-one is a mounted police horse in training. I was at a Mounted police clinic last weekend and there were 3 or 4 of this cross-they were fabulous! I am not saying all are wonderful, but certainly in general this is a great combination! Shoot-if I was closer.......
Well, that is probably true. I used to trim and shoe my own horses until I got hurt (nothing to do with shoeing my horses). My farrier and I had a talk about drafters and shoes.. and he flat out did not do them at all. At the time a trim and new (hot) shoes cost me $100 a horse and he told me drafters were paying $250 per horse.
This was back in the late 1990's.
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I agree to snatching them up. If they are as well trained as he claims, then they are a steal. I really like the looks of both of them. They should be very nice, calm, strong riding horses.
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