They're asking 8000 but it also says it's highly negotiable and that he is priced to sell fast. I also know that the agent selling him (they're working through a third party) is very adjustable. So I should be able to get it down a LOT. And he's in Ramona, California, sorry :) heh.
Yes, I realize that 8k is a lot of money! I'm banking on getting it way down. But yes, he does have show experience, which I gather is mostly three-day-eventing since the seller mentioned that he has very high dressage scores. Don't worry guys, I won't buy anything that's not worth my time and money :)
And morganshow11, I intend on getting a prepurchase vet exam on any horse that I'm considering buying, so no worries there!
The only real critiques I have for him is that he does seem heavy on the forehand, but also I don't like how short his neck is or how large his head is, although he is still a very cute horse. You seem quite knowledgable when it comes to purchasing a horse so that's all I have to say lol.
Haha thanks for the vote of confidence, xkatex! I agree about his head and neck, but I'm really hoping that's also a product of his green, incorrect frame, making his neck look sticklike and his head look blocky. If you look at the picture where he's jumping the natural obstacle, he's stretched out into the motion and using himself nicely, and his neck and head look much more proportional. In my eyes, at least.
I'll post the picture again so I can look at it, haha
Yes, definitely ask about any prior injuries or soundness issues, but if they say no, take it with a grain of salt. Check the horse over your self. Feel all over the horse and watch for reactions, if you get an unpleasant reaction, check and re check the area to see if you get a similar reaction every time. Feel the legs for calcifications and splints. Watch the horse walk and trot in a straight line and watch for symmetry and ease of movement.
I'm sure you already know this though. But writing it down helps me get all these things I need to do in my head so I remember to do them. :)
I find whenever I go and view a potential buy I write down a list of important need to know questions. Also I find it more comfortable to bring along a horse saavy person, someone who will tell you directly what they think and not beat around the bush. I also find that sellers are more cautious with what they try to tell you when there is more than just one person.
And yes I think with some proper work his neck may catch up to his head lol.