Why is he so expensive? He's cute, but I sure don't see anything that screams $1200 worthy. I'd think trying to sell a greenbroke crossbreed at that price, they'd at least have bothered to post some proper pictures.
Just my opinion anyway, but from what I see of him, nothing screams barrel racer to me. I'm not sure if that was your intention but most gaming horses are quite compact, not tall and leggy. Again, I could be wrong, it's really impossible to judge from that picture. And your user name makes me think maybe you want him for English?
I personally think if you're willing to spend $1200, you can get something a lot nicer especially with the American economy.
He is a long way from a stunning horse but he is cute. If you are prepared to handle a green horse and you like him, then go for it. However, there are lots of issues that could come up from riding such a young horse. How long has he been under saddle? In the ad, they say that his speed is that of a mature barrel racer. This leads me to believe that he may be a bit hot and hard to handle. If you have the opportunity, you might want to ride him for a while before you sign any paperwork just to see how he acts and if you get along.
The man who is selling him is going to let me do a lease-to-own and I have my pick of a horse. This one appeals to me because yes I see a great hunter horse in him. I trained my barrel racer 5 yr old when I was 16 and made her a jumper myself. So I've been down the rode of training and actually I think its quite fun. The price on him is negotiable and my trainer knows him really well so he is trustworthy. His main concern is that I love the horse and care for it and he wants to see that by me coming out and spending time with him and working him. If he sees that I work well with him he isn't worried about price, this man has other businesses to make money off of. The man selling only listed him as barrels because he rides western.
Well, in that case, it's really impossible to tell from this picture. It makes him look like a wormy 2 year old, so I'm sure he looks a lot different now and there is absolutely nothing we can take from a frontal galloping shot to give you any sort of solid opinion of him.
Huntergrl, I would agree more pics are probably necessary as this one is not very good. Sounds like you really like this horse and sometimes that is enough, since you are only leasing it will give you lots of time to figure out if he is right or not. I would def negotiate on the price if and when you decide to buy. If you put a lot of time and training into him and then buy him you deserve credit for that. I would try leasing for six months then offer him something reasonable like $750
Ok I took my mom and boyfriend with me to get another look at him yesterday. Turns out he has been gelded so I must have gotten confused when the man selling him was talking about before he was gelded. Anyhow so that makes me feel alot better. With 2 people there plus me we took him out of the pasture and he was very calm and yes, sweet! The man took him out and began to get him to step forward,back, side step and all that and he was listening very intently and did a wonderful job after 2 times. I took him and he did it right away for me. He was very sweet and I can tell that the picture posted in the link doesn't give him ANY JUSTICE!!! So you guys were right about that. I wasn't able to get another picture of him but I'll have one coming soon. He is a definite hunter/jumper for sure. His form is going to turn out great and I'm so excited. I'll keep you posted. I'm going to go ahead and grab him up today:)