Originally Posted by magik416
He looks like he has potential. I'm a little skeptical with what the add says (school 2nd level movements?) for the price. Not to say you can't get a lovely horse in that range...but most aren't schooling that level. Or, the price is saying something that they aren't. Meaning...he sounds great, but what aren't they telling you? Why is he for sale? How is with new surroundings? I bought a gorgeous ottb, who went nutty on my property. He finally calmed down after awhile, but a year later when I sold him, he did the same thing when a couple took him on trial.
Other things to ask - how is he in new situations? Why did she say he's definitely for intermediate/advanced beginner? If he's usually been pasture kept...how is he in a stall? Again, is this an issue? How are his feet? Any past lameness issues?
Questions are good! When will you get to see him? Also, for a vet check - it'd be nice to have someone in your area that will eventually be your vet, but if the distance is an issue, look for one near him. You could ask the sellers for contacts of vets in the area - it doesn't sound like she's going to try to do anything underhanded. A lot of people say don't use the owner's vet, but I think certain situations it's acceptable.
Thanks for the reply-keep em coming. Right now I'm scheduled to go see him on Friday evening. What's frustrating is I'm fairly new to the area/state and don't have a super horse savvy friend or trainer to take along to help evaluate. I didn't ask about the 2nd level movements, but my guess is that he isn't really schooling 2nd level, more just that his movements would be well suited to that. Either way, I don't know/haven't trained in dressage, but would love to have a horse with potential to learn that with me, jumping as well.
He's for sale due to some rather unfortunate relationship/real estate circumstances. I don't want to splash this woman's story across the internet, but nothing about it seems sketchy. She said her 10 year old daughter has ridden him, and that his temperament across the board is very kind, patient and loving. I don't really care how he is in a stall, since I'd be pasture boarding him as well. She said his feet are great and that she and his previous owner have never experienced any lameness/health issues with him.
She rides him in an eggbutt snaffle, and he's been around cats, dogs and goats. He's an easy keeper, keeps weight on in the winter well, she's never needed to blanket him in the winter.
I already Googled some vets in her area, so I can ask on Friday which vet she uses and make the choice then if I see serious potential there. I do think he sounds pretty darn wonderful, and I can tell she's heartbroken about selling him and her other horses. I am keeping an open mind tho.