After YEARS of only being able to lease, I finally have the finances to actually purchase a horse. I'm in search of an eventing prospect between the ages of 4 & 10 for less than $5500. I'm aiming at securing a working student position at a nice eventing stable this fall that would require me to bring my own horse, so my goal would be to purchase a horse that I can work with on my own for a solid 5 to 6 months beforehand. I competed my old TB gelding (who I free leased for 7 1/2 years, until he was put down last fall) in 3ft Jumpers & Novice eventing & schooled 3'6 & Training level xc fences. I'd really appreciate it if some of the experienced members of this forum could give me their opinions on some of the horses I'm considering. I have not yet been able to go out to see any of them in person, but I am planning to do so in the coming weeks.
Prospect #1 - 16.1hh 2003 TB gelding "OK Go" - $5k
Young Event Horse - Athletic, willing, great attitude! | Buy this Horse at Equine.com
I have not spoken to his owner yet, but there are a ton of pictures, videos, & info about him on her website. Even though he's off the track, he appears to have been started as a jumper slowly & correctly, and in my opinion, his price is a good deal for the amount of training that seems to have gone into him. However, his description says he has a splint on his left front leg - should that be a red flag? He is located about 3 1/2 hours away from me.
Prospect #2 - 16hh 2002 APHA gelding "Apollo" - $4k
DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1638080 - Midas Well Be Kool
This is what his owner said about him: "He has jumped higher with my trainer in the past. I just haven't had time to ride dressage or jumping at all lately. He does collect, leg-yield, sidepass and shoulder in, but
Is rusty. He is def. A "ring horse" and likes to show off and look good. He is also very social and kind of the barn clown. I have a student that is showing some
Interest in him so I will find out if she is serious about buying him and let you know. If she's not, then I will have a video made and posted on You-Tube.
I'll get back to you as soon as I know more."
I think he's quite cute, although since I haven't seen a video of him & the only jumping photo I've seen really just shows him taking a large canter stride, I'm not sure what to think about his eventing potential. Any thoughts? He's about 2 1/2 hours away from me.
Prospect #3 - 16.1hh 2004 Hanoverian/TB gelding "Luck O Riley" - $5k
DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1596441 - Luck O\' Riley
Equestrian Life - Horse Profile of Riley (Luck O' Riley)
His owner says, "Being that you are in the "area", I would say it would be best just to come see him as I don't have any current good videos of him at this time. Been working tooooo much and short days have been hard to get new ones. I have a young girl lookin at him Sat am, but you are welcome to come this weekend as well. I think he would make a great eventer, he's VERY brave, and one of our barn employees who used to foxhunt said he's got xc written all over him. I am ONLY open to a REAL home for him, I've raised him since 5 mos old every day and nite of his life, so he's still my baby and I only want the best for him, but he needs his own girl now who will love him, give him a fun job and take him to his potential (which is huge!). Bear in mind, he is GREEN, w/t/c, started over low (up to 2.6') rails. Get back to me and let me know if you want to come look at him."
Considering that he's green, I think $5k might be a bit steep, although I found some of his old ads online & he was listed at $7500. I'm guessing it's because of the WB in him. Do his front pasterns look a bit long, or is it just me? The fact that he has a chain over his nose in both pictures concerns me a bit, although his owner claims that he is quite sweet. I do definitely want to go out to see him in person, since his description makes him sound like he has potential to be nice. He's only 45minutes from me, so I'm hoping to be able to get out to see him next week.
Prospect #4 - 16hh 2004 Appendix QH mare "Showin My Fancy" - $5k
DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1629782 - Showin My Fancy
Her owner said, "I would feel confident, as a judge and trainer, in saying that this mare has as good a chance as any to succeed in ANY event. She is well bred, well trained, and she has brains between her ears. She's just so talented and has been so EASY to train. However she has only been ridden by myself and my 12y.o. Daughter. She is LOVED by us and I wasn't planning to sell her at all.
As far as height goes, she has done ground poles and cavaletti. She has also worked lines at 2'5" with confidence. I would say with further training that this mare could physically and mentally compete on 4' and 5' courses. Her lead changes are naturally automatic...she hates being on the wrong lead! :)
I can ride this mare ANYWHERE, in ANY bit, on ANY trail, in ANY woods or swamp, and over ANY obstacle, with ANY horse...or with NO other horse(s).
She is a sweetheart and I hate that I MUST sell her. She is a classy mare with excellent conformation to keep her sound and a great mind to keep her working.
I would consider allowing you to "try her out" for a few weeks with some sort of down payment(refundable of course). So just let me know."
I really like that she's offered to let me test the mare out, although that would be a bit pricey since she's 4 1/2 hours away from me, which would mean I'd have to pay to have her trailered to me + boarding + sending her back if I don't like her, but it'd be great if she ended up working out. On paper, I think she sounds nice, although her owner has not responded past the initial e-mail, so I have not seen any additional pictures of her.
Prospect #5 - 15.3hh 6yo Appendix QH gelding "Buttons" - $4.5k/obo
Horses for Sale: Breeds S-Z : Buttons is a 6 yr bay appendix gelding, star and two hind socks,
I think this horse is SO cute. I don't like the way his legs look over jumps, but I can't tell if this is just because the jumps are so small & he's not taking them seriously, or if that's really just how he jumps. I'm wondering if he could learn to tuck himself up better over bigger fences. He's about 7 to 8 hours away from me, but I really want to go see him in person, so I'm going to try to make that happen sometime soon.