Potential buy for family member, can you please critique pictures/video?
Ok he's a 16yo 15.1 gelding and for an advanced beginner rider and up. Does anyone think something looks a bit "off" with is feet in the video? Maybe it's just me. They're asking $1800 (California). Thank you for any/all opinions!
I see nothing wrong with his feet , at all. The video is of a poor resolution, so there is a bit of "jolting" action to it that makes the horse look like it moves wierd. To me, and I am not expert, he moves just fine.
In fact, I think he's rather well built and I like him a lot.
What I do see, however, is a horse with a very hard mouth and mind. It looks like he's been ridden by people without very soft hands for much of his life and he holds himself in a very braced and defensive manner. The boy was jerking on his mouth and even at a standstill had the reins (to a curb bit!) pulled tight. Even the man who rode with a chest rope was jerking on him and gave the body signals to stop AFTER a jerk on the rope, instead of cueing first with his body, then the rope.
I get the feeling that he has been being a good boy and putting up for many years. If you were willing to kind of restart him and work on building some softness in him, I believe he would be a good horse for a beg. Low intermediate rider.
I like him!
I don't see much wrong with him conformationally but I do notice that they way they ride him has caused him to have a very hard mouth and to brace against the bit and try to evade it at some points. He seems like a nice guy with a good mind but will need quite a bit of work to retrain him to be soft and responsive.
Hi guys, thanks for the critique and I totally agree. I cringed when I saw the boy yanking on his poor mouth! He's such a looker, too. We're going to go check him out this weekend I think. Thanks again
On a sidenote, they're saying he's a registered paint, but his pictures (especially the last one) make me think he's possibly a gypsy vanner....? And he almost looks gaited to me. I don't know maybe I'm way off here!