The lateral walk at the beginning was concerning. I saw at the end, when the rider allowed the horse to relax more, his walk became more 4 beat. However, any time that horse gets stressed or anxious you have more of a chance the horse will have a lateral walk. Depends on the money they want for the horse. If he's cheap, then retraining the horse to not give the lateral walk when anxious/nervous might be worth while.
He looks like he'd be capable, physically, of training through 3rd. Nice canter. His trot in the free jumping video has a lot of expression. He's run off his feet in the trot while the rider cranks his nose in... that's a terrible rider. I'd like to yank her off that horse and ask her what the heck she thinks she's doing.
I didn't see a price for the horse listed anywhere, but I think I would pass on this one. Him getting a late start, the lateral walk, having to retrain him to stay connected on the bit... He has such a long way to go in his training just to be at a solid training level, and he's alredy 7. Plus you'll have to introduce him to all of the same things you'd have to do if he were 4 (first show, first everything). If he has a great personality, and bomb proof type persona, then that would make up for his late start and bad beginning training... but if he's the nervous type, I'd pass.
Depends on the price. I wouldn't buy him unless I got a really good deal on him. Otherwise, he's just another warmblood of average ability, except he's been started late and trained to run around like a fool while leaning on the bit. Wouldn't be worth the time and effort at full price.
Last edited by core; 10-30-2011 at 09:24 AM.