Hi there! So the time has come to search out for my very first horse!
I'm an intermediate level rider, wanting to advance more particularly in dressage, although I am interested in jumping every now and then, to break the monotony. Also, a little trail riding would be nice too.
So, first, here's a video of one of the top contenders.
Any thoughts on anything you see? It looks to me like he's carrying himself behind the vertical a little. Is this a huge deal? Is it hard to break a horse out of that habit, or is it merely the way he's being ridden? He's 14, although he's had the last year off. This is a recent video.
The other horse is an 18 year old, who's been off work for 4ish years. I have gone to see him in person already. He honestly does not move or look like an 18 year old, he was incredibly limber and flexible (owner was massage therapist, so did a lot of stuff with him), as well as remembered a lot of his training, from what I could tell. Canters from walk, half passes (all his lateral movements were so lovely!) etc. He was schooling 3rd level. She had started doing some jumping with him before her illness forced her to stop riding. She did say that he was a little nervous on trails, as she never really did much with him. Is he too old to fix that? No serious health or soundness problems ever.
Another concern of mine is that the first horse seems to have a reaction to immunizations. I've asked more about it, but so far all I know is that he coughs. The owner and vet decided to stop immunizing him. Is this a really big concern? What would you take of this?
What are your thoughts?