Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
NOT an eventer, and I haven't jumped in years--Elena sounds like she's given you great advice on the build. Realizing that I've gotten old and very careful, I guess I'd like to have the owner show you how she reacts under stress.
I REALLY HATE when somebody advertises a mare as a great "Broodmare Prospect." bc too many mares that are bred don't get fully trained. When I bought MY mare, KMSPA, who had been bred 4x by age 10, a friend was leasing her for the 145th Natl. Gettysburg. He had her on my picket line, next to my older geldings, and I got to watch her in all of the battles. Her manners were perfect. The seller still wants me to breed her, but she's excellent as a backyard and a trail horse which are her specialties.
If the mare in question behaves well--you might think of trying to spook her--AND the Vet check shows her sound, I guess it could be a good buy. IMHO, if I bought her for eventing, I THINK I'd spend the first year on Dressage, so you are sure of her obedience. Plus she'd develop the musculature for jumping and speed.
I guess that I'm always dubious, bc I have NEVER sold my best horse! Good luck!