I told myself that if I get another horse they have to have decent dressage training, so I'm asking what you guys think of this gelding on the flat. I think what's really impressing me is that he's been an ex-steeplechaser since about a year and a half ago and doesn't look like a big crazy, (especially over jumps) but on the other hand I'm not familiar with what goes on during steeplechase training, or steeplechasing beyond the basic "racing over hedges and trying to not fall off your horse and get trampled" deal for that matter- if anyone would like to touch on that.
If I call the owner I'll say that I'm looking for something to take me up the levels in eventing, dressage, jumpers, and possibly hunters. Not sure about the last one just because I can't really get a good look at his jumping form from the camera angle. He's listed for 15k, but it doesn't say firm or negociable, but if I end up being really interested in him I'll probably try to negociate a "lease to buy" kind of deal, or at least try to lease him haha.
As a prospective eventer he has potential. As a full dressage horse ...not so much. Not every horse that is in a frame will be a dressage horse (other than basic levels).
Movement wise he is short gaited and most noticible when the rider went to the walk and then gave him a long rein. He should have stretched out and lengthened his stride but he didn't. He is calm and obedient and is certainly a decent horse but he is not using himself nearly as much as he should be.
A lot of how good a buy he is will depend on the price.
PS. I just notice the price and no way is he worth that much...not even half that much.
I like the way he is moving and seems very responsive, his jumping form is hard to tell from the video, but he seems very willing. If you live close might be worth a look to go see, but the price seems a little high for the market, would ask if he has been shown at all and how he did, but I do like him :)
Yeah, his frame looked a little funky to me, that's why I asked what you guys thought. The first time I watched the video I assumed he was wearing draw reins, but I think it's actually just a running martingale that's keeping his head down. It doesn't really look like the rider is asking him to use his back. (I might email the owner and ask for a recent conformation shot to see if he has a decent topline)
How much do you guys think he's worth to buy or lease?
I don't know what to look for as far as dressage or jumper prospects but he does have a very short stride and just looks (as you said) kinda funky. I don't think he's worth anywhere near 15k but I don't know. He would probably be a good horse to just ride but I don't think he would do very well in competition..............maybe. ?????idk
If he was a steeplechase horse, I would expect his jumping to be a bit cleaner.
He doesn't seem to be moving out at all, but if he has just switched jobs in the past year, maybe they tried to slow his gait down and it got really slow?
In today's market, I really don't think he's worth 15k.
Well no way he is $15,000 but as far as the jumping I think the steeplechaser in him would actually make him a little lazier jumper since the jumps are usually topped with foliage they can sort of brush with no issue. He seems nice enough and worth a look but yeah I agree $5,000 range more accurate