I went out & saw him today, & I really liked him!He's a really sweet horse, & it was obvious that he's happy & very well taken care of. His owner said she's only had him at this barn for a few weeks, and they don't have a jump field set up yet, so she'd mostly just been trail riding him & doing a bit of Western Pleasure with him, & taking him over some cavaletti gymnastics, but that's about it. She doesn't have all her tack at the barn yet, so I had to ride him in his trail bridle, but I used my saddle on him. I could tell he really enjoys jumping - he gets excited about it, but in a manageable way. He does need to build up a bit more muscle, but I don't think it'd take much to do that. He's not completely out of shape, he's just not gotten to jump regularly since his owner had to move him across the state. She's been working with him on his lead changes, but he doesn't have flying changes down quite yet, she said he usually will get it in front but not in back. He's been ridden regularly to keep him in shape, but has not been shown in about two years. When she had him in Tallahassee, she did tadpole eventing with him, & she said someone else had taken him a bit higher than that, but she's not an eventer so she doesn't really know the levels. She said she'd e-mail me some pictures tonight of him doing cross country. She said he's absolutely fearless. There was a big puddle on one side of the field that I rode him in & he charged right through it.
She said he's an extremely easy keeper. He's out in a nice grass pasture & gets a small bit of grain & half a flake of hay each day & stays fat & happy. He's barefoot. She said he colicked once while he was living in a sand pen for a while, but he didn't have to have surgery for it. He has a white spot above his left hock, presumably from some sort of injury but she said it was there when she bought him as a 3year old & she's really not sure what it's from. He's never had any other health issues. He's had all of his shots, coggins, & teeth floating.
She said she'd be happy to let me take him on trial. I haven't talked to her about how negotiable his price is yet. She had originally bought him as a resale project, but then fell in love with him & decided to keep him, so she's only selling him now due to finances. She's really nice & seems very honest & upfront about everything. I'm having my trainer call her after I see her tomorrow.
Videos of me riding him (PLEASE don't critique my riding, I've only been regularly back in the saddle for about 4 months!)