Looking to add a really nice, broke, horse to my pasture. I have four currently, all geldings. Two are keepers (Loki and Divo) and two are in training (Red and Squeaker). I want a good, not-crazy gaited trail horse that's capable of carrying my 220lb dad, he's experienced just doesn't ride much. So I've started the search!
Dad's only criteria is "No cr*p horses". It HAS to be a good horse and has to fit perfectly- right down to color. Saw a really nice sorrel, but downhill. I ride a downhill built Foxtrotter gelding at my friends place when we go on trail rides. Goes right into my knees, FANTASTIC horse, wrongly built.
Downhill - 'Fast' (it canters, OK, it gallops at the slightest touch, not okay) - 'Spirited' - Asleep/Dead to the World - Stupid (yes, there are incredibly stupid horses out there) - Over 15.2hh - Under 13.2hh - Spooky - Unbroke - Over 10 years - Under 5 years.
Good conformation - Normal minded - Calm, but perky (you know, moves out without a whole lot of kicking) - Is capable of learning - Not spooky - Decent age - Easy on the eyes - *Might* be swayed by a cute QH, if it has a smooth trot.
$1,500 is about my top level price. I won't buy anything under $800, either.
Has to be in or around Kansas City, Joplin, or Springfield MO.
So! Thats what I'm looking for
Not a super does-it-all-and-lays-golden-eggs...just a normal
Pictures are all awful Craiglist stuff.
First up is this girl: BEAUTIFUL TWH/FOX TROTTER - SUPREME TRAIL HORSE
Black and white TWH/MFT mare. Six years old, roughly 15.2-16hh. Very flashy, from what I read and talked with the owner about on the phone she's an excellent trail horse and is very calm. Asking $1500 OBO.
Do like: Temperament, color.
Don't like: That bit she's being rode in. If I ride in a shank bit, I like a short-shanked mullen mouth. Not a foot long ported oh-god-don't-touch-the-reins. GOOD broke mare!! Rides awesome! Neck reigns, sporty and goes anywhere
QH / Belgian mare. 6-7 years old. Roughly 15hh.
Do like: Good looking, seems to be a good trail rider. They have owned her a long time.
Don't like: No mention of last time road. 'Fast' horse. Stockier then in the pictures (overfed...?) QH, trails/barrels gray mare
QH mare - 6 years old - 15.2hhh - Asking $1500 OBO
Do like: Temperament, young.
Don't like: She's going to go white...white horses never stay white, white horses are usually dead set on turning themselves orange/green/rainbow
Seems a little too quiet. Zane Gray Bloodline-Registered Fox Trotter
I'll admit - I am a total sucker for black horses.
6 year old MFT gelding - 15hh (roughly) - Asking $1500
Do like: Seems like a level headed horse, good age, nice to look at
Don't like: No conformation pics, nothing on how he loads or picks up his feet