I need a bit of advice regarding the purchase of my first horse. Sorry it might be a bit long!
I am getting conflicting advice from different people!
To give you some background information:
I have started riding 14 months ago (minimum of one hour private lesson every week) top up with hacking (from 1 hour to 3 days riding holidays) and in the last 6 months I have been (part) loaning. My loans were: one very well behaved warmblood X arab and at the moment one very grumpy TB x arab mare. I must admit my current loan is a bit too much for me ( I cope with it but don’t feel she is a good match), she is too bouncy and very very fast (with not always great breaks). I am a “mature” rider, I have the time (no children) and finance available to buy/keep a horse.
The horse: The horse was used at the riding school where I regularly have my lessons. He did not settle well as a school riding horse and started misbehaving (tanking off). They stopped using him for a few months and one of the instructor decided to work with him (one to one basis) and in a few weeks he his almost back to how he was when they first bought him. He is an Irish cob, 15 hands, 8 years old. He his laid back (but responsive), no vice, go to handle,etc..
I rode him once in the manege and I went hacking with him and I was happy on how it went. I have another lesson tonight with him and I will have to make my decision.
All I am looking to do with him is: a bit of schooling, low jumps and a lot of hacking (I would like to train him for pleasure rides and low level of endurance riding..I am not expecting to win..just have some fun !)
Now the conflicting advice comes from the instructor that mainly thought me (so far). She told me that he was uncomfortable to ride (I don’t find that) and requires more schooling and therefore would not be a good first horse. I am not sure I should be too much weight into it, she was the person who suggested my current loan and feel I am not advanced/experienced enough for this mare. I noticed that she has her favorites and dislike some of the horses for no apparent reasons.
What are your thoughts?