So as some of you know, I have my gelding Bundy up for sale and so when he is sold I am setting out to buy my 'perfect' horse. (Or as close as I can get). Which is:
Australian Stock Horse mare/filly, under 15hh, excellent show/breeding quality (I.e. pretty and correct), and hopefully with some of my favourite ASH bloodlines, namely anything from the Abdul line.
So I have just come back from a trip to a stud to see what they have to offer. Fantastic day and they have some amazing horses and handsome stallions
There were two yearling fillies I went to see. Both are grandaughters of Abdul which is very rare nowdays (He was alive a while ago - Their sire, the son of Abdul, was around 27 when he sired them). Both not expected to make 15hh. Both brown, one has a star/stripe.
The plain brown had a cute baby face but a big forehead. Beautiful neck, nice short back, good shoulder. Average movement but good honest temperament.
The filly with white on her face has a very showy head exceot for a bump on the nose. He neck isn't as nice as the other fillies, and she is a bit bigger, but she has A-MAZ-ING movement. She just floats at the trot.
Both fillies have had minimal handling and had only been in from the paddock for three days. Both a bit stand offish due to that, the white face a little more so. The filly with the white face is out of a mare who is a full sister to their stallion who I really like.
Then - After chatting to the man about my intentions, he showed me another filly I had enquired about via email but was told wasn't for sale. Well - They will sell her to a good show home only.
2yo filly, out of a stallion of theirs who just died of snakebite who was a grandson of Abdul and out of a son of Abdul I reallllly like. I didn't know he had died and was looking forward to seeing him. She is out of a full sister to their most successful show horses - All royal winners, black, and beautiful. She probably won't make 15hh. She is black and absolutely stunning - One of the highest quality horses i've seen in the flesh. Beautiful refined head with a kind eye, amazingly set on neck which I am a stickler for, good wither and sloped shoulder, she is fine and in proportion but still strong and substantial... She is green broken with great foundations. he hopped on and showed me w/t/c stop, back, and good foundations for rollbacks. She lays down, picks up feet, loads, etc.
Basically she is absolutely everything I am after.
The conundrum? She is twice the price of the other fillies, understandably.
They are around $5,000, she is $10,000. $10,000 is what I am hoping to get for Bundy - So basically it is my entire budget, IF I get the whole amount for him. If I sell my saddle also it will be another $3,500 but I would have to buy a new saddle for her, if not then I would already have a show saddle.
What would you do? Go for one of the younger fillies, have money left over for savings/training/new gear? Or go for the 2yo filly and maybe struggle to get some savings built back up? I do have more money in the bank, and would probably sell some saddles and such to make some more cash. This horse is meant to be the one I keep for a long time - The first horse I will have bought without thinking of re-selling - I've worked my way up from a $2,000 horse to get to this point. (And I am darn proud that I can even conosider spending this much on a horse at the age of 20!).
So give me your opinions!