After a several year hiatus from horses, I am looking again. I would really like an unbiased opinion...
I went and looked at a gelding that is 6 years old, he's cute, looks mostly qh. Was pleasantly surprised that his conformation was quite nice. Has been under saddle but no real training. Seems they let family, friends, kids just jump on him ever so often.
He's pretty quiet, tolerant. Didn't seem to mind me messing with his feet or tail or ears or anything. Kept at pasture 24/7 since birth (at this place). He has never been loaded in a trailer, never clipped, probably never bathed or tied. Total backyard horse with several other pasturemates. Owner says he will hop the fences occasionally.
I was pretty much okay with this guy until owner told me about the fence jumping. Owner is willing to let me take him for a bit and try him out and then either buy him or return him. That honestly gives me a false sense of security and I should know better. Price shouldn't be a factor, but I was looking at this horse as a cute and fun project to turn into a nice little horse and maybe a future mount for one of my kiddos. I appreciated the owner's honesty about him.
Trailering, clipping, tying, bathing - to me, all training issues and I don't have a huge problem dealing with this stuff. Everything takes time, I'm in no rush.
The fence jumping scares me. I'm already imagining phone calls at 3am from my horse running amok. Am I overreacting? Would a nice visible strand of electric at the top be a solution to this?
This horse has never been stalled - and winter time here in Oregon, they are stalled alot. What if he completely freaks about his newfound confinement and tries to tear down the place? (had a mare do that before!)
So, I'm trying to go with my gut on this and it is sitting at neutral. I don't mind a horse who needs a bit of work, but I've had my share of horses who dare me to sleep at night thinking all is safe and intact at the barn lol.
He's not the first I went and looked at, and I've got a handful more horses to look at this week. But this guy has been sticking in my mind alot. I liked him, I admit it :)