My neighbor is looking for a horse for her daughter (age 10). The daughter and the parents have almost no experience with horses. They are where my family was two years ago. :). The BO where we ride and take lessons has a horse that the girl is trying for a month...he's a real sweet boy... But has a few issues:
1). He cribs on EVERYTHING. The fence, the feed tray, his lead rope. The BO says he hasn't been doing it for long, but our trainer says that looking at his neck, this habit has been around for awhile.
2). He rubs his hair off. The horse has no hair on his face and multiple bare spots on his body. He also seems to be very gassy and makes a funny noise when trotting (trainer says its a gut noise).
3). He can be spooky on the ground. He is terrified of cross ties and the wash stall.
4) There are gaps in his training. He's 10 and has no idea how to pick up his leads.
Our trainer thinks he has a nice personality, but had the same concerns we do. She thinks with training the gaps in his knowledge can be fixed. The other issues could be more difficult.
So, knowing this horse is 10 and the family wants him for a beginning rider. The horse would be an all-rounder. They would want to be able to ride him at play days, work him Western pleasure (local shows), and trail ride. The BO is asking $3,500. (Average cost around here is between $1,500 and $4,000)
Would you buy this horse?
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