I am looking to purchase a four year old Swedish Warmblood filly as an event prospect. The horse has beautiful conformation, movement, and jumping ability/willingness to jump, and the price is right.
The mare has not, however, had much handling due to the owner’s circumstances. She is rarely removed from the field and is unbroken. While I have plenty of experience with horses who have only just been started I don’t have any experience starting one. So it was only after finding a respected trainer in my area who agreed to help me get her started and work with both of us along the way, that I decided to have her vetted.
The vet check came back clean. However, the vet discouraged me from buying the horse. Firstly because she was afraid that because the mare’s dam was an anglo-arab her jumping ability would be limited, which is just not the case. Secondly, because of the mare’s attitude during the vet check she seemed to believe that her trainability would be very low.
The only struggle they had was with the flexions which the mare simply would not allow.
When I look at the horse I see a sensitive energetic young horse that simply has not been handled frequently enough. I realize that this is only a partial picture and that any young horse is a gamble, but my question is, assuming I am looking for a horse that is somewhat sensitive and energetic, do I continue to pursue this option or do I look elsewhere?
Thanks you so much for your time!