Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Speak to your trainer.
7 months pregnant and taking on an unbroke horse.. she may be seeing a good potential horse for your daughter, but may not want to risk being around an animal so heavily pregnant. No two horses are the same, and at 6 I would be wondering WHY he hasn't already been started.
Speak to the owners and find out why he has been left for so long. Is it medical, is it time, is it because he has attitude problems?
When you go to see him, TAKE the trainer. Let her see him free school, being handled or lunged where possible. See how he leads, picks his feet up for picking out and normal things. If he is relaxed and chilled about that, your daughter could start with ground work fairly quickly (a week max) with supervision from afar.
Not trying to put you off at ALL, but if he seems too laid back, remember people do drug their horses. You may want to mention you want to draw bloods to store when you do a PPE. Owners will have no issue with it, or they'll tell you no... if they say no.. run.
It would take some special creature for me to buy at six years that is nothing but halter broke, and then sit in a stable/field for a few months.
Remember, there are ALWAYS horses for sale.
Trust gut instinct, and ask lots of questions. Don't let your daughter buy with her heart instead of her head. Been there, done that.. got the bruises.
There are many threads about buying horses, and the sort of questions you should ask. Your trainer should know them all, but I hope this all works out for you!
Don't be taken in by "nice" sellers, either. I always look at it like someone has something to hide. Not a nice way, but I've seen lots of people duped, and had a rough time myself.
Best of luck