This is a basic shout out to BOTH the seasoned experts (MFQuarters, smrobs, allisonfinch, TinyLiny, Endiku, etc...) AND the newbies here, everyone with all manner of varying expertise and horse related experiences; EVERYONE and anyone interested in sharing their opinion on this beautiful and brilliant- seeming boy!
And...for the record, please let me be absolutely clear, so as not to run into a similar problem as I did with a different request for information I put up a while back on a horse ad from You Tube. This is DEFINITELY a horse I would be interested in buying/ A horse I would purchase, IF everything was a good match, IF he is as healthy and sound after a PPE as he appears to my novice eye, and his current owners are willing to consider me as his future mom...
Especially given his incredible talents, I honestly feel embarassed approaching the owners regarding discussing him, meeting him, getting a PPE if the meeting and ride go well and making a purchase offer...He would be my first horse and he is clearly far more experienced than I, that goes without saying.
I cannot imagine someone wanting to sell to a person who simply wants to enjoy riding and loving their animal and not use him for any particular discipline, showing, ranch work, etc...after having put the kind of work and effort into his training as they obviously have. That said, I cannot see the future, and the possibility DOES always exist that someday in the near future, as my riding improves more and more with time, and a bond forms with that "special horse", perhaps we WOULD decide to look into endurance more seriously, or perhaps something else entirely (being an RN and having rescue qualifications, I've often considered wanting to join our all volunteer Mounted Search and Rescue Possee here in Az, as part of the Sherriff's dept. And this boy would certainly fit the bill for that sort of work, I am guessing. Desensitization/being "bomb-proof" is one of their main qualifications. I cannot even imagine how incredible of an experience that could be...being out there with my horse, the two of us and a bunch of other folks working hard to find a missing individual or group of people...what a gift....
I believe my only saving grace in being considered by the owners of "bullet" as a possible purchaser is that they have apparently lowered his price recently, which indicates to me that they may be having trouble finding buyers, and thus may be more willing to accept the fact that, while he will have a safe and loving and absolutely devoted family and future care for his lifetime, perhaps he will not have the opportunity to do all the things they would have hoped for him to do.
On the other hand, it sounds like they do not want him worked HARD or in speed events, which common sense indicates to me that he could either have a lameness issue, a prior injury, or perhaps the current owners simply don't want to see him burning out early? Does that happen with the western speed events and horses? I apologize for my ignorance, but having never ridden western, I have zero knowledge as to whether running barrels and gymkhana event horses experience similar rapid breakdown at early ages, such as you would find with starting a jumper out too early, too big, and jumping too often...I can assume that would be the case, and perhaps that is what they are afraid could happen with him?
Thus, my question: Please, any of y'all who would be interested in providing any sort of a critique of any aspect of him, any advice based upon what you see in the photos and the AMAZING video they shot of him, just some commentary about what life with this sort of horse would be like... anything helpful at ALL, (even someone telling me that he would be wasted on me and he's much too good for me!) ; because from what I can see he is incredible. Anything such as that, (preferring that you are polite at least with me, however?) is completely welcomed here!
Price Reduced!competitive Trail/anything Safe Gelding