I am looking for a decent horse for a low decent price. I have an appointment tomorrow to look at a three year old painted philly. They told me that she was broken by a trainer and is gentle by due to lack of time they have not been able to do much riding so she has not been ridden consistently in almost a year. She has been in a pasture with another horse. What are some thing I should look for? What are some concerns I should have? They are asking $200 is this reasonable? Or is this a red flag? Any advice would be helpful. I am looking for a horse for my three year old grand daughter. I will of course have the horse be ridden by some one else and have some one work with her when it is safe to do so. Thank you soooo much. Also I live in Hattiesburg MS. If there is anyone in this area or the surrounding area that would be willing to be my go to person to take the time to answer my many many questions. It would be a blessing. My grand daughter means the world to me. Her life at home is somewhat troubled at this time and I do everything I can to make it better. This is one thing that makes her happy and she looks so much forward too. Thank you again for any assistance. You may visit my albums to see what I mean.
So is this horse going to be ridden by your granddaughter now or in a few years? Even though the horse is quiet and appears calm, it can definitely have its baby moments where it could just explode into a bucking fit or something. Especially because it is only three and it hasn't done a lot. Is there on reason why you can't look for an older horse that she can just plod around on?
If you were closer i'd say you could bring your grand daughter over to try my pony out. She's 28 and great with children. I recommend REALLY REALLY shopping these horses before you buy one for a young child. Get on the horses back, do things a child would do, reach back and grab her tail, pull her mane, kick and pull the reins a little at the same time. If there's ANY negative reaction this horse is no good for her. You should definitely be looking at an older more experienced horse.
As you have already read, a 3 year old horse is really not a proper mount for a child or a beginner. They can be pretty unpredictable since their mind set is still like a child's.
While I realize that money is tight everywhere and a $200 horse seems attractive, you are better off looking for a much older horse, above the age of 10 (as my rule of thumb) for a youngster. That age horse has usually been there and done that, which is what you want. There will be plenty of time to find a horse that your granddaughter can grow up with.
How old and how tall is your granddaughter? How much experience does she - and you - have? Horses are a major undertaking and pretty costly in the long run. The purchase price is just the tip of the iceberg in expense even if you are keeping him at home.
Oops, missed the 3 year old part. Definitely not a good horse for your 3 year old. In fact I wouldn't consider any horse for a 3 year old. If you want the child to learn and appreciate it, get her/him a good pony. That may be a tougher job but a safer one.
I would not go for a horse for you grandaughter that is younger the 10, by then the owner should have figured out all the kinks and bad habbits of the horse. If I were you i'd look for a very very broke old lesson horse. Lesson horses are the best for young children because we find that they're used to children already and are the safest way to go. I think that would be your best bet!