Hi Horse Forum!
I wanted to get your opinions on this horse based on the info I have thus far. I am hopefully going to ride her this weekend. I am currently a little sour on trainers (I lost out on a horse I was considering in December and I'm really not sure why, but it seemed to go south when the trainers started talking on their own.. the rest is 'he said she said' & I really don't know) ..so I really want to keep more control over this transaction. Me and my horse friends are going down first (one has been riding for 30 years so hopefully he'll be our expert).
If I like her I have someone whose professional opinion I trust who I know will not get involved in the transfer who will look at her. If all good I would suggest a trial period and final sale contingent on vet check.
About me: I am back in the saddle a year and a half ago (used to ride when I was young and remember not much, I'm 34 now) - Started with lessons & worked my way up to leasing (3x a week, 2 lessons 1 hack). I consider myself an advanced beginner, maybe starting to enter my intermediate phase. My goals are to get better at training, try some dressage, ride trails, and light jumping for fun. Maybe enter a school show. Ride w/ my friends. Learn more about horsemanship.
About "Kate": Kate is a 16.2h 9 yr old Bay TB.
Owner Description: "She is calm, sweet, and well behaved. Perfect on trails, cute movement, no spook, and fun to ride around in the arena. This is a great horse for someone who is a beginner/intermediate rider, or an experienced rider who wants a horse to train and show on. Kate jumps anything and is very athletic, and she has jumped courses up to 3 feet. Can easily go higher. Competed in her first 3 day show 2 months ago and was awesome! Jumped everything and went over the water jumps with no problem. Trailers, clips, ties, UTD on shots, fine away from home for overnight shows, no health issues, and sound." On the temperament scale, owner estimated she was a "3".
Show Jumping: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HQQ4imRRgM
Dressage 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FBQhCLgC-s
Flat work (w/ some jumps): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Fq9gDDkpkA
And of course there's price.. but why don't I not tell you and you guess what a good price for her would be ? Could be fun... Los Angeles / Orange County area.
I get 'good vibes' from the owner that she really cares about her horses and that they have been her projects she's put a lot of time and money into them. I believe Kate was an ex-racehorse and has been under owners care for years receiving lots of love, rehab and training.
This is what I have right now... thanks in advance!