Trying to figure out what to throw out and what to think on is harder than I thought. Some ads I can just "no," but others make me think maybe... and only one so far has really stood out to me. How do you know when to contact the poster? Purely a matter of your opinion here, I don't think that there is a hard and fast rule on this. What makes a horse catch your eye?
So background on me, so you know a bit about what I'm looking for.
I am looking for a western pleasure or working western horse (our local show association has a special class for trail and working horses that is defined as: Working Western will be judged the same as Western Pleasure with a more relaxed approach to speed and head carriage - more fitting to a horse used in trail riding or a ranch type setting. Horses should travel in a comfortable relaxed manner on a reasonably loose rein.) I'm fine with just having a really cool working horse, I just want to be competitive in a western class, lol. AQHA or APHA are the two breeds that I would like, but I'll consider just about anything that falls into the general stock type, even grade or non registered. I'm looking for well broke horses that might just need a bit of tuning, with a budget of $2000. Its a tight budget I know, and I'm ok with not finding the right horse, I'll wait until one comes along.
So now that you've endured all that, these are what I've seen and liked so far:
14.3 appy mare Flashy Red Roan Appy Mare
Sweet little 14.3hand mare. Red roan and very eye catching. Has been very well trained english and western. Has jumped up to 2ft and has never hesitated when I have taken her over a jump and I ride western. Would excel in the english show ring. Very fancy w/t/c will collect up and show off for the judges. Very smooth western pleasure lope. Walk right onto a trailer, stand tied to be tacked and have her feet done. ALL my friends have rode this horse she does not get worked up when other horses run off and is very calm and level headed. She has been used as an english lesson horse. She has been trained for barrel racing and poles. Will neck rein and turn on a dime or direct rein and respond to heel commands. Backs, side steps, roll back. Will do it all.
She sounds good, but something just throws me off. I would be asking all sorts of questions and for pictures and videos before I got serious about her. Maybe she just sounds like more of an english horse than western?
16 hh APHA gelding Flashy Apha Red Roan Overo Gelding
Cimmoron is a 9 year old APHA registered red roan overo gelding. He is very quiet in the ring and very easy to handle. He has limited trail experience. He has had some time off for the past years but has been ridden consistantly now for the past 90 days. He has a nic easy walk, trot/jog, canter. He is a little reluctant to canter sometimes due to the fact that he is lazy but will do it. Ties, loads, bathes, stands for farrier, etc.
Videos here: Rodsaheathen (APHA) - Bird Performance HorsesAQHA & APHAMebane, NC
This is the horse that has stood out to me. I just like something about him. I was rather found of his jog, it reminds me of my mare. I'm not really a color person,give me a bay any day, but he certainly is eye catching. Something about him just says try me. I have no idea why. I like his videos, but I do think his canter/lope will need work.
Tell me what you think about him, honestly? If he's a really good prospect, I could act on him now, but he'd have to be great...