...need opinions on Paint gelding
I am looking at possibly buying this 12yr old Paint Gelding. He has a nice temperment and 2 owners. I have not ridden him yet.
He will be a pleasure horse. I will not be showing him or jumping him. Just mostly trail and arena work.
He looks like a nice, stout horse.
We'll need better pictures to judge conformation. Having him squared up, on level ground, and with a clear view.
But from at I can see, he looks like a nice horse.
He looks long in the back and over at the knee.. perhaps a bit camped out behind with a wide stance (bow legged) behind.
Have his legs checked out really well. He needs to be physically sound for trails and arena work (not sure what sort of arena work.. some can be very demanding).
Not a bad shoulder on him
Back is long and he looks like he may be high in the wither
Sits back on his front feet.
Nice hindquarters but he is camped out in his back legs.
Might make a decent trail horse as he appears quite solid.
Thanks for all the comments...they are helpful. I will try to get a better picture of him when I go see him.
Also, if you could give me some idea of whether the camped out problem is a deal breaker or not? Is that something that I should just be concerned with if I was going to show him, jump him etc...(which I am not) or is it a problem as in you may not be able to ride this horse in a few years.
Once again he will be used as a pleasure horse...mostly trail and some light arena work...Nothing aggressive or taxing.
Thanks a bunch...Ya'll are so helpful!
Better pictures could help..because in one pic he doesnt look camped out to bad if at all and the other he looks a little not severe or as severe than I've seen before....also take a good look at this trim work on his hooves that can make a horse stand weird...since he is just a trail horse..I would ask to lounge him watch the movement see how he recoils his hind end....even ride him and have him do different gaits and see how he moves under your weight....He does look like a nice trail mount....Are they willing to let you take him to a vet and have him examined first before buying or able to return him? Might I ask how much they are asking for him?
I am going to see him this weekend and will try to get more pictures of him standing straight and post them here. For sure they will allow a vet check and they have already had one done...but I will also want my own. They may also allow a trial lease at my premises.
They are asking around 5k. Keep in mind we are in California. I am sure that has some wiggle room in it.
Not sure if that is too much or a fair deal?
What has he done? What makes him worth $5K? Many areas that is a lot for a horse for basically pleasure use.
Make sure you use a totally different vet than they did. I am wondering why they would do one. That is pretty unusual, and would make me suspicious, but I am always sort of suspicious when I am looking at a horse. Makes me think perhaps another buyer had one done then backed out maybe? Just a thought.
Wow, 5K is quite a bit for a trail mount...did he ever compete or earn titles to develope that kind of price tag? What kind of trail experience does he have under saddle. I've sold several trail mount geldings and the most was 3,000 and that was a perfect bombproof,6 year trail experience gelding with wonderful comfor and gait AND was even trained to kneel to take on a rider who could not mount using stirrups.
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