New Horse Possibilities
Since I've made a couple posts already and I'm still looking at horses, I figured I'd make a thread of horses I'm looking at.
What I'm looking for: Something with a good enough brain to be sane for trails, but athletic enough for 3'+ hunters and eventing. It doesn't matter if its green, so long as it has potential. I don't want anything younger than a 4yo, only because I'd like to jump. It has to be at least 15.2, because I'm short and can fit that - however, I tend to loo better on the 16hh horses. I have a couple posts already, but just for consistency, I'll post a picture or video of the other horses and put a link back to their threads.
Please critique the horses and tell me which one is best.
Twitty is a 7yo 15.2hh Chestnut Roan Sabino Appy/QH. Here's his thread: http://www.horseforum.com/horse-conf...-cross-129518/ The only thing with him, is he's more of a pleasure horse. He's also not for trade, so I'd have to wait until I sold Leia before buying him.
Phil is a 5yo 16hh OTTB and green. For trade. The video they sent (which is on FB, so idk if it will work if I link it) only shows him trotting in one direction in draw reins, so I am hesitant. BUT I halfway want to think it's because they're western riders and want his head low. He seems pretty calm and his trot is decent looking, but I'm not sure he's worth my pony.
This next one is a 14yo 16.2hh Hano/TB cross. Super cute and athletic looking, but I'm unsure about his age. Do you think he's too old to continue to do 3'-3'6" ? I mean, I AM looking for something to move up with, and he's probably been around, but is this TOO old? I figured I'd go try him anyway, and if he's amazing, I'd consider, but if he's not stellar, I'll pass. He's for trade, too.
(I'm linking his jumping pics because they're huge)
Not the best confo pic, I know, but it's all I got. Besides looking overweight (and the owner told me he is a bit out of shape at the moment) he's cute.
The next is a 5yo 15.2 TB mare. Not for trade. Apparently is currently "too quick" for hunters, so I'm hesitant..
(again, linking her confo pic because it's huge)
5yo 16hh TB mare, "quiet and uncomplicated". I REALLY like her, but she's also not for trade, so I'd have to sell FIRST then Buy her.
There's another horse someone contacted me about trading, but I have yet to recieve pictures, so I'll post them when she sends them.
Wait... did something happen with Lena?
No, I just need to move up to a horse so I can progress.
So, the owner of the 14yo really likes Leia and I'm going to see him... Any opinions on him? IS 14 too old?
If he is sound he should be fine at 14 I have heard of 20+ year old horses jumping in a Canada 3 day event
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I would say it wouldn't be a good trade because you want to competitively jump... Unless you're willing to accept that the 14yo horse could go lame within the next couple years. In which case you wouldn't be able to resell or trade for another horse or equal value to your current horse, correct? If you're willing to go with a green horse I could contend that it may be in your best interest to build a sane trail horse and competitive jumper out of a young horse. Yeah we've heard of that oddity of horse that despite all has somehow outlasted it's peers without major soundness issues but is that something youre willng to bank on happening? Not to mention the additional costs of keeping a senior horse (again not always but it's hard to not want to buy the supplements which promise results in joint fluidity for your best friend/partner in pain).
You never know with an 'older' horse.. We have an 18 year old QH at my barn who is still one of te easiest keepers and still easily jumps 3'+ on a regular basis while some couldnt handle that. Just go see him and figure out more of the little details about him and weigh your options from there. It never hurts to look!
My trainer rides a 16 year old tb and does prelim on him and he's also jumped 4'9 with her. I don't think it hurts to try him and see how he does. Different horses can do different things.
If you want to move up, I would go a little younger.
It also depends on the horse, have a purchase exam if you decide to buy any horse.
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