Which Would You Choose? (Mostly Draft and QH Crosses)
I am looking at buying my first horse, as the lease I was going to do is probably not going to work out (mare was very sensitive and the guy I was going to lease with could not ride her, and she has some lameness and back issues that I was not told about) and I have found quite a few I really like. I would like my new prospects looked over before I do anything.
8 year old Draft cross mare: DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1818798 - **Fern**
5 year old QH cross gelding: DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1805571 - Robert Redford
5 year old Draft cross gelding: Free Lease Draft Cross Gelding 14.3hh Buckskin Dun 5 y/o - Western/English/Trail for sale in Monmouth, New Jersey :: HorseClicks
14 year old Percheron/Warmblood gelding: PATRON - BEAUTIFUL PERCHERON PRICE REDUCED for sale in Hunterdon, New Jersey :: HorseClicks
This is another add for him, with more pics: Looking For A Friend... for sale in Hunterdon, New Jersey :: HorseClicks
15 year old QH gelding: Quarter Horse Gelding
8 year old Haflinger mare: Petfinder Adoptable Horse | Draft | Quakertown, PA | Mossy `Mossy Gold`
So what do you guys think?
What exactly are you wanting to do with the horse? Trail ride, jump, dressage, etc?
I would say no on the last two right off the bat. The QH looks nice but he sounds like he needs a more experienced rider and the Haflinger is still green.
After looking at the ads again, the only ones I would consider are the first two. Is there a reason you are looking at mostly draft crosses?
Oops! I meant too put more information in the post! Sorry about that. I am an experienced rider, but I've never been able to own before. I have leased for a long time. I have trained green horses before, too, and I really enjoy that. The problems that I have with the mare I tried were her lameness issues, which I was blindsided with. I will also have a very, very experienced trainer with me.
I'm looking to do mostly light jumping, hunter paces, trails, etc. I would really like to start some light eventing, too. Basically, all around. I'm also looking for a project.
The draft crosses just happened, it seems. I am a plus size rider, and a lot of the horses in my area are just too small for me to be comfortable with. That's also why the mare's bad back scared me.
My choice would be 1,2 or 3
# 3 would take a little more work, but Free Lease, fits my budget better as long as the Lease is suitable :wink:
Last 3 would not interest me at all, 4, 5 too old, 6 is not what I personally would look for
Oh ok, sorry then, ignore my first post! :lol:
I personally like 1 or 2 the best.. especially 1 because she has been started with jumping and her changes.
I'm not really a fan of 3; he is quite short and something just doesn't sit right with him for me.
I think 4 sounds ok, but I would try him and make sure he isn't too heavy for what you want to do.
Would pass on 5 because he looks to have a fairly long back.
6 is very cute but sounds strong. However, if you are experienced and have a trainer its worth checking her out.
And you are unsettled by 3, too? Something about him makes me a little nervy, too!
2 I will probably see first, also because there are more horses for sale by the same owners if I don't fall for him, and it's right down the street from my trainer:)
I really, really like 1 but she may be a little too out of my price range.
I love 4, especially because he like larger riders better :-P. But he very well could be too heavy for what I want to do, but he might be a nice project.
6 I am unsure about. I like her, and she's cute, but she could be too much. She is also a rescue, and if I go and see her and I might find another I fit better.
This is all assuming I don't fall in love with a horse from the Camelot Auctions that I must have :wink:
I really like the first mare Fern. Nothing else really caught my eye.
# 6 looks like an adorable Haffie - smart, athletic, and eager. But let me say, if they say needs intermediate/ advanced rider on a Haffie that mean she NEEDS an intermediate/ advanced rider. Don't take their smaller stature lightly - they can be be quite the opinionated partner.
Love the breed (I've started, trained and loved one for 3 years - and am quite involved with the breed), but just be warned that they often don't have the 'drafty', easy-going temperament that some of your other options are more likely to have. Some do naturally and with correct, consistent training many often develop it, but you really have to know what makes them tick and how to handle them to get them to bond with you. Once you do, they'll jump to the moon and back with you, but the common story of Haffie owners is "Yes, I adore him/her, after the x amount of months it took for us to bond." ;-) For me it was a hard three months before we bonded. I'm friends with some who took a year.
Sorry for the novel, but just wanted to throw that out there. Of course, not all Haffies are like that, some are sweeties, espscially if they are handled correctly from the beginning. Just take into account that even if you have tons of experience training/ riding green horses, Haffies are different. Some people love 'em, some don't because they just think differently than other breeds. They can be the greatest partner you will ever have, or the worst enemy LOL.
Need to look more closely at your other options before I make an opinion of them, but the Haffie caught my eye so that's just my 2 cents. :)
I like number 1, Fern.
I wasn't so keen on number 2, he seemed nice enough but something about his neck/neck placement bothered me a little.
I really liked the last one (haffie). Also #1 and #2. Others - not so much.
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