Alright folks, we have another..."Possibility"!
Beautiful Registered Arabian, English Show horse ~ western too
Remember that the search is on, and just as a refresher, my "basic" criteria (deal breakers/makers for me--not that these issues are relevant to THIS horse, per se, but just to give the overall "picture" to everyone!) include the following:
1) Gelding MUCH preferred to a mare.
2) As "experienced" a horse as possible to match my relative "inexperience" despite a lifetime essentially, of riding!
3) No younger than five, with seven at least being optimal on the lower age end, and, preferably into his teens age-wise.
4) No health issues which will require a level of understanding of horse-ownership that I am currently not yet prepared to/able to take on (though of course, I am well aware that at any moment, health can change! I am most absoluely prepared to "learn fast"! I just prefer not to have a health problem straight out of the gate if it can at all be avoided...
5) I ride English, but do not intend to show, and though I prefer to ride in an english saddle, I would be open to learning western riding styles/cuing if said horse was not (yet) trained to cue to English, reining, etc...as far as riding, my plan involves doing lots of trail riding, some light, possibly moderate (eventually) endurance, and possibly some jumping...mostly "eventing"-style jumping, rather than arena jumping...
I am 5'1" and about 140#, so any horse size essentially should "fit" for the most part. I LOVE drafts, but they are quite uncommon in these parts and with their larger size and thus requiring larger everything, I realize that a draft breed is a type of horse that I may have to wait for down the line or when I am living elsewhere in the country in the next two to three years!
I will call the owner tonight and set up a "meet and get to know you" with this beautiful boy for ASAP...just hoping that some of you who have been following this process with me over the past few months will ring in with opinions/conformational advice, any thoughts at all!
He is really, really a horse "type" I am partial to, which I am trying not to think about...humm dee dumm....nope, not getting suckered in by this (:hide: gorgeous) boy!! *I apprenticed with a large Arabian breeding/show/sale farm as a 17 year old, so of ALL the breeds, the one I am most knowledgable about would be the Arab...As well, my endurance needs would be well served with a boy like this...!
I know, ONCE AGAIN, I ABSOLUTELY already sound smitten. Thus, tell me ALL the negatives y'all can, because I cannot "afford" (emotionally/etc...) to make a terrible mistake at this point in my life!
Thanks SO MUCH you guys! Arghh...I don't know what I'd do without all of you to "bounce" these horses off of!! Thanks a million again!!! :wink:
Sounds like a good possibility, and he sure is a looker! Make sure they ride him first, and I would ask why they are selling him.
He's a beauty!
Looks like a really nice guy. But no under-saddle foto. Hmmm.
I'd ask why they're selling. Ask for his registered name when you call, we have people here who can tell a lot by pedigree and his show record, if shown in breed shows, can be looked up.
Great idea! Thank you!
EYA: I sent them an email so we'll see what happens!
From the text he sounds like what you are looking for. The pics show a horse that is at a good weight & energetic. A lot of people can't deal w/Arabians-he may be too much horse for them. Find out how long they have owned him & ask why they are selling. Are you taking anyone w/you if you go look?
From the text, he sounds really nice but it always raises a red flag to me when folks claim their horse is all that and a bag of chips but they can't be bothered to post even a single picture of him under saddle.
I always feel like a Debbie Downer in threads like this because I'm so dang picky. Anyway, I'll just be frank; his front legs scare me. I think those are some of the most upright pasterns I've ever seen and it really doesn't look like that farrier is doing him any favors either.
If you think he might be the right horse for you, then go ahead and check him out, but I'd be getting an exceptionally thorough PPE before even considering him.
ETA: I think you posted in one of your other threads, but if you don't mind sharing, what kind of budget do you have for the initial purchase?
He doesn't seem to be very comfortable on his front, and one pic showed a very high heel. I hope it's " just" a bad farrier.......if he's conformed that way I don't envy anybody trying to sit a trot.....apart from potential physical problems. Let's hope for the best here....
I'm with smrobs. Those pasterns are scary. :shock:
This guy is more along the lines of what I thought you were looking for:
Horse for sale - Registered Paint Gelding
He's not perfect as far as conformation, but IMPO, he's a far cry better than that Arab.
My best friend's Arab gelding is heavily Bask bred and most of the time you wouldn't know he's an Arab, but when something does set him off, he's a handful and a half. He also has pretty sucky conformation.
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Drafty, I like that paint. I've also been browsing ads in her area, but I was hesitant to post some of the ones that I liked the look of without knowing her budget and other stipulations regarding size/breed.
BUT, I suppose posting them wouldn't hurt....
I really like the look of these 2, but they have the same issue, no pictures under saddle.
Stout Bay Gelding AQHA
Gray Gelding-Good Family Horse
And this one, even though there were some things about him in the video that I didn't like, much of it may have been pilot error so I'd likely take a look at this guy too.
Nice mounted shooting/trail/team sorting gelding with a video
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