How much do you think Junior is worth?
Junior is going to need to be sold pretty soon here. I don't want to push him to much and I am ready to move back to lessons/leasing so I can improve my riding more. He is still a wonderful horse who LOVES kids, but will test more experienced riders. Doesn't spook at much. I ride him down the road to the indoor arena a lot and he is fine with cars. He loves having one person all to himself, he doesn't like to share. He is very people oriented.
Junior used to be a training level eventer (did pony club and was competed all through Washington and probably even in Canada and possibly Oregon and California). I rescued him (starvation, not physical abuse) in early spring '08. Was going to sell him after rescuing him, but ended up keeping him because I had a girl who started to ride him. She ended up riding him for two-ish years and jumped him up to 3'3 and took him to some shows. Always been a wonderful horse. Can do pretty much anything with him. He is training for eventing, some light western, hunter/jumper, you name it, he'll do it.
In his old age (22 is May) he has gotten a little stubborn with more experienced riders, but it is mostly him just not wanting to work (unless it's jumping). Really a great horse though. He stands for mounting, is great for tacking up, super easy to catch... Still jumping 2' easily.
His current asking price is $1000, but I will be bringing it down to $750. With his age and how bad the market is, I just want him to get a good home. I do need some money because it will be paying for my riding until I get a job.
I don't have any current pictures (will be getting some soon), but I do have some from earlier this winter (those are the most recent). I will post the new pictures as soon as I get them. Here are some old ones that I have until then.
No comments on him being a bit ribby please.
No rider critique.
No rider critique.
Super chill, as you can see.
Very easy to feel what distance he will get going into a jump. He is an honest boy. He will doing better for a rider who is looking up and is ready to ride out a funky distance, but he is still a great boy for a rider who is timid and has a hard time riding bad distances. Taught Aubre how to jump (the girl who was riding him) and has been doing WONDERFUL for me. Really a nice horse. He has his faults like any horse, but with his sweet disposition and level-headedness, it makes up for any faults he may have.
He is reg. 16 hands, but stands at about 15.3 1/2 without topline muscle (which he doesn't have much of currently). Like I said, he will be 22 in May, but still has a few good years left in him. He is JC reg. and I have his papers.
Thanks to everyone who reads and replies. :) Be honest!
He seems like a good guy, but at 22 years of age, you need to be realistic - you'll be lucky to find a "free to a good home" situation for him.
Sorry, I know that's not what you want to hear, but the horse market is really, really tight right now, and much younger horses of similiar quality are going for peanuts or free to a good home. If I had a choice between him, sweet as he is, and a similar 8 - 10 year old, I'm going to take the 8 - 10 year old.
Most people won't look twice at a 22 year old, no matter how sweet or sane - and people who might look at your ad might just want to offer a last forever home. At that age, that's what you're looking at, if you can't provide it.
It is unfortunate, but true.
What do you guys think about me asking for money but being negotiable? I just don't want some kill buyer or scammer coming and taking my boy. I will be doing a site check and will require monthly updates. I have had too many close calls with him to be careless about this. I will risk not being able to ride until I get a job if it means he gets the perfect home. I just want what is best for him.
If you're fine with finding a good retirement home for him, put in your ads, "to approved home only." That way you can check out where he'll be and make sure you're okay with it. Good luck finding him a home, he looks like a sweet boy :-)
I like JDI's and equiniphile's suggestions.
I think you're much more likely to find the kind of home you're looking for for him if you advertise for as "Semi-retirement home wanted for a wonderful schoolmaster - free to an approved home only" or something similiar. Emphaszie that he's still ridable and useful. Good luck!
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