9 Year Old Paint or 16 Year Old QH?
I have been looking for a new horse that is more broke and experienced. I came across two horses that I fell in love with. I am mostly only focused on having a good trail horse, but I also might want to put this horse in fair for showmanship or poles, key n hole, endurance things. I will give you a littl back ground information on both of the horses.
First Picture and Horse is a 16 year old Quarter Horse (older then what I was looking for) but the horse knows how to be shown in Western and English, walks, canters, and trots very well. Good trail horse. 15hh plus hands. Great personality, easy catch. She loads, clips, stands patiently, and goes on the road fine. Never has been in speed events, and the owner is asking the trainer how well she would do in them tonight.
[I like that horse because of its experience but I am worried about the age, I know its not OLD but its up there. Also I wouldn't want a lazy slow horse, but nor am I looking for a hot spirited horse.]
Second Picture and Horse is a 9 year old Paint. Mostly only a trail horse. Good with other horses. Loads easily and good personality. Been to several trail places, such as Tippecanoe and Potato Creek. 15hh tall. Stands for the farrier without a problem. 100% sound. Great trail horse or 4-h prospect. Listens to commands without a problem.
[This horse is at a good age. Sounds like it listens well and good on trails.]
Each of the horses are almost in the same price range but I know know which one would be better in fair and on trails. I don't have the years of horse experience to know. Can you guys help me out?
They both look like Paints? Is the QH also double registered as a Paint?
Don't assume the older one is going to be a lazy slow horse. I used to ride a QH cross when he was 26/27 years old. He has since been retired but still around enjoying the good life in his 30s. He was anything but slow. He was a spirited and an overall fun ride. And 16 isn't really all that old if he has been taken care of.
With the information provided they both could be excellent horses for what you are looking for. Have you gone to visit them yet? If not, I would go visit them. If possible bring someone who knows horses so they can give you an impartial opinion. Get a pre-purchase exam done on the one you decide on just to make sure nothing is hidden.
Good luck and let us know what you decide.
Well I dont know much about the first one, but I've seen the second horses ad and to be honest, it doesn't seem that great to me, though it's not bad.
Another one you may like to consider is this mare that is around the same price as the paint and is the same age; I think she looks nice, though they said she's a little bit cinchy.
~Cute Laid-Back Bay Paint~
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They're both Paints. Which one's which? lol
Cat is right, 16 isn't that bad and sounds like what you are looking for. The main question you should ask the owners is do they ride well alone? Are they herdbound or difficult to get going when there is no other horse to follow? Alot of horses are said to be great trail horses but only cooperate if they are moving in a group. The one with show experience would be a little more used to riding by itself in an arena as well as trails. I've found many trail horses also dont take to the arenas well at first (not a RULE, however, just my experience).
I know it's not a confo crit thread, but just by looking (i know you cant see all of the first horse) but the 2nd really doesn't have good confo. He looks solid enough for what you want though, but he is sickle hocked and butt high.
I personally like the looks of the first and if it were me i'd choose the QH.
Test them both out and see which one you gel with better. I agree on getting a PPE as well on anything you plan to purchase.
Thanks guys for all the great tips. I am still looking for a good trail maybe 4-H horse. I have been lending towards the 16 year old QH, because she is only asking $650 for the horse and $800 with a saddle, pad, bridle, etc. (Plus registered) I don't need the tack. Then the second one I have been having people look at her and they didn't like her structure and the owners seem "bitchy" saying I know that she will sell and that we want $850 for her (not registered) and ONLY a trail horse. So I am staying in touch with the 16 year old QH people and still looking. Thanks guys so much so far.
From your 2nd post I think I would go with the first one as well. Let us know if you go visit him. Sometimes those older boys make some of the best horses.
The older horse - based on pics and descriptions. One of the best horses I ever owned was a retired ranch horse who was 15 when I bought him. We won a lot of money team penning and he was by far the best trail horse I ever had. He is +25 now and still going strong for the friend of mine who bought him from me a few years ago. 16 is far from old and I wouldn't hesitate to buy a horse at that age.
I would go with the older guy, no hesitation. They're both paints, so if you wanted colour you get it in both, the older one has been and done so much more than the 9YO, and I know you can't judge on one photo, but the 16YO (assuming he's the one in the first picture) is standing there head and ears down with a child on its back in the middle of a busy fairground. Seems to me like he's a pretty quiet guy. And I agree-don't pass him off because of his age. We recently bought a 17 year old and with her condition, I fully expect her to last at least another 10 years.
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